COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT AND ALLOCATIONS OF FUNDS
The purpose of the Collection Development Policy is to guide the Library's professional librarians and inform the public of the principles that govern the selection of materials.
A knowledge of the community is of vital importance in the responsible selection of library materials. The area served by the Indiana Free Library encompasses a diverse population. The educational, cultural and vocational backgrounds, as well as the interests, problems and needs of the residents must be considered when building and maintaining a balanced collection.
The Indiana Free Library endeavors to provide for informational and recreational needs, to supplement formal and informal study, to support community activities, to increase knowledge of community and world affairs, and to reflect a variety of opinions. It is recognized that some members of the community have specialized needs that cannot be met locally. Interlibrary loan and reference services are provided to assist these individuals.
Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are rights of our heritage, guaranteed by the Constitution and defended by our legal system. Since a public library serves and is supported by many and varied groups and individuals, it must respect these differences by providing a varied and balanced collection of topics and beliefs. Inclusion of materials on particular views does not constitute endorsement by the library. The Indiana Free Library endorses the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement published by the American Library Association.
Allocation of Funds for Library Materials
The Library Director, in collaboration with the Board of Trustees, is responsible for determining how funds will be allocated within the materials budget. The materials budget is divided among several collections. Some materials dedicated to the Adult collection do include large print materials.