ACPL addresses collection weeding concerns

The process, which was redefined in 2018, has been criticized after patrons noticed several books were being purged in the process.

Posted: Mar. 27, 2019 10:00 PM
Updated: Mar. 27, 2019 10:19 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Allen County Public Library board is addressing concerns about its weeding process.

The process, which was redefined in 2018, has been criticized after patrons noticed several books were being purged in the process.

An online petition had more than 2100 signatures Wednesday night, with more people signing it.

More than 200 people attended a ACPL board meeting where the process was explained.

The ACPL said it removes materials from its collection that are damaged, dirty, lost/stolen, or not checked out frequently.

The library said it is in the process of noting why an item might be removed, which is not currently tracked.

The ACPL said it weeds materials to make room for new ones and increase gathering space, something it says patrons want.

The genealogy section of the library is not effected by weeding.

The library announced it will continue to pause its weeding process until further notice.

Questions asked during Wednesday's meeting will be answered by the ACPL board by the end of April.

You can submit questions to the board by emailing Trustees@acpl.info by end of business Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

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