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Reconsideration of Materials Policy

All Libraries stand strongly for the freedom of thought, the freedom of intellectual activity, and the freedom of communication. Therefore, in materials selection policies, Libraries must select with the view to present all sides of an issue, not just one particular opinion. For this reason, this Library subscribes to the philosophy, policies, and spirit set forth by the American Library Association's "Bill of Rights". This document supports the guarantee of freedom of the press as stated in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The Library also upholds the ALA Council's Freedom to Read Statement and the Freedom to View Statement from the Educational Film Library Association.

The Patron’s Request for Reconsideration of Materials Form will be available from the Library Director during normal Library hours. The library patron will submit the completed document to the Library Director and the Library Director will present it to the Library Board for reconsideration at the earliest opportunity. Material for which a Request for Reconsideration has been received will not be removed from the Library shelves until the process of reconsideration has been completed, and then only if they are found not to meet the criteria of the Library’s Collection Development Policy. Library materials that are subjected to reconsideration and are found to meet the standards set in the Collection Development Policy will not be removed from public access.

Steps for Reconsideration of Material

  1. A Montgomery City Public Library patron can pick up the Request for Reconsideration form from a librarian during normal business hours.  
  2. The Montgomery City Public Library patron must fill out the Request for Reconsideration form and return it to the librarian.
  3. The librarian will take it to the Board of Trustees.
  4. The Board of Trustees will form a Materials Challenged Committee consisting of one library staff member, two board members, and two people from the community to review the challenged material and make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees.
  5. The Board of Trustees will review the recommendation, deliberate, and make a final decision.
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