Our Library Policies

Library Card Policy
Library Operations
Library Collection Development
Community Relations
Personnel Policy
Volunteer Policy
Technology Policy
Library Affiliations
Unattended Children Policy
Computer Policy

In-Library Use Equipment Policy
Friends of the Library
Sex Offenders Against Minors
Emergency & Unexpected Closures
Library Conduct Policy

Library Card Policy

Who can get a library card, how to apply, and how to use your library card.

A library card shall be issued without charge to residents, 14 years of age and over (within the city limits), and rural Washington County upon presentation of personal identification. A library card shall be issued without charge to children under the age of 14 years old with parental permission and parental signature on the library card. For young adults (14-18), parental permission and signature are required if the individual does not have a valid Iowa ID.

Residents from other towns in Iowa may receive a free library card for the Wellman-Scofield Public Library (by presenting a library card from their municipal library or the library their city contracts with for library service). This is part of Iowa’s Open Access program.

Rural residents from another Iowa county may receive a free library card from the Wellman-Scofield Public Library (by presenting a library card from a library within that county). This is part of Iowa’s Open Access program.

A library patron must be present to check out materials and may not check materials out on another patron’s library account (excepting families with small children who choose to utilize one family account until the children are old enough for their own).

Probationary periods with reduced check-outs will be enforced on all patrons that regularly fail to return materials in a timely manner.

This library views families as being responsible for all family members and, ultimately, parents being responsible for their children. If a family has multiple member accounts, should one individual become negligent in returning materials, or accrues excessive, outstanding fines and fees, the library staff has the right to suspend all family accounts until these problems are resolved.

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Library Operations

Date of Original Approval – Unknown

Reviewed – 5/94, 10/98, 6/99, 2/02, 2/04, 6/05, 3/06, 3/08, 8/08, 5/09, 4/11, 9/11, 11/11/13, 3/10/14

Revised – 5/94, 10/98, 6/99, 2/02, 2/04, 6/05, 3/06, 3/08, 8/08, 5/09, 4/11, 9/11, 11/11/13, 3/10/14


1.      Borrower (Patron) Eligibility:

 A library card shall be issued without charge to residents, 14 years of age and over (within the city limits), and rural Washington County upon presentation of personal identification. A library card shall be issued without charge to children under the age of 14 years old with parental permission and parental signature on the library card. For young adults (14-18), parental permission and signature are required if the individual does not have a valid Iowa ID.

  • Probationary periods with reduced check-outs will be enforced on all patrons that regularly fail to return materials in a timely manner. See Part 7 (Probationary Periods) of this document for further details.
  • Rural residents from another Iowa county may receive a free library card from the Wellman-Scofield Public Library (by presenting a library card from a library within that county). This is part of Iowa’s Open Access program.
  • Residents from other towns in Iowa may receive a free library card for the Wellman-Scofield Public Library (by presenting a library card from their municipal library or the library their city contracts with for library service). This is part of Iowa’s Open Access program.
  • A library patron must be present to check out materials and may not check materials out on another patron’s library account (excepting families with small children who choose to utilize one family account until the children are old enough for their own).
  • This library views families as being responsible for all family members and, ultimately, parents being responsible for their children. If a family has multiple member accounts, should one individual become negligent in returning materials, or accrues excessive, outstanding fines and fees, the library staff has the right to suspend all family accounts until these problems are resolved.

 2.      Library Materials, Equipment & Internet Access: 

  • The Library will not attempt to judge or control the circulation of materials to minors. Parents must take responsibility for supervising their children’s reading and viewing materials.
  • The Library subscribes to the “Free Access for Minors” Statement as amended July 3, 1991, by the American Library Association, a copy of which is marked Addendum #2 and made a part of this policy.

3.      Loans:

  •  Adults (=/>14): items will not exceed (15) fifteen total and (no more than (4) four movies per patron.
  • Children (<14): items will not exceed (10) ten total and (no more than (2) two movies per patron.
  • Due to the limited number of DVDs, check outs will not exceed six (6) videos per family when there are numerous cards in the family.

 A.     Wellman-Scofield Public Library (WSPL) Materials:


Loan Period

Limit per Patron

# of Renewals

Daily Overdue Fine/Fee

New Books (2 months) 1 Week Two



Books 3 Weeks Fourteen(adult)/Ten(child)



Audio Books / BCDs 3 Weeks Six



Periodicals 1 Week Fourteen(adult)/Ten(child)



DVDs 1 Week Four(adult)/Two(child)



DVDs – Series 2 Weeks Two(adult)/Two(child)



Reference No Loans None



  • Returning a damaged DVD case will result in a $2.00 replacement fee.
  • Returning an excessively scratched or smudged DVD will result in a $1.00 cleaning fee.

B.     Washington County Library Association (WCPLA) Rotation:


Loan Period

Limit per Patron

# of Renewals

Daily Overdue Fine/Fee

BCDs 1 Week Two



 4.      Reserved Materials:

 Patron requests for an item to be reserved shall be honored to this extent:

  • The patron shall be notified when the item is available.
  • If the item is not claimed within three (3) library days after notification, it will be given to the next person on the reserve list or returned to general circulation.

5.      Confidentiality:

 Library records that deal with patrons’ names and books/tapes/computer usage and all materials borrowed shall be kept confidential.

  • Patron records will NOT be made available to any person, group or government agency except upon presentation of a legal/valid court order, subpoena or search warrant.

6.      Patron Responsibility:

  •  Patrons are responsible for compliance with all applicable copyright laws.
  • The library assumes no responsibility for damage caused to a borrower’s video cassette player, tape recorder, DVD player, CD player, CDROM player and/or computer.
  • Audio tapes and video cassette tapes shall be rewound before being returned to the library. Each video shall be inspected when returned for damage to the cassette.

  7.      Probationary Periods:

Patrons who regularly fail to return materials earlier than one month after the item becomes “overdue” will face a probationary period according to the following schedule (all overdue fines and lost item charges must be paid before a suspended account will be reactivated), unless appealed at a WSPL Board Meeting:

  • 1st Offense – Warning.
  • 2nd Offense – Probation for 60 days, allowance of 5 items (2 of which can be movies) checked out at a time.
  • 3rd Offense – Probation for 180 days, allowance of 2 items (1 of which can be a movie) checked out at a time.
  • 4th and Subsequent Offenses – Suspension of account for one (1) year, after which the patron will be on probation for 180 days, allowance of 2 items (1 of which can be a movie) checked out at a time.

 8.      Charges, Fees & Fines: 

  • Microfilm reader/printer copies will be available to the public for a fee of ($0.25) twenty-five cents per copy.
  • Copy machine copies will be made for research/reference purposes only, at a fee of ($0.25) twenty-five cents per black & white page, or ($1.00) one dollar per color page.
  • A “lost book” replacement processing fee of $2 will be added to the replacement costs of each lost item.
  • Overdue fines shall not exceed a total of $10.00 per item.
  • Charges, fees, and fines shall be assessed, according to the previous charts, for each day the material is kept past due.
  • The borrower shall be responsible for replacement or repayment for a book or other library material that is lost, damaged or not returned.
  • An overdue processing fee (assessed after 1 month overdue) of $2.00 will be added to regular charges to recover lost time and postage costs for multiple contacts.
  • A collection fee of $10 will be assessed to a patron’s account should the library need to utilize the State of Iowa Offset Program (or a private collection agency) to retrieve materials or fines and fees.
  • Computer printouts will be available to the public for:
    1. Black & White Printing: Single Sided – ($0.25) twenty-five cents per page.
    2. Color Printing: Single Sided – ($1.00) one dollar per page.
  • Inter-library loan requests will require a charge of one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50) per transaction will be made to help defray postage costs, payable at time of receiving said material.

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Interlibrary Loan Policy (ILL): Date of Approval – 2/13/23

  1. If the Wellman Scofield Public Library does not have certain materials requested by a patron, the librarians may request the materials from State of Iowa Libraries Online (SILO).  While items may be requested, there is no guarantee that the items are available from other libraries, the request will be fulfilled, nor a guarantee of timeline for receipt of ILL items.
    1. Limits: Patrons are limited to three (3) items requested at one time.  The total number may be increased depending on the type of materials and usage intended, at the discretion of the library staff. For example, teachers could request more than three items for classroom use. There is no cap on the total number of items requested within a calendar year.
    2. Circulation Period: The circulation period is set by the lending library.  Renewals are up to the discretion of the lending library.  If a renewal is requested by a patron, library staff will contact the lending library to request an extension. The patron will be notified of the lending library’s answer.
  2. Patrons will be contacted up to two (2) times when an ILL item is received by the library.  Contact dates will be noted in the patron record.  If the item(s) is not picked up and returned by the patron by the due date, the patron is responsible for any fines and fees incurred.

Library Collection Development

Date approved – unknown

Reviewed – 5/94, 10/98, 6/99, 11/02, 4/04, 8/13/07, 4/14/11, 3/09/15

Revised – 5/94, 10/98, 6/99, 11/02, 4/15/04, 4/14/11


 A.         The Library supports and follows the principles of the Library bill of rights marked Addendum #1, and shall, within its budget boundaries, provide a variety of materials representing a diversity of opinion. The primary role of the Library is to provide popular materials; the secondary role is to serve as a pre-school door to learning.

B.         The Library director shall select materials for collection development.  The Board President will appoint one or more trustees to assist in the selection process, guaranteeing a diversity of opinion.

C.         Materials shall be selected on the basis of reviews from professional journals, need and demand. Requests from patrons and staff are welcome and shall be considered.

  1. Criteria for Adult Materials:

a)       Fiction

1)       Demand – Is the subject or author popular?

2)       Aesthetic quality – Does the work have artistic merit?

3)       Durability – Is the material well put together?

b)       Non-Fiction and Reference

1)       Authoritativeness – background, reputation of author, publisher, sponsoring body

2)       Accuracy

3)       Impartiality

4)       Recency of data – Is the material up to date?

5)       Adequate scope – Are all important aspects covered?

6)       Appropriateness – Is the work presented at a level that can be comprehended by the intended user?

7)       Relevancy

8)       Technical aspects – Are illustrations accurate and do they relate to the subject matter?

9)       Special features – Are bibliographies, appendices, notes and guides to the material included?

10)   Cost-effectiveness

11)   Durability

2. Criteria for Children and Young Adults:

The same guidelines apply that are used in the selection of adult materials. Materials shall be selected to aid young people in understanding and coping with their lives, as well as to entertain. Reference material shall be appropriate for the audience it is addressing.

3. Duplication of Materials:

Duplication of materials is indicated only when a variety of formats is desired, such as large print, books on tape and videos. Duplication of popular authors shall be paperback. Otherwise, for a library of this size, duplication is not desirable.

4. Donations:

Materials that are donated to the Library must meet the same guidelines as those used in the selection process.  Should donated materials not be found suitable for the library collection, they shall be sold for library gain or given to The Friends of Wellman-Scofield Public Library for purpose of their own sale, gain and library-oriented activity.

5. Memorial Books:

The Library is honored to receive a book as a memorial to a friend or loved one. All memorial books shall be clearly designated as memorials with a bookplate listing the person honored and the donor. A permanent memorial record shall be kept.

  1. All memorial books must meet the general criteria of the collection development policy.
  2. The donor may purchase the book and give it to the Library, or the donor may give money to buy a book. If the Library is entrusted to buy the book, every effort shall be made to choose one of lasting value which represents the interests of the person memorialized.

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Community Relations

Date approved – unknown

Reviewed – 5/94, 10/98, 6/99, 11/02, 5/04, 8/13/07, 3/12/12, 3/09/15

Revised – 5/94, 10/98, 6/99, 11/02, 5/13/04, 3/12/12,


The Library is part of municipal government. The Board of Trustees and the Library staff shall work in harmony with the City Council and Mayor to further the objectives of the Library.

The Board of Trustees and Library personnel shall make consistent effort to foster public awareness of library services and programs.

All regular meetings are open to the public. All visitors shall be recognized and welcomed. Any group or individual wishing to place an item on the agenda shall notify the Library Director one week in advance, if possible, stating the topic or question to be presented to the Board.

Due to the limited space, small group meetings are permitted as long as they do not interfere with library operations.

 Materials and Services:

1)       The Library director shall use various community resources to publicize the library on not less than a quarterly basis.

2)       The availability of inter-library loan, reciprocal borrowing, reference and internet services shall be publicized at such intervals as deemed appropriate by the Library Director.

Public Bulletin Board Guidelines:

1)       Bulletin board materials may be posted by nonprofit organizations for civic, educational, or cultural purposes.

2)       Nonprofit organizations may submit literature publicizing a specific event.

3)       Limited space allows only short-term notices.

4)       The director must approve all postings.

5)       Library staff will place and remove postings promptly.

6)       Items must be picked up the day following the date of the publicized event if the owner wants them returned.

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Personnel Policy

Date approved:  3/13/08

Reviewed:  3/13/08, 2/13/12, 3/09/15



 Employees of the Wellman-Scofield Public Library are considered City Employees and fall under the guidelines set forth by the City of Wellman Employee Handbook.  Library volunteers, although not eligible to receive benefits allowed City of Wellman employees, shall also adhere to all Wellman-Scofield Public Library and the City of Wellman Employee Handbook policies.

As a semi-autonomous entity also existing within the City of Wellman administration structure, Wellman-Scofield Public Library shall adopt the City of Wellman Employee Handbook in its entirety, yet shall be allowed to exempt themselves from any City policy which may conflict with Library purpose, policy or procedure.  Such exceptions will be recorded below, within this policy.

Unlike City of Wellman employees, Wellman-Scofield Public Library employees and volunteers will be governed through a Library Director by the Wellman-Scofield Public Library Board of Trustees and shall interpret all non-exempted City of Wellman Employee Handbook policies through said structure.

The Wellman-Scofield Public Library Board of Trustees shall inform the City of Wellman of any employee policy issues which may raise potential legal or monetary question.  The City of Wellman shall keep an employee file on each Wellman-Scofield Public Library employee.  The Board of Trustees, through the Library Director, shall make sure any of the following information is supplied to the City of Wellman for this purpose: Employment Applications, Annual Performance Evaluations, Disciplinary Citation, Accomplishment Accommodations, and Proof of Employee Vehicle Insurance (should said employee utilize their personal vehicle for any job-related task).

The Wellman-Scofield Public Library Board of Trustees or Library Director shall confer with the City of Wellman Administrator for issues leading to an employee being given suspension without pay.


 Travel Policy:

Costs and fees incurred through attendance of, and travel to and from, conferences, workshops, continuing education classes or any official library business must be submitted to the Library Director for approval prior to said event.

 Library employees utilizing personal vehicles for approved library business shall have a current copy of their vehicle registration and liability insurance on file with the City of Wellman.

 Library employees shall be compensated for mileage to and from events approved by the Library Director.  A signed record of mileage shall be submitted to the Library within a week of the approved event, and reimbursement shall be calculated according to the current City of Wellman mileage formula.

 Library employees may be responsible for any travel costs incurred without prior approval of the Library Director.

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Volunteer Policy

Date approved:  unknown

Reviewed:  10/98, 12/02, 8/05, 4/10/08, 6/11/12

Revised:  5/94, 6/99, 12/09/02, 6/11/12


The volunteer is a valued asset to the functioning of the Library. The volunteer may perform many routine tasks and may also provide staffing for pre-school story hours, perform publicity work, organize and promote Friends of the Library groups and assist with book sales and other projects.

  • The volunteer shall take direction from the Library Director and/or designated staff members and perform such duties as may be required.
  •  The volunteer shall refer all questions of Library Policy to the Library Director.
  •  The volunteer shall be governed by the same rules and regulations as other library staff and shall be subject to the same fines, fees and borrowing conditions as other library patrons.

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Technology Policy

Date approved – unknown

Reviewed: 5/94, 10/98, 6/99, 12/02, 12/05, 3/08, 1/8/09, 7/14/11, 03/09/15

Revised:  5/94, 10/98, 6/99, 12/02, 12/05, 3/08, 1/8/09, 7/14/11, 03/09/15


The Library accepts and incorporates new and existing technology into the operation of the library to the limit of its financial ability.

1.       FAX:

 The Library participates in and complies with the guidelines of the Iowa FAX Network.

FAX use for purposes other than inter-library loan and library business:

  • Requests will be accepted; however, the library neither serves in place of nor wishes to compete with any local FAX business.
  • The FAX equipment may be operated only by qualified library staff or by the City Clerk.
  • Customers, including staff, using the FAX for other than inter-library loan and library business purposes will be charged for each page sent or received:

a)       Transmission in Continental U.S. only – $2

b)       Receiving (including International) – $2

2.       Copy Machine:

  • The Library has access to, and use of the copy machine owned by the City of Wellman.
  • Copier use for purposes other than library business:
    1. Requests will be accepted; however, the library neither serves in place of nor wishes to compete with any local FAX business.
    2. The copy machine may be operated only by qualified library staff or volunteers, or by the City Clerk.
    3. Customers, including staff, using the copy machine for other than library business purposes will be charged for each page:

a)       Black & White – ($0.25) twenty-five cents per page

b)       Color – ($1.00) one dollar per page

3.       Microfilm Reader/Printer:

  •  Film will be installed by trained library staff or volunteers.
  • Customers, including staff, using the microfilm printer for other than library business purposes will be charged ($0.25) twenty-five cents for each page.

4.       Printer Usage Fees:

Black & White Printing:

  • Single Sided – ($0.25) twenty-five cents per page.

.Color Printing:

  • Single Sided – ($1.00) one dollar per page.

  5.       Projector Equipment:

  •  This equipment (including projector, screen, speakers, DVD player, and accessories) shall primarily be utilized by library staff for library activities and programs.
  • Should library patrons need access to above-mentioned equipment, the following guidelines and conditions must be satisfied:
    1. The non-library activity must be held within building property (library, council chambers or basement).
    2. Library staff must be given notice (at least) one week in advance.
    3. Library staff must be available at said date for set-up and take-down of equipment.
    4. The User must be (at least) 18 years of age, present a valid State of Iowa Identification Card and have a current WSPL account in good standing.
    5. A twenty dollar ($20) usage/maintenance fee will be charged per use.
    6. A “Projector Equipment Use Agreement Form” and “Projector Material Check-Off Form” (showing that the User accepts responsibility for any damage) must be signed by both the user, as well as the staff member responsible for setting up and taking down the equipment.

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Library Affiliations

Date approved – unknown

Reviewed: 10/98, 12/02, 1/05, 12/13/07, 2/13/12

Revised:  5/94, 6/14/99, 12/13/07


This library shall be a member of the Washington County Public Library Association.

Representatives shall be the President of the Board of Trustees and the Rural Trustee. Another Trustee may be appointed to serve in place of the president, if necessary.

This library shall maintain membership with the American Library Association.

This library shall annually budget monies toward individual Iowa Library Association memberships for the Director and all seven Trustees.  Also to be considered for annual budgeting will be monies intended toward Iowa Library Association conference and continuing education expenses for all Wellman-Scofield Trustees and paid staff members.

 Memberships in other associations shall be considered as recommended by the Director and approved by the Board.

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Unattended Children Policy

Date approved – unknown

Reviewed – 5/94, 10/98, 6/99, 1/05, 4/10/08, 5/14/12, 2/10/2014

Revised – 5/94, 10/98, 6/99, 1/13/05


A. The Library will strive to provide the best possible library service to children in an atmosphere where all children feel welcome, safe and comfortable with the staff and other patrons in the library. However, the Library has other roles, as well as space and staff limitations, and is not equipped for childcare or babysitting. Therefore, children shall not be left at the Library for an extended period of time.

If an unattended child is being disruptive, is habitually left unattended for extended periods of time or is deemed at risk of coming to harm, an effort will be made to locate the responsible parent, guardian or caregiver. If necessary, appropriate law enforcement or child protective authorities will be notified to take custody of the child.

 B. Children under eight (8) years of age shall be attended and supervised by an adult or mature adolescent unless a child is attending a library program planned for that age group.

C. Children attending special library programs are the sole responsibility of parent, guardian or caregiver before and after the program.

 D. For the safety of the child left unattended in the Wellman-Scofield Public Library at closing, appropriate law enforcement authorities will be contacted to take custody of the child. Staff will wait 15 minutes after closing before this measure is taken.

      The staff will use the following procedures when dealing with a lost or unattended child:

  1. Staff will attempt to locate the child’s parent, guardian or caregiver.
  2. If the parent, guardian or caregiver cannot be located, the proper authorities will be notified.
  3. Under no circumstances will the staff take the child out of the building.
  4. An incident report will be filled out and kept on record at the Wellman-Scofield Public Library.

 E. The Wellman-Scofield Public Library Board of Trustees and staff respect the privacy of all library patrons. We will intervene only when a staff member deems that the safety and well being of a child is threatened.

Computer Policy

The library has public computers with Internet access.

Date approved: 2/11/02
Reviewed: 12/05, 1/06, 3/08, 12/11, 10/12, 6/10/13, 4/8/2019, 02/10/2020
Revised: 3/02, 1/06, 12/11, 10/12, 6/10/13, 02/20/2020


A. The Wellman-Scofield Public Library participates and complies with all sections and
disclaimers within Code of Iowa Chapter 728.X, dealing with Obscenity & Pornography, and
bases internet usage policies accordingly.
B. The Wellman-Scofield Public Library does not monitor and has no control over the
information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content.
C. The Wellman-Scofield Public Library expressly disclaims any liability or
responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through its
electronic information systems, or any consequences thereof.
D. The Library’s mission does not include censoring patron’s access to materials or protect
patrons from information they may find offensive. However, as the Library is not able to
exercise the same selection criteria to Internet resources that it applies to materials held in
its collections, the Library may provide hardware and software mechanisms (“filters”) to
restrict access to specific sources determined by Library staff to be inconsistent with its
mission and collection development policies.


  1. The Wellman-Scofield Public Library’s purpose of public access to the Internet is to further
    support the community’s informational, learning, cultural, and recreational needs.
  2. As the Wellman-Scofield Public Library’s computers are in public view of patrons of all ages,
    internet users are asked to use discretion when accessing the Internet. It shall be the
    responsibility of the Internet user to protect the public from viewing materials on the screen that
    may be offensive or inappropriate to others. Failure to do so may result in loss of Wellman-
    Scofield Public Library Internet privileges.
  3. Internet users may not send, display, or receive text or graphics that may reasonably be
    construed as obscene or offensive. They may not send, receive, or display text or graphics that
    are legally denied by state or federal law as obscene or involve child pornography. Any usage
    of chat rooms is prohibited within the library premises. Any action that violates state, local,
    or federal law will be prosecuted. The user will lose Wellman-Scofield Public Library
    Internet privilege.
  4. Certain information on the internet is not free. A user is NOT allowed to request this
    information. If a user does and the Wellman-Scofield Public Library is charged, the user will
    pay for all costs incurred.
  5. Patrons using library computers should be knowledgeable in basic computer operation. Only
    minimal instruction, as time permits, can be offered by Wellman-Scofield Public Library staff.
    Exploring the Internet is the best way to become proficient in its use.
  6. Patrons are advised to remember that they will often find specific information they need right
    here in the Wellman-Scofield Public Library, in our books, periodicals, CD-ROM databases, etc.


  1. Misuse of library computers (including Internet access), may result in loss of computer
    privileges, with the length of suspension to be determined by the Wellman-Scofield Public
    Library Board of Trustees and staff. The Wellman-Scofield Public Library staff reserves the
    right to immediately suspend a person’s use of the computer if problems (such as excessive
    noise, hardware or software malfunctions) occur. Patrons are asked to alert the Librarian to any
    technical difficulties, computer freeze-ups, etc.
  2. Computers can be checked out up to the last 10 minutes before closing each day. Computer
    use is limited to 1 hour sessions, unless prior consent is given by library personnel for
    extended usage. A computer session may be automatically extended if no other patron is
    waiting, but will then end if another patron wishes computer time.
  3. Computer sessions may be reserved in person or via telephone up to one day in advance, in
    one hour increments. Patrons arriving late for a reserved hourly session will forfeit the unused
    portion of their reserved time, but may extend their session if no other patron is waiting.
  4. No telecommunications or other fees may be charged to the Wellman-Scofield Public Library.
  5. No food or drink is allowed in the computer area.
  6. Computer users will be held responsible for damage to equipment or library materials, and will
    billed for repair or replacement cost caused by their misuse or failure to follow these guidelines.
    Parents/guardians will be notified if the damage is caused by minors.
  7. Only the Wellman-Scofield Public Library’s software may be used on the computers. Software
    is not to be downloaded (or installed) on the Wellman-Scofield Public Library computers.
    Patrons may suggest certain software be installed by library staff, but Wellman-Scofield has
    every right to deny such suggestions. Users may make NO CONFIGURATION CHANGES to
    the computers.
  8. The use of Wellman-Scofield computers requires patrons to abide by accepted rules of network
    and library etiquette. Users should conduct themselves as follows:
    a. Be polite and respect library staff and any patron with the library.
    b. Respect the privacy of others by not watching other patrons as they type in passwords
    or read email.
    c. Use appropriate (not abusive, demeaning or vulgar) language.
    d. Know that your computer monitor may be viewed by other patrons, and that viewing of
    pornographic or obscene programs or websites may be offensive to other library
    patrons and will not be tolerated.
  9. Within the copyright law, patrons may download or print information. Applications or files may
    not be saved to the hard drives. They may be saved to a disk or USB flash-drive only.The
    Wellman-Scofield Public Library is not responsible for any damage to a person’s disk or
    computer, loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from Patron’s use of the Wellman-
    Scofield Public Library computer.
  10. Patrons are warned that the Wellman-Scofield Public Library does not guarantee virus
    protection. Any download from the Internet may contain a virus.
  11. To access e-mail, the user must obtain an individual address through such options as Hotmail,
    Excite, etc. To send or receive, user may then log on through the webmail address the service
    provider indicates.
  12. There may be no more than one (1) person at a computer unless said patron is a child
    accompanied by an adult, or two (2) for an educational or work related research project, and
    only if given prior permission by library staff.
  13. The Wellman-Scofield Public Library Staff will provide as much assistance as time allows.
  14. Wireless may be provided, free of charge, to library patrons. Due to security and
    bandwidth concerns, library staff may restrict wireless from external access through the
    implementation of a frequently changed password available by request to in-library
    wireless users.
  15. As it is difficult to anticipate all future problems of Internet and computer use issues, the
    Wellman-Scofield Public Library Board of Trustees reserves the right to adjust above guidelines as
    needed. This policy is subject to change without notice.

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In-Library Use Equipment Policy

  1. Wellman Library cardholder in good standing may check out a (1) tablet or (1) laptop for use within the library. By checking out a device, the cardholder is assuming responsibility for damaged equipment and understanding the policies for its use. If any equipment is damaged while in your possession, you will be responsible for the cost of the repairs, not to exceed the replacement cost of that item. The library will not accept replacement devices or accessories purchased by the borrower.  Failure to pay any amount owed will be considered an outstanding debt to the Wellman Scofield Public Library and will be added as a fee to the borrower’s library card.  The patron will be barred from borrowing devices until the fee has been paid.
  2. Replacement costs vary according to the type and model of hardware, and we reserve the right to purchase an equal or similar model in case of discontinuation.

HP ProBook 440 G4- CoreI3 7100U/2.4 GHz – Win 10 Home 64 bit-4 GB RAM @$599.99

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1” 16 GB @ $299.99

  1. Given the expense of the equipment, the library requires photo identification and a Wellman-Scofield library card for equipment that is borrowed.
  2. Children up to the age of 14 may check out a tablet and be accompanied by a responsible parent or legal guardian who has a library account in good standing and has signed an In-library Equipment Use Agreement.
  3. Users ages 18 and over must sign an In-library equipment use agreement form prior to checking out a laptop or tablet for the first time. No equipment will be checked out to a patron until this form has been signed.
  4. Under no circumstances should a laptop or tablet be left unattended in the library. If for any reason, a borrower has to leave the library while the laptop/tablet is still checked out, the device will be left at the Circulation desk until it can be used again (including using the restroom).
  5. Devices checked out within the library are not to be taken outside of the library. The Washington County Sheriff will be called immediately if a laptop/tablet is removed from the building without permission.
  6. The library staff reserves the right to terminate a person’s use of the library’s equipment if the patron is known to have caused problems such as disruptive behavior, abuse of equipment, or habitually turning equipment in late. Any damage will be assessed on an individual basis by the Library Director and Board of Trustees.
  7. Devices and any accessories must be returned to the Library Staff member at the circulation desk at least ½ hour before closing time. Devices left unattended or given to another person to use remain the responsibility of the borrower.
  8. No saving to the hard drive of any library laptop. No downloading of any games or apps are permitted. It is the responsibility of the user to bring a data storage device compatible with the computers or utilize cloud storage.
  9. The Wellman Scofield Public Library takes no responsibility for any loss or damage to patrons’ data or media due to hardware, software, electrical surge or failure, or any other cause while the patron is using library computer equipment.
  10. The library holds no responsibility for the privacy of data patrons enter onto devices. The library’s wireless network is open.
  11. Use of the Internet on a library device implies agreement with the Wellman-Scofield Public Library Internet Use Agreement.
  12. The staff will assist with basic device usage questions but is not available on a regular basis for extensive training of users. Users are expected to have a working knowledge of the electronics devices and programs.

Unacceptable use of electronic devices:

  • Leaving device unattended in the library at any time
  • Allowing more than one user to be on the same laptop at one time or allowing users who have not signed an In-Library Equipment Use Agreement
  • Taking a device out of the library building or into a restricted area of the library (e.g. restroom)
  • Saving to the hard drive, downloading games or apps
  • Installing software from outside the library onto the laptop/tablet
  • Not following the library’s Internet Use Policy
  • Handling a laptop or tablet in a manner that can lead to damage or equipment (e.g. dropping the device onto a hard surface, pushing on the screen of the device, downloading potentially hazardous files)

The library reserves the right to update and change this policy at any time without notice.  It is the responsibility of the user to read and accept the current version of the policy. Violation of the In-Library Equipment Use Policy may result in the following consequences:

A. First offense – termination of session and loss of device privileges for one day.

  1. Second offense –Denial of device privileges for one month
  2. Third offense – Potential denial of all device privileges, contingent upon approval of Library Director.

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Sex Offenders Against Minors

Date approved – 10/1/09

Reviewed – 9/10/12

Revised –


 In accordance with Chapter 692A of Subtitle 1 of Title 16 of the Code of Iowa, the Board of Trustees prohibits a sex offender (defined as a person who is required to be registered in the Iowa Sex Offender Registry) who has been convicted of a sex offense against a minor from being present upon the real property of Wellman-Scofield Public Library without the written permission of the Library Director, nor to loiter within (300) three hundred feet of the real property boundary of said public library.

 Suspicious persons or persons who appear to be “loitering” will be reported to the police to be checked out and investigated.

 The Library Director may only give written permission as the result of a vote at a meeting of the Board of Trustees at which a quorum is present.

 Patrons qualifying as Sex Offenders must complete an application and submit a copy of their annual risk assessment documents issued by the Iowa Department of Corrections for review by the Board of Trustees.  Patron access decision shall be partially based upon a Sex Offender’s rating, but these documents shall not, in and of themselves, assure library access. The issuance of a library card to individuals who have been convicted of a sex offense involving a minor does not grant those individuals permission to enter the library or to be present on library property. Individuals convicted of a sex offense against a minor must follow proper library procedures and policies to request and obtain written permission to be on library property, regardless of whether or not they possess a valid library card.

 Persons barred from library property under the law remain entitled to library service. It is the responsibility of the library user to arrange for a courier to select, check out, and return materials to the library through possession of the library user’s card.

 Persons barred from library property under the law will not be served by the library’s homebound delivery service.

 Legal status will be verified utilizing both the National and Iowa Sex Offender Registries on all patrons, employees, potential employees, and volunteers who are or will be on library property.

 Violations of this policy will be immediately reported to law enforcement.

XII-2-. Sex Offenders Against Minors Access Application

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Emergency & Unexpected Closures

Date approved  03/09/15

Reviewed 03/09/15


                                                XIII.   Unexpected &  Weather-related closings

It is the policy of the Wellman-Scofield Public Library to recognize that, on occasion, inclement weather or other conditions may prevent the library from opening, delay opening or close ahead of schedule.  The primary factor of any decision made will be the safety of staff and library patrons.  However, maximum effort will be made to maintain regular library operating hours.

Library patrons already in the facility will be notified immediately when schedule changes are made.  Once a decision has been made to close the library, the Director shall notify the necessary media outlets (KCII, website, KCRG and/or phone message)  to broadcast the closing to the general public.

Other times, the library may need to take safety measures to protect staff and the public. In the event of a Severe weather/Tornado Watch issued by the National Weather Service, library employees will be mindful of the potential for deterioration of weather conditions and be prepared to evacuate themselves and patrons to a safe area of the facility. (Preferably the basement of City Hall)

In the event of a Tornado Warning issued by the National Weather Service, library employees will:

  1. Evacuate themselves and patrons to designated safe areas.  No library services will be provided during the duration of the warning period.
  2.  Library staff will strongly encourage the public to remain at the library and take cover in the designated areas for their safety.
  3. If possible, flashlights and personal cell phones should be taken to the designated safe area.  The basement of City Hall is the preferred area, but as a last resort, the Library restroom could be used as there are no windows or outside wall.
  4. Once in the designated safety area, staff and patrons will stay in those areas until the Warning expires.

XIV. Confidentiality Policy

The Wellman-Scofield Public Library supports the LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS as adopted by the
American Library Association Council January 23, 1996, and the FREEDOM TO READ statement
as adopted by the ALA Council and the AAP Freedom to Read Committee, June 30, 2004, both
of which are included and intended to be a part of this policy statement.
Confidentiality of library records is central to intellectual freedom and directly related to the ability of citizens to use library materials and pursue information without fear of intimidation. The purpose of this policy is to explain how the Wellman-Scofield Public Library will respond to requests for information about library users.

  1. Library circulation records and other records identifying specific users are confidential in nature. Confidentiality extends to information sought or received, materials
    consulted, borrowed, or acquired including Internet and electronic resource search
    records, reference interviewed and transactions, interlibrary loan records, and other
    personally identifiable uses of library materials or services. However, persons attending
    library programs or public meetings may be videotaped or photographed as audience
  2. The lawful custodian of the records is the Library Director. Only the Library Director and
    authorized library staff shall have access to patron records without the consent of a
    library cardholder.
  3. Possession of a valid library card (or card number in a phone or email request) shall be
    interpreted as consent to use it unless the card has been reported lost or stolen, or
    there is reason to believe that consent has not been given.
  4. The library will release information to the parent or guardian of a minor child for the
    purpose of recovering overdue materials and settling accounts for lost, late or damaged
    material, and for other matters related to the recovery of material or charges incurred
    by minor children for which a parent or guardian may be considered liable. However,
    information will not be provided to the parent or guardian who is merely attempting to
    determine what library materials a minor child is using.
  5. The library staff will not reveal library circulation records and other records identifying
    specific users unless required by law.
  6. Circumstances which may require the library to release the information include the
    a. Requests made in accord with the USA Patriot Act
    i. A law enforcement official presents a valid legal subpoena seeking the information pursuant to an investigation of a particular person or organization suspected of committing a crime

ii. The library receives a Warrant for the information issued under the USA
Patriot Act (which includes amendments to the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act).
iii. The library receives a National Security Letter seeking the information pursuant to the USA Patriot Act.
iv. The library receives a valid court order requiring the library to
release registration, circulation or other records protected under the
Iowa Code and the information is not sought in conjunction with a
criminal or juvenile justice investigation.

  1. The following notice shall be posted in the library to make people aware of the
    provisions of the USA Patriot Act and how the act may potentially affect people who use
    the library resources:
    ATTENTION: Under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT ACT (Public Law 107-56), records of all books and materials you borrow from this library, and of Internet sites you visit on library computers, may be obtained by federal agents. This law prohibits the library staff from informing you if federal agents have obtained records.
  2. The library staff member receiving a request to examine or obtain information relating to
    registration records or circulation records or other records identifying the names of library users, shall immediately refer the request to the Library Director without discussing with the
    the person making the request what user information may or may not be available, or what the library can or cannot do.
  3. If the Library Director is not available the staff member shall inform the requestor when the
    Director will be available and request a delay until the Director will be available. If pressed to act sooner, the staff member shall attempt to contact the Director immediately. If the Director cannot be reached, the highest ranking person on duty is responsible for enforcing the library’s confidentiality policy until the Library Director can be contacted.
  4. The Library Director shall take personal responsibility for handling the request as soon as possible. If the request is from a law enforcement officer the officer must have a subpoena, a
    court order, a warrant issued under the USA Patriot Act, or a National Security Letter (NSL)
    issued under the USA Patriot Act to receive the requested records. If the officer does not have
    a proper subpoena, court order, warrant, or NSL compelling the production of records, the
    Library Director shall refuse to provide the information requested.
  5. If the request is made pursuant to the USA Patriot Act, the Library Director may not discuss the request with anyone other than legal counsel as required by the Act. In order to protect the library and its patrons in this circumstance, the Director is authorized to obtain legal
    counsel regarding the request.
  6. Any problems relating to the privacy of circulation and other records identifying the names of library users which are not provided for above shall be referred to the Director.


The confidentiality policy of the Wellman-Scofield Public Library is based on the First and Fourth
Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, the Iowa Code, and professional ethics. First
Amendment: “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech…”
Fourth Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and
effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants
shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly
describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Code of Iowa 22.7 “Examination of Public Records (Open Records)”
“22.7 confidential records. The following public records shall be kept confidential, unless
otherwise ordered by a court, by the lawful custodian of the records, or by another person duly
authorized to release such information…:
The records of a library which, by themselves or when examined with other public records,
would reveal the identity of the library patron checking out or requesting an item or information from the library. The records shall be released to a criminal or juvenile justice agency only pursuant to an investigation of a particular person or organization suspected of committing a known crime. The records shall be released only upon a judicial determination
that a rational connection exists between the requested release of information and a legitimate end and that the need for the information is cogent and compelling.
Communications not required by law, rule, procedure, or contract that are made to a government body or to any of its employees by identified persons outside of government, to
the extent that the government body receiving those communications from such persons
outside of government could reasonably believe that those persons would be discouraged from
making them to that government body if they were available for general public examination.”
Code of Ethics of the American Library Association:
Professional Ethics: “We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or
transmitted.” (Source: Code of Ethics of the American Library Association)

The Freedom to Read
The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack. Private groups and public authorities in various parts of the country are working to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label “controversial” views, to distribute lists of “objectionable” books or authors, and to purge libraries. These actions
apparently rise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to counter threats to safety or national security, as well as to avoid the subversion of politics and the corruption of morals. We, as individuals devoted to reading and as librarians and publishers responsible for disseminating ideas, wish to assert the public interest in the preservation of the freedom to read. Most attempts at suppression rest on a
denial of the fundamental premise of democracy: that the ordinary individual, by exercising critical judgment, will select the good and reject the bad. We trust Americans to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and to make their own decisions about what they read and believe. We do not believe they are prepared to sacrifice their heritage of a free press in order to be “protected” against what other think may be bad for them. We believe they still favor free enterprise in ideas and expression. These efforts at suppression are related to a larger pattern of pressures being brought against education, the press, art and images, films, broadcast media, and
the Internet. The problem is not only one of actual censorship. The shadow of fear cast by these pressures leads, we suspect, to an even larger voluntary curtailment of expression by those who seek to avoid controversy or unwelcome scrutiny by government officials. Such pressure toward conformity is perhaps natural to a time of accelerated change. And yet suppression is never more dangerous than in such a time of social tension. Freedom has given the United States the elasticity to endure strain. Freedom keeps open the path of novel and creative solutions and enables change to come by choice. Every silencing of a heresy, every enforcement of an orthodoxy, diminishes the toughness and resilience of our society and leaves it the less able to deal with controversy and difference. Now as always in our history, reading is among our greatest freedoms. The freedom to read and write is almost the only means for making generally available ideas or manners of expression that can initially command only a small audience. The written word is the natural medium for the new idea and the untried voice from which come the original contributions to social growth. It is essential to the extended discussion that serious
thought requires, and to the accumulation of knowledge and ideas into organized collections. We believe that free communication is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture. We believe that these pressures towards conformity present the danger of limiting the
range and variety of inquiry and expression on which our democracy and our culture depend.
We believe that every American community must jealously guard the freedom to publish and to circulate, in order to preserve its own freedom to read. We believe that publishers and librarians have a profound responsibility to give validity to that freedom to read by making it possible for the readers to choose freely from a variety of offerings. The freedom to read is guaranteed by the
Constitution. Those with faith in free people will stand firm on these constitutional guarantees of essential rights and will exercise the responsibilities that accompany these rights.
We, therefore, affirm these propositions:

  1. It is in the public interest for publishers and librarians to make available the widest diversity of views and expressions, including those that are unorthodox, unpopular, or

considered dangerous by the majority. Creative thought is by definition new, and what is new is different. The bearer of every new thought is a rebel until that idea is refined and tested.
Totalitarian systems attempt to maintain themselves in power by the ruthless suppression of any concept which challenges the established orthodoxy. The power of a democratic system to adapt to change is vastly strengthened by the freedom of its citizens to choose widely from among conflicting opinions offered freely to them. To stifle every nonconformist idea at birth would mark the end of the democratic process. Furthermore, only through the constant activity of weighing and selecting can the democratic mind attain the strength demanded by times like these. We need to know not only what we believe but why we believe it.

  1. Publishers, librarians and booksellers do not need to endorse every idea or presentation they make available. It would conflict with the public interest for them to establish their own political, moral or aesthetic views as a standard for determining what should be published or circulated. Publishers and librarians serve the educational process by helping to make available knowledge and ideas required for the growth of the mind and the increase of learning. They do not foster education by imposing as mentors the patterns of their own thought. The people should have the freedom to read and consider a broader range of ideas than those that may be held by any single librarian or publisher or government or church. It is wrong
    that what one can read should be confined to what another thinks proper.
  2. It is contrary to the public interest for publishers or librarians to bar access to writings on the basis of the personal history or political affiliations of the author. No art or literature can flourish if it is to be measured by the political views or private lives of its creators. No society of free people can flourish that draws up lists of writers to whom it will not listen,
    whatever they may have to say.
  3. There is no place in our society for efforts to coerce the taste of others, to confine adults to the reading matter deemed suitable for adolescents, or to inhibit the efforts of writers to achieve artistic expression. To some, much of modern expression is shocking. But is not much of life itself shocking? We cut off literature at the source if we prevent writers from dealing with the stuff of life. Parents and teachers have a responsibility to prepare the young to meet the diversity of experiences in life to which they will be exposed, as they have a responsibility to help them learn to think critically for themselves. These are affirmative responsibilities, not to be discharged simply by preventing them from reading works for which they are not yet prepared. In these matters, values differ, and values cannot be legislated; nor can machinery be devised which will suit the demands of one group without limiting the freedom of others.
  4. It is not in the public interest to force a reader to accept the prejudgment of a label characterizing any expression or its author as subversive or dangerous. The ideal of labeling presupposes the existence of individuals or groups with wisdom to determine by authority what is good or bad for others. It presupposed that individuals must be directed in making up their minds about the ideas they examine. But Americans do not need others to do their thinking for them
  5. It is the responsibility of publishers and librarians, as guardians of the people’s freedom to read, to contest encroachments upon that freedom by individuals or groups seeking to impose their own standards or tastes upon the community at large; and by the government whenever it seeks to reduce or deny public access to public information. It is inevitable in the give and takes of the democratic process that the political, the moral, or the aesthetic concepts of an individual or group will occasionally collide with those of another individual or group. In a
  6. free society, individuals are free to determine for themselves what they wish to read, and each group is free to determine what it will recommend to its freely associated members. But no group has the right to take the law into its own hands and to impose its own concept of politics or morality upon other members of a democratic society. Freedom is no freedom if it is accorded only to the accepted and the inoffensive. Further, democratic societies are more safe, free, and creative when the free flow of public information is not restricted by governmental prerogative or self-censorship.
  1. It is the responsibility of publishers and librarians to give full meaning to the freedom to read by providing books that enrich the quality and diversity of thought and expression. By the exercise of this affirmative responsibility, they can demonstrate that the answer to a
    “bad” book is a good one, the answer to a “bad” idea is a good one. The freedom to read is of little consequence when the reader cannot obtain matter fit for that reader’s purpose. What is needed is not only the absence of restraint but the positive provision of opportunity for the people to read the best that has been thought and said. Books are the major channel by which the intellectual inheritance is handed down and the principal means of its testing and growth. The defense of the freedom to read requires of all publishers and librarians the utmost of their faculties and deserves of all Americans the fullest of their support.
    We state these propositions neither lightly nor as easy generalizations. We here stake out a lofty claim for the value of the written word. We do so because we believe that it is possessed of
    enormous variety and usefulness, worthy of cherishing and keeping free. We realize that the application of these propositions may mean the dissemination of ideas and manners of expression that are repugnant to many persons. We do not state these propositions in the
    comfortable belief that what people read is unimportant. We believe rather that what people read is deeply important; that ideas can be dangerous; but that the suppression of ideas is fatal to a
    democratic society. Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours.
    (This statement was originally issued in May of 1953 by the Westchester Conference of the American Library Association and the American Book Publishers Council, which in 1970 consolidated with the American Educational Publishers Institute to become the Association of American Publishers. Adopted June 25, 1953; revised January 28, 1972, January 16, 1991, July 12, 2000, June 30, 2004, by the ALA Council and the AAP Freedom to Read Committee.)
    The Freedom to View
    The freedom to view, along with the freedom to speak, to hear, and to read, is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. In a free society, there is no place for censorship of any medium of expression. Therefore these principles are affirmed:
  2. To provide the broadest access to film, video, and other audiovisual materials because they are a means for the communication of ideas. Liberty of circulation is essential to insure the constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression.
  3. To protect the confidentiality of all individuals and institutions using film, video, and other audiovisual materials.
  4. To provide film, video, and other audiovisual materials which represent a diversity of views and expression. Selection of a work does not constitute or imply agreement with or approval of the content.
  5. To provide a diversity of viewpoints without the constraint of labeling or prejudging film, video, or other audiovisual materials on the basis of the moral, religious, or political beliefs of
    the producer or filmmaker or on the basis of controversial content.
  6. To contest vigorously, by all lawful means, every encroachment upon the public’s freedom to
    This statement was originally drafted by the Freedom to View Committee of the American Film and Video Association (formerly the Educational Film Library Association) and was adopted by the AFVA Board of Directors in February 1979. This statement was updated and approved by the AFVA Board of Directors in 1989.
    Endorsed January 10, 1990, by the ALA Council
    Library Bill of Rights
    We support the American Library Association in its affirmation that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services:
  7. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
  8. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
  9. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
  10. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
  11. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
  12. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.
    (Adopted by ALA June 18, 1948. Amended February 2,1961 and January 23, 1980, inclusion of
    “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996 by the ALA Council.)

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Library Conduct

Date approved-unknown

Reviewed-5/94. 10/98, 6/99, 12/02, 1/05, 4/10/08, 3/12/12, 4/13/15

Revised-5/94, 10/98, 6/99, 12/02, 1/13/05, 4/13/15


The Wellman-Scofield Public Library is used by all members of the public.  Patrons are expected to use the library for its intended purposes and to observe the rights of other patrons and staff. The director and supervisory library staff have the authority to determine when behavior is inappropriate and the responsibility for enforcing discipline within the library.

No person shall engage in any conduct that disturbs or interferes with the legitimate use of the library, including, but not restricted to the following:

  • Any behavior that endangers safety or health.
  • Violation of any local, state or federal law.
  • Vandalism or deliberate destruction of library material.
  • Theft of library material or of property belonging to others.
  • Use of abusive language to other patrons or library staff.
  • Willfully annoying, harassing, or threatening another person.
  • Consume or possess alcoholic beverages, or use or possess controlled substances on library grounds or be under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances in a manner that causes a public disturbance.
  • Solicit funds or panhandle.
  • Interfere with others’ use of the Library through poor bodily hygiene that is so offensive as to constitute a nuisance.
  • Willfully expose patrons and staff to offensive images or language.
  • Interfere with the Library’s right to maintain a clean, pleasant and safe facility.

Response to inappropriate behaviors should be immediate and follow the procedures described:

  • Verbal Warning: with the statement that the persons will be asked to behave in an appropriate manner.  In the case of a child, a verbal warning will be given again with the advice that the parent/guardian will be notified.  For children under the age of eight(8) accompanied by a parent or caregiver, the staff person in charge will ask the parent or caregiver to restrain the child’s behavior or leave the Library.
  • Expulsion: If the disruptive behavior continues, library staff will request the person to leave the library.  In the case of a child, the parent/guardian will be contacted.
  • Calling Police: The police will be called if a patron clearly poses a danger to himself or others, if a patron deliberately violates the law, or if a patron refuses to cooperate after being asked to leave the library and its property.

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Date approved – unknown

Reviewed – 5/94, 4/98, 12/08/05, 7/10/08, 11/09/11

Revised – 5/94, 4/98, 12/08/05, 7/10/08, 11/09/11

Wellman Scofield Public Library

I.  LIBRARY BOARD (see also City of Wellman Ordinance No. 4-3)
A.  Membership

1.    All Trustees must be residents of the City of Wellman except for the rural representative who must be resident of Washington County.  All Trustees must be over the age of eighteen.
2.     The Board of Trustees consists of five resident members and two rural members.
3.     Resident Trustees are appointed by the mayor with the approval of the City Council.  Nonresident Trustees are appointed by the mayor with the approval of the County Board of Supervisors.
4.    Appointment to the Board shall be for a six-year term except to fill a vacancy.  Each term shall commence on the date of the first meeting following appointment.  Terms shall begin and end with the opening and closure of the fiscal year.
5.     Appointments shall be made every two years.  Terms shall be staggered so that no more than four Trustees are new at any one time.
6.    Tenure shall be limited to two successive six-year terms, with reappointment permissible following a two-year period of non-service.  If a Trustee completes someone else’s unexpired term, three or more years shall be construed as one term for tenure purposes.
7.    The position of any Trustee shall be vacant if he or she resigns, moves away, or is absent from three consecutive Board meetings except in case of illness or temporary absence from the community.  Vacancies on the Board shall be filled according to   I.A.3., and the new Trustee shall complete the unexpired term.
8.    A Trustee shall receive no remuneration for serving as a library trustee.

B.  The general powers and duties of the Wellman-Scofield Public Library Board are outlined in Ordinance No. 4-3, City of Wellman, Iowa.

C.  The Board shall exercise its powers and duties by:

1.    Employing a competent and qualified librarian; abiding by the guidelines set forth by the Equal Opportunity Act of 1972.

2.    Cooperating with the librarian in determining and adopting written policies to govern the operation and program of the library including personnel policies, and policies governing the selection of library material, supplies, and equipment.

3.    Reporting to and cooperating with other public officials, boards, and the community as a whole to support a public relations program for the library.

4.    Assisting in the preparation of, and seeking adequate support for, the annual budget.

5.    Developing long-range goals for the library, and working toward their achievement.

A.  The officers of the Board shall consist of a President, a Vice- President, and a Secretary.  Their terms of office will be for two years.  Officers shall be elected every other year in odd-numbered years at the Annual Meeting in July and will hold office until their successors are elected and installed.  Officers may hold office for only two consecutive terms.

B.  Duties of officers are:

1.    President – preside at all meetings, appoint committees and perform such duties prescribed by law, or which usually pertain to the office.
2.    Vice-President – perform the duties of the President in the absence of the President.
3.    Secretary – record and maintain official records of the Board.


A.  Regular meetings shall be held every month, the date, time and place to be determined by the Board.

B.  The Annual Meeting will be held in July each year.  At this meeting (during odd-numbered years), the Board shall elect a President, Vice-President, and a Secretary.  In addition, at this same meeting (or the next), one or more members of the Board shall be appointed to work with the Librarian in the following areas:

1. Budget
2. Policies
3. Materials Selection
4. Maintenance
5. Technology
6. Long Range Planning
7. Historian (reporter)

C.  Every three years at the February meeting, the Board shall review the policies and bylaws of the Wellman-Scofield Public Library, and update said policies as needed.

D.  At the November meeting, the Board shall annually evaluate the Librarian and make any recommendations that the Board deems advisable.

E.  Special meetings may be held at any time at the call of the President or Secretary, or at the call of any two Trustees, provided that notice thereof be given to all Trustees at least 24 hours in advance of the special meeting.

F.  A quorum for the lawful transaction of business shall consist of one over half the full membership of the Board.

G.  Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern in the parliamentary procedures of the Board.

H.  An agenda for Board meetings shall be prepared by the Librarian in cooperation with the President of the Board.

I.  All regular meetings shall follow the following general agenda.  The public shall have the opportunity to address the Board when new business is discussed.
1.  Call to Order
2.  Roll Call
3.  Reading and approval of minutes of the previous meeting
4.  Correspondence and communications
5.  Financial report and approval of expenditures
6.  Report of the Librarian
7.  Committee reports
8.  Unfinished business
9.  New business
10.  Adjournment

A.  The President shall appoint committees of one or more members each for such specific purposes as the business of the Board may require.  Each committee shall be considered to be discharged of responsibility upon completion of the purpose for which it was appointed after the final report is made to the Board.
B.  All committees shall make a progress report to the Board at each of the meetings unless the said committee has been inactive.
C.  No committee will have other than advisory powers unless by suitable action of the board it is granted specific power to act.
D.  Standing committees include: Budget; Policies; Materials Selection; Maintenance; Technology; Long Range Planning; and a Reporter.
A.  The Librarian shall be the executive director of the policies adopted by the board.  Among those duties are:
1.    To select the library materials, books, magazines, pamphlets, etc.
2.    To maintain and operate the physical plant.
3.     To inform the Board continually and completely regarding the finances, public services, personnel, collection, and other developments, changes, and problems of the library.
4.    To attend all Board meetings.
5.     To draft proposed budget for use by the Budget Committee and Board of Trustees.
6.     To prepare an annual report for the City Council, the State of Iowa and the regional library service area.
7.     To issue notice and prepare the agenda for Board meetings in conjunction with the Board President.
8.      To carry out any other duties assigned by the Board of Trustees.


A.  Amendments to these Bylaws may be adopted at any regular meeting of the Board, provided that notice of proposed amendments be given to all members of the board in advance of the meeting.

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