Material Selection Policy

The Board of Trustees of the Tinley Park Public Library supports the Library Bill of Rights and the American Library Association's Freedom to Read and Freedom to View Statements.  (See Exhibits 1, 2, and 3.) 

It is the goal of the Tinley Park Public Library to seek to meet the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of the Library user.

The Tinley Park Public Library is affiliated with the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS).  In conjunction with this entity, the Library utilizes an interlibrary loan system to meet patrons' requests where budgetary restraints or limited appeal prohibits addition of the materials to the collection.

COMMUNITY SERVED BY THE TINLEY PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY:The Tinley Park Public Library serves, primarily, patrons residing within the Library's boundaries as well as those under contractual agreement with the Orland Hills Public Library District. This area is comprised of a wide range of the socio-economic spectrum and derives its income from diverse sources; from agriculture to suburban-commuter to manufacturing.  The Library serves patrons from a wider area through its participation in the statewide and worldwide reciprocal borrowing program.

The Tinley Park Public Library maintains an open door policy to all patrons.  It serves preschoolers to senior citizens.  The Library strives to provide materials of interest to all educational, religious, ethnic, economic and social backgrounds.

It is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees of the Tinley Park Public Library to review and approve this Material Selection Policy.  The Board is responsible for protecting the rights of the Library user and ultimately answering any and all questions regarding the policy and preservation of an individual's right to know.
In accordance with Illinois Library Law, specific selection, ordering, maintaining and weeding of all library materials shall be delegated to the Library Administrator.

The Library Administrator will delegate selecting, ordering, maintaining and weeding the library collection to the appropriate staff as outlined by the Board of Trustees of the Tinley Park Public Library’s Materials Selection Policy.  (Under the Library Administrator’s direction, such members of the professional staff who are qualified by education and training, will participate in selection and weeding of Library materials.)

The collection is designed to meet the needs of the Tinley Park Public Library patrons.  It is the duty of the staff to acquire materials which meet these needs even though the materials may present views contrary to the personal beliefs of staff members, Library board members, community organizations, or individuals.  No employee may be disciplined or dismissed for the selection of Library materials when the selection is made in good faith and in accordance with this written Materials Selection Policy.

PARAMETERS OF COLLECTION:The Tinley Park Public Library provides a wide range of services free to all citizens of the Village of Tinley Park and the Village of Orland Hills.  To meet the informational and recreational needs of its diverse community, the Library must build and maintain a well-balanced collection of print and non-print materials.  All different types of format will be considered when selecting materials, taking into consideration possible future technological advances.  It shall be the policy of this Library to provide materials in whatever format will best meet the needs of the community, whether in book form or by electronic means. The Library does not atempt to meet curriculum needs of educational  programs at any level. Textbooks are acquired if they serve the general public by providing information on subjects where little or no material is available in any other form.

The Tinley Park Public Library policy directs that the selection of books and/or other Library materials shall be made on the basis of their value to interest, enlighten, and inform all people of the Library’s community.  No Library material shall be excluded because of the race, nationality, political or social views of the author.

Selection of materials is influenced by:
1.  Anticipation of and response to continuing and changing needs and interests of the
      community and individuals.
  2.  Current and historical significance.
  3.  Professional judgment.
  4.  Input garnered from critical reviews and selection sources.
  5.  Budgetary considerations.
  6.  Credentials of the author.
  7.  Credentials of the publisher.
  8.  Timeliness.
  9.  Patron demands.
10.  Other considerations.

The Library staff selects a general representative collection for all ages at a variety of reading levels, but the collection is also attuned to the specific needs of the community.  Materials selection sources such as Library Journal and School Library Journal will not be followed solely.  Patron demand still must be considered even if reviews are not favorable.  Multiple copies of a title may be purchased if there is adequate patron demand.

The collection of the Tinley Park Public Library has been enriched by many donations of books and other materials that it would not otherwise have been able to afford or acquire.  The Library is grateful for these gifts, and actively seeks gifts from the community.

The decision to include gift materials in the collection is based on this Materials Selection Policy, the physical condition of the materials, staff input, the Library's needs, and the Library's facilities to house the materials.  Gift materials will be integrated into the general collection with a bookplate identifying the donor if applicable.  Cash gifts will be expended by the Library Administrator and/or staff in accordance with this policy, the recommendations of the donor, and the needs of the Library.

All honorary, memorial, and monetary gifts will be acknowledged. In the case of other donations, a receipt will not be given, and  no staff member will assign a monetary value to any gift.  Books and other materials will be accepted on the condition that the Library Administrator has the authority to make whatever disposition of the materials is deemed advisable in accordance with the criteria applied in this Selection Policy. The Library will not accept for deposit materials which are not outright gifts, unless a special contract for maintenance and use in the Library is entered into between the Library and the party retaining control of the material.

The collection of the Tinley Park Public Library will be evaluated as an ongoing process.  This is to be a positive activity done in order to find areas that need to be strengthened as well as to identify materials that need to be withdrawn.  As all viewpoints on issues are sought, additional materials will be selected to add to the viewpoints already available in the Library.

The Library's holdings are continuously evaluated by the professional staff in order to maintain a useful collection that meets the needs of the community.  Outdated and unused materials are withdrawn.  Lost books may be replaced if they are deemed to be of further use to the collection.

Books and non-print materials from the Library's collection may be discarded, sold, given to local philanthropic, educational, cultural, governmental, or other not-for-profit organizations.

A singular obligation of the public library is to reflect within its collection differing points of view on controversial or debatable subjects.  The Tinley Park Public Library does not promote particular beliefs or views, nor does the selection of an item express or imply endorsement of the viewpoint of the author.  Library materials will not be marked or identified to show approval or disapproval of the contents, nor will items be sequestered, except for the purpose of protecting them from damage or theft.

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, but will be governed by this Materials Selection Policy in making additions to or deleting items from the collection.

Members of the community are encouraged to bring their concerns regarding any specific titles or items in the collection to the attention of the Library Administrator in either an informal discussion or through a formal complaint process.

Community members wishing to use the formal complaint process are referred to the appended instructions and procedures regarding reconsideration of library materials. Until this process has been completed, no removal or restriction of material undergoing review shall take place. The decision of the Board of Trustees on reconsideration of material is final.
Patron Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials Form *

Original: 1997
Revised: June 2003
Revised: July 2007
Revised: October 2008
Revised: August 2009
Revised: Janaury 2011
Revised: September 2012