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Oregon Library Laws - Revised Statutes - State Library: Policy
Oregon Revised Statutes
Chapter 357 - Libraries; Archives ; Poet Laureate
 
STATE LIBRARY
 
(Policy and Definitions)
 
357.001 Legislative findings. The State of Oregon recognizes that:
(1) An informed citizenry is indispensable to the proper functioning of a democratic society.
 
(2) Libraries constitute a cultural, informational and educational resource essential to the people of this state.
 
(3) Library services should be available widely throughout the state to bring within convenient reach of the people appropriate opportunities for reading, study and free inquiry.
 
(4) Providing and supporting adequate library services is a proper and necessary function of government at all levels.
 
(5) It is a basic right of citizens to know about the activities of their government, to benefit from the information developed at public expense and to have permanent access to the information published by state agencies.
357.003 Policy. It is the policy of the people of the State of Oregon:
(1) To promote the establishment, development and support of library services for all of the people of this state.
 
(2) To provide library services suitable to support informed decisions by the personnel of government.
 
(3) To encourage cooperation between units of government and between and among libraries and to encourage the joint exercise of powers where such cooperation or joint exercise will increase the extent of library services in a fair and equitable manner.
 
(4) To ensure that copies of all public documents and access to state agency information in electronic form are available to citizens through a system of depository libraries.
357.004 Definitions for ORS 357.001 to 357.200. As used in ORS 357.001 to 357.200, unless the context requires otherwise:
(1) "Depository library" means a library that is designated as such under ORS 357.095.
 
(2)
(a) "Issuing agency" means state government, as that term is defined in ORS 174.111.
 
(b) "Issuing agency" does not include the State Board of Higher Education or any institution, division or department under the control of the board.
(3)
(a) "Public document" means informational matter produced for public distribution or access regardless of format, medium, source or copyright, originating in or produced with the imprint of, by the authority of or at the total or partial expense of any state agency. "Public document" includes informational matter produced on computer diskettes, CD-ROMs, computer tapes, the Internet or in other electronic formats.
 
(b) "Public document" does not include:
(A) Correspondence, forms, interoffice or intraoffice memoranda;
 
(B) Legislative bills;
 
(C) Oregon Revised Statutes or any edition thereof; or
 
(D) Reports and publications of the Oregon Supreme Court, the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Oregon Tax Court.