410. Circulation Policy

A. Patron’s Rights and Responsibilities

The Karl Junginger Memorial Library recognizes a policy of open access to all collections, formats, and types of materials housed within its confines by all individuals and does not abridge or deny access to any materials because of age, background, origin, or views.

This policy of open access is acknowledged by the American Library Association, the Library Bill of Rights, and by the Karl Junginger Memorial Library Board of Trustees.

Libraries and governing bodies maintain that parents or legal guardians, and only parents or legal guardians, have the right and responsibility to restrict access of their children, and only their children, to library resources. Librarians and governing bodies have a professional and public obligation to provide equal access to all library resources for all library users.

Patrons must bring their library card, or provide a library barcode on a smart device and verbal confirmation of address to the staff when checking out materials from the library. Patrons of the public library assume responsibility for library items checked out to them. Included in this responsibility is the obligation by the patron to reimburse the library for all damaged or lost materials as well as settling any charges accrued by the patron for overdue materials.

A State of Wisconsin driver’s license or a State of Wisconsin identification card, or a photo ID plus a piece of official mail (such as a utility bill, rent receipt, or bank statement) with a Wisconsin Address is required to be issued a library card. All eligible applicants must complete an Application for Library Borrower Privileges. An individual under the age of 17 must have a guardian/parental signature on the completed application form.

B. Circulation

Several circulation periods are in place for different formats:

21 day circulation
books (except new)
books in audio format
kits (books and audio formats)

14 day circulation
Nonfiction & season sets in video format
new books
music in audio format

7 day circulation
feature films in video format

reference materials
current issues of periodicals

The library reserves the right to extend these loan periods for certain classes of patrons (e.g. teachers, institutions), at the discretion of the library staff.

Circulating materials may be renewed for three loan periods after the initial check out if there are no holds on these items.

There is no limit to the number of books that may be checked out on a library card. Limits for Waterloo media items are: 10 items in video format, 10 books in audio format, and 10 music items in audio format per card.

The Karl Junginger Memorial Library purchases popular and educational videos. These collections include films that are not rated, films that are rated G, PG, and PG-13, and some R rated films with artistic merit. This library is an open access library, and its personnel are not responsible for limiting patron access to the film collections on the basis of age.

C. Fines

The daily fine rate for books is $.15.

Media daily fine rates are:
• Audio format items: $.15
• Video format items: $1.00
• E-reader and tablet devices : $2.00

There is no grace period for overdue materials. Items may be renewed in person, by phone, or online.

The maximum fine amounts are:
• Books: $10.00
• Audio and video format items: $10.00

Patrons with library debts of $10.00 or more may not check out any further items until the charges are paid in full. This includes use of internet-access computers.

D. Notices

Notices for overdue items are emailed or mailed out once a week on Tuesday. After two
Notices, patrons will be billed for the missing items.

Failure to receive timely notices will not excuse the patron from overdue charges or other costs. It is the sole responsibility of patrons to promptly notify the library of address changes.

E. Damaged/Lost Library Materials

Patrons will be charged the current replacement cost for materials damaged or lost while checked out on their patron record. A processing fee of $5.00 will be assessed, in addition to replacement costs, to defray staff costs for ordering and processing replacement copies.

F. Replacement of Library Cards

Patrons will be charged for the replacement of lost or damaged library cards at the following rates:
$1.00 for the first replacement
$2.00 for any subsequent replacements

G. Read It Down

Youth ages 16 and younger may read books in the library to pay down their fines. $1 will be given for each 15 minutes read in the library. Young children who are unable to read yet may be read to by a guardian or babysitter in the library.
Adopted: 4-28-03
Amended: 5-27-04, 6-22-06, 1-22-13, 11-11-14, 4/14/2015, 5-19-2015, 6-21-2016, 10/18/2016