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Collection Development Policy: Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound: Intellectual Freedom

Intellectual Freedom

Collins Memorial Library advocates full intellectual freedom as fundamental to the educational process. Where there is controversy or disagreement concerning the veracity of particular ideas, issues, or beliefs, Collins Memorial Library will attempt to provide a diverse selection of sources encompassing the major views. To this end, materials will be collected that offer a wide spectrum of ideas, opinions, and information, regardless of the popularity of the viewpoints expressed in these materials.

The Library Bill of Rights states in Article 1 that “materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation,” and in Article 2, that “materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.” The Library Director is responsible for responding to all questions concerning the propriety of specific materials in the library collection.

Challenged Materials

If an individual or group wishes to voice concern over content, the library requests the following procedure:

Step 1: An individual or group that has concerns about content and materials is asked to contact the Director of the Collins Library to discuss the concerns. If after discussion, the concerned patron or group is not satisfied with the outcomes and wants the item removed, a formal reconsideration process will be followed.

Step 2: This includes the individual or group completing a reconsideration form. The submission of the completed form will initiate the formal reconsideration process. The challenge will be considered by the Library Management Team who will review the challenge and issue a response. If the individual or group feels that the issue is unresolved, the Library Director may seek guidance from the Library, Media and Information Services (LMIS) committee, or the University Provost.

Concerns About Library Materials

If you have any questions about intellectual freedom at Collins Library, please email Jane Carlin, Library Director, or contact her by telephone at 253.879.3118.