Citrus College Library Collection Development Policy Highlights
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
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.
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.
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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