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Lyons Township District Library

LTDL Freedom to Read/View Policy

Freedom to Read Policy

(Approved 8/8/13)

The Lyons Township District Library Board of Trustees recognizes censorship is a purely individual matter and declares that while individuals are free to reject for themselves materials of which they do not approve, they cannot exercise this right of censorship to restrict the freedom of others to read, view, or listen; and that responsibility for guiding children in reading, viewing, and listening rests with their parents and legal guardian.

Freedom to View Policy

(Approved 8/8/13)

In view of parents' responsibilities for their children's selections, Lyons Township District Library adheres to circulating films, video, and other audiovisual materials to patrons aged 18 and over. With regard to attendance at programs where films are shown, a minor’s attendance at the program demonstrates parent/guardian approval of attendance. The library does not act in loco parentis, determining which films a minor may or may not view.

We endorse the principles outlined below, with the understanding that they apply to adults and to minors with parental/guardian guidance. The Freedom to View, along with the freedom to speak, to hear, and to read, is protected by the United States Constitution’s First Amendment. In a free society, there is no place for censorship of any medium of expression. Therefore, these principles are affirmed:

·         To provide the broadest access to film, video, and other audiovisual materials because they are a means for the communication of ideas. Liberty of circulation is essential to insure the constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression.

·         To protect the confidentiality of all individuals and institutions using film, video, and other audiovisual materials.

·         To provide film, video, and other audiovisual materials which represent a diversity of views and expression. Selection of a work does not constitute or imply agreement with or approval of content.

·         To provide a diversity of viewpoints without the constraint of labeling or prejudging film, video, or other audiovisual materials on the basis of the moral, religious, or political beliefs of the producer or filmmaker or on the basis of controversial content.

To contest vigorously, by all lawful means, every encroachment upon the public’s Freedom to View.