Answered By: Francine May
Last Updated: May 18, 2023     Views: 10

Where do I direct my questions about materials in the Library collection?

The primary purpose of the Mount Royal Library collection is to anticipate and support the curricular and research needs of students, staff, and faculty at the institution. Librarians select materials that represent a broad range of ideas, opinions, perspectives, and subjects. The Library’s collection may include items that contain controversial, offensive, outdated, or discredited ideas and attitudes that are nevertheless appropriate for inclusion in a university library collection for teaching or research purposes.

Questions, challenges or complaints relating to specific items in the collection should be directed to the Associate Dean, Collections and Research. Challenges to library material are carefully considered in light of the Library's goal to uphold the principles of intellectual and academic freedom, while also recognizing the diverse lived experiences, identities and backgrounds of Library users. The Associate Dean works with the relevant subject Librarian(s) and others as appropriate to review challenges to library materials.

The Library reserves the right to make all decisions regarding collections, and will do so while carefully considering collections guidelines and practices. Some of the actions we may consider in response to questions or complaints include retention, re-cataloguing, re-classification, or withdrawal of items from the Library’s collection. We will notify the person who initiates the question of any decisions.


Francine May

Associate Dean, Collections and Research