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LIB-001 Library Operations Policy

Library Operations Policy

Category: Library

Number: LIB-001

Responsibility: University Librarian

Approver: Library Management Team

Approval: September 1, 2012



The Arthur A. Wishart Library is committed to providing the highest possible levels of service and access to information. This policy outlines the general guidelines and expectations for Library services and access.


This policy applies to the entire Arthur A. Wishart Library user community.


1. Access

1.1 The Arthur A. Wishart Library is accessible to the students, faculty and staff of Algoma University, adult members of the community, and to university students represented by the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement (CURBA).

1.2 From time to time the Library may enter into reciprocal agreements with other groups not covered in 1.1.

2. Hours of Operation

2.1 Library hours of operation are established by the Library Management Team in consultation with Senior Administration and the Senate.

2.1.2 The needs of academic year, user demand, budget, staff complement are critical variables in determining hours of operation.

3. Behaviour Library Users

3.1 The Library is a place for individual and group study and research.  Groups are encouraged to contact the Office of the Registrar to book the Library Seminar Room to reduce the chance of disturbing other users.

3.1.1 In all cases individuals or groups deemed to be causing a disturbance will be asked to leave the Library.

3.1.2 If some Library users cause disturbances on a regular basis, the names and schools (if applicable) of these individuals will be recorded by Library staff and library privileges will be suspended.

3.2 Any inappropriate behaviour will be reported to the University Librarian.  Repeated or severe violations of this or other policies will result  in sanctions under the university's Code of Student Conduct Policy (non academic).  For information, please consult the Library Code of Conduct.

4. Mutual Respect

4.1 Librarians and Library staff are information professionals working to enhance the learning experience of all Library users.

4.2 Library users are individuals seeking to fulfill information needs for many purposes, including learning and research and entertainment and relaxation.

4.2 The Librarians, Library staff and Library users are expected to engage one another with courtesy and respect.