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Retention of Challenged Materials Policy

It is the policy of the Northwestern University Library that books, journal articles or other channels of scholarly communication acquired as part of the Library's collections will not subsequently be withdrawn based on allegations of false, misleading, pejorative, defamatory or potentially harmful information.

Errata sheets and corrigenda, issued by the publisher and included with the text or received shortly thereafter will be tipped into the work. Subsequent updates, corrections, reviews or letters of caution, whether issued by the author, published or third party will not be added to the text nor referenced in the cataloging record or other links to the item. The Library will continue to acquire subsequent editions because they are not contained under these caveats.

The Library understands that authors may, intentionally or inadvertently, misstate facts, reach erroneous conclusions or make claims that may, in fact or in perception, be hurtful to individuals or lead future researchers astray. It is not the task of the Library to verify or validate the contents of what it acquires, but it is to make research available for review, rebuttal, substantiation, support or further inquiry.

It is the position of the University Library that claims and counterclaims are the essence of what is protected as academic freedom and that the Library has no role mediating these interchanges. Our policy is that materials in the Library stand as published.

Last Review: 2013