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Dulany Memorial Library

Collection Development Policy

Policy concerning how the library selects materials

The library collections for patrons under age 18 are split into the “Easy” (E) collection, which is intended for ages birth to 2nd grade, the “Juvenile” or “Youth Fiction” (J or YFIC) collection which is intended for patrons 3rd grade through 8th grade, and the “Young Adult” (YA) collection which is intended for patrons in 9th grade and above. There may be some variation in the age appropriateness of each collection. Library staff does their best to adhere to these designations when purchasing and shelving the materials in these collections. However, the recommended age ranges for each collection is just that – a recommendation. The responsibility for materials used by minors rests completely with their parents or legal guardians. Materials selected for the Adult and Young Adult collection are intended for mature readers. Checkouts to minors from these collections are allowed with the signed parental permissions on a minor’s library card form. Minors will be allowed checkouts from each library collection that has been approved with signed parental permission. Separate collections are available for children and young people, but it is not the responsibility of the Library, its Board of Trustees, staff, or volunteers to determine which collection they should use or what item in the approved collection is suitable for an individual. If a parent wishes to challenge materials or a situation, there is a Reconsideration Process that they can follow. (See "Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials, Display, and Age Designations of Events and Presentations Policy" under "Library Rules".)

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