Intellectual Freedom Statement

Portland Community College Library upholds the principle of intellectual freedom for all library users. This means that all library users may conduct their research in confidence that no permanent record will result from that research and no restrictions will be made on the content of inquiries. Specifically, PCC Library supports the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and Intellectual Freedom Principles.

The library includes materials in its collections (books, magazines, audiovisual materials, and online materials) based on guidelines in the Collection Development Statement.

In the event of an intellectual freedom-related concern, library staff will take the following steps:

  1. Library staff will listen to the concern respectfully and as privately as possible.
  2. Staff will provide an explanation of the library policy, or may introduce the patron to a reference librarian, subject specialist, or library administrator.
  3. If after discussing the policy no resolution has been reached, the staff member may provide the patron a Statement of Concern form or assist the person in locating the Suggestion Box on the library website. The form or message will be sent to the appropriate library manager, who will respond within three days or as soon as reasonably possible.
  4. If no resolution is reached after the patron has discussed the concern with available library personnel as described above, the complaint will be referred to the Library Dean and the patron will be invited to meet with the Dean.
  5. If the issue is still unresolved, the Dean will forward the concern to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. In consultation with the Library Dean, the Vice President will make a final decision on the question and will respond to the patron.

Reviewed 3/24/2014, 6/6/2016, 5/8/17
Updated 5/8/17
Adopted 3/03/1993


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