San Francisco Public Library

Collection Development Policy

The Collection Development Policy supports the mission of the San Francisco Public Library and provides direction and guidance for the Collection Development Plan. It is the goal of the Library to provide a high quality collection of books and other materials in a variety of formats and languages for all ages that is responsive to the needs and interests of the community and reflective of the diversity of the community. To support an informed public, the collections shall represent diverse points of view, and may include materials that some members of the public consider to be controversial in nature. The Library will provide free and equitable access to library collections to all users. In selecting materials, library staff will use professional reference resources, judgment, knowledge and experience to select these materials, and will proactively solicit advice from, as well as anticipate the needs and interests of, the community. Within budgetary and space limitations, the collections will serve to enhance the cultural, literary, aesthetic and educational pursuits of library users and the needs of the community as a whole. The San Francisco Public Library endorses the principles documented in the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read Statement, Freedom to View Statement, Code of Ethics, and Core Values of Librarianship Statement.

Adopted by the Library Commission 4-3-08