The Cattaraugus Free Library (The Library) has adopted the Library Bill of Rights, The Freedom to Read, and the Freedom to View Statements as approved by the American Library Association. The Library recognizes that many materials are controversial and that any given may offend some patrons. Selections will not be made on the basis of any anticipated approval or disapproval, but solely on the merits of the works in relation to the building of the collection and to serving the diverse interest of the users.

The Library recognizes that censorship is a purely individual matter and declares that while anyone is free to reject for him/herself any library material which he/she does not approve of, he/she cannot exercise this individual right of censorship to restrict from others the freedom to read or view.

The responsibility for the reading or use of library materials by children rests with their parents and legal guardians. Selection of library materials will not be inhibited by the possibility that books may inadvertently come into the possession of children.