Library Policies


Gardiner Library Mission Statement

The mission of the Gardiner Library is to provide materials and services to meet the educational, cultural, and social needs of our growing community.  The library facilitates personal and professional enrichment, internet access, and provides a center for community activities.  In particular, the Gardiner Library recognizes its responsibility to encourage the love of reading in Gardiner's children, and by so doing, help foster their development into literate, informed citizens.

Code of Conduct Everyone is welcome to use the library's facilities; however, every patron must comply with the
policy on behavior which prohibits all conduct that materially disrupts the use of the library
facilities, collections or services.

Code of Ethics As Trustees of the Gardiner Library, we recognize the importance of codifying and making known
to the staff, volunteers and to the general public the ethical principles that guide the work of our
librarians, other professionals providing information services, library trustees and library staff.

Computer and Internet Use - approval pending

Library Card Obtaining a library card.

Material Selection and Collection Development The Gardiner Library acquires materials that will fill educational, informational and recreational needs of the community and attempts to anticipate and plan for future needs. These
materials shall represent the broadest spectrum of print and non-print media available. An effort shall be
made to cover all subject areas; concentrations may be placed on particular fields with heavy public
demand. Priorities may be determined by budgetary constraints.

Privacy and Confidentiality The Gardiner Library gathers personal information about cardholders for the express purpose of efficiently and effectively operating the Library. We are committed to protecting the privacy and
confidentiality of our users.

Programming The Gardiner Library supports its mission of connecting people with the world of ideas and information by developing and presenting programs that provide additional opportunities for information, learning, and entertainment. Programming is an integral component of library service.

Other Gardiner Library policies can be found here.

We support the following American Library Association statements:
Freedom to Read
Freedom to View
Library Bill of Rights
Access to Library Resources and Services for Minors