Note on Access Policies
The Northwestern Libraries' Access Policies were created to ensure that each patron may borrow materials for a time long enough to accomplish needed academic tasks, yet short enough to ensure that materials are available to other members of the university community who may wish to use them.
Challenges to Library Materials
The librarians and staff of the Northwestern Libraries support freedom of speech in accordance with the United States Constitution and the guidelines of the American Library Association (ALA). All materials in the libraries have been selected using established criteria; therefore, some materials may be offensive to some individuals. For further reading, see the:
Children in the NWOSU Libraries
The Northwestern Libraries' collections and services were developed for its community of academic users. Therefore, not all materials are appropriate for K-12 students. The libraries operate within an adult, unsupervised environment. The library staff is not responsible for unsupervised children. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver, or must be under the supervision of a public school- or university-sponsored activity previously arranged with the libary staff. Unsupervised children may speak to a librarian for assistance with information needs.
Children are not allowed in the Library/Study Lounge on the Woodward Campus.
Collection Development Policy
Northwestern Oklahoma State University Libraries' collection development policy, which includes our acquisition policy and deselection policy, is outlined in this document.