All libraries have systems in place if a library user would like to remove a volume from the collection.

Wasilla, in particular, has a strong statement regarding reconsideration of library materials. I will let it speak for itself:

In accordance with the Wasilla Public Library Collection Development Policy, the library, “…strives to achieve a balanced collection of materials in the major information categories, as well as a fiction collection calculated to satisfy the widest possible variety of tastes. All viewpoints and opinions on controversial subjects will be represented whenever possible… Wasilla Public Library recognizes the right of every citizen to read and gather information, and his or her right to freedom from censorship by other persons. Many books are controversial and any given item may offend some persons. However, selections for this library will not be made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval, but solely on the merits of the material in relation to the building of the collection and to serving the interests of all readers. This library holds censorship to be a purely individual matter and declares that – while anyone is free to reject for himself books and other materials of which he does not approve – he cannot exercise this right of censorship to restrict the freedom of others.”

The statement almost brings tears to my eyes!

The full policy statement has been provided by the City of Wasilla, interestingly enough, under a special section of their website devoted to requested documents about Sarah Palin’s tenure as Mayor. Reconsiderations Requests of Library Material

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