SSU Library Collections Dispute Procedures

The Sonoma State University Library aspires to present a broad spectrum of research, viewpoints, and creative materials in its general and special collections. In all collections decisions, the Library supports freedom of inquiry and adheres to the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights and its interpretation in the ACRL Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries.

Challenges to materials in the Library’s collections or collection management decisions may be sent in writing to the Collection Development Librarian, Laura Krier. The Library will respond to written statements as follows:

  • The individual will be notified that the Library has received their written statement of concern.
  • A review process will be conducted in a timely manner by the Library faculty in response to an individual's statement of concern.
  • The review process will subscribe to standards as defined in the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights.
  • While a concern is being considered, there will be no change in the status of the material(s).
  • Upon completion of the review process, the Collection Development Librarian, Special Collections Librarian, or appropriate administrator will notify the individual of the Library's decision.
  • The individual may appeal the decision to the University Library Dean.

Approved by the Library Faculty April 2021