The Santa Clara County Library District provides a free marketplace of ideas and affirms each individual's freedom to read and to use all library materials.
The Library's guidelines for the selection and placement of books and materials are based on principles set forth in the "Library Bill of Rights" as adopted by the Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority on October 26, 1995.
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas and that the following basic policies should guide their services:
Items are discarded from the collection if they are surplus to the needs of the library, their information has become obsolete, or they are physically so worn as to be unusable.
Gift additions must meet the same selection criteria as purchased materials. The right to accept or refuse conditions placed upon gifts of materials or funds is reserved to the County Librarian. Donations of materials or funds to enrich the library collection are welcome.
Approved by the Board of Supervisors of Santa Clara County October 1, 1974. Approved by the Joint Powers Authority of the Santa Clara County Library District October 26, 1995.