Request for Reconsideration of Materials


The choice of library materials by patrons is an individual matter.  Parents and legal guardians are responsible for the materials that their children borrow.  While a person may reject materials for himself or for his children, he cannot exercise censorship to restrict access to library materials by others.

The Cranston Public Library supports intellectual freedom and endorses the American Library Association (ALA) Freedom to Read Statement, Freedom to View Statement, the Library Bill of Rights and all relevant Library Bill of Rights Interpretations.  Patrons wishing reconsideration of library materials must complete the Cranston Public Library Request for Reconsideration of Library Resources Form (below) in its entirety.  Only signed forms will be considered. The Library Director will acknowledge receipt of the form within two weeks.

The relevant Library Staff will review the library material to ascertain whether it meets the standards set forth in the library’s Collection Development Policy, and will make a written recommendation to the Library Director as to the validity of the request.

The Library Director, after reviewing the recommendation, will decide whether the library material remains on the shelf or is removed and will notify the patron of said decision. A final appeal may be made to the Library Board of Trustees.

A copy of the request form without identifying patron information will be mailed to the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom.

Download the Request for Reconsideration of Materials Form here


Approved by the Cranston Public Library Board of Trustees 9/9/2015