The purpose of this policy is to guide the development and maintenance of materials collections in accordance with the mission and vision of the Library and each branch, section and unit within the Library system; to inform the public about the principles upon which selections are made; and to demonstrate that public monies are spent wisely to meet the needs and interests of the community.
The Library’s core resource is its collection, which supports the mission and vision of the Library as approved by the Board of Directors and in accordance with city, state and federal laws. The Library provides a collection in a variety of formats for a wide range of ages, interests, cultural and educational backgrounds and reading skills. New formats are considered when demand and viability warrant. Final responsibility for selection decisions rests with the Director of Libraries and the Library Board of Directors.
The Wichita Public Library subscribes to the
Library Bill of Rights, the
Freedom to Read Statement and the
Freedom to View statement as adopted by the American Library Association. In accordance with these statements, the Library recognizes that some materials may be controversial and that any given item may concern some customers. Without anticipated approval or disapproval, selections will be made solely on the merits of the work in relation to the building of the collection and to serving the interests of Library customers. Responsibility for the reading, viewing and listening choices of minors rests with their parents or guardians. Limitations on access to public computer workstations or collections/formats may be requested for a minor child by that child's signing adult. No other age-based restrictions on access to Library materials will be enforced, except by statutory requirement.
Selection of materials is based on each item's excellence and the audience for whom it is intended. No single standard is applied in all cases. Some materials are judged primarily for artistic merit, scholarship or value to humanity, while others are selected to satisfy the informational, recreational or educational interests of the City’s diverse population. The Library collects material reflecting a variety of viewpoints on controversial issues, including those that reflect potentially controversial opinions of the author or creator. The Library labels materials only to aid in circulation and directional aides for how to organize the collections and major categorizations of genres or collections.
When selecting materials, the following criteria will be considered. An item need not meet all of these criteria to be selected.
Items generally excluded from selection include:
The Library monitors and evaluates materials regularly to determine if the needs of customers are being met. An up-to-date, attractive and useful collection is maintained by renewing essential materials. Works that are damaged, worn, outdated, of little historical significance, or no longer in demand are removed from the collection on a systematic and continuous basis.
The Library accepts donated artistic works by Kansas creators (authors, musicians, filmmakers) in both physical and digital formats.
Physical formats accepted include: print books, music CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays. Physical materials donated to the Library by Kansas creators may either be added to circulating collections or may be permanently retained in the Wulfmeyer Special Collections at the Central Library, at Selection staff’s discretion.
The library also accepts donated e-books by Kansas authors. The submitter of the work must own the copyright to the work and have the authority to authorize the Library to lend the work through Wichita E-Reads, the Library’s e-book platform.
All donated content is subject to the Collection Management Policy.
Related FormKansas Creators Donation Form
The Library recognizes its responsibility to make available a representative selection of materials on subjects of interest to its users, including materials that represent various sides of controversial questions. Individuals may request reconsideration of a selection decision by submitting
a written request for reconsideration
using established Library procedures and guidelines.
Related FormRequest for Reconsideration of a Library Resource