Re: [Videolib] Violent movie guidelines

From: Tatar, Becky <>
Date: Thu Jul 02 2009 - 12:45:31 PDT

We don't have a policy on violence in movies. More people seem to be
upset about sexual situations than violence. The only major objection
we have had - and the patron was persistant about it for over a year -
was our title Antonia's Line. She didn't want to accept that other
people would not necessarily find it objectionable. We get all those
titles like Saw and Hostel, etc. They are some of our more popular

Becky Tatar


Aurora Public Library

1 E. Benton Street

Aurora, IL 60505

Phone: 630-264-4100

FAX: 630-896-3209



[] On Behalf Of S Urwiler
        Sent: Thursday, July 02, 2009 1:27 PM
        Subject: [Videolib] Violent movie guidelines



        Does anyone have a policy or guideline regarding ordering movies
that are excessively violent? I'm thinking of movies like "High
Tension," "Suicide Club," "Ichi the Killer," and the like. We've also
had requests for more mainstream torture horror like the "Saw" series or


        We're a public library, in the process of developing a
collection development policy for AV, and have had requests for these
specific titles. I'm wondering what other libraries do with these kinds
of requests? Do you order them because of patron demand, or rely on


        Thanks for any assistance you can give.


        Sheila Urwiler

        Head of Multimedia Services

        Deerfield Public Library

        920 Waukegan Road

        Deerfield, IL 60015


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