- Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
- Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
- Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
- Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
- A person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
- Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.
Adopted June 18, 1948.
Amended February 2, 1961, and January 23, 1980,
inclusion of "age" reaffirmed January 23, 1996,
by the ALA Council.Services Offered
Under the 1976 Copyright Act, Libraries may provide limited copying services for their patrons. The following guidelines must be followed for the Library to comply:
- The copied material must display the following information: "NOTICE": This material may be protected by copyright law. (Title 17 U.S. Code)
- The material must become the property of the patron, and the Library must have no notice that the material will be used for anything but "private study, scholarship, or research."
- Materials may not be copied in large quantities nor should it substitute for subscription to or purchase of materials.
The Library provides one coin operated self-service photocopier for patron use.
Copies are five cents ($ .05) per side copied.
Student identification cards are necessary to check out library materials. ID cards, which may be picked up at student services, must be validated for the current semester before materials can be checked out.
The current loan period for books is approximately 20 days, audio visual items for 7 days. Reserve items, reference items, newspapers, magazines, and legal resources may not be checked out at any time.
Overdue Fines, Damaged and Lost/Missing Items Policy
Books: Overdue fines begin accumulating on the 11th business day following the due date. Overdue fines will accrue at the rate of $.05 per item, per business day, until the item is turned in - or up to 1 year, at which time the item will be determined Lost/Missing (see Lost/Missing Items). Overdue fines will not exceed the cost of the book. A minimum of $ .55 per item overdue will be assessed. Any items not returned or fines not paid by the end of the semester will result in a hold* being placed on the student's record.
Audio visual: Overdue fines begin accumulating on the 5th business day following the due date. Overdue fines will accrue at the rate of $.25 per item, per business day, until the item is turned in - or up to 1 year, at which time the item will be determined Lost/Missing (see Lost/Missing Items). Overdue fines will not exceed the cost of the item. Any items not returned or fines not paid by the end of the semester will result in a hold* being placed on the student's record.
Any patron who returns damaged item(s) will be assessed the cost** of the item(s). When damages are paid the patron is welcome to take the item(s). Any damages not paid for by the end of the semester will result in a hold* being placed on the student's record.
An item will be determined Lost/Missing if not returned within 1 year of the Date Due.
The patron will be assessed the cost** of the item(s). Any patron who loses an item will be responsible for the cost** of the item(s). Copies replaced by the LRC may not be an exact duplicate of the original item. Patrons wishing to replace an item may do so only with the approval of the Director or the Librarian. No refunds will be given. Any Lost/Missing items not paid for by the end of the semester will result in a hold* being placed on the student's record.
*Holds placed on student's records will prevent the student from enrolling in future semesters, receiving grades, transcripts and diplomas. Holds will remain in effect until all items have been returned and/or monies due have been paid.
**Cost is the purchase price of the item, plus a $10.00 processing fee per item. The minimum charge will be $25.00 per item, which includes the processing fee.