Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials

The Library welcomes citizens' expressions of opinion concerning materials acquired for the Library collections. Requests to remove materials will be considered within the context of the policies set forth in the Collection Development Policy.

Anyone who wishes to request that a specific item be reconsidered for inclusion in the collection of materials should complete and sign the Citizen's Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials form. The completed form will be forwarded to the appropriate staff -- the Collection Development Coordinator for adult materials and the Youth Services Coordinator for children's materials.

The Collection Development Coordinator/Youth Services Coordinator will consider the request in a timely fashion, reviewing the questioned material in its entirety and conducting the necessary research in order to re-evaluate the item's appropriateness for inclusion in the Library's collection. The Coordinator will consult with the Library Director and a decision made regarding the retention or removal of the item.

Once a decision has been made regarding the retention or removal of the material, a letter explaining the decision, and the reasons for it, will be sent to the person who submitted the Reconsideration form.

If the person indicates dissatisfaction with the resolution, he/she may appeal to the Library Board. The Library Board will reconsider the decision based on whether or not the particular item conforms to the Criteria for Selection outlined in the Board-approved Collection Development Policy.

(Approved by Library Board September 12, 2001)

Note: Requests for consideration may be submitted to Jane Roughen, acting Youth Services Coordinator and Community Services Manager - Branches, at 266-8685 or jroughen @ cityofmadison.com or Molly Warren, acting Collection Development Coordinator, at 266-6310 or mplcolldev @ scls.lib.wi.us.