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Access for Children and Young Adults to Library Material Policy

The Charlton Public Library has a wide variety of materials available to our patrons.  These materials include, but are not limited to; print materials (books, magazines, newspapers, etc.), books on CD, music CDs, CD-ROMs and videos.  The library staff does not censor, screen or monitor patron usage of any library materials or services.  Children and young adults have the same right to access library materials as adults.  Likewise, the Internet is available to children with the same right as adults.  Therefore, it is the responsibility of the parents and/or guardians to supervise their children at the library and to be aware of what materials they are borrowing and what they are viewing on the computers.  This policy is in accordance with the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights. 

Library Bill of Rights

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

I. 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.

II. 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.

III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.

V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

VI. 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.


Adopted June 18, 1948, by the ALA Council; amended February 2, 1961; amended June 28, 1967; amended January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 24, 1996.

Adopted by the Board of Library Trustees, March 20, 2008