The reconsideration of library materials procedure relates to the selection, deselection and reconsideration of library materials as recommended by the American Library Association (ALA), Massachusetts Library System (MLS), and in our local library consortium the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium MVLC.

The procedure will:

  • Provide a framework for the consistent selection and acquisition of library resources in all formats using a standard set of criteria.
  • Ensure a diversity of viewpoints on all topics, including those that may be considered controversial.
  • Establish a process by which individuals may share their concerns about library resources in a discussion with a librarian or, if their concerns are unresolved, invoke a formal reconsideration process.
  • Affirm the importance of intellectual freedom, referencing key documents such as the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the Library Bill of Rights, and the Freedom to Read Statement.

Please click here to find a copy of the procedure that contains a link to request a reconsideration.