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Circulation Policy

The Fairfax Public Library Circulation Policy.

Circulation Policy
Fairfax Public Library

I.    The Following Groups are eligible for free library cards at the Fairfax Public Library based on the Library’s funding through property taxes, a contract between the Library and Linn County for library services and the Library’s participations in the State Library of Iowa’s Open Access Program:

         A. Persons residing within the city limits of Fairfax.
       
              1. All persons 14 years and over.
              2. All children who have reached their fifth birthday and parents agree to terms on application card.

        B. Persons residing in any unincorporated areas of Linn County.
   
            1. All persons 14 years and over
            2. All children who have reached their fifth birthday and parents agree to terms on application card

        C. Persons who present a current library card issued by any Iowa public or regional library which also participates in the Open Access Program.

        D. Walford Residents – as long as they are under contract with Fairfax Public Library.
           
              1. All persons 14 years and over.
              2. All children who have reached their fifth birthday and parents agree to terms on application card.
   
    II. Any person who is not eligible for services as stated above, may purchase a card for $25.00 per year.
   
       
        A. All persons 14 years and over.

        B. All children who have reached their fifth birthday and parents agree to terms on application card.

    III. Loan periods
       
        A. Books, books-on-tapes, magazines, and CD’s have a 2 week loan period.

        B. Videos have a 1 week loan period.
   
    IV. Renewals
       
        A. Two week loan materials may be renewed twice unless there is a hold for the material.

        B. Video materials may not be renewed.

        C. Materials may be renewed at the library, by phone oe email.

    V. Fines

        A. Overdue materials that are a 2 week check out are fined at ten ($0.10) cents per library business day, per item.
   
        B. Overdue video materials is one ($1.00) dollar per business day, per item.

        C. Library Board Members including family members will not be subject to fines.

        D. Amnesty week will be held at the discretion of the librarian.

        E. Overdue fines exceeding three ($3.00) dollars will result in the patron not being allowed to check out materials or use the computer.  When the fine is paid, the patron will regain borrowing privileges.

    VI. Other Fees

        A. Damaged materials: fines will be assessed according to the amount of damage.
       
        B. Destroyed materials: the fine is our replacement cost plus $3.00.

        C. Lost materials: the fine is our replacement cost plus $3.00.

        D. Copier available to the public at ten ($0.10) cents per black and white copy and twenty-five ($0.25) cents per color copy.
             No charge for the Board members.

        E. Replacement cards cost one ($1.00) dollar.  Cards may not be purchased until all fines are paid on the patron’s original card.

        F. Computer prints:  The fee is ten ($0.10) cents for black and white and twenty-five ($0.25) cents for colored prints.

        G. Fax services: The fee is $1.50 to send a fax and $1.00 to receive up to 5 sheets and twenty-five $0.25 per page thereafter.

   
    VII. Overdue procedure

        A. Books, books-on-tape, magazines, and CD’s

            1. The librarian will place two reminder calls, a week apart, to
 patrons who have materials overdue in excess of seven (7) days.  Library borrowing privileges will be withheld from that patron until the materials are returned or lost fines are paid.   

        B. Video materials

            1. The librarian will place two reminder calls, a day apart, to patrons who have materials overdue in excess of one (1) day.  Library borrowing privileges will be withheld from that patron until the materials are returned or lost fines are paid

    VIII. Library records.

        A. The circulation records and other records identifying the names of library users with specific materials are confidential in nature.  Such records shall not be made available to any individual or agency of local governments except pursuant to such process, order, or subpoena as  may be authorized under the authority of, and pursuant to, federal, state, or local law relating to civil, criminal, or administrative discovery procedure or legislative investigatory power. Librarian’s note: Upon receipt of such process, order, or subpoena, the library’s officers will consult with their legal counsel to determine if such process, order, orits issuance; if the process, order, of subpoena is not in proper form, or if good cause has not been shown, they will insist that such defects be cured.  Parents should be aware that they will not have access to records their child checks out.  Section 22.7 (13) Code of Iowa, provides that libraries may not reveal to a third party the titles of itemsborrowed.  This law includes materials borrowed by children and requests by parents for this information.  Parents of young children may wish to check out materials for their child on the parent’s card.

    IX. No posters, flyer. Or other information shall be displayed at the library if it promotes or favors only one side of a political or controversial issue.   The decision to post or not to post this material rests with the Library Board.  The
librarian, in consultation with the Board President, will decide the matter.  It shall be consistent with the policies of the City of Fairfax.



Adopted by the Board of Trustees
November 20, 2006

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.