Statement of Policies
The Buda Public Library is established to provide free library service of a general nature to the residents of the Buda community and Hays County.
I. General Objectives
- To assemble, preserve and administer in organized collections, books and related materials at all levels of interest in response to the informational, educational and recreational needs of the community.
- To support educational, civic and cultural activities of groups and organizations.
- To provide free public computer facilities and access to the Internet.
- To seek continually to identify community needs and to provide or to participate in cooperative efforts to provide programs or services to meet community needs.
- To provide opportunity for recreation and education through the use of literature in various formats, access to electronic resources and related materials.
II. Who May Use The Library
- The library will make all reasonable efforts to serve all people who enter the library.
- Residents of the Buda community and Hays County will be issued a library account free of charge. Persons residing outside Hays County but owning property, attending or teaching in an educational institution in the county shall be considered residents. Non-residents of Hays County shall be required to give a permanent address and pay a yearly fee of $15.00. Fee may be waived by the Library Director.
- The use of the library may be denied for due cause. Objectionable conduct, inappropriate dress, destruction of property, repeated destruction or loss of library materials, or interference with service to others may be considered sufficient grounds to effect denial of service at the discretion of the Library Director. Denial of service may be appealed to the Library Commission.
III. Services Of The Library
- The library will select from available materials and organize for easy access those books and materials which best meet the needs of the community.
- The library will provide free public computers, access to the Internet, and access to computer related resources.
- The library staff will provide guidance and assistance for people to obtain the information they seek as recorded in print, audio-visual resources, or electronic formats.
- Periodic review will be made of library service to determine whether the needs of the community indicate that present services should be discontinued or other services should be added.
IV. Library Materials
- The freedom to read, along with the freedom to hear and to view, is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. This freedom, essential to our democracy, will be upheld, supported, and defended in the selection and accessibility of all library materials.
- The library will provide any materials which help to meet its objectives. Materials may include: books, periodicals, pamphlets, newspapers, pictures, video recordings, maps, sound recordings, and computers, computer software, and access to electronic resources.
- Responsibility for material selection rests with the Library Director operating within the framework of the policies herein, and adhering to generally accepted professional practices.
- General Guidelines for Material Selection
a. Materials will be selected with the priority of providing a well-rounded collection of current, high-demand, high-interest materials in a variety of formats.
b. Variations in age level (adult, young adult, juvenile), interest level, educational level, reading ability, individual needs and interests, as well as community needs, will be considered in selection.
c. Materials will be selected which seek to provide a balance of opinions on contemporary issues and generate diverse points of view. The presence of items in the library collection should not be construed to mean that the library, its staff, or the Library Commission promotes a particular position on such an issue.
d. Because of the availability of other outstanding Texana, genealogy, medical, law and research libraries in the Austin-San Antonio area, the Buda Public Library will not endeavor to develop in-depth, research-oriented collections.
- Specific Guidelines for Material Selection
In the selection of books and other materials, the following factors will be considered:
a. Purpose or intent of book or other material; manner of presentation
b. Literary quality, readability
c. Authority and reputation of author
d. Accuracy of information
e. Relationship to existing collection
f. Contemporary significance
g. Potential usefulness and general appeal
h. Reputation and standing of the publisher
i. Scarcity of information in the subject area
j. Availability of material elsewhere in the community
k. Evaluation in reputable review sources
l. Price, format and ease of use
m. Popular demand, including patron suggestions
- Languages other than English:
The Buda Public Library strives to have a collection that reflects the diverse population it serves. To that end, part of the collection development budget will be allocated to purchase materials in the preferred language of residents who are not native speakers of English. Materials considered for purchase will be evaluated as much as possible under the guidelines and policies used for English-language materials. When necessary, staff will seek assistance in the selection of materials from appropriate community members. Citizen recommendations are always welcome and appreciated.
- Interlibrary Loan
Because of limited budget and space, the library cannot provide all materials that are requested. Therefore, interlibrary loan is used to obtain from other libraries those materials that are beyond the scope of this library’s collection. The library will consider participating in a reciprocal borrowing program or in a union catalog as time and funds permit. This service will be subject to current procedures
- Statement of Intellectual Freedom
The Buda Public Library subscribes to the philosophy expressed in the Library Bill of Rights and in the Freedom to Read statement of the American Library Association, and herein, incorporates them as part of the library’s selection policy. The library is opposed to the withdrawal at the request of any individual or group, of books, and other materials, which have been chosen in accordance with the principles outlined in this policy. The library is equally opposed to the inclusion, at the request of any individual or group of books, or other materials, which do not follow the principles outlined in this policy. Objections to material in the collection will be brought to the attention of the Library Director. Appeals may be made in writing to the Library Commission using the “Citizens’ Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials”. The library welcomes the opportunity to discuss with interested citizens the policies set forth in this statement. The library staff does not serve in loco parentis. Only parents/guardians may restrict their children, and only their own children, from access to library materials. Selection will not be inhibited by the possibility that materials may come into the possession of children.
- Deselection of Materials
Materials that no longer fit the service roles of the library will be withdrawn from the collection. This may include materials that are damaged, contain obsolete information, or are no longer being used. Decisions will be based on accepted professional practice, such as those described in The CREW Method, and the professional judgment of the Library Director or designated staff. When necessary, local specialists will be consulted to determine the continued relevance and reliability of materials.
Items withdrawn from the collection will be disposed of in accordance with local law, which permits discarding into the trash, recycling of paper, or transfer to the Friends of the Buda Library for sale.
V. Cooperation With Other Libraries
The Buda Public Library recognizes that no single library can meet all demands in its community. The Library Commission and the librarian will be alert to opportunities of cooperation with other libraries, the Central Texas Library System and the Texas State Library to strengthen the services and resources of the library. The services include, but are not limited to Interlibrary Loan, shared electronic resources, continuing education, and consultation services. The library will make every effort to maintain membership in the Central Texas Library System.