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About Your Library
Your library exists to promote the communication
of ideas, develop informed citizens and enrich the
cultural and intellectual lives of the people of
the Town of Hawkesbury.

Our Mission & Phylosophy

Library mission statement:

The Hawkesbury Public Library offers residents and the organisations, services and activities that meet the educational, informational and recreational needs of the community. The library offers its collections and services to a clientele of all ages in an inviting, attractive and comfortable environment. It efficiently manages the resources at its disposa) to maximize results. The library recognizes the right of its patrons to intellectual freedom and confidentiality.

The library has identified its key rotes:

The Children's Door to Learning

The library offers children and the institutions that serve them (schools, daycares etc.) resources, activities and services pertinent to their needs in a dynamic and well-adapted environment. The library wishes to stimulate a love of reading as well as intellectual curiosity and to develop the searching skill of its users.

General lnterest Collection

The library offers a collection of general interest documents in a variety of formats (ex. books, videos, CD-ROMs, etc.) to encourage reading and to satisfy the users' needs for information and recreation.

The Reference Library

The library offers its users the equivalent documentation for a general public level of reference service. When the library does not possess the required documentation, it has access to inter-library¬loan and Internet. It aims to develop the information searching ability of its users.

Local history and genealogy centre

The library offers La Seigneurie, of Société franco-ontarienne d'histoire et de généalogie space for their collection. The documents are catalogued by the Society and included in the database of the library.

The collection should reflect a multitude of viewpoints on a variety of subjects, represent the diversity of opinion on a controversial subject and resist pressure from groups or individuals that wish to have a disproportional influence on the composition of the collection.

Intellectual freedom

Inspired by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Statement on Intellectual Freedom adopted by the Canadian Library Association, the library adopts the following:

Phylosophy:

Neutrality

The collection should reflect a multitude of viewpoints on a variety of subjects, represent the diversity of opinion on a controversial subject and resist pressure from groups or individuals that wish to have a disproportional influence on the composition of the collection.

Intellectual freedom

Inspired by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Statement on Intellectual Freedom adopted by the Canadian Library Association, the library adopts the following:

All Canadians have the fundamental right, as embodied in the nation's Bill of Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to have access to ail expressions of knowledge, creativity and intellectual activity, and to express their thoughts publicly. This right to intellectual freedom is essential to the culture and development of Canadian society.

Libraries have a responsibility to promote intellectual freedom.

It is the responsibility of libraries to guarantee and facilitate access to ail expressions of knowledge and intellectual activity, including those which some elements of society may consider to be unconventional, unpopular or unacceptable. To this end, libraries shall acquire and make available the widest variety of materials.

Libraries should resist ail efforts to limit the exercise of these responsibilities while recognizing the right of criticism by individuals and groups. Both employees and employers in libraries have a duty through their institutional responsibilities, to uphold these principles.

Freedom of Access for Minors

Inspired by the declaration of the American Library Association, the library offers unrestricted access to ail documents and services by minors. It is the responsibility of the parent to oversee the choice of documents made by their child.








 
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