Policy: Request for Reconsideration of Materials

The White Plains Public Library welcomes comments and suggestions regarding the continued appropriateness of materials in the collection. Suggestions will be considered and utilized by the Library in the ongoing process of collection development.

Individuals may take issue with library materials that do not support their tastes and views. Staff is available to discuss concerns and identify alternate materials that may be available. If a patron’s concern is not satisfied through discussion with staff, a formal, written request for reconsideration of materials may be submitted to the Library Director. Copies of this form are available at the reference desk or from the director’s office.

The White Plains Public Library is not a judicial body. Laws governing obscenity, subversive materials, and other questionable matters are subject to interpretation by the courts. Therefore, no challenged material will be removed solely for the complaint of obscenity or any other category covered by law until after a local court of competent jurisdiction has ruled against the material. No materials will be knowingly added to the Library collection that have been previously determined to be in non-compliance with local laws.

For a request for reconsideration to be considered, the form must be completed in full. The patron submitting the request must be a resident of White Plains and hold a valid borrower’s card. The Library Director will respond, in writing within thirty days of receipt, to the patron’s request for reconsideration. The response will indicate the action to be taken and reasons for or against the request. An item will only be evaluated for reconsideration once in a twelve-month period.

Request for Reconsideration of Materials
*White Plains Resident Cardholders Only. White Plains Cards start with 2154400
Request is made on behalf of:
Did you read, view, or listen to the entire work?
You will receive a reply from the Library Director within 30 days.

Revised & Adopted by the White Plains Library Board of Trustees on: 6/21/00

PDF Version: Request_Reconsideration.pdf