Why does the library buy edited ("clean") versions of popular music albums?
Thank you for your question!
As a library, the majority of our purchases are to “educate, inform, enlighten, enrich and entertain” the community as a whole. Parental Advisory material restricts that. When we have a choice between “edited” and “parental advisory” materials, we will choose edited to meet the needs of the wider community. If an edited version is not available, the library will purchase unedited if in accordance with our collection policy.
As the policy states, “ Individual items which, in and of themselves, may be controversial or offensive to some, may appropriately be selected if their inclusion in the collection will contribute to the balance and effectiveness of the Library collection as a whole.” So if there is a reason (besides personal preference) that the unedited version would be more desireable and appropriate, then that version would likely be chosen.
For more details on how we choose library materials, please refer to our Collection Development Policy.