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Fanwood Memorial Library Policy Manual
Section: Collection Development

Subject: 3.2 Request for Reconsideration of Materials


    1. Patrons who feel that an inappropriate item has been selected for the collection may request that said item be reconsidered or withdrawn. In such a situation, the following steps shall be taken:

The staff member to whom the question is first addressed will discuss the complaint with the patron. If the patron is not satisfied with the result of this discussion, the patron will be provided with a Request for Reconsideration of Materials form. This completed form will be given to the Director.

    2. The Director will review the request, evaluate the original reason for purchase, and consider the objection in terms of the Collection Development Policy. The Director will then reply in writing to the patron. A patron who is not satisfied with this reply may request in writing a review by the Library Board of Trustees.

    3. When such an appeal is received by the Library Board of Trustees, it will discuss the complaint at the next regularly scheduled meeting. The patron will be invited to attend this meeting. The Board's decision will be communicated to the patron within 45 days of their meeting.

During the process of reconsideration, the questioned item shall remain in the collection.
Please see "Challenged Materials: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights" in the Appendix: Guidance Documents

Board of Trustees
Approved: June 8, 2009
Revised: February 8, 2016

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