Our Library Code of Ethics
The Owls Head Village Library follows the mandate of American Library Association’s Code of Ethics, which states the following: The principles of this Code are expressed in broad statements to guide ethical decision making. These statements provide a framework; they cannot and do not dictate conduct to cover particular situations.
I. We provide the highest level of service to all library users through appropriate and
usefully organized resources, equitable service policies: equitable access; and
accurate, unbiased and courteous responses to all requests.
II. We uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and resist all efforts to censor
III. We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to
information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or
IV. We respect intellectual property rights and advocate balance between the interests
of information users and rights holders.
V. We treat co-workers and other colleagues with respect, fairness, and good faith.
VI. We do not advance private interests at the expense of library users, or colleagues.
VII. We distinguish between our personal convictions and professional duties and do not
allow our personal beliefs to interfere with fair representation of the aims of our
institutions or the provision of access to their information resources.
VIII. We strive for excellence in the profession by maintaining and enhancing our own
knowledge and skills, by encouraging the professional development of co-workers,
and by fostering the aspirations of potential members of the professions.
Based on the size of the building we can only have 5 patrons in the library at one time. Every person counts towards this limit, regardless of age. If one family member can come into the building to pick items for everyone we urge you to do so.
Since we can have so few patrons in the building at one time we have put a time limit on visits. If there are patrons outside waiting to come in please keep your visit to 20 minutes or less.
For the safety of the staff and other patrons we are requiring that anyone that comes into the building wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth. We know this isn’t the most fun thing to do. However, many of our patrons are in high risk categories and we all must work together to keep the Library safe for everyone.
Please follow all social distancing guidelines in the Library and maintain a 6 foot distance from other people.
We will be cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces at the Library multiple times a day. We encourage you to use our hand sanitizer when entering. While we will do everything in our power to make the Library a clean and safe place for everyone, we cannot guarantee a germ-free environment. We urge you to take precautions both in the building and with items you have checked out, such as hand washing and not touching your face. We have quarantined all returned books 72 hours before putting them back on the shelves.
The OHVL provides a center for information and learning resources for the Owls Head community. The OHVL is for learning, for a potential gathering place and to support the intellectual life of Owls Head now and in the future. Quiet conversation is welcome in our library. All are welcome in the OHVL.
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