Library System Membership
The Menomonie Public Library is a member of the Indianhead Federated Library System. The library operates in compliance with the requirements of federated public library system membership as listed in Wis. Stats. 43.15 (4)(c).
Automation Consortium Membership
The Menomonie Public Library is a member of the MORE automation consortium. MORE is a service of the Indianhead Federated Library System. The terms of membership are specified in the “More Participation Agreement with IFLS as Service Provider for a Fee.” The library operates in compliance with the terms of this “Participation Agreement”.
- As a member of the Indianhead Federated Library System (IFLS) and the MORE Consortium, the library adheres to the agreements made with these consortia. Some provisions of this policy are formulated to comply with requirements of these memberships. Participation in IFLS and MORE affords liberal benefits to Menomonie borrowers, who have access to the facilities, collections and services of member libraries.
- The following policies apply to all. Including: Library staff, library board members, Friends of Menomonie Public Library, and library volunteers. Only materials ready for circulation and properly checked out may be taken from the library.
- The following policies are designed to insure that all users have equitable access to the services and materials of the Menomonie Public Library regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.
Who Can Borrow Materials
Any resident of Menomonie or Dunn County is eligible to receive a free Menomonie Public Library card. All applicants 18 years of age or older must present an acceptable picture and address identification at the time of application for the first card or a lost card replacement. Identification requires proof of identity and proof of Wisconsin residency.
Accepted Proof of Identity
- current driver’s license
- state issued ID card
- student ID with photo
- U.S. Passport
- Unexpired foreign passport, with I-551 stamp or attached INS Form I-94 indicating unexpired employment authorization
- Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card with photograph (INS Form I-551)
- Unexpired Temporary Resident Card (INS Form I-688)
- Unexpired Employment Authorization Card (INS Form I-688A)
- Unexpired Employment Authorization Document issued by the INS which contains a photograph (INS Form I-688B)
- I-766 Employment Authorization Document
- Driver’s license or ID card issued by a state of the U.S. provided it contains a photography and information such as name, dob, gender, height, eye color and address
- School ID card with photograph
- Voter’s registration card
- U.S. Military ID
- Native American tribal document
- Driver’s license issued by a Canadian government authority
Cards may be issued to children at any age. Applicants under 18 years of age are required to obtain their parent’s or guardian’s signature on the card application and have parent or guardian present when registering. Parents or guardians applying for cards for their children must have each child present to be issued cards. Children residing in two households will be issued a card only by the community library of primary residence, as stated by the parent or guardian.
Out of State Borrowers
Any individual residing in the City of Menomonie or Dunn County, on a temporary or partial year basis may be issued a library card from the Menomonie Public Library upon providing proper identification and verification of local address and permanent address. Out-of-state residents who wish to borrow materials from the Menomonie Public Library may purchase a Menomonie Public Library card for a quarterly fee of $20.00 and maintain a security deposit of $20 during the time the person uses borrowing privileges. The security deposit shall be refunded less fines or charges still owed, upon written request of the non-resident to terminate borrowing privileges. The total number of items on loan to such a non-resident at any time shall not exceed ten. Out-of-state residents who own real estate in the City of Menomonie and who wish to borrow library materials from the Menomonie Public Library are required to show proof of payment of City of Menomonie real estate tax in order to register. Their borrowing privileges are annual and shall be void if such tax is delinquent. Other than this restriction, user privileges are the same as for residents.
- All borrowers must be registered and must have a valid Menomonie Public Library card to borrow library materials.
- Only one card will be issued to each individual.
- Cards will not be issued to individuals having overdue material or fines and fees due in excess of Menomonie’s suspension limit at any other MORE member library until those matters are resolved.
- Registered library users are responsible for informing the library of any name, address or status changes.
- All library cards must be renewed annually. In order to renew a library card, patrons must produce identification. Patrons not using their card within three years of the expiration date will have their registrations purged and will have to reapply.
- Patrons must fill out an application form to register for a new library card. Materials cannot be checked out until a library card is issued.
Registered patrons are responsible for all materials on their account. The following statement is printed on the registration form for the patron’s information and acceptance:
“I hereby apply for borrowing privileges at any of the participating MORE libraries. By signing this card I agree to comply with the policies of each member library with which I do business. By becoming a MORE library cardholder, I accept the following responsibilities:
Any library materials checked out on my card are my sole responsibility
- I will promptly return all borrowed items by the due date or pay overdue charges
- I will pay any replacement costs assessed for lost, unreturned or damaged materials.
- I will not lend my library card to others
- I will promptly report any change in address
- I will promptly report a lost or stolen card
- I will obey the rules of behavior when visiting the library
In signing a library card application for a juvenile, I accept responsibility for fines and charges on that child’s card and acknowledge that it is my responsibility, not the library’s, to monitor and approve my child’s choice of library materials and/or other information resources. I understand that failure to act responsibly may result in suspension of my library borrowing and use privileges, and that failure to pay library fines or return library materials may result in local and state criminal penalties.”
If a patron loses his/her library card, he/she should notify the library as soon as possible and request a replacement. There is a $2.00 charge for replacement cards.
All patrons, adult and juvenile, are expected to bring their library cards with them if they intend to check out items. In the event a patron forgets his or her library card, a current photo I.D. may be used to verify identity in order to borrow materials.
- 3 weeks for all items with the exception of: DVD’s, magazines, Kindle e-readers, and new fiction (bestsellers).
- 1 week for DVD’s and magazines.
- 2 weeks for new fiction (bestsellers).
- 2 weeks for Kindle e-book readers.
- Generally, reference books do not circulate. Upon request, some reference materials may be checked out over night.
- Interlibrary loans are due by the date indicated by the lending library.
- All items may be renewed twice if there are no holds for the item.
- Current issues of periodicals do not circulate.
The loan periods and the renewal rules for materials borrowed from other libraries are determined by the lending institutions.
A patron may have up to a total of 100 items on their account at any given time.
A patron may have three Puppets at a time.
Holds on Items
Patrons may place holds online by following the instructions on the catalog web site. Holds may also be placed using computers in the library. Patrons will be notified by telephone or e-mail when the materials are available. There is no charge to the patron for placing a hold.
Fines and Fees
Materials loaned by the Menomonie Public Library fall under Menomonie’s overdue policies. Borrowers of materials from MORE member libraries or through interlibrary loan will be held responsible for all special assessments placed by lending institutions.
- $.10 per day fine assessed for each item overdue with the exception of DVD’s and audio-visual equipment.
- $1.00 a day fine for overdue videos, DVD’s and equipment.
- Fines accrue to a maximum of $5.00 per item.
- An email or mail notice is sent on the 7th day and on the 21st day after the material is due.
- If the material is not returned by the 35th day overdue, a bill will be mailed for the material listing the cost for replacement.
- If the billed items are not returned or paid for by the 15th day after mailing of the bill, the patron’s account will be turned over to Unique Management, a materials recovery agency.
A patron with fines of $10.00 or more on his or her record will be denied borrowing privileges. Patrons who have been billed for an item will be denied borrowing privileges until the item has been paid for or returned in good condition.
The Menomonie Public Library Collection Development Policy provides a framework for the growth and development of collections in support of the Library’s mission to “provide a diverse selection of information, entertainment, and programming resources to enrich the lives of the citizens of Dunn County.”
It is the Library’s goal to provide the community with library materials that reflect a wide range of views, opinions and interests. This may include items that may be unpopular or controversial in nature. The acquisition of these items does not constitute endorsement of their content but rather makes available its expression.
The Library provides free access to materials in a number of formats (print, media and electronic) to all customers. Library users make their own choices as to what they will use based on individual interests. The Library supports the right of each family to decide which items are appropriate for use by their children. Responsibility for a child’s use of library materials lies with his or her parent or guardian. The Library adheres to the principles of intellectual freedom, adopted by the American Library Association, as expressed in the Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read and Freedom to View Statements.
Menomonie is a stable community and the county seat of Dunn County government. It has an industrial base that includes 3M, Ford Motor Company, Wal-Mart Distribution Center, ConAgra Foods – Swiss Miss, Cardinal FG, Andersen Windows, Phillips Plastics Corporation, and several other industrial concerns. A Mayo Health System Medical Center is also located here.
Menomonie values education and is home to The University of Wisconsin-Stout. UW-Stout has an international reputation for degree programs in business, industry, technology, education, human development, and art and design.
The Menomonie Public Library has a service population of 38,000. It serves the city of Menomonie and Dunn County. The Library also operates a branch in the village of Elk Mound. The Library is a member of the Indianhead Federated Library System. The Library has a collection of approximately 55,000 items.
Menomonie Public Library’s collection of approximately 55,000 books and media provides a range of literary, cultural, educational, informational and recreational materials for people of all ages.
- Print: books, documents, magazines, newspapers, and pamphlets.
- Electronic Media: films on DVD, audiobooks on CD, music on CD, and eContent.
- Other: multimedia kits, microfilm, educational toys, eBook readers, and selected audiovisual equipment.
General criteria for selecting library materials are listed below. An item need not meet all of the criteria in order to be acceptable.
- public demand, interest or need,
- contemporary significance, popular interest or permanent value
- attention of critics and reviewers
- prominence, authority and/or competence of author, creator or publisher
- timeliness of material
- relation to existing collections
- statement of challenging, original, or alternative point of view
- authenticity of historical, regional or social setting
- accessibility for users of electronic formats
Every attempt is made to acquire titles by local authors that are published by mainstream publishers. Self-published works (via print-on-demand, digitized-on-demand, vanity presses) are not added to the collection unless the book is reviewed positively in established review sources, has significant local content or has high local interest. Purchase of self-published titles is at the discretion of the selectors.
The Library’s web site provides access to the MORE online catalog, Badgerlink databases, Wisconsin’s Digital Library, and other selected online resources. In linking to other websites the Library follows the selection criteria cited above. Beyond this, the Library has not participated in the development of these other sites and does not exert any editorial or other control over these sites. Any link from the Library’s website to another website is not an endorsement from the Library.
Responsibility for selection of library resources rests with the Library’s professional staff, based on the criteria cited above. Designated staff are responsible for specific areas of the collection. The responsibility for selection ultimately rests with the Library Director operating within the framework of policies set by the Board of the Menomonie Public Library.
Patron suggestions are always considered for addition to the collection. Patrons can request that items be purchased by contacting the Information Desk.
Library staff regularly review items in the collection to ensure that they continue to meet patrons’ needs. Materials that are worn, obsolete, unused, old editions or unnecessarily duplicated are removed. It is the responsibility of staff to assess the need for replacing materials that are damaged, destroyed or lost. Items are not automatically replaced. Decisions are based on need, demand, space and budget.
The Library accepts gifts of new or gently-used books, DVDs, and music or audiobooks on CD. Decisions on whether and how donated items will be added to the collections are based on the same criteria that are applied to purchased materials. The Library does not return items that are given to us. Items that are not added to the collections are given to the Friends of the Library.
Citizens’ opinions concerning materials purchased are welcome. Requests to remove materials will be considered within the policies set forth in this document. Anyone who wishes to request that a specific item be reconsidered for inclusion in the collection of materials is asked to complete and sign the Request for Reconsideration Form, available at the Library. The completed form will be forwarded to the appropriate staff, who will consider the request in a timely fashion, in consultation with the Director. The questioned material will be reviewed, in its entirety, and once a decision has been made regarding the retention, relocation, or removal of the material, a letter will be sent to the person making the request, explaining the decision. If the person making the request indicates dissatisfaction with the resolution, he/she may appeal to the Library Board. The Board will review the decision based on whether or not the particular title conforms to the Board-approved policy, as outlined in the “Criteria for Selection,” above.
Amended and Approved 7-16-15
Menomonie Public Library is committed to providing access to informational, educational, recreational and cultural resources for all library users. The Library provides access to the Internet through Library computers connected to the Internet, and through unrestricted wireless access during open Library hours.
Responsibilities of Users
A valid library card is necessary to use the Library’s computers. Guest passes are available for visitors. Wireless access through a personal device is on an open, unrestricted, and unsecured network. Users should be aware that they are working in a public environment shared by people of all ages and sensibilities. Users should refrain from the use of Internet sounds and visuals which might disrupt the ability of other Library patrons to use the Library. Headphones are available at the Information Desk for this purpose.
Library users are responsible for their own use or dissemination of information via the Internet in the Library. The Library is not responsible for security of personal information shared with non-library sites. The Library does not monitor or filter for content and has no control over what is available on the Internet, nor does the Library have complete knowledge of what is on the Internet. Information may be reliable and current, or it may be inaccurate, out of date, or unavailable at times. Some content may be offensive or criminal. As with other Library materials, restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.
Supervising Use by Children and Teens
The default on new Library cards is opt in for Internet access. When a minor child (under 18) is registered for a Library card, a parent or guardian can opt out of Internet access on the Library’s computers for their child. This is indicated in the child’s Library account. The parent or guardian can change this setting by visiting the circulation desk with proper identification. Parents and guardians should be aware that this setting only affects use of Library owned computers for Internet access. A child’s personal smartphone or computer will have unrestricted access to the Internet via the library’s free WiFi connection.
The Library supports the right for each family to decide what is appropriate Internet use for their children and teens. Use of the Internet presents an opportunity for each family to discuss sites and content they feel is appropriate or inappropriate. Parents, guardians, and caregivers are expected to instruct minors to safely share personal information (name, address, password, telephone number, school, credit card number, etc.) on the Internet. This includes but is not limited to email, instant messaging, online purchasing, social media sites, and commercial sites. Before giving out any personal information, minors need to be confident that they are dealing with someone who is known and trusted by them and their parents or guardians. For more information on children, teens, and the Internet see content on SafeKids.org, SafeTeens.com, and ConnectSafely.org.
Illegal and Unacceptable Uses
People may only use the Library’s computers and networks for legal purposes. Examples of unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Accessing the computer with someone else’s library card number.
- Viewing material that is inappropriate to a Library setting.
- Participating in unauthorized access, including hacking.
- Deleting, adding to, or modifying installed hardware or software.
- Making any attempt to damage computer equipment or software
- Engaging in any activity that is harassing or defamatory.
- Violation of software licensing agreements;
- Overuse of system resources such as bandwidth;
- Attempting to crash, degrade performance of or gain unauthorized access to the Library’s or other computer systems and networks;
- Exposing children to harmful materials as outlined in 948.11 of the Wisconsin Statutes
Violations may result in restrictions on Library use. Illegal uses of the Library’s computers or wireless networks may also be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.
The 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.
Responsibilities of the Library
The Library strives to maintain Internet access via Library computers, networks, and wireless access at all times the Library is open. Downtimes do occasionally occur.
Library staff assist users with Library computers, printers, Library software, and general Internet use, and can also verify that the Library’s wireless network is functional. Library staff also may direct users to Library resources, Internet resources, or training classes that can help users explore software or hardware.
Computer use information, as well as Library cardholder information, is confidential as defined through Library Policy. All files are removed and Internet search history is deleted from Library computers at the end of each user’s session.
The Library’s wireless networks are open and unsecured. Users should use wireless access accordingly.
Copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) protects created works (including email, text, music, videos, web sites, images, programs or data), and describes permissible and prohibited uses of protected works. The U.S. Copyright Office notes that while “use of works may be permissible for criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research…..the distinction between fair use and infringement may be unclear and not easily defined.” Except as permitted by fair use or other copyright exemptions, Internet users may not reproduce, display, or distribute copyrighted materials. Responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user; Menomonie Public Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility resulting from such use.
1 U.S. Copyright Office fair use factsheet. <<http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html>>
Amended and approved August 2015
The library has a meeting room that is available to community groups and organizations when it is not in use by the library. The meeting room seats 80-100 comfortably. It is equipped with a wall mounted LCD display with connections for laptop and DVD player. The meeting room may be used during regular library hours.
Adopted by Board: January 2010
In keeping with the Library’s mission to enrich the lives of the citizens of Dunn County and foster a sense of community in a welcoming environment, the Menomonie Public Library meeting room is available for use by community groups for informational, educational or cultural meetings and programs when not needed for library purposes. Use of the library meeting room does not imply endorsement by the library staff or Trustees of the viewpoints presented.
The Library Board encourages the widest possible use of the library meeting room by government agencies and nonprofit community groups as long as the use does not interfere with the normal functions of the library.
- All meetings shall be open to the public.
- The room may be used for educational, cultural, informational or civic activities and may include lectures, panel discussions, workshops and other similar functions.
- Room bookings are subject to cancellation if the room is needed for library programming. As much advance notice as possible will be given to the group(s) affected by the change.
- Programs involving the sale, advertising, promotion of commercial products or services, or programs sponsored by a business firm, regardless of purpose, are prohibited except for performers at Menomonie Public Library programs with pre-approval to sell sound recordings, videos and books related to their performance and the Friends of the Menomonie Public Library semi-annual book sale fundraisers
- No admission fee, registration fee, donation or monetary solicitation may be sought from meeting attendees unless the Library co-sponsors the program.
- The meeting room will not be used for personal or family purposes.
- Groups may reserve the meeting room up to three months in advance. Groups may book no more than three consecutive meetings in a three month period.
- Users agree to abide by all regulations of the library relating to the use of the facilities and accept responsibility for all damages caused to the building or equipment beyond normal wear.
There is no charge for use of the meeting room by government agencies, by nonprofit community groups or by groups presenting programs in which the Library is a sponsor or cooperating agency.
The meeting room seats 80 people comfortably. Posted room capacity is 120.
GENERAL RULES REGARDING MEETING ROOM USE
- Groups interested in using the Library meeting rooms must first fill out an application form provided by the library at least one (1) week prior to the event. Application form is available on our web site.
- An authorized adult representative of the group must request use of the meeting room and fill out the form. By signing the form the applicant agrees that the Menomonie Public Library Meeting Room Policy applies to the requested use of the space and has been read and understood. Failure to abide by the Policy may disqualify the group from future use of the room.
- The group accepts financial responsibility for any and all damage caused to the building or equipment beyond normal wear. The group contact person will be responsible for any charges incurred by the group.
- Meeting rooms are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.
- Reservations may be made no more than three months in advance.
- The Library reserves the right to cancel a scheduled meeting if the room is needed for library programming. The Library will make every effort to avoid a cancellation but does reserve the right.
- Room reservations may be called in or made online but are not confirmed until processed by the library.
- Library staff should be notified in advance of cancellations.
CONDITIONS OF USE
- Meetings must be held during regular library hours.
- Meetings must end on time. All meetings must end 15 minutes before closing.
- Meetings must be free and open to the general public.
- Groups are responsible for ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements and for providing requested accommodations for meetings or programs. A statement regarding the availability of accommodations must be included in all publicity or notices. Sample statement for publicity: If you need accommodations to access this meeting or program, please contact (name of person or organization) one week in advance of program or meeting.
Food and Drink
- Groups may serve light refreshments in the meeting room.
- Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
- The group is responsible for leaving the room in the condition in which it was found. Charges may be assessed for damages or required extra cleanup.
Equipment and Media
- The meeting room is equipped with a wall mounted LCD display, DVD player, and connections for a computer.
- There is no charge for use of the equipment.
- The library does not provide operators for the equipment.
- The meeting room is Internet capable through wireless.
If you have additional questions about use of the meeting room contact : 715.232.2164 ext 10 or email the library at: firstname.lastname@example.org