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Collection Development Policy

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It is the intent of the Board of Library Trustees that the Newport Beach Public Library provide a variety of print and non-print materials to meet the informational, educational and recreational needs of the entire community.

The Library seeks to provide breadth and depth within the collection, various points of view, and differing formats. The Library endeavors to balance materials of permanent value with those of current interest. Materials are selected based on their content as a whole, not on selected excerpts. Race, nationality, or political, social, moral, or religious views of an author will not affect the selection of materials.

Selection is based on merit of the work; value of the work within the collection; and the needs and interests of the community. Consideration is given to specific types of material; to materials for specific age groups; to materials for special interests of customers; and to differing formats of materials. These selection criteria will apply equally to materials purchased and to those accepted as gifts.

The selection of materials is made by library staff. Customers making requests that items be added to the permanent collection will be referred to the “Suggest a Title” form located on the Library’s website. Suggestions from library customers are encouraged and receive serious consideration.

Many items which are not in the collection are available to library customers, through established interlibrary loan practices. Concurrently, the Library participates in universal borrowing, established by the California Library Services Act, Article 4, Section 18731, which states, “A public library participating in universal borrowing shall not exclude the residents of any jurisdiction maintaining a public library.” This allows Newport Beach Public Library customers direct access to materials housed in other participating public libraries in Orange County and throughout the State of California.

The Library believes that the use of library materials is an individual and private matter. All customers are free to select or reject materials for themselves; they may not restrict the freedom of others to read or inquire. Parents have the primary responsibility to guide and direct the use of library materials by their own minor children.

In support of the above principles, the Library endorses the Library Bill of Rights and The Freedom to Read Statement as adopted by the American Library Association Council.

Library customers with concerns about a specific title in the collection shall be provided with a copy of the Library's "Collection Development Policy" and asked to complete the "Customer’s Request for Evaluation of Library Resources" form, Attachment I of the Collection Development Policy.

Library staff shall evaluate the material, based on the "Collection Development Policy" established by the Board of Library Trustees. A recommendation shall be forwarded to the Library Services Director who shall respond in writing to the customer. Any unresolved concerns shall be referred to the Board of Library Trustees for final decision.

[Attachment I – Customer’s Request for Evaluation of Library Resources]

Adopted - October 22, 1990
Amended - October 28, 1991
Amended - January 24, 1994
Reassigned - April 8, 2003
Corrected (Att. II) – October 10, 2006
Revisions Approved – November 16, 2010
Amendments Approved by City Council – September 27, 2011

Amended – August 20, 2018
Formerly I-16

This Policy will be periodically reviewed by the Board of Library Trustees on the first to occur of (i) as circumstances may require or (ii) every two years from the date of adoption, last amendment, or last review. Adopted, last amended, or last reviewed on August 20, 2018.