Waynesboro Wayne County Library
Requests for Reconsideration of Library Materials Policy
Each patron who expresses a complaint shall be treated with respect and assured by the staff person or volunteer who takes the complaint that the patron's concerns will be given every consideration.
Each complaint shall be referred either to the Library Director or a library board member.
Patron shall be asked if they wish to fill our a patron request form which shall then be given to the Library Director.
Under no circumstances shall a volunteer or staff member attempt to resolve a serious complaint on their own. Such issues as challenges to materials, confidentiality issues or any other complaint with legal implications shall be referred to the Director who, shall in turn, notify the Chairman of the Waynesboro-Wayne County Library Board of Trustees as soon as possible.
The Waynesboro-Wayne County Library will support the Library Bill of Rights (see below) as adopted by the American Library Association. If any patron of the Waynesboro-Wayne County Library raises a question about any materials provided by the Library being in any way objectionable, the complainant must file a written complaint with the Library Director on a form provided for this purpose. The complainant must be properly identified before the request is considered. No action will be taken before the complaint is brought before the Board of Trustees. The written complaint will be presented to the Board of Trustees.
The Waynesboro-Wayne County Library Board of Trustees shall:
- Read and examine the challenged material
- Consider the specific objections to the material voiced by the complainant
- Weigh the values and faults of the material as a whole
- The Board will, where appropriate, solicit advice or opinion from the Mississippi Library Commission and the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom
- The Board shall issue a written report within thirty days to the Director containing its recommendations concerning any complaint
The Director shall review the report of the Board and notify the complainant. The Waynesboro-Wayne County Library Board of Trustees has delegated the responsibility for selection and evaluation of library resources to the Library Director, and has established reconsideration procedures to address concerns about those resources. Completion of this form is the first step in those procedures.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
- Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
- A person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
- 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.
Click here to complete a Material Reconsideration form for any material you may have deemed inappropriate at the Waynesboro Wayne County Library