Public Library

The Fort Lee Public Library is open 7 days a week for all your borrowing needs.  In addition, you can access your library card account 24 hours a day at bccls.org.  Use your online account to review and renew items you have borrowed, check the status of item requests, and update your contact information.  Passwords are required to access accounts online and can be set by calling or visiting the Circulation Desk.

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Library Board of Trustees

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SELECTION POLICY FOR BOOKS AND OTHER LIBRARY MATERIALS 

A. Objectives

The purpose of the Fort Lee Public Library is to provide all individuals in the community with carefully selected books and materials to aid the individual in the pursuit of education, research, pleasure, and the creative use of leisure time.

Because of the volume of publishing, as well as the limitations of budget and space, the library must have a selection policy with which to meet community interests and needs.

The materials selection/collection development policy is used by the library staff in the selection of materials and also serves to acquaint the general public with the principles of selection.

The Library Bill of Rights and The Freedom to Read Statement have been endorsed by the Fort Lee Public Library Board of Trustees and are an integral part of the policy.

The materials selection/collection development policy, like all other policies, will be reviewed and/or revised as the need arises.

B. Responsibility for Selection

The ultimate responsibility for selection of library materials rests with the Library Director, who operates within the framework of the policies determined by the Fort Lee Public Library Board of Trustees. This responsibility may be shared with other members of the library staff; however, because the Director must be available to answer to the Library Board and the general public for actual selections made, the Director has the authority to reject or select any item contrary to the recommendations of the staff.

C. Criteria for Selection

1. The main points considered in the selection of materials are:

a. Individual merit of each item

b. Popular appeal/demand

c. Suitability of material for the clientele

d. Existing library holdings

e. Budget

2. Reviews are a major source of information about new materials. The primary sources of reviews are Booklist, Library Journal, The New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, and Kirkus.

The lack of a review or an unfavorable review shall not be considered the sole reason for rejecting a title which is in demand. Consideration is, therefore, given to requests from library patrons and books discussed on public media. Materials are judged on the basis of the work as a whole, not on a part taken out of context.

POLICY ON CONFIDENTIALITY

The Fort Lee Public Library advocates the principles implicit in the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement, principles guaranteed by the Constitution. Regarding confidentiality, in order to guarantee the upholding of *Article 5 of the Library Bill of Rights, the Library shall endeavor to guarantee the right of privacy in the use of library materials to all its patrons. Access to patron files, either computerized or manual, is restricted to library personnel only, and details of personal data or selection of reading material shall not be disclosed to anyone outside of the staff. The borrowing history of any item shall be kept in strict confidence, that is, the identity of patrons who have borrowed a particular item, shall be deemed a private matter. No permanent record of the borrowing history of any item shall contain the borrower's written name and/or address. Such records shall not be made available to any agency of state, federal, or local government except pursuant to such process, order or subpoena as may be authorized by law, and such process has been properly shown to have good cause. This stated policy is in compliance with N.J.S.A. 1 8A: 71-18 A: End

Confidentiality of Library Users' Records

Library records which contain the names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of libraries are confidential and shall not be disclosed except in the following circumstances:

1. The records are necessary for the proper operation of the library

2. Disclosure is requested by the user, or

3. Disclosure is required pursuant to a subpoena issued by a court or court order

L. 1985, C 172 S eff. May 31, 1985

*The rights of an individual to the use of a library shoud not be denied or abridged because of his/her age, race, religion, national origins, or social or political views.