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Library Operations Policy

Library Operations Policy

Circulation Services:

All Bremer County residents and patrons from Open Access libraries in Iowa are eligible for a Readlyn Community Library card free of charge.  Children under 13 must have a parental or guardian signature on the registration form.  The Readlyn Community Library  requires one form of identification with current address for all individuals 16 years and older.  The library limits the number of library items checked out the first time to two per person.  There is no required minimum age for children to be issued a library card.

  As a Readlyn Community Library patron, a person agrees to return all items checked out in his/her name.  It is strongly recommended that a patron not allow another to use his/her name to check out materials.  Responsibility for returns and fines/fees is with the cardholder.

Loan Periods for specific media, and fines

1.     Books, puzzles audio tapes and CD’s are checked out for two weeks.  These items, except those on reserve, may be renewed in person or by phone.

 The fine on these items is 5 cents a day per item.

2.  Magazines are checked out for two weeks, with a fine of 5¢ a day per item.

3.  Videos are checked out for two days with one day grace period.   $1.00 for DVDs, VHS tapes are free. 
Fifty cents will be charged per day for each overdue video.

4.      Library equipment available for check out include:
Multi-media Projector; 3 day check-out, $5.00 fee, $100 deposit
Overhead Projector; 3 day check-out, no charge.
Paper cutter; 3 day check-out, no charge.
Typewriter; 1 week check-out, no charge.
All other equipment is for in-house use only.

5.      The library allows up to $5.00 in fines/fees per patron before the patron is restricted from checking out items.

 Our notification process is as follows:

    a.     At the beginning of each month, a listing of all overdue materials for the previous month is made.  Shelves are checked at this time for returned items not checked in.  Letters are generated to each patron and sent.

    b.      If an item is not returned after 2 months, it shall be considered lost.  The patron is then responsible for replacement cost and should not be allowed to check out further materials until this matter is taken care of.

    c.       If necessary, the library will then take the following steps to receive the overdue items.  A registered letter giving the patron a certain number of days to return the overdue item(s) is sent to the patron.  He/she must sign for this letter.

    d.      If there is still no response, the proper law enforcement officials may be called to have the item(s) returned.  Library privileges are revoked for the patron.

          5.   Charges for lost items will include the cost of the item plus a processing fee of $2.50.

          6.    Charges for lost Interlibrary Loan items will be the cost of the book and any fees required by the lending library.  Interlibrary loan privileges would there-after be revoked for the patron.

         7.      If a lost item is found by the patron, the patron owns the item.  If the item is found by the library, lost item charges will be reimbursed to the patron.

        8.      Only days when the library is open are counted when accruing fines.  The Director has the discretion to not count certain days when the library is open—such as winter storm, flood, etc.

       9.   There is a maximum fine of $5.00 per book, $10.00 for videos.

Interlibrary Loan Services (ILL)

          The Readlyn Community Library board understands the necessity of cooperation with other networks to provide the materials needed by our patrons.  The library participates in Northeast Iowa Library Service Area (NEILSA), the state funded program Access Plus for ILL, SILO (State of Iowa Libraries Online), First Search (large computer database available online), EBSCOhost (large computer database for journals, magazines, newspapers and other periodicals) and uses Internet sources to expand our resources.

          InterLibrary Loan is a special service provided by libraries to share their materials with other libraries for a short period of time.  Patrons need to be aware that ILL is a special courtesy by another library for the use of their materials.   A patron has the responsibility to pick up interlibrary loan items in a timely manner and to return them in good repair and on time.  If a patron does not show this responsibility, he/she may lose this privilege.