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Collection Development Policy

This policy is a guide for the library staff to use in selection decisions. It is a source of information for the public about the principles and the considerations involved in selecting materials for the Denver Public Library.

ROLES FOR THE LIBRARY AND USES FOR COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT:

1. Popular Materials Center. The Denver Public Library features current, high demand, high interest materials in a variety of formats for persons of all ages, with duplication to meet demand. The library provides sufficient computers for patrons to use.

2. Reference Center. The library provides timely, accurate and useful information for patrons. The reference collection includes encyclopedias, handbooks, and directories and computers with an online data service.

3. Preschoolers' Learning and Discovery. The library encourages young children to develop an interest in reading and learning through services for children, for parents and children together, and for other caregivers of children. The library provides materials in all formats aimed at fostering reading readiness in children, encouraging the uses of their imaginations and satisfying the child's curiosity.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SELECTION OF LIBRARY MATERIALS:

The materials selection policy is adopted by the Board of Trustees. It is the guideline for building the library's collection. The selection of the materials is the responsibility of the Director using the Board's policy. The Director authorizes staff members to apply the day-to-day decisions. All matters involving questioning and executing the policy are brought to the attention of the Director.

GENERAL PRINCIPLES FOR SELECTION:

Materials are selected to meet the mission of the library. The Denver Public Library has adopted the American Library Association's "Library Bill of Rights" and "Freedom to Read Statements" as part of its selection and service principles. They may otherwise be interpreted elsewhere in this document or by board action in the future.

SPECIFIC POLICIES FOR SELECTION:

1. The selection of books and materials is the Director's responsibility. The Director will take advantage of the opinions and judgments of others - notably reputable reviewing sources.

2. Donated books and materials will be evaluated and accepted using the same criteria as used in the purchasing policy of the library.

3. Religious materials purchased or donated as gifts must be of a general nature.

4. Recommendations by patrons are always accepted for consideration. Acceptance of a recommendation does not mean that the library is obliged to purchase the item.

5. Addition of any material to the library's collection does not represent an endorsement of any theory, idea, or policy contained therein.

ACCESS: The library does not restrict access to library materials except for the express purpose of protecting materials from mutilation or theft. Children, young adults and adults may use any items in the library collection. Parents and guardians are the only ones responsible for the materials accessed by their children.

REVIEWED AND APPROVED BY THE DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD, JULY 11, 2011.