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Board of Trustees Policy Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide to the members of the Fairfax County Library (FCPL) Board of Trustees, the Library Administration and staff, all of the basic statutes, regulations and policies pertinent to the overall direction of FCPL

Policy Regarding Recommendations about Current and Potential Library Materials

The library’s varied collection is available to all and represents a diversity of subjects and viewpoints. The library upholds the right of the individual to secure these resources, even though the content may be controversial, unorthodox, or unacceptable to some. The choice of library materials is an individual matter. Parents/guardians have the right to guide the reading, viewing, and listening of their children but must respect these rights in other parents/guardians.

Individuals who wish to request the inclusion of materials currently not owned by the library are encouraged to utilize library-provided suggestion forms or speak to a library supervisor. Suggestions from library staff members and library customers are considered in the selection process as set forth in Policy G Regarding the Selection of Materials.

Individuals who wish to request the withdrawal or reclassification of materials currently owned by the library are encouraged to discuss their concerns with a library supervisor. This includes concerns regarding outdated or inaccurate materials in the collection. If the patron is not satisfied with the response to their request, the manager shall provide the patron with the library’s procedure on requesting formal reconsideration of the library resource. The requests for reconsideration process can be found at Reconsideration Process - My Library Account - FCPL Curated Content at Fairfax County Government.

Materials shall be reconsidered in their entirety and not on portions taken out of context. No materials shall be removed during the reconsideration process. The library fully endorses the principles documented in the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement of the American Library Association. 


Library Bill of Rights, Addendum 12
Freedom to Read Statement, Addendum 13
Free Access to Libraries for Minors, Addendum 14


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