21 October 2013: Statement from Alison Elliott Director Content Services National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa.
The story "Fairytale sex off the shelves" in the Sunday Star Times and Stuff (20 October 2013) is incorrect in saying that the graphic novel Lost Girls was 'pulled from the National Library Catalogue'. The story has now been corrected online.
In fact, as National Library never owned a copy of the work, it was never in the National Library Catalogue.
National Library was not involved in any decision to remove the work from any other catalogue.
National Library does not restrict access to its holdings except under law. Where publications are classified National Library records the classifications and stores material in such a way that it can meet the requirements of the law.
National Library was not approached by the Sunday Star-Times or by Stuff before the story was published.