Policies

In an effort to provide the best service possible and give everyone the opportunity to borrow quality books and movies,  the following policies are provided for you.

  1. All patrons are required to have contact information on file in the library. The library will conduct annual verification; at that time patrons are required to update any changes (if any) to their contact information.
  2. Book checkout will be for three weeks. Renewal by phone is allowed if there is not a waiting list.  Books will not be checked out longer than six weeks by any one patron.  Children under the age of eight will only be allowed to check out one book at a time unless accompanied by the parent/guardian, or has a note on file with the contact card.  This note will be kept on file until revoked by the parent/guardian.
  3. Items from the library are loaned in good condition and are expected to be returned that way. Patrons who so damage the item that renders a book unreadable (i.e. scribbling, torn pages, missing pages, missing, torn, scribbled covers) or a movie unplayable (scratched, broken, etc.) will pay the replacement value.  Parents/guardians of patrons under the age of 13 assume responsibility for items checked out by their children.  All items have the price written on the loan sleeve; this is not negotiable.
  4. Books and DVD’s not returned by the due date will accrue fines of .15 cents per day, up to 30 days, until returned . (See item 5) As a courtesy, the library will attempt call you on the due date if possible; regardless, the patron is responsible to return items to the library on time.  If items are returned late on more than one occasion, the director can choose to limit or cease library privileges.  Unpaid accounts will be referred to a collection service.
  5. Items not returned within 30 days of the due date are considered ‘lost’ and the total replacement value of the item, plus a $5.00 restocking fee, will be charged to the patron.  Patrons have 30 additional days to pay the fine, or the collection will be turned over to the village.  A letter will be sent to parents of a minor patrons when the loaned item is 30 days overdue; full attention is expected in this matter.  (See Item 3).  Library patrons who lose items and have not paid the fine are prohibited from checking out any materials from the library.
  6. It is not the responsibility of the Library to monitor what books young patrons check out. If the parent/guardian wishes to place restrictions on material they must come in person to speak with the Director.  A note will be kept on file and the Director can then check out in keeping with the parent/guardian guidelines.
  7. It is not the responsibility of the Library to monitor which internet sites patrons under the age of 18 visit. It is recommended that parents/guardians set their own guidelines for computer use at the library.   The website www.commonsensemedia.org is available and has great family tip sheets for different age groups.  All computer users are reminded they are responsible for observing all federal and state laws including copyright law, and for independently verifying any information obtained through the internet. Although it is legal for patrons over the age of 18 to visit a variety of websites, any patron visiting a site that is not appropriate for all ages in the library will be asked to quit viewing that site.  A computer user agreement is required for all patrons.
  8. DVDs are for loan at the library. DVD check-out will be for one week only.  All discs will be examined upon checkout and return, noting existing conditions.  Patrons who return DVDs with scratches are expected to pay the replacement cost of the DVD, this is not negotiable.  There are no extensions on DVDs.
  9. During inclement weather, the library will be closed if schools and businesses in the area are closed. Please call the library during inclement weather before you set out, I usually arrive 30 – 45 minutes before we open.  If I’m not here at opening time, the library is closed.
  10. The library is, by design, meant to be a relatively quiet environment. Even though headsets are used, please do not have the volume on your website up so loud as to be heard plainly by others. Additionally, please silence all cell phones when in the library.

 

 

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