The Mission of Monterey County Free Libraries is to bring ideas,
inspiration, information and enjoyment to our community.
In order to fulfill its mission, Monterey County Free Libraries
(MCFL) will select, organize and make library materials accessible
in a variety of formats to meet the expressed, anticipated and
lifelong learning needs and interests of the broad community it
serves. MCFL will provide materials in English and Spanish, and
additional languages that best respond to the current needs of
MCFL’s service areas.
Under the direction of the Library Director, professional librarians
select materials by utilizing a combination of reviews, knowledge of
the community, currency of information, popularity and demand. MCFL
makes efforts to represent a broad range of viewpoints. Each
selection is evaluated on its own merit taking into consideration
budgetary and space limitations and its relation to the collection
as a whole.
Materials will not be excluded solely because they may cause concern
to some individuals. Materials may include items deemed
controversial because of their political, religious or sexual
content if they meet other selection criteria. Restriction of a
child’s access to materials is the right and responsibility of the
parent or guardian.
Monterey County Free Libraries subscribes to the
Library Bill of Rights,
Freedom to Read,
Freedom to View
statements of the American Library Association.
MCFL’s collection is regularly assessed and maintained by
Materials that are no longer considered useful will be withdrawn
from the collection. Factors taken into consideration in the removal
of library materials include, but are not limited to, age, accuracy
of content, current patron interest, physical condition,
availability of other material on the subject, and shelf space.
Withdrawn materials may be sold at library book sales, donated or
MCFL encourages library users to make suggestions for purchase which
may be made
online or in person.
Each suggestion is subject to the same selection criteria as other
materials and is not automatically added to the collection.
MCFL encourages and regularly receives donations of materials as
possible additions to the collection. Donations are final and become
the property of the library and are evaluated using the same
selection criteria as purchased material. Materials the library
cannot use will be offered at library book sales or disposed of in
other ways. The library reserves the right to refuse donations and
does not guarantee that any item will be added to the collection.
Items not added to the collection will not be returned to the donor.
Monetary bequests and memorials to honor community patrons and
supporters of the library are welcomed.
If requested by the donor memorial bookplates may be attached
to donated or purchased materials.
Library users who express concern about an item in the collection
will be provided with a Library Materials Comment Form. The
completed form and material will be reviewed by professional staff
and the Library Director. The patron will be provided with a
response if requested.