Reconsideration Policy

Webster University Library supports the teaching, coursework, research, and lifelong learning needs of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the local community. To meet the needs of our constituents, the library’s collection and services encompass a broad and diverse range of ideas, voices, and viewpoints. The presence of materials, programs, events, or displays in the library collection does not indicate that Webster University Library endorses the content of these items. 

Webster University Library recognizes the right of individuals to question library materials, programs, events, and displays. If a student, faculty, or staff member wishes for the library to reconsider the inclusion or placement of a particular title, program, event, or display, they can fill out and submit a Request for Reconsideration form (below).

Once an official Request for Reconsideration is received, the Library’s Management Team will review the material, program, event, or display and determine whether it conforms to the Library’s mission and policies. Once a decision has been made, the requester will be notified in writing. Should the requester wish to appeal a decision, a request in writing should be sent to the Dean of University Libraries.  

Request for Reconsideration Forms will only be accepted and reviewed when submitted by current Webster University students, faculty, and staff.  

Request for Reconsideration forms will not be accepted unless they are filled out in their entirety. Each Request for Reconsideration form is limited to one item/program/event/display. If a duplicate reconsideration request is submitted within a six-month period, the first decision will stand.  



Reconsideration Request Form 

If you wish to request reconsideration of library materials, programs, events, or displays, complete and return this form to the Dean of University Libraries at Webster University Library, 455 E. Lockwood Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119.


The person completing this form must be a current Webster University student, faculty, or staff member.  
Requester’s Full Name__________________________________________________________________  
Requester’s Webster ID Number_________________________________________________________  
Requester’s Mailing Address (optional) ____________________________________________________  
Requester’s Phone Number or Email Address________________________________________________  

Resource on which you are commenting:  
Title of item/program/event/display: ___________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________  
Author/producer/date of program/location of display: __________________________________ 
Book_______ Video_______ Magazine________ Program/Event__________ Newspaper_________ Display_________ Online resource ________ Other_________ 
What brought this resource to your attention?  
Have you read, listened to, viewed, or examined the whole resource? Yes____ No____  
Why or why not?  
What concerns you about the resource? Be specific and cite page numbers and quote exact passages; cite specific scenes and their location in a video; cite specific tracks of a CD; or provide other detailed information as applicable.  
What of value is there in the work? 
Are you aware of reviews of the work by critics or subject specialists? What reviews have you researched? (Give specific citations) 
What do you believe is the purpose or theme of this work?  
What do you feel might be the result of reading, listening to, or viewing this work? On what do you base this opinion? 
What action would you suggest be taken regarding the item/program/event/display in question?  
Are there other resources you could suggest that might provide additional information and/or other viewpoints on this topic?  
Signature_________________________________________________ Date______________________________