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Operating and Circulation Policies

These policies cover policies on loan periods, borrowing privileges, library programs and more.

Operating and Circulation Policies

Adopted 1-4-2018

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Saturday
Tuesday through Thursday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Library will be closed for all Holidays designated by the city of Wheatland.

The Library may be closed in severe weather situationsCurtis Memorial Library

Patron Eligibility
The library serves the town of Wheatland and surrounding area.  Any individual
may be issued a library card if they can print their full name.  
•    Youth Card:  Under the age of 16 will be issued a library card with the written permission of the parent/guardian.
•    Adult Card: All patrons age 16 and above and are solely responsible for the return of all their library items and any fines or replacement costs for unreturned or damaged items.
•    New patrons: Limited to check out 3 items at a time for the first three months. After that time, if there are no over dues or fines, they will be offered the same service as regular patrons.

Lost Card
Replacement of lost library card with a barcode is $1.00.
A password, of the patron’s choosing, and the patron’s birthdate will be used to verify account information and eligibility.

Account Suspension or Termination
The use of the library may be denied for due cause.  Such cause may be failure to return library materials, pay fines, destruction of library property, violation of library policies, disturbance of other patrons, or any other illegal, disruptive, or objectionable conduct on library premises.

Loan Periods
Books and Audio books         3 weeks with one 3 week renewal
Movies and Magazines        1 week with no renewals
Reference Items            Library use only

Check out Limits
Each patron will be limited to 2 DVDs and a total of 20 items that can be checked out at one time.

Books and audio books can be renewed in person, by phone or by email.
All renewals must be on or before the due date.

Patrons may reserve books on a first come, first served basis. The item will be held for 48 hours from the time the patron is contacted.
Books will only be renewed if no one else is waiting for the item.

Fines for overdue materials are $.10 per day.  Maximum fine for one item is $5.00.  If a patron has overdue fines totally $10.00 or more, no materials can be checked out until the fine is paid and the materials returned.  Parents/ legal guardians are responsible for the fines of children under the age of 16.
Lost/Damaged Items
If an item is lost or damaged beyond repair, the patron will be expected to pay full retail replacement cost for the item.  If an item is damaged, but able to be repaired, the patron will be assessed a $3.00 fee.

Iowa Code 702.22 provides definitions of library materials and equipment and Iowa Code 714.5 relates to the theft of library materials. Books overdue for two months, and equipment overdue by one month, can be prosecuted as theft under this law. Before taking any legal steps, the library will make a reasonable attempt to notify the customer that the material is overdue and that legal remedies may be taken. One notice to the customer must be by certified mail.
Confidentiality of Patron
The library maintains confidentiality of all patrons’ circulation records at all times.  No circulation information about any patron will be released without the prior written permission of that patron, or an authorized public official with a court order, or at the discretion of the board’s lawful custodian of the records, usually the library director.
Interlibrary Loan Policy
The library participates in an online network of libraries that allows our card holders to request materials located at libraries throughout Iowa.
1.    To use Interlibrary Loan services you must:
A.    Have a valid Curtis Memorial Public Library card for at least 10 days.
B.    Have no fees or fines on your patron card.
C.    Have no overdue items at the Curtis Memorial Library.
D.    Be a resident of the Wheatland Community or surrounding area.
2.    All requests for Ill service must be done in writing.
3.    You will be notified when your Ill materials arrive. There is a $5.00 fine for all Ill requests not picked up by the patron within five days of notification of receipt and the Ill privileges will be suspended for 3 months.
4.    Ill materials may not be renewed unless requested before the due date and approved by the lending library. Such renewal requests will be made through the Curtis Library staff.
5.    Late fees for overdue Ill materials are $1.00 per day per item.
6.    Patrons will be limited to five items per month unless other financial arrangements are made with the director. Any special considerations will be at the Director’s discretion.


Adopted 1-4-2018

Local reference service will be provided by the librarian or staff.  Due to budget restrictions, not all references may be able to be provided locally.  Therefore, the Library Service Area back-up service will be used as needed.

Bulletin Board Display Policy
•    The Library bulletin board is available to display dated information about events sponsored by or benefiting non-profit organizations.  
•    All items must be reviewed and posted by Library staff.  Content of posters must meet existing laws regarding obscenity, libel, defamation of character and invasion of privacy.
•    Petitions may not be posted but may be left on a clipboard on the library counter.
•    Priority for display will be given to events in Wheatland and the immediately surrounding area.  Other events can be posted if space is available.
•    Posting of materials does not imply Library endorsement of content; nor will the library accept responsibility for the accuracy of the statements made in such materials.
•    Name and contact information for the group sponsoring or benefiting from the event must be part of the poster or flyer.

Display Cabinet Policy
The library only displays private collections of a non-controversial nature. All items to be displayed will be the responsibility of the owner. Care will be taken to protect the identity of collectors at their request.



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