25 W 15th St, Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Phone Number: (708) 754-0323
The Chicago Heights Public Library is a member of Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), System Wide Automated Network (SWAN), and OCLC Worldshare. Chicago Heights Public Library utilizes an interlibrary loan system to meet patrons’ material requests when budgetary constraints or limited appeal prohibits addition of these items to the collection.
The responsibility for the selection of materials is delegated to the Executive Director or their designee. No employee will be disciplined for the selection of library materials when the selection is made in good faith.
Materials are added to the Library’s collection using the following criteria:
Withdrawal of Materials
The Library’s holdings are continually evaluated by the professional staff to maintain a useful collection that meets the needs of the community. Decisions for removal are based on accepted professional practices as described in the CREW Manual. Withdrawn materials may be discarded, sold, given to local philanthropic, educational, cultural, governmental, or other not-for-profit organizations.
Donations and Gifts
The Library’s professional staff will evaluate all donated items. If an item is not needed or is considered inappropriate for the collection, the staff will decide on how to dispose of it. Monetary gifts may be designated for the purchase of particular materials at the request of the donor but must adhere to the collection policy guidelines.
Items for the Local History Collection must be:
The Board of Trustees believes that all individuals have the right to choose which library materials they will use. However, no one has the right to restrict the freedom of others to read whatever they wish. The Library selects appropriate materials for each age group. The responsibility of monitoring usage by minors rests with the parent or legal guardian. There are no age restrictions on the borrowing of library materials.
Challenge to Library Materials
The Chicago Heights Public Library subscribes to the provisions of the Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read Statement, and the Freedom to View Statement as adopted by the American Library Association. These documents are considered to be a part of this policy. No book or item will be immediately removed from the collection because of an objection. Reading materials should not be removed or restricted because of partisan or personal disapproval. Rather, any Chicago Heights resident that objects to an item in the Library’s collection is invited to complete a Materials Reconsideration form. Requests for reconsideration must be in writing.
Once a Materials Reconsideration form is referred to the Executive Director,