Challenged Materials Policy

The choice of library materials by users is an individual matter. Responsibility for the use of library materials by children rests with their parents or legal guardians.  Selection should not be inhibited by the possibility that materials may inadvertently come into the possession of children. While a person may reject material for himself or herself and for his or her children, an individual may not exercise censorship to restrict the freedom of others to read, see, or hear.  No one, least of all a public library, has the right to judge what another may read, view, or  hear.
 
Process
Any completed Statement of Concern about Library Resources Form will be forwarded to the Library Director. The Director will form a committee to review the Statement of Concern Form. A decision will be made within 45 days of the Director receiving the Statement of Concern Form.
 
The Director shall notify the complainant in writing of the committee’s decision and their right to appeal that decision to the Library Board of Control.  A copy of the decision will be mailed to each member of the Library Board of Control.
 
Right to Appeal
The complainant may appeal to the Library Board of Control by contacting the Assistant Director and request to be placed on the agenda of the next scheduled board meeting. The Assistant Director must notify the Library Board of Control of the complainant being placed on the agenda.  A complainant will have five minutes to address the Library Board of Control about the specific challenged material on the original Statement of Concern Form.
 
Statement of Concern about Library Resources Form- This form is a fillable PDF. You may download the form, fill it out electronically, and email as an attachment to the Library Director at kelly@stpl.us.Or, you may print out the form and turn it in to any branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library or mail it to:
Library Director
St. Tammany Parish Library
1112 W. 21st Ave.
Covington, LA 70433
 
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