Public Libraries are required by law to adhere to the Public Libraries Act, Revised Statutes of Ontario, 1990, chapter P.44 which states in Section 23 that library boards shall allow the public to reserve and borrow circulating materials free of charge. The public includes all residents within the municipality for which the library board is established. Therefore:

 1.  The Elliot Lake Public Library will serve all residents of Elliot Lake. People residing outside of the municipality, but owning property in the city, shall be considered residents.

 2.  The Library will be readily accessible and its door open for free and equal use by all members of the community regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, age, record of offences, marital status, family status, or handicap. No fee will be charged for use of the library's materials in the library, for borrowing circulating materials, or for the use of the basic reference and information services.

 3.  If a child is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must accept responsibility for fines, and damaged or lost items. If a child is living independently, then he or she is responsible for his or her own fines.

 4.  Verification of address and identity must be provided upon application for membership.

 5.  Non-residents will pay fees for a two-year period as the Library is funded by municipal taxation dollars. (see attached schedule)

 6.  The membership period is 2 years. All outstanding fines and charges must be paid in order to renew a membership card. Lost or damaged library cards will be replaced with the payment of a fee.

 7.  Memberships will be granted to individuals residing in Elliot Lake on a temporary basis. Both the temporary and permanent addresses are to be recorded. A refundable deposit will be collected. The member will be reimbursed upon the safe return of the borrowed items.