LIBRARY POLICIES

LaCrosse Public Library Policies

Borrowing library materials:

A Patron’s library card must be in good standing to check our library materials and cannot check out library materials if they have overdue items or owe overdue fines or if any other family member residing in the same home has overdue items or owes overdue fines

Patrons are responsible for all materials borrowed with their card. Patrons are also responsible for any items they allow friends and/or relatives to check out with their card so the library does discourage patrons from “loaning” their card.

Returning materials:

Items can be returned before or on the due date. Fines will be charged for all overdue materials. Library drop box is locked during open hours. Items need to be returned to the circulation desk during open library hours. Items returned on the due date, but put in the drop box after the library is closed are considered overdue.

E-Books:

Any patron of our library, with a library card and no fines due, may be allowed to use the e-books available through our Indiana Library Consortium. The Director, Pat Spiess, needs to be contacted to add your Patron card number and set up a pin to log into the system.

Circulation Policy:

Books, Books on Tape or compact disc, including magazines – 14 days. May be renewed 3 times. Overdue fines are $.05 per day. All fines for individual or family must be paid to use the services of the library. Patrons may place holds on books that are not available, but are in the system.

DVD’s No renewals for 2 day or New DVDs. 3 day DVDs may be renewed one time. Overdue charges are $1.00 a day per DVD. Maximum checkout is 3 per patron card.

 OTHER POLICIES

Petitions, Surveys and Solicitations:

In keeping with the principle that the library is a public institution of a non-partisan nature, petitions may not be left on library property nor shall any signatures be solicited from patrons or staff while on the library property unless it is on behalf of the library system or directly related to library operations.

The library reserves the privilege of conducting surveys in person, electronically, over the telephone, or through the mail in the interest of evaluating the quality of library service being offered to its residents. When information gathered in a survey is to be accessible to the public in a directory, community profile, or any other manner, the surveyed patron must be informed of the intended use of the information when it is requested.

There shall be no sale of tickets or solicitations for cash donations or services made in the libraries unless it is on behalf of the library system or directly related to library operations.

Confidentiality of Library Records:

The circulation records and other records identifying the names of library users with specific materials are for the sole purposes of protecting public property and compiling statistical information. The Board of Trustees recognizes these records to be confidential in nature. Such records shall not be used either directly or indirectly to otherwise identify the types of materials used by patrons or to determine the purpose for which a patron requests information or library material.

Such records shall not be made available to any agency, group or individual of state, federal, or local government except pursuant to such process, order, or subpoena as may be authorized under the authority of, and pursuant to, federal, state, or local law relating to civil, criminal, or administrative discovery procedures or legislative investigatory powers.

Upon receipt of such process, order, or subpoena, the library director will consult with legal counsel to determine if such process, order, or subpoena is in proper form and if there is a showing of good cause for its issuance; if the process, order, or subpoena is not in proper form or if good cause has not been shown, the director will insist that such defects be cured.  Any costs incurred, as a result of such order, in a search of patron records, shall be borne by the agency, group or individual demanding the search.

Public Records:

Access to public records is governed by IC 5-14-3. The official policy of the state regarding records is “that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and employees.”

A public record is defined as any writing, paper, report, study, map, photograph, book, card, tape recording, or other material that is created, received, retained, maintained, used, or filed by or with a public agency and which is generated on paper, paper substitutes, photographic media, chemically based media, magnetic or machine readable media, or any other material, regardless of form or characteristics. Any person may inspect and copy the public records of a library during business hours.

The following public records are exempted from the disclosure requirements:

1. Personnel files of library employees and files of applicants for employment, except for:
a. The name, compensation, job title, business address, business telephone number, job description, education and training background, previous work experience, or
dates of first and last employment of present or former officers or employees of the library;
b. Information relating to the status of any formal charges against the employee; and
c. Information concerning disciplinary actions in which final action has been taken and that resulted in the employee being disciplined or discharged.  However, all personnel file information shall be made available to the affected employee or his representative.  General personnel information on all employees or for groups of employees, without individual names, may not be exempted from disclosure.
2. Administrative or technical information that would jeopardize a record keeping or security system.
3. Computer programs, computer codes, computer filing systems, and other software that are owned by the library or entrusted to it.
4. Records specifically prepared for discussion or developed during discussion in an executive session under IC 5-14-1.5-6.
5. The identity of a donor of a gift made to the library if the donor requires nondisclosure of his identity as a condition of making the gift.
6. Library records which can be used to identify a library patron.

 RULES OF CONDUCT:

The following behavior is not permitted:
• Disruptive conduct
• Sleeping
• Using Abusive Language
• Soliciting
• Eating and Drinking
• Use of Drugs and Alcohol
• Use of Tobacco
• Loitering
• Running and Playing
• Skateboarding or Rollerblading
• Feet on Furniture
• Cell Phone Use

SOLICITING is not permitted except in support of the Library and sanctioned Library activities. Soliciting includes selling items, begging, panhandling, circulating petitions, distributing printed material, and conducting surveys.

PATRONS MAY NOT BRING ANY ANIMALS, except seeing-eye, hearing-assist, or therapy dogs, into the library.

LIBRARY BUSINESS PHONES may be used in emergencies or at the discretion of library staff. Pay telephones, where available, are for out-going calls only. Patrons are asked to keep their conversations brief.

WEAPONS (with the exception of firearms per Indiana Code 35-47-11.1 et seq.) are not allowed except when carried by law enforcement officers.

SHIRTS AND SHOES must be worn in the Library.

Failure to abide by these rules may result in expulsion from the Library.

Patron Rights:

Patrons have the right to full and courteous library service. This includes the right to use the collection in the library, to borrow materials from the circulating collection, to request materials
through inter-library loan and to receive help from the library staff in locating or using library materials.

Lost or Stolen Property:

The library system is not responsible for articles lost or stolen. The staff and public should be warned against leaving personal property unguarded. If a theft occurs, however, every effort should be made to secure the return of the stolen property. Thefts should be reported to the Director or Branch Manager and the police. Articles found in the libraries will be held at the circulation desk for sixty days, after which time they will be disposed of in an appropriate
manner.

Staff Areas:

Patrons are not allowed in the library meeting rooms, staff room, kitchen, or work areas without permission of library staff.

Illegal Behavior:

The following are examples of illegal behavior:

Assault

Intentionally or by reckless conduct causes injury to another person.

Criminal Mischief

Intentionally damages the property of another (includes vandalism and mutilating library materials).

Drunk and/or Disorderly Conduct

Causes public inconvenience by fighting, unreasonable noises, abusive or obscene language/gesture, threatening behavior, hazardous or physically offensive condition.

Harassment

Threatens or annoys another person by physical contact or abusive or obscene language, or continually follows a person.

Public Lewdness

Intentionally exposes the private or intimate parts of the body.

Theft (Larceny)

Wrongfully takes, obtains, or withholds the property of another.

Trespass

Knowingly enters or remains unlawfully in or upon a premises.

Drugs

Using, selling, buying, or stashing illegal drugs on library property.

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