Library Policies

The library board has established these policies to govern the library. These policies serve as a blue print for effective library operation, underscore the library's service philosophy and ensure that customers receive consistent service.  The policies are reviewed regularly to help guarantee that they remain timely.

Loan Period

  • Books and audio books will be loaned for a period of two weeks.  The exception may be reserved materials.  A maximum of 10 books and a maximum of four new books may be checked out to a borrower’s record.

  • Magazines will be loaned for a period of one week.  A maximum of 5 magazines may be checked out to a borrower’s record.

  • Children’s material will be loaned for a period of two weeks.  A maximum of 10 children’s items may be checked out to a borrower’s record.

  •  DVDs will be loaned for a period of 7 days.  A maximum of four DVDs may be checked out to a borrower’s record. a maximum of two "NEW" DVDs may be checked out to a borrower's record.


  • All materials, with the exception of reserved items may be renewed for one additional period.

  • Renewals may be made over the telephone, through email or through our web site.

Reserved Materials

  • A person may ask to have a checked out item reserved in his name. When the item is returned to the library, we will contact the card holder by phone or email to let him know the item is now available.

  • Reserved materials will be held for three days.  If the material is not picked up within that time, the item will be loaned to the next person on the reserved list.

  • Late fees on new adult books, including audio books, will be $0.10 per day with a two day grace period.

  • Late fees on DVDs will be 50¢ per day beginning the first day the item is overdue.

  • Maximum fine amount is $21.00,  library privileges including computer use may be suspended until the fines are payed.

Assessment and Collection of Fines

  • Patrons are responsible for returning items on time and are therefore responsible for paying any fines that accrue from overdue materials.

  • The dollar amount and type of fines for overdue materials will be set by the Library Board of Directors.

  • Individuals will lose all library privileges including the right to use computers when their accumulated fines are over $20.00. Patrons must pay at least one half of the total fines owed to reinstate library privileges.

  • Patrons will be informed in person or by mail when the amount of their fines reaches $20.00 and privileges are suspended.

  • The library staff should politely and discreetly inform patrons about smaller fines while patrons are in the library if possible.

  • The librarian may use their discretion as to collection of outstanding fines. When appropriate fines may be waived or reduced by the librarian.

  • Amnesty from fines may be used as part of the public relations program to promote library use.


This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.