Gabriel Dumont Institue

Policies and Guidelines

The needs of students, staff, and faculty are always given priority at the GDI Library. However, members of First Nations or Métis communities and any others who wish to use the library’s materials will also be permitted borrowing privileges at the discretion of the librarian.

 

Borrowing privileges come with responsibilities. Please respect the following guidelines:

  1. Please have no more than 20 items signed out at a time.
  2. Please let library staff know when your address or phone number changes.
  3. Please be considerate of other patrons and return your books on time. Staff reserve the right to charge for the cost of lost items, and revoke the borrowing privileges of patrons who do not comply with the borrowing policy.

There are computer workstations available at the library for patron use. Patrons may use these workstations for word processing, emailing, and research, but they are asked not to use them for social networking unrelated to coursework or research.

 

The computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis, although instructors may book reserve blocks of the computers for in-class use from time to time. Notices will be posted informing patrons when the computers have been reserved by instructors.

Printing and photocopying are also available in the library. At present, patrons who are not affiliated with the Gabriel Dumont Institute are asked to pay a printing charge of $0.10 per sheet in cash immediately after printing (no credit). Photocopies are $0.10 per page.

PLEASE DO

  • Come often and make yourselves at home.
  • Ask questions when you have them.
  • Show respect to staff and other people using the library.
  • Enjoy beverages carefully in reusable containers.
  • Clean up after yourselves. Please put garbage in the garbage cans and recycling in the recycling bins.
  • Move tables and chairs if necessary, but return them to their original positions before you leave.
  • Put cell phones on vibrate and go outside for long or loud conversations.
  • Listen to music/video clips with headphones (we have some you can borrow to use if you need them).
  • Make use of student supplies (scissors, markers, pencil crayons glue, paper clips, staplers, hole punches, etc.) in the library.

 

PLEASE DO NOT

  • Eat in the library, or drink from disposable containers.
  • Spill your beverages.
  • Leave a mess behind.
  • Use the computers for social networking or entertainment unrelated to your research or coursework. The computers are in high demand, and they’re intended for homework and research.
  • Leave your cell phone ringer on.
  • Engage in long or loud conversations on your cell phone.
  • Be disruptive to other people using the library.
  • Reshelve books.
  • Sleep in the library.
  • Remove student supplies from the library.

We live on a finite planet with finite resources, and as North Americans, we collectively consume more than our fair share of the Earth’s resources. We encourage our patrons to  help reduce our waste and tread more lightly on the planet.

PRINTING

Please ask yourself the following questions before you print:

  • Do I really need this item in print format? Would I pay to print it if I were being charged for printing?
  • Can I double-side my printing? Can I print multiple pages per sheet (e.g. when printing Power Point slides)? Library staff can assist you if you’re not sure how to set the printer to do this.
  • Have I done a print preview before printing to make sure I’m not printing unnecessary pages?

 

LAMINATING

When materials have been laminated, they cannot be recycled and will eventually end up in a landfill. Please think carefully about whether you intend to use something long enough to warrant laminating it. Items which will be used only once or for a short period of time before being discarded should not be laminated.

Note: use of the laminator is limited to GDI students and staff.

 

EATING AND DRINKING

Please do not eat in the library. The crumbs and food wrappers attract mice.

Please help us reduce our waste by not purchasing beverages in disposable containers. As an incentive for patrons to make the extra effort to bring their own drinking containers, we permit beverages in the library when they are in reusable containers. Patrons who bring in disposable coffee cups or other beverage containers intended for one-time use will not be permitted to drink from them in the library.

 

RECYCLING

Please throw recyclable paper in the recycling bins stationed through the library, not in the garbage cans. If you must drink from a disposable can or bottle outside of the library, please make sure the empties find their way to a recycling bin rather than the garbage can. Check with library staff about where to recycle batteries or other items you’re unsure about.

 

SUGGESTIONS WELCOME

Library staff welcome suggestions for further steps we could take to minimize our impact on the planet. Let us know if you have a good idea!

 

In this section are some useful study reference materials:

METIS GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH 2017

Search the GDI Library online.

 

 

Gabriel Dumont Institue

GDI is a Saskatchewan-based educational, employment and cultural institute serving Métis across the province

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