Library Policies

Use of Facilities

  1. The Wisner Public Library will be maintained as a smoke-free environment.
  2. The Library shall have a mission statement which clearly defines the purpose of the library in the community.
  3. Library hours will be posted.
  4. The library will have a telephone listed in the local directory.
  5. The library will make its basic services available without charge to all residents of Wisner and the surrounding communities. Basic services will include, but not be limited to:
  6. Free loan of circulating printed materials from local collection.
  7. General reference and information services. No service will be denied to any person because of race, sex, religion, age, ancestry, physical handicap or marital status.
  8. The library will budget for and provide reference services as well as access to resources and services beyond its own facilities through resource sharing, inter-library loan and similar activities. A service fee will be charged to cover postage.
  9. The library will have a certified Director who is responsible for the administration of library services.
  10. Policies and regulations will be written and adopted by the Library Board.
  11. The library will have its collection cataloged and organized according to standard cataloging and classification systems and procedures.

Adopted and revised July, 2014


Borrower’s Privileges and Obligations


Residents of the Wisner community may obtain a library card without charge.

Borrowing Policy:

New patrons of the Wisner Public Library may check out two (2) books at a time for a trial period of two (2) weeks. After that time, if he or she has returned the books without incurring fines or damages, he or she may then assume full library privileges. This does include audios and DVDs.

The Director may restrict the amount of items borrowed if privileges have been abused. All items, except those indicated “For Reference Only” may be checked out for a two-week period. Most items may be renewed for an additional period of two weeks unless another patron has reserved the item. DVDs are two-day check outs with no renewal.

Fines and Service Charge:

A fine of $.05 per day will be levied against each library item kept beyond the due date. A fine of $.50 per day will be levied against each DVD overdue. DVDs are to be returned in the proper case.

The Library will first notify the delinquent borrower by telephone. If the borrower cannot be reached by telephone or does not return the library material within two weeks after phone notification, the Library Director will send a notice by mail. Service fee for postage cost will be charged for the second written notification and must be paid in addition to the overdue fine.

A charge of $.10 per black/white copy or $.75 per color printout will be charged for computer printout copies. Copes from the copy machine are $.10 per copy. Charge for use of the laminator is $.75 per sheet. Fax charges are $1.00 for the first sheet and $.75 for each additional sheet. The charge for use of the disc repair machine is $1.00 per disc. The use of the Accu-cut die machine is free with the patron supplying their own paper.

Replacement Costs:

Any patron failing to return library material, which has been charged to the borrower, is responsible for payment of the material at the value determined by the Director. Processing costs will be included as part of the replacement value of the item. Patrons are responsible for the replacement costs of damaged materials.

Reviewed and adopted July, 2014


Meeting Room Policy

Use of the Wisner Public Library meeting room(s) is primarily for programs conducted or sponsored by the Library, and secondarily, for programs by established and recognized institutions, groups, and associations with educational, cultural, or civic purposes. The fact that a group is permitted to use the meeting room(s) does not in any way constitute an endorsement of the group’s policies or beliefs by the Library. All meetings must be free of charge and open to the public.

Programs that are planned by the Library take precedence over meetings of outside groups. The Library reserves the right to preempt the use of the meeting room for Library purposes upon two (2) week notice to the organization which has requested that space.

As long as meetings do not conflict with one another, there is no objection to regular meetings of the same group; however, in fairness to all groups of the community, reservations are taken not more than three (3) months in advance. Contact the Director to schedule usage.

General Rules:

  1. Individuals or groups should follow the meeting room rules outlined in the basement.
  2. Meetings should be conducted in such a way as to not disturb the library patrons if used during open hours.
  3. No smoking or alcohol is permitted.

Reviewed and adopted July, 2014


Public Posting/Bulletin Boards Policy

Depending on available space, the Wisner Public Library may offer bulletin boards, tables or racks for community displays/information. Postings may be of an educational, cultural or charitable nature. Campaign materials, commercial materials or materials resulting in personal gain are not permitted. The Library will give preference to materials that originate from Wisner organizations, announce events, activities and services in a timely fashion, and are of suitable size and, in the case of handouts, of suitable quantity.

Director must approve each item for posting or free distribution. Materials posted or left for free distribution without approval from the Library will be discarded.

Bulletin boards, tables, and racks will be cleared on a regular basis.

The Library assumes no responsibility for the preservation or protection of materials posted or placed for free distribution.

Reviewed and adopted July, 2014


Displays and Exhibits Policy

As an educational and cultural institution, the Wisner Public Library welcomes exhibits and displays of interest, information and enrichment to the community. Displays of artwork, handiwork, historical material, nature study, or any other material deemed of general interest may be exhibited.

The Director/Board of Trustees shall review and approve in advance of display any material offered for display based on its suitability and availability. Application to exhibit should be mailed/handed to the Director. Library use of exhibit and display areas takes precedence in scheduling.

Exhibitors/artists are responsible for the installation and removal of their displays. The Library does not provide storage space or special furnishings.

The Library assumes no responsibility for the preservation or protection, and no liability for damage or theft of any item displayed or exhibited. All items placed in the Library are there at the owner’s risk.

The Library does not carry insurance on artwork/items loaned to the Library for exhibit. The exhibitors must sign a release, an insurance waiver, before any artwork can be displayed in the Library.

Exhibits and displays may include information about the exhibit/exhibitor.

The following statement will be posted as part of all non-library exhibits or displays: “Exhibits are offered as a community service and do not carry the endorsement of the Wisner Public Library.”

Signs will state that the articles on display should not be photographed or touched.

Reviewed and adopted July, 2014

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