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The American River College Library supports the total educational program of American River College by providing for the informational needs of its students, faculty and staff.

As the programs and information needs of the college change, collection development must evolve to meet these changing needs. All members of the college community are encouraged to contribute ideas concerning collection development.

Note: See also a separate appendix regarding ebooks and online sources linked to the catalog: The Los Rios Community College Libraries Electronic Collection Development Policy.

Library Mission Statement

The library seeks to provide instruction, information resources, and services to support the college mission and supplement the instructional programs of the college. It also seeks to provide information resources and services relevant to institutional, intellectual, and professional needs, and to encourage the personal and cultural development of students, faculty, and staff.

Appendix A: ALA Library Bill of Rights

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for the information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

  1. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
  2. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
  3. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment
  4. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
  5. A person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
  6. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Appendix B:  ALA Request for Reconsideration of Library Resources

The Associate Vice President of Instruction and Learning Resources at American River College has delegated the responsibility for selection and evaluation of library resources to the librarians, and has established reconsideration procedures to address concerns about those resources. Completion of this form is the first step in those procedures. If you wish to request reconsideration of library resources, please submit the form below, which will be sent to the Associate Vice President of Instruction and Learning Resources.