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Vernon District Public Library

Library Policies

The following policies govern how we use our library.
Vernon District Public Library
Internet and Wireless Use Policy & Procedures
Adopted October 10, 2006
Revised October 20, 2009
Adopted Dec. 29, 2009

The VDPL is unable to monitor or control the content of Internet information. Internet users will need to evaluate for themselves the validity of information found for being accurate, complete, or legal. The availability of information via the Library's service does not constitute an endorsement of that information by the VDPL. The Internet, even on filtered workstations may contain information
that is controversial, sexually explicit, or offensive. Library patrons use the Internet at their own risk. Parents or guardians of minor children are responsible for their child's use of the Internet through the Library's connection.

VDPL Responsibilities
1) The Internet is free to use.
2) Library staff will assist Internet users as time permits.
3) Library staff reserves the right to remove patrons from the computer workstations for inappropriate activity while on the computer. That would include but not limited to illegal or criminal activity, or sexually explicit materials.
• 1st Violation will result in a verbal warning from the library staff.
• 2nd Violation will result in loss of Internet privileges on Library equipment for a period of 30 days.
• 3rd Violation will result in permanent loss of Internet privileges on Library equipment permanently.
4) VDPL will provide an unfiltered workstation on request for patron 18 years and older.
User Responsibilities
1) Children Under 10 years of age will be accompanied by an adult or guardian
2) Children between 10 and 17 years of age must have a signed Parent Permission    Form on file.
3) Time limits will be posted.
4) A limit of two persons allowed per work station.
5) Copies are permitted. Prices will be posted. Copyright laws need to be observed.
6) Storage devices will be available for a fee. Prices will be posted. Licensing rights need to be observed.
7) Computers will not be reserved
8) The VDPL is a public building. Library users are expected to maintain a courteous, friendly atmosphere.
Vernon District Public Library
9) Computer users are responsible for the condition of the equipment while they are using it. Computer users are required to report all equipment problems to the Library staff.

Internet Use Procedures
1) Before the first use on the computers users must read the Internet Use Policy & Procedures for VDPL.
2) All Internet users must sign in for a workstation.
3) Patrons must present Pictured ID with birth date or library card or have it on file before they can use the Internet.
4) Patrons under 18 will be assigned to a filtered workstation.




The general library objectives of the Vernon District Public library shall be:

A. To assemble, preserve and administer, in organized collections educational and recreational material in order to promote, through guidance and stimulation in the communication of ideas, and enlightened citizenship and enriched personal lives.

B. To serve the community as a center of reliable information.

C. To provide a place where inquiring minds may encounter the original, sometimes unorthodox, and critical ideas so necessary as correctives and stimulants in a society that depends for its survival on free competition in ideas.

D. To support educational, civic, and cultural activities of groups and organizations.

E. To provide opportunity and encouragement for children, young people, men and women to educate themselves continuously.

F. To seek continually to identify community needs, to provide programs of services to meet such needs, and to cooperate with other organizations, agencies, and institutions which can provide programs or services to meet community needs.

G. To provide opportunity for recreation through the use of literature, music, films and other art forms in time to come.


H. The library will serve all residents of Vernon Township.  Service will not be denied or abridged because of religious, racial, social, economic, or political status.

B.  The use of the library or its services shall be limited when excessive                
demands of groups or individuals tend to curtail service to the general public.  Such demands may include those made by students, puzzle contestants, and others whose demands for staff time, available materials,
or space would prohibit attention and service to other individuals or groups.

C.  The use of the library or its service may be denied for due cause.  Such           cause may be failure to return books or to pay penalties, destruction  of   
library property, disturbance of other patrons, or any other objectionable conduct on library premises.


A. The library will select from the mass of available materials, and organize  
for easy access, those books and materials which best meet the needs of      the community.

B. The library staff will provide guidance and assistance for people to obtain the information they seek as recorded in print (and audio-visual resources in time).

C. The library will provide information and materials to help people to:

   1.  Equip themselves for efficient activities in useful occupations and 
      practical affairs, including vocational information, parent and    home education, childcare, nutrition, physical health, emotional stability and growth, budgeting and consumer education and specialized business, industrial and agricultural information

   2.  Increase their competence for form sound judgments on public
        problems and to encourage them to express their opinion and to act
        according to their judgment.

   3.  Increase their understanding and appreciation of literature, the  arts,       
           sciences and the political and natural world.

   4.  Promote personal and social well-being and develop creative and
                                   spiritual capacities.
D. The library will initiate programs, exhibits, book lists, etc., to stimulate
the use of the library materials for the enlightenment of people of all ages.

E. The library will cooperate with other community agencies and           organizations to:

      1. Determine and meet the educational needs of the community.


A. The purpose of this section is to guide librarians and to inform the public   about the principles upon which selections are made.

B. Responsibility for the selection of all materials within the Vernon Public District Library lies with the Vernon Public Library Board, and, as delegated by the board, to the Librarian and assistants.

C. The Vernon Public Library Board recognizes the principles embodied in the Library Bill of Rights herein, and:  The Freedom to read Statement, the American Library Association Statement on Labeling and the California Library Association Statement on Intellectual Freedom in Libraries found in Appendix II.


 The council of the American Library Association reaffirms its belief in the     following basic policies, which should govern the services to all libraries.

As a responsibility of Library service, books and other library materials selected should be chosen for values of interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community.  In no case should library materials be excluded because of the race or nationality or the social, political, or religious views of the author.

Libraries should provide books and other materials presenting all points of view concerning the problems and issues of our times; no library materials should be proscribed or removed from libraries because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

Censorship should be challenged by libraries in the maintenance of their responsibility to provide public information and enlightenment.

Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgement of free expression and free access to ideas.

The rights of an individual to the use of a library should not be denied or abridged because of his age, race, religion, national origins or social or political views.

As an institution of education for democratic living, the library should welcome the use of its meeting rooms for socially useful and cultural activities and discussion of current public questions.  Such meeting places should be available on equal terms to all groups in the community regardless of the beliefs and affiliations of their members, provided that the meetings are open to the public.

                               Adopted June 18, 1948
         Amended February 2, 1961, and June 27, 1967,
                               By the ALA Council.
 Materials are considered on the basis of:

overall purpose
timeliness or permanence
importance of the subject matter
quality of the writing/production
readability and popular appeal (including best sellers, light fiction,   and popular non-fiction)
                        reputation of the publisher/producer
                        reputation and significance of the author/artist
                        format and price
                        requests from patrons are given consideration

  The basis of selection will be positive not negative.  Serious works that          
present an honest aspect of life are not necessarily excluded because of  
coarse language or frankness.  Reputable, unbiased professionally selected aids should be consulted as guides.  Examples of these are:

  A basic book selection aid is a guide to building a library collection, for it lists books that are essential in any library, and suggests books for replacement for older or obsolete titles.  The outstanding examples of these basic book aids are:
              Children’s Catalog
              Standard Catalog for Public Libraries
              Fiction Catalog


  Reviews of new books appear regularly in periodical form and can be used (1) as a guide to selection (2) to keep informed on recent publications.  Examples of these are:
 Booklist and Subscription Books Bulletin by ALA
Each issue reviews books recommended for purchase, with a special listing for the “small library”.  All titles are arranged in Dewey Decimal System with prices, sources, and subject headings.

Library Journal by R. R. Bowker
In addition to its listing and reviews of new books, it includes many articles of interest to the librarian.
Horn Book by Horn Book, Inc.
This includes articles and reviews of children’s books.

These will contain selection information in special subject areas as:

 AAAS Science Book List; English Journal

     Materials which are no longer useful in the light of stated objectives of the
Library will be systematically weeded from the collection according to accepted professional practices.  Such materials will be destroyed or disposed of.  The library will not be guilty of lowering the standards of institutional and individual collections by giving away soiled, damaged, mediocre, or obsolete materials.

The library will keep itself informed of other publicly available resources of books and other materials in the area to avoid unnecessary duplication.

The library will not attempt to furnish materials needed for formal courses of study offered by elementary and secondary schools and by institutions of higher learning.  The public library has materials for self-study, but is not primarily designed to furnish reading required for academic study.

     When an item is challenged, the following statements apply:

1.   The principles of the freedom to read, of the professional responsibility of the staff and of this policy must be defended, rather than the materials.  A file is kept on materials questioned.
    If a complaint is made, the procedures are as follows:
       a. Remain calm and courteous, but make no commitments.
       b. Invite the complainant to file a “Citizen’s Request for Reconsideration        
           of Library Materials” which should be brought to the attention of the
           Board President after completion.
       c. The material will be evaluated by the Library Board at its next meeting,
           provided the previous steps have been completed.


    The Board of Trustees recognizes that no single library can meet all demands in its community.  Libraries in different political subdivisions working together, sharing their services and resources, can meet more nearly the full needs of their users.

    The Board of Trustees and the Librarian will be alert to opportunities of cooperation with other libraries, to strengthen the services and resources of the library.


    To achieve the goal of good library service, the Board of Trustees accepts the responsibility to see that public library building facilities are provided which will adequately meet the physical requirements of modern, aggressive, library service.  Such facilities will offer to the community a compelling invitation to enter, read, look, listen, and learn.  Each building will fit an expanding program of library service.

    The Board of Trustees accepts the responsibility to secure the funds for needed facilities.


    Within the provisions of the state laws, the Board of Trustees adopts the following policies:

        1. Books and other materials will be accepted on the condition that the librarian has the authority to make whatever disposition he or she deems advisable.

        2. Gifts of money, real property, and/or stock will be accepted if   conditions attached thereto are acceptable to the Board of Trustees.

        3. The library will not accept for deposit materials that are not outright gifts.


 Some of the primary public relations goals of the library are:

           1. Understanding the library’s objectives and services by governing
               officials, by civic leaders, and by the general public.

           2. Active participation in the varied services offered by the library to people
               of all ages.

   The Board recognizes that public relations involves every person who has any connection with the library.  The Board urges its own members and every staff member to realize that he or she represents the library in every public contact.  Good service supports good public relations.

Vernon District Library

Board of Director’s Meetings

Regular Vernon District Public Library

Board of Directors Meetings are conducted

on the second Tuesday of the first month of each

quarter, at 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the

Vernon District Public Library

115 E. Main St.

Vernon, MI 48476

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