Request for Reconsideration of Materials
The North Bend Public Library board has established reconsideration procedures to address concerns about resources found within the Library. Completion of this form is the first step in those procedures.
A singular obligation of the public library is to reflect within its collection differing
points of view on controversial or debatable subjects. The North Bend Public Library
does not declare particular beliefs or views, nor does the selection of an item express or
imply an endorsement of the author’s viewpoint. Library materials will not be marked or
identified to show approval or disapproval of the contents.
Comments from members of the community about the collection or individual items in
the collection frequently provide librarians with useful information about interests or
needs that may not be adequately met by the collection. The Library welcomes
expression of opinion by patrons.
Patrons who request the reconsideration of library materials will be asked to put their request in writing by completing and signing the form (below) entitled “Request for
Reconsideration of Library Material.” Upon receipt of a formal, written request, the Director will appoint a committee from the professional staff. The committee will make a written recommendation to the Director who will then make a decision regarding the disposition of the material. The director will communicate this decision and the reasons for it, in writing, to the person who initiated the request for reconsideration at the earliest possible date. The Director will inform the Library Board of Directors of all requests for reconsideration of library materials and their disposition.
In the event that the person who initiated the request is not satisfied with the decision of the Director, he/she may appeal for a hearing before the Board of Trustees by making a written request to the President of the Board. The Library Board of Directors reserves the right to limit the length of presentation and number of speakers at the hearing. The Board will determine whether the request for reconsideration has been handled in accordance with stated policies and procedures of the North Bend Public Library. On the basis of this determination, the Board may vote to uphold or override the decision of the Director.
Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials
Book_______ Periodical_______ Other_______ Publisher/Date_____________
Please state the reason for your request. ____________________________
Have you read/viewed/listened to this work/exhibition in its entirety?
What are the positive points of this material? _______________________
What would you like the library to do about this work? _______________
In its place, what work would you recommend that would convey as
valuable a picture and perspective of the subject?
Have you read the North Bend Library Collection Development Policy?
Request initiated by _________________________________________________
State ___________ Zip _____________ Phone ____________________
Do you represent:
______ Organization (name) ___________________________________
Date: ________________ Signature of Patron: __________________________
Date: ________________ Received by Staff Member: _____________________
If you wish to request reconsideration of library resources, please return the completed form to the North Bend Public Library Director, 110 East 13th Street, North Bend, NE 68649.