Policies

LIBRARY MATERIALS LOAN POLICY

TEACHER CARD POLICY

INTERNET USE POLICY

MEETING ROOM POLICY

COPIER AND PRINTER USE POLICY

 

LIBRARY MATERIALS LOAN POLICY

ELIGIBILITY

  • Everyone is eligible for an Ethel Everhard Memorial Library card, upon proof of mailing address, free of charge.
  • Anyone under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign their registration agreement.
  • Barrowing privileges are extended to anyone with a valid library card from any Marquette County Library or any other Winnefox Library System Library.
  • Replacement fee for a library card is $1.00.
  • Each patron is responsible for their own library card, and for any materials checked out on their card. Each patron agrees to comply with the library's loan policy, and to give prompt notification of any address change. It is also the patron's responsibility to judge the appropriateness of materials for themselves, and it is a parent's or guardian's responsibility to judge the appropriateness of materials for their minor.

LOAN PERIODS
Item Type Loan Period Renewal Limits

New Adult Fiction & Nonfiction(Books, Audio Books) 14 days one renewal if no reserves are pending

All Other Adult Fiction & Nonfiction 21 days one renewal
(Books, Audio Books)

New Children & Young Adult Fiction & Nonfiction (Books, Audio Books) 14 days one renewal if no reserves are pending
All Other Children & Young Adult Fiction & Nonfiction (Books, Audio Books) 21 days one renewal

New DVD's & Videos 7 days one renewal if no reserves are pending
All Other DVD's & Videos 7 days one renewal

New Music CD's 14 days one renewal if no reserves are pending
All other Music CD's 21 days one renewal

New Periodicals No Loans
All Other periodicals 21 days one renewal

*Patrons are limited to 5 DVD's or Videos per visit.
*Staff note: New items will have a status of LH for four months.

RESERVES

  • Patrons will receive notification of the arrival of reserve materials by mail or email.
  • Reserves are held for 7 days following notification.

OVERDUES

  • Books, audio books, and magazines are .10 per day.  DVDs, videos, and music CDs are .25 per day.
  • Patrons with email will receive a reminder 3 days prior to the due date of their materials.
  • Accounts with items 10 days overdue will be mailed or emailed an overdue notice.
  • Accounts that have $5.00 or more in fines are blocked until the account is paid in full.
  • Accounts with items 30 days overdue will receive a bill for the replacement of the materials. If the items are returns, then a maximum late fee of $7.50 per item will be charged.
  • Accounts with items 45 days overdue will be referred to Unique Management Services, a collection agency, for assistance in recovering the materials and/or fines. A $10.00 non-refundable fee is charged to accounts referred to this agency. Accounts referred to Unique Management will be cleared once all materials have been returned and/or fines paid, unless other arrangements have been made with the director due to extenuating circumstances. Patrons have four months to clear the account placed with Unique Management before the account is reported to a credit bureau.

LOST OR DAMAGED MATERIALS

  • A replacement fee will be charged to accounts with lost items. If the item is returned within one year of the original due date, the patron may be reimbursed -depending on the condition of retuned item-minus a late fee of $7.50.
  • A replacement fee will be charged to accounts for materials returned in a condition that is considered beyond normal wear and tear.
  • Fees for lost or damaged materials barrowed from other libraries are determined by the lending library.
    Deliberate misuse or damage of the library, the library's materials, or any violation of the library's loan policy, may result in revocation of library privileges.

TEACHER CARD POLICY

ELIGIBILITY

  • This card is available to individuals who are involved in education at any of the following levels: Public and private school teachers, home-schooling parents, student teachers, and daycare teachers.

PURPOSE

  • This card allows eligible teachers to have one card for professional use as well as one for personal use.

LIMITATIONS

  • A teacher card can only be used for curriculum-based materials. It may not be used to circumvent rules and item limits that apply to regular library cards. The library reserves the right to withdraw this privilege due to abuse.
  • Teacher cards may not be used for local hold items.
  • This card has a three-week loan period with one renewal and no fines for overdue items. A due date may extend beyond this limit if an arrangement is made with the library director.
  • Lost or damaged items will be billed to the cardholder.

One teacher card will be permitted for an eligible patron in the Winnefox Library System.

Click HERE to fill out a form to obtain a teacher card.

 

INTERNET USE POLICY

In response to advances in technology and the changing formats of information, the Internet, as information resource enables the library to offer information beyond the confines of its own collection. Individuals who use the Internet at the Ethel Everhard Memorial Library or through the library's wireless connections are expected to do so in a responsible, ethical way.

The Ethel Everhard Memorial Library assumes no responsibility or liability for the use of the Internet by children. All responsibility for a child's use of the Internet rests with the parent, guardian or caregiver. Parents should monitor their children's use of all library materials, including the Internet. The use of chat rooms by minors is prohibited in the library and although other forms of direct communication including e-mail are permitted, they are to be used with caution. Both adults and children should not disclose any personal information to anyone over the Internet. All minors must have parental consent in the form of a signed "Acceptable Internet Use Agreement," to be kept on file at the library prior to using the Internet. Parents must sign the agreement in person at the library.

Library staff is available to assist in use of the Internet, but may not be familiar with every application you wish to use. There may not always be an Internet trained librarian on duty. Library staff cannot provide complete technical support.

Internet users should be aware that they might find material in graphical or text format that they consider offensive, just as they might find objectionable material in other formats. Just as the library does not endorse the opinions or viewpoints in other parts of the collection, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of information obtained through the Internet.

The library expects that anyone who accesses the Internet at the library or through the library's wireless connections will agree to the following:

  • All resources will be used for educational, informational or recreational uses only, and not for illegal or unethical purposes.
  • The privacy of others will be respected by not: misrepresenting oneself as another user, attempting to crash, degrade performance, modify or gain unauthorized access to the library's or any other computer system, network or database.
  • Not sending, receiving or displaying text or graphics that may be reasonably construed as harassment, obscene, threatening, abusive or offensive to either adults or minors as defined by Federal and State statute.
  • Making only authorized copies of copyrighted or licensed data.
  • Follow appropriate procedures for Internet use in the library, including signing an "Acceptable Internet Use Agreement," to be kept on file at the library, and by signing in at the front desk prior to use, and by limiting use to 30 minutes when there is a waiting list, and by paying for any printing.

Misuse, abuse, unauthorized use or unethical use of the Internet will result in application of the following disciplinary steps: 1st offense: The patron will be reminded of the Library's policy. 2nd offense: The user will lose that day's computer privilege. 3rd offense: Patron will be suspended from the computer for four weeks. 4th offense: Patron will be suspended from the computer for one year. If the offender is a minor under the age of 16, his/her parent will also be notified of each incident.

Illegal activities will be referred to the police upon each incident.

 

MEETING ROOM POLICY

The Ethel Everhard Memorial Library has exclusive control of the library facility [WI. Statute ch. 43.58(1)].  Anyone using the meeting room is reminded that the building is first and foremost a library, and that the library users right to a quiet atmosphere should be respected.  Failure to comply with the following conditions may result in the suspension of meeting room privileges and is up to the discretion of the Ethel Everhard Memorial Library Board.

  1. No smoking or alcoholic beverages are allowed in the library building or on the grounds.
  2. All groups using the meeting room are expected to clean the facility after use, including the restrooms and the lobby area.  All tables, chairs and other equipment must be returned to the proper storage areas, lights turned off, and outside door locked.  Cleaning supplies are provided by the library.  Anyone leaving the facility in an unsatisfactory condition will be assessed a minimum $20.00 fee.
  3. Only the meeting room itself may be used by the renter.  The lobby area and outside sidewalks are not to be used unless prior permission is granted by the Library Board.
  4. The kitchen facilities may be used, but must be left in a clean, orderly manner.  The kitchen does not accommodate large food service such as fish fries or chili suppers.  The renter must remove all trash.
  5. The meeting room user is responsible for any damage of property beyond ordinary wear.
  6. Minors are not allowed in the room at any time without sufficient adult supervision.
  7. Arrangements to store group or personal property in the meeting room must be done on an individual basis with the Library Board.  Nothing may be stored in the furnace room or library.  All property must be removed immediately following the room’s use.  The library will not be responsible for any items left on the premises.  The use of supplies and equipment belonging to other groups is prohibited.
  8. The library phone is to be used only in an emergency as determined by the director.
  9. All meetings are to be scheduled by the library staff.  Persons or groups will be asked fill out a usage agreement, which will be kept on file at the library.  A meeting may be booked up to one year in advance.  Cancellations should be given at least one week prior to the meeting date so that other groups have the opportunity to use the room, and to have any fees canceled.  Cancellations due to inclement weather are exempt, however library staff should be notified.
  10. A key to the building may be obtained from the library staff during regular hours.  Keys should be returned in the book drop after the meeting.   A group using the room on a regular basis may be issued a key, and the group should return the key if they are not using the facility for at least one month.  There will be a $50.00 charge for lost keys.
  11. Payments for use of the facility are made to the Ethel Everhard Memorial Library at the following rates:
  12. Non-profit groups holding meetings/events open to the public:  Fees will be waived for one meeting per month up to two hours in length.  Thereafter, they will be charged $5.00 per hour.  Other groups providing a free service to the public may address the library board to request a fee waiver for one session per month of two hours in length.  If denied, the rate is $5.00 per hour.
  13. All other entities: $25 per 4-hour block
  14. Rates for long-term use are negotiable with the Library Board. 

Last Revised 02-13-2012

 

COPIER, PRINTER, AND FAX USE POLICY

 
Anyone may use the library’s copier or laser printer. Copies cost .20 per page for letter and legal size. Larger sizes are .35 per page. Patrons may supply their own paper at the regular cost of .20 per copy. School-related copies/prints may not be charged (at the librarian’s discretion) for the first five copies. After that, the cost is .20 per page.
 
The following copyright notice is to be placed on a clearly visible area on the copier:
 
Notice: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material; the person using this equipment is liable for any infringement.
 
 

The library provides fax service to the public at the following rate: $1.00 for the first page, and $.50 per additional page to send out. $.20 per page to receive.