Material Selection Policy

The Materials Selection Policy states a philosophy with specific criteria for collection development. The policy aids library staff in selecting, acquiring, and maintaining a collection that is relevant for our diverse community. The policy also helps answer questions by the public regarding why materials are or are not in the collection.  

Coquille Public Library aims to provide equal access to all people using the Library. To achieve this goal, the Library must ensure that its collection remains current and responsive to the needs of its patrons and that materials are easily accessible through appropriate technology.  

Selection of Library Materials is the responsibility of the Director of Library Services. The Director may authorize members of the staff who are qualified through education and training to make selection decisions. All staff members and the general public are encouraged to recommend materials for consideration as well. Final responsibility for selecting materials within the policy rests with the Director of Library Services.  

National Statements Concerning Intellectual Freedom

The principles of intellectual freedom are guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution, which protects the free expression of ideas. In keeping with those principles, the library will favor no viewpoint.

Criteria for Selection 

Materials are selected for their literary or artistic merit, accuracy, utility, entertainment value, and current or historical interest. This includes items requested by patrons. 

The Library will attempt to maintain a collection that includes material on most subjects and points of view, in keeping with the community’s interests. Each item must be considered with appropriate standards for its type and the audience for whom it is intended. Some materials may be judged primarily in terms of artistic merit, scholarship, or historical significance; others are selected to satisfy recreational and entertainment needs. Within the restrictions of budget and space, the Library emphasizes quality rather than quantity, keeping in mind the balance that must be struck between the value of and demand for materials. 

The content of the present collection is constantly reviewed so that gaps in various subject areas and formats may be filled. 

Final decision is based on the value and interest of the item to the public, regardless of the personal taste of the selector. These standards apply equally to materials purchased and received as gifts.  


The Library, as a tax-supported information agency, has the responsibility to coordinate collection development with other libraries and agencies in the community and the Coos County Library Service District. 

The Library does not attempt to acquire textbooks or other curriculum-related materials unless such materials also serve the general public. 

The Library acknowledges a responsibility to acquire materials pertaining to state and local history. Local materials will be acquired and preserved for their historical value rather than for their literary merits. Usual weeding practices do not apply to state and local historical materials.  

Because the Library serves a public embracing a wide range of ages, reading skills, and educational backgrounds, it will select materials of varying complexity.  

In selecting materials for the collection, the Library will be attentive to the special commercial, industrial, cultural, and civic enterprises of the community.  

Since the Library cannot have a totally comprehensive collection, it will be necessary to borrow items of specialized interest through interlibrary loan

Suggestions from the public for the purchase of materials are considered according to the Library’s general selection policies. 


The use of rare and scholarly items, or items frequently subject to injury or theft, may be controlled for the purpose of protection.  

Children are not limited to the juvenile collection, although juvenile collections are kept together to facilitate use. Responsibility for a child’s selections rests with the parent or guardian, not with the Library. Selection will not be inhibited by the possibility that books may inadvertently come into the possession of children. The parent/guardian who would rather his or her child did not have access to certain materials should so advise the child.  


The Library gratefully accepts gifts of library materials but reserves the right to evaluate and dispose of such gifts in accordance with this policy. Donations may be tax-deductible, and the Library may issue a receipt for donated items but will not appraise the gifts. 

Learn more about Donations to the Library HERE.

Collection Maintenance

The Library keeps its collection vital and useful by retaining or replacing materials and systematically removing works that are worn, outdated, of little historical significance, or no longer in demand. Any materials declared expendable must be approved by a professionally trained staff member.  

Local and Archival Collections – In order to meet the unique research needs of local historians, the Library collects and maintains materials pertaining to Oregon and the local area. Items in this collection include the following:

  • Histories for areas within Coos, Curry, and Douglas counties   
  • Historical works of an encyclopedic or dictionary format on other regions of Oregon or on Oregon or the Pacific Northwest as a whole   
  • Other historically valuable works for Oregon and the Pacific Northwest generally   
  • Government documents for the City of Coquille   
  • Environmental documents affecting the Coquille area or Coos County with historical value   
  • Works in areas useful for genealogical research specific to Coos, Curry, and Douglas Counties or to Oregon as a whole   
  • Rare and unusual fiction with historical value for Coquille patrons  

Request for Withdrawal of Material 

Whenever a patron objects to the presence of an item, the complaint will be referred to the Director of Library Services.  

If the patron wishes the Library to remove or reclassify the material, s/he must complete the Request for Reconsideration of Library Material form. The Collection Development Committee will examine the item in question, check reviews, and determine whether it conforms to the standards of the Materials Selection Policy.

The Director of Library Services will decide whether or not to withdraw the material in question and will write to the complainant, giving the reasons for the decision. If the patron is not satisfied by the Director’s decision, the item will be referred to the Library Board of Trustees for further review. Materials subject to complaint shall not be removed from use pending final action.   

NOTE: Materials subject to complaint shall not be removed from use pending final action.



The following public records are exempt from disclosure under ORS 192.311 to 192.487: (23) The records of a library, including: 

  • Circulation records, showing use of specific library material by a named person 
  • The name of a library patron together with the address or telephone number of the patron 
  • The electronic mail address of a patron. 


  1. Library employees have legal access to patron records, but that access exists only insofar as employees need patron information to perform their specific duties in the library. Computer records, paper copies, and other patron-related material are kept confidential, except as noted in ORS § 192.355. 
  2. Volunteers are not employees and cannot legally access patron records. 


  1. Holds are tied to patron records; an item on hold for a patron must be checked out on that patron’s card.  
  2. Print and email notifications contain the patron name and the title(s) of item(s) concerned. Mentioning the title of any item on hold to any person or allowing another person to check out that material (without preexisting consent), constitutes the illegal release of patron information. 


The Coastline librarians have an ethical responsibility, based on state statute, to protect the confidentiality of library users, including information sought or received, and materials consulted, borrowed, or acquired, or transmitted, or any other personally identifiable uses of library materials, facilities, or services. As caretakers of library users’ personal information, Coastline librarians have the responsibility to prevent access to that information that will result in patron privacy violations. It is the policy of the Coastline librarians to guard against such violations through system security and appropriate data practices. 

The libraries cannot guarantee absolute privacy for library users. Electronic data or activity can, and will, be secured internally, but network traffic and data external to library physical networks that passes through a public communications network is outside the control of the libraries to secure. However, library staff will ensure that privacy is taken into account whenever information about individuals is gathered and stored. The minimum information, whether electronic or print, necessary to meet legitimate library goals will be kept, and it will be kept only as long as truly needed for library purposes or as required by record retention laws. 

  1. Borrower circulation information is automatically expunged by the Coastline computer system upon return of materials from circulation and is not retrievable, I.e., the link between borrower and material checked out is broken upon return. 
  2. Users of library computers for internet access or any other purpose will be asked only for identifying information that is absolutely necessary for the operation of the library. Any such necessary information that is obtained will be eliminated at the end of each day. 
    • No search histories, bookmarks, word processing documents, files, or any other patron-created computer data are saved on any public terminals. Disk clean up is run on each public computer nightly.
    • Cookies, browser cached files, recycle bin data, and all other “deleted” or “session-related” files are eliminated at the end of each day up to the ability of any available software to execute. 
    • The libraries do not allow use of email clients on public computers so patron email messages sent or received using their own web-based accounts are not housed on library servers. 
  3. Paper applications for library cards will be kept no longer than one week after entry of the data into the Coastline system and verification of accuracy. 
  4. Information relating to interlibrary loan transactions will be retained by local libraries no longer than sixty days following termination of a transaction. The ESO will retain such information in accordance with the records retention policy of the college. 
  5. Information on use of library meeting rooms or other facilities will be kept no longer than is necessary for operation of the library, including application forms containing names, organizational affiliation, phone numbers, or other data, and calendars of usage. 

Approved by Coos County Library Directors 04/17/2003 


The USA PATRIOT ACT, or “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act,” was enacted October 26, 2001. The Act amends over 15 federal statutes including criminal procedures, computer fraud and abuse, foreign intelligence, wiretapping, immigration, and the privacy of student records. These amendments increase FBI and law enforcement authority to gain access to business records, medical records, educational records, and library records, including stored electronic data and communications. They also expand the laws governing wiretaps and “tap and trace” phone devices to internet and electronic communications. 

As citizens, librarians understand the importance of maintaining national security and public safety, and recognize that law enforcement agencies and officers may occasionally believe that library records contain information which would be helpful to the investigation of acts of terrorism or threats to the security of our nation. If there is a reasonable basis to believe such records are necessary to the progress of an investigation or prosecution, the American judicial system provides the mechanism for seeking release of such confidential records, and librarians and committed to cooperating in such inquiries as required by law. 

However, while intended to enhance the government’s ability to prevent and fight terrorism, certain provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act expand the authority of the federal government to engage in surveillance and investigative activities that threaten the privacy rights of library users and undermine the confidentiality that supports the free exchange of ideas so critical for democracy. These provisions of the Act do not protect us from terrorism. Rather, they cast a wide net of suspicion and surveillance over the community of readers, researchers, and information-seekers. 

The Coastline librarians believe that it is especially crucial for a free society to remain vigilant against threats to its liberties, including threats to the privacy rights of library users, during periods of national stress and crisis, when those liberties are most at risk. It has long been the professional ethic of librarianship to protect the confidentiality of those who use library services, and that protection must especially continue in these trying times. 

Approved by Coos County Library Directors 04/17/2003 

Amended by Coos County Library Directors 05/22/2003

Library Cards


  1. Provide proof of identity with photo ID. 
  2. Provide proof of physical address. 
  3. Passport patrons provide proof of identity with photo ID and a home library card. Library staff will check the Passport directory to ascertain participation in the program
  4. For more information on obtaining a library card, see our FAQ.
  5. More details below under “Registration Requirements”


  • Abide by library rules regarding behavior, public computer use and borrowing materials. 
  • Accept full responsibility for items checked out on a Coastline library card and all charges associated with its use. 
  • Return items on time and in good condition to any Coastline library in Coos or Curry county. 
  • Pay all lost or damaged fees in a timely manner. Library cards are blocked from usage with fees over $5; unpaid fees are turned over to collections if payment arrangements are not made and honored. 
  • Notify any Coastline library if name or contact information has changed. 
  • Keep library card secure and notify any Coastline library if card is lost or stolen. 
  • Coastline library cards are nontransferable. 
  • Coastline libraries do not offer family cards. 
  • Coastline library card holders will not allow another person or organization the use of library card to access licensed databases or services. 
  • Library card holders assume full responsibility for any damages that may occur to personal equipment when using multimedia material. 


  • Parent/Guardians are responsible to monitor child’s use of library and library resources accessible with Coastline library card. 
  • Library material and services are available to library users of any age. 
  • Provide child’s library card for access to child’s library account. 
  • Coastline libraries respect the privacy of all library users, regardless of age. Coastline libraries do not censor patron usage, regardless of age. 
  • Parents can be held responsible for fines associated with lost or damaged items. 


  • Standard patron is a permanent resident or property owner of a taxing district in Coos or Curry Counties. 
  • Outside-of-County patron is one who does not reside or own property in a taxing district in Coos or Curry county. Out-of-County cards may be purchased for 12 months/365 days at the rate of $100 per household per year or $50 per 6 months per household per year. 
  • Temporary patrons are residents of temporary housing such as shelters, or residents who have a PO Box but cannot show proof of a physical address. Temporary patron accounts must be renewed every 30 days. Status will be changed to standard patron with proof of permanent physical address.  
  • Passport patrons are members of participating Oregon Passport libraries. The Oregon Library Passport Program is a statewide collaboration sponsored by the Oregon Library Association and the Oregon State Library, designed to make it easier to use libraries around the state. Patrons must show their current library card from a participating Oregon Passport Library and valid photo ID to get a Coastline library card.  
  • One Book patron status is for children between the age of 13-17 who do not have parental/guardian consent at the time a Coastline library card is issued. Once the child has parental/guardian consent, status will be changed to standard type. 


  • Library material and services are available to all Coastline library card holders. Coastline libraries do not censor patrons of any age. 
  • Standard Patron Full access to library services in Coos and Curry Counties. 
  • Outside-of-County Patron Full access to library services in Coos and Curry Counties.  
  • Temporary Patron Full access to electronic resources. Maximum of 3 items can be checked out at any one time. Limit of 1 hold. No ILL’s 
  • Passport Patron Full access to online databases and Library2Go. Limit of 10 items can be checked out at any one time. Limit of 3 holds. No ILL’s.  
  • One Book Patron Full access to electronic resources. Limit of one item can be checked out at any one time. Limit of 1 hold. 


  1. Provide Photo ID. 
  2. Provide proof of physical address. 
  3. Everyone applying for a Coastline library card must be able to fill out the application form and sign their name on the library card, acknowledging the statement of responsibility and policies on the card. 
  4. Minors 
    • Minor children may have a parent or legal guardian help answer questions on the form.
    • Minor children under the age of 13 with the approval of a parent/legal guardian may obtain a Standard Library card. 
    • Minor children ages 13-17 with proof of identification and physical address do not need a parent or legal guardian present. Coastline libraries will send a Parental Letter of Notification for Patrons 13 – 17 to the address on the application informing the parent or legal guardian that the child has been issued a One Book Coastline library card. 
    • Coastline library cards that are issued to children are the same Coastline library cards that are issued to adults.  
    • The responsibility for the card and materials checked out on the card lies with the cardholder. 
    • Parents and/or legal guardians are not held responsible for a minor child’s library fees unless the account goes to collections. If a minor’s account is referred to a collection agency, the parents or legal guardian become financially responsible under Oregon law. 
  5. Information pertaining to the library card is strictly confidential protecting patron privacy regardless of the age of cardholder unless referred to a collection agency for delinquent account or when legally required by law enforcement agencies. 
  6. Passport patrons must show a valid library card from a participating Passport Library and photo ID with current address. 
  7. Exceptions may be made for:  
    • Disabled persons who are unable to fill out the application form.
    • Cardholders who wish to give permission for use of their card on their behalf on a temporary basis (e.g., a friend or relative may be authorized to temporarily checkout materials for the cardholder during an illness). Authorization must be received directly from the Cardholder, secondhand permission will not be accepted. The original cardholder is responsible for fees involved with lost or damaged items. 
  8. Potential patrons without proper identification to immediately get a library card are welcome to use the library, its computers, and borrow exchange books. 
  9. When Koha is down, staff are unable to issue library cards or replacement cards


  1. All Coastline patron records expire annually. Once a card has expired, the patron is automatically blocked from using their account until contact information is verified, updated if necessary, and expiration date extended. 
  2. The expiration date should be one year from the date of renewal. 
  3. Information to verify includes: the patron’s home address, mailing address, email address, Alternative Pickup Approvals, preferred method of notification, and phone number. 


  1. Patron records with no fines and an expired card for 3 years are purged from the system. A patron presenting a signed card that has been purged from the system must apply for a new library card, showing proof of ID and physical address. 
  2. They may use their old card if they like or a new card will be issued at no charge. 


  1. Patrons will be charged $1 replacement fee for lost cards. 
  2. Patrons reporting a stolen card will be issued a new card at no charge. 
  3. Damaged cards may be exchanged for a new one at no cost to the patron. 
  4. When Koha is down, staff are unable to issue library cards or replacement cards.


Patron PIN numbers/passwords are only used for signing into Coastline to place holds. PINs are initially set to a default number provided at card sign-up. Patrons can change their PIN number online to a password or PIN of their choice. If patrons forget their PIN number, staff will change it back to the default PIN. Staff cannot see the patron’s PIN number when accessing their account.

Library Code of Conduct

While in the Library, please do

  • Ask for help when you need it. 
  • Let us know if the Library does not have the item or service you want. 
  • Keep your conversations (with people in the Library and on the phone) and personal electronic devices at a volume that does not disturb others. 
  • Use headphones when listening to media on any device.
  • Beverages in covered containers are permissible throughout the Library. 
  • Ensure that your children 10 years and under are attended by an adult. 
  • Be courteous to other patrons and to staff. 

While in the Library, please do not

  • Destroy, deface, or abuse Library property. 
  • Be disruptive, disorderly, or harass other patrons and/or staff. 
  • Smoke or use tobacco, organic material, or other substances; be under the influence of or consume alcohol or illegal substances. 
  • Consume food near computer stations.
  • Leave animals unattended on Library property. 
  • Bring into the Library anything which creates an obstacle or takes up seating. 
  • Use skateboards, skates, rollerblades, or bicycles on Library property. 
  • Engage in sexual conduct as defined in ORS 167.060.  
  • Disturb other library patrons or staff through extremely poor personal hygiene. 
  • Conduct surveys or post or distribute printed material without staff approval; or panhandle or solicit for sales, charity, religious, or political purposes. 

In addition to the above, any violation of Federal, State, or local statutes will be regarded as a violation of Library rules. The Coquille Public Library reserves the right to eject or suspend library privileges to those individuals who violate Library rules. In addition to the sanctions imposed by the Library, further sanctions may be pursued as determined by law. 


  • Staff must be familiar with the Library Rules of Conduct. 
  • Staff will attempt to deal with any suspicious or inappropriate behavior by patrons. If staff cannot resolve the problem or need help resolving the problem, immediately report it to the person in charge (PIC). If necessary, call the police department for assistance. 
  • If illegal activity is involved, call the police; the police report number will be noted in the Library Incident Report.

Game Night

Coquille Library is hosting a monthly Game Night! We have loads of board and card games for you to choose from, or you are welcome to share your favorite games with us! Come alone or bring a friend to the community building on the second Tuesday of every month from 6-8 PM!

2021 Game Nights

  • August 10th, 6:00 PM
  • September 14th, 6:00 PM
  • October 12th, 6:00 PM
  • November 9th, 6:00 PM
  • December 14th, 6:00 PM

Following the State Mandate, all indoor Library Programs will require masks!

Cooking in Coquille

Coquille Public Library has so many cookbooks for the benefit of our community! But it’s always more fun to make a recipe when you know what it will look or taste like! Cooking in Coquille is our video programming designed to entertain and educate anyone interested in the concept of food preparation.

New videos will be posted to our Facebook and YouTube channel!

J. A. Jance Reading List

J.P. Beaumont Books

  1. Until Proven Guilty
  2. Injustice For All
  3. Trial by Fury
  4. Taking the Fifth
  5. Improbable Cause
  6. A More Perfect Union
  7. Dismissed with Prejudice
  8. Minor in Possession
  9. Payment In Kind
  10. Without Due Process
  11. Failure to Appear
  12. Lying in Wait
  13. Name Withheld
  14. Breach Of Duty
  15. Birds of Prey
  16. Partner in Crime
  17. Long Time Gone
  18. Justice Denied
  19. Fire and Ice
  20. Betrayal of Trust
  21. Second Watch
  22. Ring In the Dead
  23. Stand Down
  24. Dance of the Bones
  25. Still Dead (novella)
  26. Proof of Life
  27. Sins of the Fathers

Joanna Brady Books

  1. Desert Heat
  2. Tombstone Courage
  3. Shoot Don’t Shoot
  4. Dead to Rights
  5. Skeleton Canyon
  6. Rattlesnake Crossing
  7. Outlaw Mountain
  8. Devil’s Claw
  9. Paradise Lost
  10. Partner in Crime
  11. Exit Wounds
  12. Dead Wrong
  13. Damage Control
  14. Fire and Ice
  15. Judgment Call
  16. The Old Blue Line (novella)
  17. Remains of Innocence
  18. Random Acts
  19. Downfall
  20. Field of Bones
  21. Missing and Endangered

Ali Reynolds Books

  1. Edge of Evil
  2. Web of Evil
  3. Hand of Evil
  4. Cruel Intent
  5. Trial by Fire
  6. Fatal Error
  7. Left for Dead
  8. Deadly Stakes
  9. Moving Target
  10. A Last Goodbye (Unavailable)
  11. Cold Betrayal
  12. No Honor Among Thieves (Available as Audiobook)
  13. Clawback
  14. Random Acts
  15. Man Overboard
  16. Duel to the Death
  17. The A List
  18. Taking the Veil (short story in Matchup by Lee Child)
  19. Credible Threat
  20. Unfinished Business

Walker Family Mysteries Books

  1. Hour of the Hunter
  2. Kiss of the Bees
  3. Day of the Dead
  4. Queen of the Night
  5. Dance of the Bones

Standalone Novels


Summer Science

Every summer we offer an exciting science program for the kids in our community! Following a different theme each year, we do experiments and learn about science on Wednesdays (conveniently right after the Summer Reading Program)!


Unfortunately, this year due to the COVID restrictions, our Squishy Science Program is only available virtually. We post new videos for our experiments on YouTube and Facebook each Wednesday between June 16th and August 11th!

Summer Reading Program

Come enjoy summer reading with Miss Shelly every Wednesday at 10:30! We meet in the community building large gym for Storytime Picnics! Bring a blanket and your sense of humor for all the stories we have for you this year!

If you can’t make it on Wednesday, Miss Shelly is still recording stories and putting them on our Facebook so you don’t miss out on her wonderful reading!

Past Summer Reading

Continuing Education

Learning Express is a database offering many resources for continuing education at all ages! Browse through the categories below, or explore more through the Coos County Library Service District Education Resources.

ACT & SAT Test Preparation

Basic Computer Skills

Career Preparation

Core Skills




Grade School

High School


Placement Test Preparation

Grad School Preparation

Recursos para Hispanohablantes