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Materials Selection Policy

It is the goal of the Monterey County Free Libraries to select, organize, and make library materials accessible in many formats to meet the expressed and anticipated needs and interests of the communities it serves.  The Library is committed to providing materials in English, Spanish, and other languages that best reflect the current and future demographics of Monterey County. 

Access to these materials will:

  • Provide insight into a wide range of human and social conditions and cultural heritages

  • Support lifelong learning and supplement formal education

  • Meet the informational and recreational needs of the communities

  •  Provide a variety of materials on matters of current interest

  • Assist the individual to grow intellectually and culturally

  •  Reflect a broad range of opinions

Materials will not be excluded just because they may cause concern to some individuals.  They will not be excluded solely because they contain political, religious, or moral views that may be controversial, nor because of language or frank sexual depictions, if they meet other selection criteria.  Any restrictions of a child’s access to materials are the responsibility of the parents.

Selection Criteria

Under the direction of the County Librarian, professional librarians select materials by utilizing critical journal reviews, suggestions from patrons, professional knowledge, and other appropriate sources.  Each proposed selection is evaluated on its own merit and in relation to the collection as a whole, using some or all of the following criteria:

  • Suitability of subject and style for the intended audience

  •  Current and future relevance to community needs

  •  Literary quality, artistic value, or importance to its genre

  •  Popular demand by the public

  •  Importance of the author or artist

  • Timeliness

  •  Cost

  •  Existing collection

  •  Availability of the material elsewhere

  •  Sustained interest

The Monterey County Free Libraries subscribes to the Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read, and the Freedom to View statements of the American Library Association.



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