Thank you for your letter of 20th November, and your comments on the new Oadby Library. I am pleased that you think it is fantastic – we are very proud of it.
You make some very clear points about the stock there, and thank you for these. I have spoken to the buying team, a customer service librarian at Oadby and visited the library to look at the stock myself before replying to you.
We do attempt to avoid bias in all areas of our stock and to represent all viewpoints, within the law of the land. We have to be selective in what we buy as we have a limited budget and there are many thousands of books published in any one year. In the case of Alternative Medicine there is certainly no deliberate “anti-science basis”. In the Health and Well-being section, there are titles on lots of areas, including mainstream medicine. Not every title we stock is on the shelf at any one time, as they will have been borrowed. We do stock material that is popular with our library users and is reflected in the number of times they have been borrowed. Books which are not in stock in Oadby Library may be available in other libraries across the network, and can be requested. We will also borrow titles from across the country through the Inter-Library Loan services to enable borrowers to have access to any title they wish, if it is available.
We do try to satisfy our users requirements, if we can. I hope this is helpful.
Thank you for your interest,
And my response:
- There is huge bias against the current scientific consensus in areas such as alternative medicine and the paranormal, to the point that there appear to be a total of zero books supporting the scientific consensus on the subjects.
- That some of the information in some of these books is potentially dangerous to the reader, to the point where making the claims would be illegal if made by a practitioner.
- That by promoting books in exact opposition to the scientific consensus, the library is spreading ignorance on extremely important matters such as health.
- Does the library even acknowledge that the bias exists?
- Does the library plan to do anything about this problem?
- If so, what?