The responsibility for the collection rests with the B&ECPL Board. The responsibility for selection of materials and collection maintenance rests with the Director, who delegates this task to qualified professional staff.
The selection of library materials should be based on a comprehensive knowledge of the nature and special characteristics of both the local community and Erie County.
The collection should include subjects of permanent value and current general interest on international, national and local levels.
A "complete" collection of library materials should not be the goal, but the best and most useful materials should be selected. Some materials may be acquired primarily on the basis of their artistic merit, scholarship or value to humanity, while others are selected to satisfy the informational, recreational or educational interests of the community.
Materials should be acquired for individuals of varying ages, educational levels and interest, and in formats for persons with disabilities.
The B&ECPL should acquire a wide range of materials in a variety of formats according to their suitability for public library use and their cost effectiveness. Each type of material should be considered in terms of its own merit and its intended audience.
Wherever possible, the B&ECPL should provide materials to anticipate the needs and interests of potential users.
Gift materials should be judged by the same standards that apply to purchased materials. (See "Gift and Donor Recognition Policy.")
The collection shall be maintained by retaining or replacing essential materials and removing, on a systematic and continuous basis, those works that are worn, outdated, or no longer in demand. Collection Maintenance Procedure
The Special Collections of the B&ECPL (including but not limited to: Rare Books, scrapbooks, sheet music, genealogy resources, William A. Miles Center for African and African-American Studies, government documents, serials, certain reference collections and databases) represent unique resources, and special conditions may apply to the management of these collections as determined by the Director.
The Rare Book collection will be evaluated and maintained by staff trained in rare book collection and care, based on established collection development procedural guidelines and in keeping with the strategic plan of the department. Any proposals regarding deaccessioning significant works in this collection will be presented to the Executive Committee.
No library materials shall be excluded based on expressions of race, religion, nationality, or political or social views.
This policy defends the principles of freedom to read, view or hear. No material shall be removed from the collection, except for routine collection maintenance or conditions as determined by the staff and/or board, save under the procedures for "Reconsideration of Library Materials."
The library does not stand in loco parentis. Parents and/or legal guardians, not Library staff, are responsible for monitoring his or her children’s use of reading, viewing, and listening material.
This Board has adopted and declared that it shall adhere to and support:
The B&ECPL Mission Statement and The Library Bill of Rights
Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials (Form is also available at each B&ECPL location.)
Adopted January 18, 2001
Amended June 17, 2010 per Res. 2010-23