The Board of Education endorses the guidelines approved by the American Library Association and the assertion by the American Association of School Librarians that it is the responsibility of the school library/media center to provide:
• a comprehensive collection of instructional materials selected in compliance with basic, written selection principles, and to provide maximum accessibility to these materials;
• materials that will support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, socio-economic backgrounds, and maturity levels of the students served;
• materials for teachers and students that will encourage growth in knowledge, and that will develop literary, cultural and aesthetic appreciation, and ethical standards;
• materials which reflect the ideas and beliefs of religious, social, political, historical, and ethnic groups and their contribution to the American and world heritage and culture, thereby enabling students to develop an intellectual integrity in forming judgments.
Complaints from parents or students regarding library materials shall be handled via a procedure established by the Superintendent. The Board shall retain final authority regarding the permanent removal of materials from the school library. The Board will not remove any library materials for the purpose of suppressing ideas but may remove materials if the Board has determined that they are educationally unsuitable.
Education Law §274; 275; 277; 278; 279; 283; 310; 1709 (8); 2503 (4) (b); 2576
8 NYCRR §90.7; 91.1; 91.2
Library Bill of Rights, American Library Association
Island Trees UFSD v. Pico, 457 U.S. 853 (1982)
Bicknell v. Vergennes Union School Board of Directors, 638 F.2d 438 (1980)