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Mission statement

The Glen Lake Community Library will bring people, information, and ideas together to support the evolving educational, intellectual, and recreational needs of Empire, Glen Arbor, and Kasson Townships.

While preserving its traditional roles, the library will cultivate diverse experiences, services, and materials including the use of emerging technologies to link people to information.      Revised Feb. 2014

Registration requirements
Any resident of Empire, Glen Arbor, or Kasson townships may register for borrowing privileges. Residency is defined as living or owning property within the service district. People residing outside of the district may also register, but must pay a one-time fee of $10.00.

Proof of identification is required before a library card can be issued. Acceptable forms of identification include a driver's license, checkbook, or mail received at the resident's local mailing address.

Families will normally be registered on a single library account. All family members that may use the account should be listed in the registration. Children under the age of 16 who wish to have their own card must have the permission of a parent or legal guardian. Parents may also request that a child over the age of 16 be removed from the family account. Borrowing privileges may be extended to guests, with the understanding that the registered party will give formal notification to the library, and assume full responsibility for all materials checked out on the account.

Borrowing materials

Patrons may borrow as many materials as they can use, with the exception of DVDs. Only four DVDs may be checked out at one time. During the summer months, there is also a limit on the number of new titles that can be borrowed at one time. During this busiest season, no more than four items of each collection type (fiction, non-fiction, recorded books, music CDs, videorecordings, etc.) can be checked out at one time.

A rental fee of $1.00 is charged for feature films on DVD. There is no charge for any other collection materials.

Loan periods are as follows:
Books 3 weeks
Recorded Books 3 weeks
Music CDs 3 weeks
Periodicals 2 weeks
Videorecordings 4 days

Overdue charges are assessed at 50 per day for movie rentals, 10 per day for all other materials, up to a maximum of $2.00 per item. Materials that are one month past due will be automatically billed to patron accounts for replacement.

Collection development policy

The Glen Lake Community Library is based on the principles of intellectual freedom, as outlined in the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement. Therefore, the library is committed to maintaining a collection that is diverse both in content and format. Both fiction and non-fiction materials are collected, as are materials for both adults and children. Selection will be balanced to include titles in popular demand along with those that are deemed to have more lasting appeal and value. Materials are also collected in a variety of formats, primarily books, periodicals, audiotapes, and videotapes.

Numerous criteria are considered when selecting materials for the library collection. These include but are not limited to: popular demand for an author or title, relevance of subject to the community, coverage of subject within the existing collection, contribution to balance of existing collection, availability of material elsewhere in the area, timeliness or permanence of the content, and physical characteristics of the material. Special consideration is given to materials by local or regional authors.

Additional criteria include literary or artistic merit, factual accuracy, suitability of content and vocabulary to age of audience, and price.

The board of trustees delegates responsibility for the selection of materials and maintenance of the collection to the library director. The librarian consults various selection tools to gather and evaluate titles for possible addition to the collection. Publishers' catalogs, bestseller lists, reviews in professional and general periodicals, and standardized bibliographies are routinely consulted. Library staff may also select titles with which they are personally familiar, along with recommendations and requests by library patrons.

Selection of a title does not infer that the library endorses the views or ideas presented in the material. Materials are not included or excluded because of the race, nationality, political affiliation, or personal values of the author.

Donated materials will be considered for addition to the library collection. The same selection standards applied to new purchases are used with donations. Donations that cannot be used in the permanent collection will be routed to the Friends of the Library for use in the annual book sale.

Books and other materials will periodically be withdrawn from the collection, due to poor physical condition, dated or inaccurate content, or lack of circulation.

Internet acceptable use

The Glen Lake Community Library provides public computer resources, including access to the Internet, to all library visitors, regardless of age or residency status. Due to the dynamic and global nature of the Internet, the library cannot be responsible for the accuracy, currency or appropriateness of these online resources. The principles of intellectual freedom, free speech, and the right to privacy, all of which govern library services, are applicable to our public computer resources as well.

However, in order to comply with state and federal laws, and to help create a safe environment for library patrons and staff, content filtering software to block obscene and illegal material will be used on all Internet workstations. Filtering may be disabled upon request by users 18 and older. Off-site computers, which are unsupervised by library staff, will be subject to content filtering at all times.

The library will monitor use of computers by minors (those under 18 years of age) but is not responsible for any content that may be found online. Parents are expected to establish usage guidelines for their children, as is the case with other library materials.

On all public access computers, time limits will be applied to help manage demand. Time limits may be extended if no others are waiting, or if special circumstances require (tests, job searching, etc.). Usage of library computers will be prioritized when demand warrants, with research and communication given preference over strictly recreational uses. Use of computers for business purposes is allowed, but may not interfere with others' access to library resources. Patrons are responsible for any applicable usage fees, such as printing costs.

Usage of computers that is considered disruptive will be prohibited. Library patrons with restricted accounts due to excessive fines or overdue materials may be prohibited from using computers. Users may not alter computer hardware or software settings. Misuse of computer resources may result in suspension of library privileges.

The library takes measures to block computer viruses and other malicious software, but is not responsible for any data loss or damage to patrons' computers or personal files. Similarly, the library cannot guarantee the security of personal data transmitted via the Internet.

All sections of this acceptable use policy apply to the library's public wireless network (WiFi). While access to WiFi is provided free of charge, users will need to log in via a secure password that is available at the front desk. This service is intended for use by library visitors. The library cannot guarantee signal strength or provide technical assistance in configuring users' own laptops or other portable devices.

Revision approved by the Board of Trustees, May 2012

A complete policy manual is available at the library. If you have questions about specific policies, please contact us.

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