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Intellectual Freedom
The Osawatomie Public Library adheres to and wholly supports the “Library Bill of Rights”, and “Freedom to Read” and “Freedom to View” statements, both of which are considered part of the collection development policy. 

Process for Reconsideration of Library Materials
  1. All challenges of materials are handled by the director. An appointment may be made for the complainant either to meet with the director in person or by telephone.
  2. If the meeting is person-to-person, a private area should be chosen. The director and another staff person or board member will listen calmly and courteously. The individual or group should be treated with dignity.
  3. The director will explain the general criteria of the library’s selection policy to the complainant. It should be made clear that the Library Board of Trustees subscribes to the freedom statements in this policy.
  4. If the complainant wants to continue the procedure for reconsideration of materials after talking with the director, the complainant will be requested to complete the form “Reconsideration of Library Materials.”  The form must be filled out in its entirety. 
  5. The director, upon receipt of a completed form, will recommend to the board members for a committee. The committee shall consist of one board member and two people from the community at large. Upon appointment by the director and board,  members will make a decision on the library material in question.    
  6. The process of reconsideration is explained to the complainant, who shall be notified of the committee’s decision within 60 days.
  7. If the complainant is not satisfied with the committee’s decision, he/she may appeal to the Board of Trustees within three weeks of the committee decision.
  8. If the decision is appealed to the board, the material in question and all supporting information concerning the decision to purchase this material should be forwarded to the board. The board’s decision will be final.

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