Collection Development Policy

Citrus College Library Collection Development Policy Highlights

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Library Bill of Rights 

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, 

and that the following basic policies should guide their services. 

I. Books and other library resources should be provided for  the interest, information, and 

enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded 

because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation. 

II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and 

historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal 

disapproval. 

III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the  fulfillment of their responsibility to provide 

information and enlightenment. 

IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of 

free expression and free access to ideas. 

V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, 

background, or views. 

VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve 

should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations 

of individuals or groups requesting their use. 

Adopted June 19, 1939, by the ALA Council; amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; 

February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967;  January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 

1996. 


On Intellectual Freedom 

"Intellectual freedom can exist only where two  essential conditions are met: first, that all 

individuals have the right to hold any belief on any subject and to convey their ideas in any form 

they deem appropriate, and second, that society makes an equal commitment to the right of 

unrestricted access to information and ideas regardless of the communication medium used, the 

content of work, and the viewpoints of both the author and the receiver of information." 

ALA actively advocates in defense  of the rights of library users to read, seek information, and 

speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment.  A publicly supported library provides free 

and equal access to information for all people of that community.  We enjoy this basic right in our 

democratic society.  It is a core value of the library profession.   

Intellectual Freedom Manual, 7th edition 


On Controversial Materials 

Concerns about content of materials will be referred to the Library Committee. Concerns will be presented on a form completed and signed by the party challenging any given title. The Library Committee will evaluate the original reasons for  the purchase of the material, and will then respond to the patron making the objection. 

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