The resources acquired for the Gumberg Library are selected to meet the teaching, research, and service missions of the University. Appearance of any resource does not mean that the library advocates or endorses the ideas found in that resource. The Library adheres to the principles of intellectual freedom as outlined in the Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association. It is the responsibility of the Library to ensure that different points of view are represented in the collection.
The Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association states "Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves.
Resources in the Gumberg Library may be challenged by students, faculty and staff of Duquesne University. A challenge to a resource in the University Library must be based on the failure of that resource to fall within the Library's selection and collection development policies, including the commitment to intellectual freedom. When challenging an item, the patron may request the library take one of two actions; (1) removal of an item because it is inappropriate, or (2) the addition of a source to balance the collection by providing alternative views. The Library may agree to take either action or no action at all. Challenged items will remain on the shelf and available to Library Users during the duration of the challenge.
Those persons wishing to challenge a resource in the Gumberg Library will be asked to write a formal letter to the University Librarian. The University Librarian will acknowledge receipt of the formal challenge via letter. The Request will then be considered by the Library’s Leadership Team, which includes the Collection
1. Formal challenges to the library collection will be made in writing to the university librarian at the following address.
Dr. Sara Baron
2. The written submission explaining the nature of the challenge must include:
Date Issued: January 2010; Reviewed January 2013; Updated February 2016, September 2017