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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.







Meeting Room Policy

Readlyn Community Library Multi-Purpose Room Policy:


The Board of Trustees of the Readlyn Community Library is aware of the need in the community for a meeting room such as exists at the Readlyn Community Library.  The Board believes that making the accommodations more fully available to the public is an additional service, which the library may render to the community under the following conditions, set by the Board.


  1. Any group, association, or individual interested in promoting cultural, educational, civic, or other activities which will not interfere with the library’s principal function and which are reasonable to the facilities and not contrary to the public interest as determined by the Board or as provided by law, are encouraged to use the multi-purpose room.
  2. Library, library related, literary, cultural, educational, and civic programs shall receive first consideration in scheduling or reservations.  Library and library-sponsored programs have priority over non-library events.  However, advance reservations will not be cancelled.
  3. The library is a smoke free building.  Smoking is not permitted in any area of the building.
  4. No alcohol or controlled substances may be possessed or consumed on the premises.
  5. The library cannot offer storage for groups using the multi-purpose rooms.  The staff must approve temporary storage.
  6. Groups are responsible for providing all supplies necessary to conduct planned activities.
  7. Any individual or group representative requesting reservation of the multi-purpose room must pay the room rental fee of $25 (if applicable) during regular library hours before the meeting time.
  8. The user will:
  • Do meeting setups and return the room to its former arrangement when finished.
  • Properly dispose of trash.
  • Wipe tables and chairs.
  • Vacuum if necessary.
  • Toilet is flushed.
  • Turn off lights and adjust thermostat when leaving.
  • Be sure door is closed completely and locked.
  • Return key as instructed.  The representative will be responsible for the cost of re-keying the locks if the key is lost or not returned.

The library reserves the right to assess a charge for cleaning if it is left undone.  The individual who made the reservation will be held responsible for the charges. Failure to abide by these rules may prevent the organization or individual from using the multi-purpose room thereafter.

  1. When adults using the multi-purpose room are accompanied by their children, those children must have adult supervision (other than library personnel) at all times.
  2. Meeting should cause no disruption of normal Library operation.
  3. Library staff may enter the multi-purpose room at any time during a scheduled meeting.
  4. The facilities may not be used for the direct sale of goods or services.  This may be waived upon request to the Director.
  5. Only non-profit groups may charge a fee or collect memberships on the library premises.
  6. The Readlyn Community Library, its Board of Trustees, or the City of Readlyn is not responsible for accidents, injury, or loss of individual property while using the multi-purpose room.
  7. No materials or property shall be moved in or attached that may damage floors, walls, woodwork, or any other library property.
  8. Refreshments or meals may be served in the multi-purpose room with the provision that room and kitchenette be left in the condition in which they were found.
  9. The Director will supervise specific rules governing the use of the multi-purpose room.
  10. A series may be scheduled if demand permits.  Library programming takes precedence.
  11. The fact that an individual or group presents a meeting or program at the library does not mean that the library endorses that policy or belief.








Multi-Purpose Room Checklist

Multi-Purpose Room Checklist

Meeting Room

□      Return room to its usual arrangement.

□      Wipe and/or wash tabletops.

□      Push in chairs, wipe/wash if needed.

□      Dispose of all trash.

□      Vacuum carpeted area.

General Use

□      Be sure toilet is flushed.

□      Adjust thermostat - 65º in winter / 85º in summer.

□      Turn off lights.

□      Make sure door is locked.

Kitchenette Area

□      Please use only the consumables you bring, (coffee, paper ware, etc.)

□      Take extra food and drinks when leaving.

□      Clean coffee maker (if used).

□      Wash any dishes used.

□      Launder and return dish cloths & towels

□      Clean countertops.

□      Clean out sink.

□      Wipe out microwave (if used).

□      Place all trash in trash bags.

□      Sweep floor.

Library Behavior

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