Part One

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
  1. 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.
  2. To support educational, civic and cultural activities of groups and organizations.
  3. To provide free public computer facilities and access to the Internet.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  1. The library will serve all residents of the Buda community and Hays County. 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 librarian.
  2. The use of the library may be denied for due cause. Objectionable conduct, inappropriate dress, destruction of property, or interference with service to others may be considered sufficient grounds to effect denial of service at the discretion of the librarian. Denial of service may be appealed to the Library Commission.
III. Services Of The Library
  1. The library will select from available materials and organize for easy access, those books and materials which best meet the needs of the community.
  2. The library will provide free public computers, access to the Internet, and access to computer related resources.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  1. The library will provide any materials which help to meet its objectives. Materials may include: books, periodicals, pamphlets, newspapers, pictures, video cassettes, maps, sound recordings, and computers, computer software, and access to electronic resources.
  2. Responsibility for material selection rests with the librarian operating within the framework of the policies herein, and adhering to generally accepted professional practices.
  3. General Guidelines for Material Selection
    1. Materials will be selected with regard to the general library objectives.
    2. 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.
    3. Materials will be selected which seek to provide a balance of opinions on contemporary issues.
  4. Specific Guidelines for Material Selection
    1. In the selection of books and other materials, the following factors will be considered:
    2. Purpose or intent of book or other material; manner of presentation
    3. Literary quality, readability
    4. Authority and reputation of author
    5. Accuracy of information
    6. Relationship to existing collection
    7. Contemporary significance
    8. Potential usefulness and general appeal
    9. Reputation and standing of the publisher
    10. Scarcity of information in the subject area
    11. Availability of material elsewhere in the community
    12. Evaluation in reputable review sources
    13. Price, format and ease of use
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 librarian. 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.
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.