Instructions and process:
Please only list one work, program or exhibit per form.
After submitting this form as an online form or printing and delivering to the Library, your submission will be reviewed by the Library Director and a response will be made within a reasonable time.
You will receive a response in writing that indicates either:
- a) your request for reconsideration has been evaluated and no change is required;
- b) your request has been evaluated by the Library and the status of the work, program or exhibit will be changed, which shall be briefly described in the reply.
If the Library determines that no action is needed, and you disagree, you may appeal this determination within fourteen (14) calendar days by submitting a copy of your original Request, and the Director’s reply, together with statement saying “I request an appeal” to the Board of Trustees by either email using the form at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/about-us/board-of-trustees/e-mail-the-board-of-trustees/ or delivery in print to Bethlehem Public Library Board of Trustees mailbox.
The Board of Trustees is an all-volunteer organization that meets monthly. Therefore, any appeal regarding a Request for Reconsideration will be finalized within sixty (60) days. Any work, program or exhibit under review will remain available until such time as the Library determines it must be removed.
All requests for reconsideration will be evaluated per the Library’s Long-Range Plan, policies, and the following excerpts from the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics:
- We provide the highest level of service to all library users through appropriate and usefully organized resources; equitable service policies; equitable access; and accurate, unbiased, and courteous responses to all requests.
- We uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and resist all efforts to censor library resources.
- We do not advance private interests at the expense of library users, colleagues, or our employing institutions.
VII. We distinguish between our personal convictions and professional duties and do not allow our personal beliefs to interfere with fair representation of the aims of our institutions or the provision of access to their information resources.
The Board of Trustees’ determination is final.