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Library System & Automation Consortium Membership

Indianhead Federated Library System (IFLS)

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 Library materials

Any resident of the city of Menomonie 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. Such identification may include a current driver’s license, State issued ID card, or student ID with photo and current address or these other forms listed below:

 

Other Accepted Identification to establish identity

  • 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.

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.

Registration for library privileges

  • 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.”

 

Lost or forgotten cards

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.

Loan periods

  • 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.

The Director may establish the loan period for special collections, materials that are temporarily in great demand, such as for student projects, or materials added to the collection that are in a new format.

Checkout Limits

A total of 100 items per account.

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Holds

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 charges

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.
  • 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.

Overdue Notification

  • 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.

Lost and Damaged Beyond Repair Materials

Patrons will be charged for lost or damaged items as described below: 

  • The purchase price (list price) recorded in the catalog record.
  • If no purchase price is listed in the catalog record, patrons will be charged the list price recorded in Baker & Taylor’s Title Source our primary vendor for library materials.
  • If no purchase price is recorded in the places listed above, patrons will be charged according to the standard list below.  Recommended charges have been approved by the Library Board.  There are no refunds for lost items or missing parts payments with the exception of items found in the library.  Found items become the property of the patron.

Adult Materials

Hardcover non-fiction                                $ 29.00

Hardcover fiction                                      $ 22.00

Softcover non-fiction                                 $ 18.00

Paperbacks                                            $   8.00

Magazines                                             $   5.00

Pamphlets                                             $   1.00

Juvenile Materials

Hardcover fiction & non-fiction                    $15.00

Paperback                                               $  7.00

Magazines                                               $  5.00

Big Books                                                $20.00

Audiovisual Materials

Books on CD                                                $8.00 per CD (if individual replacement CDs are available)

Books on CD                                              $60.00 (if individual replacement CDs are not available)

Playaway audiobooks                               $60.00 

Compact disc                                             $18.00 per disc

CD book kit                                                 $ 20.00

Video game software                                $ 40.00

DVD                                                            $ 25.00 per disc

 

Kindle e-book reader – Current price for comparable unit on Amazon.com including cost for travel case and protective cover.

Missing Parts

  1. Containers and cases with cataloging information:  $5.00
  2. Any material contained with the item and deemed important enough by Technical Services to note either on the item itself or in the item’s catalog record:  $5.00

Damaged materials

If materials are damaged to the extent that the Library judges them as being unsuitable for the collection, the patron must pay the replacement cost.  A bill stating these charges will be sent to the borrower; a sample of the notice follows:  A charge will be placed on the patron’s record for the cost of the damaged item(s).  Payment received for a damaged item is non-refundable.

Adopted 6/20/2001

Revised: 6/18/02, 9/17/02, 12/17/02, 6/20/03, 08/2010

Canvassing and Solicitation

The Library Board seeks to balance the Constitutional rights of citizens in public places with the right of library customers to seek information in a pleasant atmosphere. This policy outlines procedures to be followed by individuals and groups that wish to canvass (including the taking of surveys and the circulation of petitions) or sell (including the seeking of donations) at the Menomonie Public Library. The library will serve as a collection place for library-related surveys only.

  1. Solicitation and canvassing of the public or the staff is not permitted on Menomonie Public Library property or property under the control of the Library Board of Trustees or the City of Menomonie by the public or members of the Library staff.
  2. Soliciting is defined as the sale or distribution of merchandise, sales materials, tickets, insurance, coupons, magazine subscriptions, political campaign material, or anything not connected with the work of the Library.
  3. Canvassing is defined as petitioning or distributing written materials or soliciting for political, charitable or religious purposes on Menomonie Public Library property or property under the control of the Library Board of Trustees or the City of Menomonie by the public or members of the Library staff.
  4. Library property is considered to include the library building, parking lot, grounds and entrance.  Canvassing and solicitation is allowed on the public sidewalk or in the library meeting room.  Blocking of egress to the library is not allowed.
  5. No canvassing or selling is allowed within staff work areas, the staff lounge, or any interior spaces such as stairways, hallways, restrooms, etc.
  6. The following are exceptions to the above:
    • The Library staff and Friends at the Menomonie Library may take surveys related to library business in any part of the library. This includes periodic surveys of customers’ residence for the Indianhead Federated Library System and various surveys related to the American Library Association’s “Output Measures.”
    • The Friends of the Menomonie Public Library and the Menomonie Public Library Foundation may solicit memberships in their organization and donations. Library staff may receive money to be passed on to the Friends or Library Foundation.
    • Limited selling activity by library staff members to other library staff members is allowed in the staff lounge of the library. Such activities must be conducted during off-duty hours only.
    • Library book sales may be held in the library as long as the proceeds directly benefit the Library.
    • Materials by a library-sponsored performer or author may be sold in conjunction with the event.

Approved 7/21/2011

 

  

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