Library Patrons

The library will serve all residents of the state, particularly those residents of the city of Slater and residents of cities contracting library service from Slater Public Library.

Service will not be denied or abridged because of religious, racial, social, economic or political status.

The use of the library or its services may be denied for due cause, such as destruction of library property, disturbance of other patrons or any other objectionable conduct on the library premises.

All patron records are considered confidential. The Library Director shall not disclose any information concerning patrons to any party without a court order. Library aides and volunteers shall not disclose patron records under any circumstances. This includes, but is not limited to, information contained on patron records, materials checked out, materials checked out in the past or materials used in the library.

Approved 4-30-12



Patron records are considered confidential. Information including, but not limited to, name, address, phone number and materials borrowed will not be released, unless required by court order.

Slater Public Library subscribes to all provisions, responsibilities and remedies of Iowa Code 22.7 (13,14).

Approved 4-30-12


Video Surveillance

The Slater Public Library strives to maintain a safe and secure environment for its staff and patrons. In pursuit of this objective, selected public areas of the library premises are under video surveillance and recording. Signage will be posted at the library entrances at all times, disclosing this activity.

Video cameras shall not be positioned in areas where there is a reasonable expectation of personal privacy.

Cameras will record activities in real time and images will be saved for 7 days, after which they will be deleted automatically to make room for new images.

When an incident occurs on Library premises:

  • Video image recordings will be used to identify the person or persons responsible for Library policy violations, criminal activity, or actions considered disruptive to normal Library operations.
  • Video records may be used to assist law enforcement agencies in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.
  • Video recordings of incidents can be retained and reviewed as long as considered necessary by the Library Director or law enforcement.
  • Images may be shared with other Library staff to identify person(s) suspended from Library property and to maintain a safe and secure environment.
  • While it is recognized that video surveillance will not prevent all incidents, its potential deterrent effect, and resource as a means of identifying and prosecuting offenders is considered worthwhile.

Approved 10/27/2014


Library Cards

Patrons must have a valid library card on file in order to check out library materials.

Patrons may not check out items under anyone else’s card, including a family member, without permission on the card application, or the verbal consent if the patron is present.

Patrons 14 and older must present a current valid photo ID when applying for a card, or a piece of mail verifying their current address.

A parent or guardian must be present to fill out and sign an application for children ages 5 to 13.

Open access customers must present their library card from their city of residence.

For the first month, new patrons are limited to 3 items at a time, only one of which may be audiovisual.

Library cards will change to inactive status if not used for a period of three years.

Approved 8-26-14



The services of the library include:

Selecting materials which best meet the needs of the community.

Organizing materials for easy access.

Providing guidance and assistance to patrons seeking information in print or in audio-visual materials.

Initiating programs, exhibits, etc., to encourage the use of the library by persons of all ages.

Cooperating with other agencies and institutions serving the educational and recreational needs of the community.

Securing information beyond its own resources by obtaining bibliographies, information, etc., from agencies, institutions and organizations beyond the community.

Cooperating with other libraries in an inter-library loan service to borrow materials which are not owned or purchasable by the library or for which insufficient demand does not justify purchasing.

Reviewing periodically services offered to determine whether the needs of the community are being met.

Maintaining a balance in services to men, women and children of all ages.

Providing services during the hours which best meet the needs of the community.

Approved 4-30-12


Cooperation with Other Libraries

The Board and Librarian recognize that no single library can meet all the demands of its community. Libraries in different political subdivisions working together, sharing their services and resources, can better meet the full needs of the users.

The Board and the Librarian will remain alert to opportunities for cooperation with other libraries to strengthen the services and resources of the library.

Approved 4-30-12


Circulation Policy     

Book, CD, and magazine circulation is for two weeks with a one-week grace period.

Books, CDs, and magazines can be renewed two times, as long as no one has placed a hold on the item(s).

Video circulation is for one week, with no grace period.

Videos can be renewed once, as long as no one has placed a hold on the item(s).

A maximum of 3 videos per person or 5 per family may be checked-out at one time.

An unlimited amount of books, CDs, and magazines, may be checked-out.

Holds may be placed by telephone, in person, by e-mail to the Librarian, or via the online catalog, and must be picked up within three days of notification or the item will be given to the next person waiting or returned to the collection.

Renewal can be done by telephone, in person, by e-mail to the Librarian, or via the online catalog.

Book, CD, and magazine fines are five cents per open day, per item, with a one-dollar maximum fine per item.

Video fines are one-dollar per open day, per video, with a five-dollar maximum per video.

All items must be in the drop by 8 a.m. to be counted as returned the previous day.

No fines will be charged on un-catalogued paperbacks.

The fees for lost or ruined materials will be the replacement cost. If the item is no longer available, the borrower will be charged the original cost of the materials at the discretion of the Librarian. There will be an additional processing fee of $3 per item.

There will be a $1 fee for videodisc sleeve replacement.

Reference materials may be checked out overnight. Overdue materials will be assessed a fine of one-dollar per day.

If materials are not returned or fines/estimated fines are greater than $5, a patron will not be permitted additional checkouts until all materials have been returned and fines/estimated fines are less than $5.

Approved 5-19-14


Inclement Weather

When local schools are cancelled for the day or local school activities are cancelled in the evening hours, library hours will be determined by the director.

If patrons are present in the library and there is a severe weather warning issued for the area directly affecting the library, the staff member working may choose to ask patrons to leave the library (if adequate time allows) and close the library to seek shelter elsewhere until the warning is canceled. Any staff and patrons in the library during inclement weather, must follow staff to designated safety zones. If there are unattended children in the library, staff are responsible for leading them to safety zones.

Designated Safety Zones:

  1. Men’s Bathroom
  2. Staff Workroom

Approved 4-25-11


Policy Administration

The Board sets policies to be administered by the Librarian.

The Librarian is responsible to the Board for the administration of the policies.

All other library employees are responsible to the Librarian.

  Reviewed 1-28-13