The John A. Logan College Library is provided for purposeful learning and information seeking. The following administrative procedures have been adopted to ensure that everyone gains maximum benefit from these facilities and resources.
At John A. Logan College Library, we support intellectual freedom and the first amendment rights of all people. The basic policies for our services regarding intellectual freedom are included in the Library Bill of Rights by the American Library Association. They are as follows:
“I. 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.
II. 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.
III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
VI. 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.“
American Library Association (1996). Library Bill of Rights. Web. Retrieved from: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill
However, patrons should be aware of the rights and responsibilities outlined in the Student Guidebook. Though patrons may not be students, you are still using property within the Library that belongs to the college; thus, you too must abide by the policies set forth by the college within the manual.
You must have your John A. Logan College Library card in order to borrow materials from The Library. In addition, you cannot use another person’s card or pick up materials for another patron without explicit written consent that has been submitted to Library staff and recorded on their record.
We value the privacy and confidentiality of the patrons we serve. As a result, we will not allow persons that have not been given written permission by the card holder to check out, reserve, or operate in any other manner for the card holder. If you would like to allow someone, such as a spouse or family member to be able to conduct library business on your behalf, please submit a written and signed statement to the library to be added to your library record.
This non-circulating collection is maintained by the Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois. If you have questions about this collection, please visit their website.
The books that are in our course reserves have been placed there by faculty and staff. Thus, not all courses have materials in the course reserves. These books have varying loan periods, but are clearly marked on the covers. Check out periods for these items are non-renewable in order to maximize access and availability to other students.
Please keep others in mind while using The Library. Patrons may find a labeled “Quiet Area” in the back of the Library behind the stacks. However, the way in which JALC’s Library is structured promotes noise levels rather than dampening them. Therefore, we ask that any phone conversations take place outside of The Library to cut down on noise. If Library staff deem a patron’s noise level to be disruptive to other patrons, they will take appropriate measures to restore the appropriate academic environment to promote studying and collaboration.
If you have lost any of your personal items, please check at the circulation desk. Please do not leave your belongings unattended. Library staff are not responsible for items that are left unattended. In addition, we will not store any personal belongings for you behind the circulation desk or at the reference desk. Please take all items with you.
According to the John A. Logan Student Guidebook, “Tobacco use or vaping in College buildings or anywhere other than parking lots located more than 15 feet from entrances, exits, windows that open and ventilation intakes.” is prohibited.
Materials that are donated to JALC Library will either be added to the collection or will be sold in our annual book sale. If they are not sold, then they will be recycled. The following criteria are evaluated when considering a book to add to the collection: