Challenged Materials

Challenged Materials from all over the world

Books, magazines, newspapers and other materials are challenged and banned in Canada and around the world all the time. Each challenge has sought to limit public access to materials in schools, libraries or bookstores.

Take a look at why they were challenged and what the results were.

What will I find at EPL?

Walk into any branch and you'll find a wide range of books, CDs, DVDs and other materials. We don't condemn, endorse or advocate controversial materials on our shelves. Nor do we mark or identify materials to show approval or disapproval of the contents. Why? Because it's your "right to know". It's your right to use these materials freely and to develop your own informed thoughts and opinions.

Challenged Material at EPL

We have received challenges to material in our collection.  Here is a record of the Challenged Materials at EPL since 1998.

How does EPL select books and other materials?

All materials at EPL are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to our community's needs
  • Importance as a historical document or as a current event
  • Relation to the existing collection and other materials on the subject
  • Popularity and local demand

We also take into account the expertise, comprehensive treatment of a subject, clarity and representation of different points of view (including extreme or minority points of view).

What if there are materials in the library I don't like?

If you think we should not have a particular item on our shelves, or that an item should be relocated within the collection, you can request reconsideration of materials by filling out forms available at every branch.

All requests from customers are taken seriously and will be answered.

Take a look at EPL's procedure for dealing with citizens' complaints about library materials.

If you believe there are better materials available expressing certain viewpoints, you can make suggestions for new items at any branch or on our website.

Do my kids have access to all library materials?

Yes, your child's card provides access to all material in our library, however, children under the age of 18 must have permission from their parents or guardians to get a library card. Parents and guardians are the best judge of what their children should or should not read and can regularly review their borrowing activity. We recommend that you have discussions with your children about what is appropriate for them to read, listen, view, and play.

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