Specific Policies

By , March 15, 2010

Circulation Policy

Library Hours

Disruptive Children Policy

Library Environmental Policy

Internet Policy

Privacy Policy

AB 169 The Disclosure of Public Library Records

I. Service Area

The services of the Alma Public Library will be available free of charge to any resident of Wisconsin in need of reading, audio or visual materials, computer services and special library programs.  Anyone using these services will be required to have an Alma Public Library card.  Cards will be presented to any patron who can provide a valid Wisconsin ID such as a driver’s license or Social Security number.  Out-of-State patrons will be required to pay a fee of $50.00 annually.  The library staff reserves the right to refuse service to those with insufficient identification.  The person checking out materials or using services must present an Alma Public Library Card and assume responsibility for the condition and the return of the materials.

II. Confidentiality

All records, formal and informal, in the Alma Public Library relating to patron registration and subsequent circulation or USE by patrons of materials provided by the are considered CONFIDENTIAL in nature and may not be disclosed without legal court order.

III.    Denial of Service

The use of the library or its services will be denied for due cause.  Such cause may be failure to return books within one month or to pay penalties exceeding $10.00, or destruction of library property, disturbance of other patrons or staff, or any other objectionable conduct on library premises.  Service, however, will not be denied or abridge because of religious, racial, social, economic, or political status.

IV.     Circulation

Loan Periods and Limitations

  • Three weeks for all books, audio books, music cassettes.
  • Two renewals for aged materials.  No renewals for new materials.
  • One week for up to five videos and unlimited magazines.
  • Two renewals for aged materials.  No renewals for new materials.
  • One month for Alma bulk loan.
  • No renewals for bulk loan.
  • One-week checkout for Reference materials. No checkout for those marked In-Library Use Only.

Free Access

Young people (16 years and under) are not restricted to the young people section but have free access to all collections and Internet unless parents have indicated restricted use on their library cards.

V.      Library Hours

Library services will be provided during the hours that best meet the needs of the community.  Beginning January 2, 2001, library hours will be:

Monday 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Wednesday 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM

Friday 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM

VI.     Special Charges

Overdue Charges

A daily charge of 10 cents per item/per day with a maximum of $5.00 per item accumulating 4 days after an item is due.  Any item not returned after one month will be considered purchased by the patron and a bill will be mailed to the patron.  Non-return or non-payment of item(s) after one month of billing; or late fees totally over $10.00 will result in restriction of library services throughout WRLS.

Lost or Damaged Charges

Charges will include average cost of each type of material including cost of re-purchasing and processing replacement items. Once a lost item has been paid for, there will be no refund for a found item.

Adult and Young Adult Materials estimated charges (where not specified):

Hard cover non-fiction           $35.00

Hard cover fiction                  $35.00

Paperback non-fiction            $20.00

Paperback fiction                  $13.00

Audio non-fiction                  $25.00

Audio fiction                         $25.00

Video                                   $35.00

Music Cassettes                    $15.00

CD’s                                     $20.00

Playaways                            $60.00

VII. Interlibrary Loan

As a member of the Winding Rivers Library System (WRLS), we offer interlibrary loan services to our patrons and follow the same charges that may be given by WRLS for missing or damaged materials.  WRLS does not currently charge for overdue materials, but has instructed its members that they may do so.  If over-dues become a problem, the Alma Public Library is entitled to change its policy of not charging any fines at any of its regularly held board meetings.

Disruptive Children Policy

Children of all ages are encouraged to use the library for homework, pleasure reading and program attendance.  The librarian realizes that the library will be nosier at busy times and that very young children by nature can cause more commotion.  However, there are certain guidelines that we will enforce to keep the library a pleasant place for reading and homework.

Proper behavior for children in the library is to speak respectfully in a quiet voice, to avoid running, chasing and climbing, and to handle library materials as carefully as possible.

For children accompanied by parents or guardians:

If accompanied children are disruptive in the library area or areas where the library is conducting a program, the parents/guardians will be approached by the staff and asked control the noise or activity of their child.  The staff will be happy to repeat the library rules to the child as reinforcement for the parents, but the primary responsibility remains with the parents.  If the parents do not succeed in controlling a disruptive child, the staff will request that the parents remove the child from the library and try a visit again some other day.

Unaccompanied Children

Disruptive children under the age of 18 will be approached by the staff and reminded of library rules.  If they do not comply, the staff will ask them to leave the library for the day and try a visit some other day.  If unaccompanied children have three repeat offenses, the staff will call the parents to notify them.  The child will not be able to return for library services without first the parent accompanying the child to review the rules with the staff.  The primary responsibility for the behavior of the child remains with the parents.

If more than three offenses occur, the staff will request the child to leave immediately and notify the parents that the child has lost the privileges of library services.  The child will not be allowed back until the parents have obtained permission from the Library Board of Trustees at one of their scheduled meetings.

Environmental Policy

The purpose of the Environmental Policy is to assure that the library space is held to public standards of safety, health and decency for the benefit of both patrons and employees.  The library staff may, at their discretion, request a patron to leave the library until he/she can comply with these standards.

The Alma Public Library also hereby adopts the following:

  • Shoes and shirts must be worn in the library at all times.
  • Hands and clothing must be appropriately clean to ensure that clean handling of library materials.
  • Persons must be free of excessive offensive odors that permeate the library or work area.
  • No food or drink allowed without permission of the library board.

Internet and Computer Public Use Policy

The mission of the Alma Public Library is to provide public access to the Internet and computer usage in its role in providing equal access to information and resources to meet the educational and recreational needs of the community.  The Library has no control over the information on the Internet, and cannot be held responsible for its content.  As is the case with other materials in the Library‘s collections, any restriction of a child‘s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.

The Alma Public Library also hereby adopts the following:

It is not acceptable to use the Internet access for any purposes which violate U.S. or state laws, to transmit threatening, obscene, or harassing materials, or to interfere with or disrupt network users, services or equipment.

Disruptions include but are not limited to:

  • Distribution of unsolicited advertising
  • Propagation of computer worms and viruses
  • Using the network to make unauthorized entry to any other machine accessible via the network.

  1. Patons may not represent themselves as another person.
  2. The Alma Public Library allows public Internet access to all visitors to the library, asking only that they sign in with a guest pass.  Wireless users will not be required to sign in.  Wireless is also offered 24/7 curbside when the library is closed.
  3. It is assumed that information and resources accessible via the Internet are private to the individuals and organizations which own or hold rights to those resources and information, unless specifically stated otherwise by the owners or holders of the rights.  It is therefore not acceptable for an individual to use the Internet to access information or resources unless permission to do so has been granted by the owners or holders of rights to those resources of information.
  4. Malicious use is not acceptable.  Use of the Internet and any attached network in a manner that precludes or significantly hampers its use by others is not allowed
  5. Unsolicited advertising or commercial use is not acceptable.
  6. Patrons may use their own cds and USB drives at the public stations which contain a public profile and virus protection.  CDs will be available for purchase at $1.00 each if user wishes to save information from computer to a private disk.
  7. The public access stations may be used for a period of 30 minutes.  The staff may extend this time limit depending upon the demand for the computers at that particular time. The use of the patron’s first name on the signup sheets is required.
  9. Internet users may send and receive email messages.
  10. A public use Latop may be requested at the Checkout Desk for use in the Library only when there is a backup for public computers or a specific need for a laptop.  The patron must exchange their driver’s license or acceptable valid ID for the laptop during its use in the Library.  The driver’s license or ID will be kept in the locked file cabinet.  The patron must be 16 years old and above to use the laptop.  The Patron will have use of the laptop for one hour maximum or longer at the library staff discretion.  The staff will sign the patron in and out on the signup sheep with a notation that it is for the laptop.

The library suggests a donation of 15 cents per printed black and white page, 25 cents per printed color page, $1.00 for color print on photo paper and $1.00 for CD

Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of this privilege.

Privacy Policy

The Board of Trustees of the Alma Public Library respects the privacy of library patrons in every aspect of library usage:  patron registration, material checkouts, Inter-library loans, research questions and computer/Internet usage.  For this reason, the board adheres to Wisconsin privacy legislation 99-00 Wis. Stats 43.30  Public library records and (more recent legislation) AB 169 Disclosure of Public Library Records listed below.

In compliance with this legislation, the library director will identify all written and online patron information as confidential and will inform all staff in proper procedures to protect patron privacy.  The library will also comply with Winding River’s Library System Policy of omitting names of children in newspaper articles and photographs participating in library programs to further insure privacy.

AB 169 The Disclosure of Public Library Records

By Rep Albers, Sen. Leibhan.  Under current law, with certain exceptions, a library that is supported by public funds is prohibited from disclosing library records that indicate the identity of any individual who borrow or uses the library’s documents or other materials, recourses, or services.  This bill requires a library that is supported by public funds, upon the request of a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 16, to disclose to the parent or guardian all library records relating to the use of the library’s documents or other materials, resources, or services by the child (Committee On Children and Families).

Adopted:      Jul 2, 1984

Revised        Jul 5, 1995

Revised        Jan  , 1996

Revised        Jul 2, 1997

Revised        Oct 1, 1997

Revised        Dec 1, 2000

Revised        Nov 17, 2003

Revised        Jan 25, 2010

© 2010 Marie Marquardt, Alma Public Library

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