Public Use Policy | Patron Privacy Policy | Gift Policy | Collection Development Policy

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Public Use Policy

We ask for your cooperation to maintain the Normandale Library as a safe and welcoming space for study, research, thought and collaboration. This policy outlines how Normandale protects the library, library materials, and library users.

Violations of this policy are considered misconduct. Normandale Library Public Use Policy wording is derived from federal, state and/or municipal law as well as college and library policies.


  • Library staff members will take appropriate steps to enforce these policies. First, users will be asked to comply with the policy. Failure to comply will result in a request for identification and the user will be escorted from the Library. Repeated failure to comply may result in a referral to Campus Security or the Associate Dean of Students.
  • The Library reserves the right to contact Campus Security or the Associate Dean of Students when circumstances require immediate action to protect the library and/or its user.

Unacceptable personal conduct includes:

  • Noise is the most common complaint. We ask that you be considerate of others.
  • Cell phones, iPods, pagers should be switched to non-audible settings when you enter the library. You may converse on your cell phone or other communication device outside the library only.
  • Abuse of, threat to and/or harassment, physical or verbal, of library patrons or library staff, including challenges to library staff or other patrons requesting compliance with these policies.
  • Loitering: wandering from place to place without apparent reason or business and refusing to identify oneself and to account for one's presence when requested.
  • Animals: The only animals permitted are those trained to assist persons with disabilities.
  • Computer Use: Using library computers to view materials that create an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or learning environment. All computer use is governed by the Normandale Community College Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Disorderly conduct while under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance.
  • Weapons of any kind into the library.
  • Tobacco use in any form including smokeless tobacco.

Food and Drink Policies:

  • Beverages in spill-proof containers are permitted.
  • Foods that are not overly noisy and that do not have a strong odor are permitted.
  • Dispose of your trash; clean up spills, crumbs, or sticky tables. Please use the paper towels and cleansers provided throughout the library to assist with your cleaning.
  • Eating and drinking are not permitted at library computers (including library-owned laptops).
  • In the study rooms, only covered beverages are permitted. Please refrain from eating in these rooms.

Unacceptable building use policies include:

  • Being in an unauthorized area of the library or remaining in the library complex after it is closed or when requested to leave during emergency situations.
  • Opening emergency exits or setting off security and/or emergency alarms except in emergency situations.
  • Vandalizing or defacing any part of the library building complex, its furniture or equipment.
  • Mutilating library materials by marking, underlining, removing pages, bindings, or in any other way defacing or damaging library materials.
  • Maliciously accessing, altering, disconnecting, deleting, damaging or destroying any library computer system, network, computer program or data.
  • Blocking an aisle with an electrical cord.
  • Moving furniture or other fixtures to other areas within the library.
  • Willfully blocking or maliciously obstructing any library entrance, exit, lobby area, staircase, aisle or passageway.
  • Photography filming or videotaping must be approved by the Library Chair in advance; any filming of staff or patron within the library requires permission of the person(s) being taped.

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Patron Privacy Policy

Normandale Library, a publically funded institution, respects the privacy of its students, faculty, staff, and community members. All library users have the right to seek information confidentially, in the spirit of open inquiry.  We do not share your personal data, circulation history, or research questions with third parties except in some cases when recovering lost or missing items. Inactive circulation data older than 18 months is permanently removed from our computer system.  Library personnel may examine usage data for statistical purposes, but personally identifiable information is never attached.
In the event that law enforcement or government officials request confidential library data, the Library Chair and the Dean of the Library will be notified. If necessary, legal guidance from the college administration and/or the MnSCU office will be sought.

For more information on the guiding principles of patron privacy, please see the American Library Association privacy statement and Minnesota Statute 13.40.

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Gift Policy

  • Items donated shall become the property of the Library and Normandale Community College upon receipt.
  • Each item received will be evaluated for possible inclusion in the Library collections based on its content, current collection levels in the subject area, and whether the item supports the current curricular needs of the college.
  • Donated items added to Library collections are the sole property of the Normandale Community College Library and all decisions concerning distribution, use, and retention of said items will be made by the Library.
  • Items not added to the collection will be offered to other MnSCU libraries, other nonprofit organizations, or may be recycled, as appropriate.
  • The Normandale Community College Library cannot accept any donation of materials from individuals or institutions which will not relinquish total control of the items to the Library.
  • The Library does not provide valuations of items donated. Any requests for confirmation of material (in-kind) donations to the Library will be handled by the Office of College Advancement.

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Collection Development Policy

The Normandale Community College Library collects resources dedicated to the evolving curriculum of Normandale Community College as stated in the Library mission below:

The mission of the Normandale Library is to provide a wide range of information resources and quality professional services to students in their intellectual, career, and personal development. The library faculty teaches students as they seek research and supplemental materials for their courses. The library also serves as a resource for faculty, staff, and the community.

Although the library's faculty are primarily responsible for the quality of the collection, the selection of new materials and the withdrawal of materials are collection development activities shared with other members of the college community. Librarians, teaching faculty, and college administrators initiate most material requests. Students and other staff are also encouraged to suggest additions to the collection by contacting their department chair or the Acquisitions Librarian with requests. Recommendations from the teaching faculty are particularly important in building a collection that supports student success. Selection and withdrawal criteria are described in more detail below.

In recognition of the library's responsibility to make materials available to our users, the Normandale Library adheres to the following policy statements by the American Library Association and the Educational Film Association (policies in appendix):

  1. Library Bill of Rights and its interpretations
  2. Freedom to Read
  3. Intellectual Freedom
  4. Freedom to View

Within the constraints of available funds, facilities, and personnel levels, the Library will acquire and make available materials in various formats, evaluate existing collections, and develop policies and procedures to maintain the quality of collections and information resources. The Library is involved in a variety of resource-sharing agreements that expand the range of materials available to the college community.

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Collection development guidelines

Resources are selected in print, audiovisual, and digital formats.  The Library considers the following guidelines when selecting resources:

  • Relevance and enrichment to the college's curriculum, research needs, and educational goals.
  • Scope and content - comprehensiveness, depth of coverage, and factual accuracy.
  • Scholarly value or literary merit.
  • Currency and timeliness.
  • Enrichment of special collections.
  • Availability of materials through Interlibrary Loan or document delivery.
  • Cost of the item or set of items.

Please note that textbooks are not automatically purchased for the collection. Individual instructors and departments may purchase textbooks for select courses and place them on reserve in the library.

Selection of materials by the library does not imply endorsement of the contents or the views expressed in those materials. No material will be excluded from the collection because of the race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political or social viewpoint or controversial nature of either the author or of the material.

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Deselection of Library Materials

Deselection of library materials (process of removing items from the collection) is essential for the maintenance of a current, academically sound library collection. Deselection provides quality control of materials by eliminating outdated, inaccurate and worn out titles. Librarians are responsible for conducting an ongoing deselection project. Other faculty and staff are consulted when specific items are recommended for removal from the collection.

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