The Collection Development Policy states that the Library will offer the widest possible range of subjects and views in a variety of formats, treatments and levels of difficulty, within the limits of cost and space and considering current holdings and demand.
The Library subscribes to the principles embodied in the Library Bill of Rights and its interpretations, Freedom to Read, and Freedom to View statements adopted by the American Library Association and recognizes that any given item may offend some patrons, but because the library follows adopted principles of intellectual freedom, it will not remove specific titles solely because individuals or groups may find them objectionable.
The Collection Development Plan describes the decision-making process in developing and maintaining the Library's collections. The Iowa City Public Library is patron-driven, and staff members seek to demonstrate that commitment by providing the best collection to support the community’s information and leisure needs. The Library's goal is to offer resources in all formats that connect, engage, and enrich both the individual and the community. This document communicates the guidelines for selecting, including purchasing, maintaining, and withdrawing items for the Library's collection.