In support of its mission, the Library selects, maintains and provides access to information, services and materials in a variety of formats to fulfill the educational, informational, recreational and cultural needs of all people of Prince George’s County.
Selection of library materials and resources is delegated to the Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Library Trustees. The Chief Executive Office appoints qualified professional staff to select materials and resources for the Library System.
The Board of Library Trustees of PGCMLS has adopted this Selection Policy and has included the following documents:
Materials and resources will not be excluded because of the race, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, or the political, social, or religious view of the author.
Choice of library materials and resources for personal use is an individual matter. Any customer is free to reject materials for their own use if that customer does not personally approve of them.
The freedom of access for a minor to library materials and resources may be restricted by the minor’s parent or legal guardian.
If a customer requests that an item be removed from the collection, the material will remain in the collection until all review procedures are followed and an official decision is made by the Board of Library Trustees.
PGCMLS acquires, organizes and makes available materials and resources in a variety of formats which:
The specific aim of the Teen collection is to provide materials and resources for young people ages twelve through eighteen. Recognizing that adolescence is a period of rapid physical, mental and emotional growth, and taking into account the many levels of maturity and sophistication of this age group, materials and resources are selected which vary in format, content and reading difficulty.
There is no single standard which can be applied to all materials included in the Library’s collection. Some materials are selected to meet informational and educational needs. Others may be evaluated primarily in terms of their artistic merit or chosen to satisfy customer demand. Materials are evaluated as a whole rather than on the basis of a particular section or isolated passage. Works which present an aspect of life honestly will not be excluded because of frankness of expression.
To build a diversified, customer-focused collection which supports the Library’s mission, certain criteria are used:
Titles are acquired in multiple formats when appropriate, including print, audio, DVD/Blu-Ray, and digital resources, as space and budgets allow. At times, a digital edition may be deemed more appropriate than the physical edition depending on accessibility, ease of use, and cost-effectiveness.
Works donated by local authors who are current residents of Prince George’s County and the surrounding area (Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Calvert County, Charles County, and the District Of Columbia) will be considered for the Library’s collection using the criteria stated in the Selection Policy for Library Materials.
The mission of PGCMLS Special Collections is to explore our past, inspire conversations, and anticipate the stories to come. These collections provide access to traditional library materials including books, periodicals, microforms, digital content, vertical files, photographs, pamphlets, and other ephemera. To build special collections which support this mission, certain criteria are used:
The Library System maintains three Special Collections focusing on various unique aspects of the Prince George’s County experience from a historical perspective.
In order to keep the library collection current and responsive to community needs, materials will be withdrawn when they are:
Withdrawn items which are in good condition may be sold, with proceeds benefiting the library.