Reconsideration of Library Materials

West Lafayette Public Library has a responsibility to serve the whole community; that responsibility requires providing information that some may find offensive or controversial. We seek to represent the diversity of the community and provide access to a variety of views and topics. We believe that all library users are free to access material which may be of use to them and one library patron shall not impede another library patron’s same freedoms. Responsibility for the access and use of library materials by children seventeen (17) and under lies with their individual parent or guardian; we encourage families to be involved in their child’s reading and guide them toward growing into enthusiastic library users.

If you are interested in learning more about what helps to guide the West Lafayette Public Library as it strives to support the principles of intellectual freedom, we encourage you to read as described by the American Library Association in the Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read statement, and Freedom to View statement.

Library Bill of Rights

Freedom to Read

Freedom to View

A patron may request that West Lafayette Public Library reconsider the inclusion of a specific library material by completing and submitting a Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials. The Library Director will provide a written response to the patron within 30 days of receipt of the form. The material in question will remain in the collection during the duration of this process. Requests made without submission of a completed form will not be considered.

If the patron is dissatisfied with the decision of the Director, they may appeal to the Library Board in writing within 10 days of receiving the Director’s response. The Board will ensure that the Library Director was in compliance with the above-stated policy and will place the subject on their next meeting agenda. The decision of the Board will be final.

Approved by Library Board of Trustees May 11, 2022

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