Request for Reconsideration of Materials Policy

Mae S. Bruce Library

Request for Reconsideration of Materials Policy


The Mae S. Bruce Library welcomes comments and suggestions regarding the continued appropriateness of materials in the collection, especially concerning outdated materials.  Suggestions will be considered and utilized by the Library in the ongoing process of collection development.

 Individuals may take issue with Library materials that do not support their tastes and views.  Staff is available to discuss concerns and identify alternate materials that may be available.  If a patron’s concern is not satisfied through discussion with staff, a formal, written request for reconsideration of materials may be submitted to the Library director.  Copies of this form are available at the circulation desk.

 The Mae S. Bruce Library is not a judicial body.  Laws governing obscenity, subversive materials, and other questionable matters are subject to interpretation by the courts.  Therefore, no challenged material will be removed solely for the complaint of obscenity or any other category covered by law until after a local court of competent jurisdiction has ruled against the material.  No materials will be knowingly added to Library collections that have been previously determined to be in non-compliance with local laws.

 For a request for reconsideration to be considered, the form must be completed in full.  The patron submitting the request must be a resident of the Mae S. Bruce Library’s jurisdiction and hold a valid borrower’s card.  The director will respond, in writing within thirty days of receipt, to the patron’s request for reconsideration.  The response will indicate the action to be taken and reasons for or against the request.  An item will only be evaluated for reconsideration once in a twelve-month period.

 Reviewed and Approved by the Library Advisory Board – July 7, 2010

Approved by the Santa Fe City Council – August 12, 2010



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