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Patron Policy / Book Checkout Policy

• New patrons have an introductory period of two months. During this time, new patrons have access to 5 library items. After the introductory period is completed without lost or damaged items, the checkout limit increases to 20 items at one time including 5 DVDs. Lost or damaged items during introductory period may lead to an extension of the introductory period and limited number of checkouts.

• Checkout period for new books and DVDs lasts 14 days. All other materials are checked out for 28 days. Items may be renewed two times.

• Children ages 8 to 12 are allowed 5 items at one time. Children ages 12 and up are allowed 20 items.

Library Cards

• Patrons must prove residency before receiving a new library card. A temporary card can be issued without proof of residency with a $50 returnable deposit.

• A parent or legal guardian must first successfully complete the introductory period before children under the age of 18 may apply for a library card of their own.

Overdue Policy

• Library materials become overdue at closing time of the due date. A late fine of 10 cents per day is charged for each item. A late fee of $1 per item per day is charged for overdue interlibrary loan items.

• When fines reach $10, the account will be blocked and privileges suspended until account is satisfied.

• A reminder letter will be sent when an item is more than a week overdue.

• At the end of 120 days overdue, the costs associated with replacing the item will be billed to the account.

Damaged Items

• Please report damaged items to the library staff. We understand that accidents happen and most minor damages can be mended before the item becomes unusable.

• The library director will assess charges for major damage when necessary.

Appropriate Patron Conduct

• Patrons have a right to enjoy a pleasant, safe, and respectful library atmosphere

• For the safety of patrons, no sleeping is allowed in the library.

• Headphones must be used to avoid disturbing others.

• Avoid blocking aisles, exits, or access to library materials.

• Abuse of staff will not be tolerated and result in being asked to leave.
Children in the Library

• Children should use the library under the guidance of a responsible caregiver. Caregivers are responsible for children’s use of library resources and facilities. Staff will not censor what children view or check out.

Notes on the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association and Library Bill of Rights

• We uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and resist all efforts to censor library resources.

• We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.

• We distinguish between our personal convictions and professional duties and do not allow our personal beliefs to interfere with fair representation of information resources.

• Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

• A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

• Library meeting space and exhibit space shall be made available to the public, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Policy approved on August 10, 2023, by the Plains Library Board

Updated 2/29/24

Volunteer Policy

The Plains Public Library uses the services of volunteers to supplement the efforts of paid staff to provide quality library services. The Library hopes the volunteers feel personal satisfaction while performing a valuable service to the community.

• Volunteers contribute time, energy, and talent directly to the Library without receiving wages, benefits, or compensations of any kind.

• Volunteers work for the Library and adhere to the same behavior codes as staff.

• Volunteers may come in contact with library patrons and serve as a representative of the Library. Volunteers must present a professional, friendly demeanor at all times.

• This policy creates no contract between the volunteer and the Library. Either may terminate their association at any time without statement of reason.

• Prior to volunteering, applicants must complete an application for volunteer work and undergo a background check. The Plains Public Library has the right to decline anyone as a volunteer without statement of reason.

• All work performed by volunteers is supervised by library staff. The schedule of volunteer work at the Library is dependent on the availability of staff to supervise. The Library will provide sufficient training to prepare volunteers to successfully perform their duties.

• Volunteers must follow all library policies and procedures, especially those relating to patron confidentiality. Failure to maintain confidentiality will result in immediate termination of the volunteer.

• Should the volunteer have a grievance with a staff person, another library volunteer, or library patron, the Library Director will make every attempt the resolve the situation.

Internet Access Policy

User Responsibility

• Public computer use is available in 90-minute increments to give equal access to all patrons. At the end of 90 minutes, computer use can continue until another patron expresses a need for the computer.

• Users, or the parents of minors, are responsible for their internet use and the content they view.

• The cost of black and white printing is 10 cents per single page and 15 cents for double sided pages. The cost of 50 cents per single color page and 75 cents per double sided page.

• Do not leave personal devices unattended, as the library will not take responsibility for damaged or lost items.

• To create a pleasant experience for all users, please use sound-muffling headphones or mute sound.

• Internet sessions that disrupt library services or that involve illegal activity will not be tolerated.

Staff Assistance

• Library staff value patron privacy and do not monitor user’s internet use except to ensure equal opportunity of access for everyone.

• Plains Library staff are happy to assist users in accessing the internet. Staff can offer suggestions for resources and solutions.

• Staff can instruct on the use of computer or personal device, programs, and the internet.

• Staff are NOT available to perform repairs or troubleshoot personal devices.

• Staff are NOT available to do extensive research for patrons.

You can access the wireless internet from a personal device using the PPLD network; there is no password needed.

Policy approved on September 21, 2023 by the Plains Library Board