Policy on material causing offense IT and Library Services

Learning Services staff are asked to remove material from library shelves from time-to-time, because it has caused a reader offence. This is a rare occurrence, but such requests are taken seriously. It is part of the role of libraries to support, promote and defend intellectual freedom as defined in the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, so the decision to remove material and the consequent restriction on access to it is taken only by the Senior Management Team of Learning Services.

The University's Equality Policy states that:

"the University will develop effective measures for ensuring that all groups and individuals are able to work and study in an environment which is free from discrimination on the grounds of gender, race, ethnicity, colour, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family responsibility, trade union activity, religious or political belief".

To this end, Learning Services have adapted part of the Code of Conduct from the UK's Professional Librarians' organisation, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). This states that:

(Librarians) should not knowingly promote material the prime purpose of which is to encourage discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, creed, gender, religion or sexual orientation. It shall not be regarded as promoting such material for the purposes of studying the subject of that discrimination.

If readers wish to ask for a book, journal or electronic information source to be removed, they should first inform their Campus Resource Centre Manager, who will take to material to the Senior Management Team of Learning Services for a decision.

Useful websites

University equality and diversity policy statement

CILIP: http://www.cilip.org.uk

International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA):http://www.ifla.org/

Last Updated: 21 Feb 2018