Policy 8320


The school library/media center will meet the needs of the students, and provide an adequate complement to the instructional program in the various areas of the curriculum. The Board agrees that the responsibility of the school library is: 

a) To provide materials that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, and maturity levels of the students served. 
b) To provide materials that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical standards.
c) To provide a background of information that will enable students to make intelligent judgments in their daily lives.
d) To provide materials on opposing sides of controversial issues so that young citizens may develop, under guidance, the practice of critical reading and thinking.
e) To provide materials representative of the many religious, ethnic, and cultural groups and their contribution to our American heritage.
f) To place principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in the selection of materials of the highest quality in order to assure a comprehensive collection appropriate for the users of the library.

In interpreting these principles, the following will apply: 

a) Broad and varied collections will be developed systematically by the library media specialist, based on recommendations of the professional staff and suggestions of students and parents. Final approval will be made by the building principal.
b) Qualitative standards of selection involving factual accuracy, authoritativeness, artistic quality, and appeal will be applied by library media specialists before purchases are made.
c) Materials will not be excluded because of the race, nationality, political opinions, or religious views of the author.
d) Materials will be continuously re-evaluated in relation to changing curriculum and instructional needs. Worn out, outdated materials will be discarded in a manner consistent with District policy.

Television, Radio, and Other Electronic Media

a) Television, radio, computer on-line information and other electronic media programs may be used in the classroom provided that they are not designed to induce students to purchase a particular product or service or to extol the benefits of a product or service for the purpose of making its purchase more attractive.
b) The Board of Education and the staff of the District shall not enter into written or oral contracts to permit commercial promotional activity on school premises.

Policy References:
Education Law § 207
8 NYCRR §§ 21.4, 91.1, 91.2

Adopted: 6/22/99
Revised: 9/6/22

Policy 8320