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Access, Services and Programs

These policies cover policies on loan periods, borrowing privileges, library programs and more.
  • Availability of hours and services:  Library services will be provided during the hours which best meet the needs of the comunity.
  • Holiday closings /emergency and weather closings:  The library will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Veterans' day, Thanksgiving Day and Thanksgiving Friday, or when weather prevents the safety of patrons or staff.
  • Borrowing privileges:  The Clarion Public Library participates in the Open Access program, assuring that all library services are available to Iowans.  All library materials may be checked out by any patron.  Service shall not be denied or abridged because of age, religion, racial, social economic or political status.  The use of the library or its service may be denied for due cause.  Such cause may be failure to return books or to pay penalties, destruction of library property, disturbance of other patrons, or any other objectionable conduct on library premises.
  • Fines and fees:  There will be no charge for overdue books.  Charges for lost and/or damaged items shall be made at the discretion of the library director.  Books on tape, CDs and other audio materials are under the same policy as printed materials.  There will be a fine of .50 per day for each video or DVD that is returned late.  Copies or print outs from computers or microfiche machine are .10 per page.  The patron will be charged for non-library Fax machine sending or receiving.  There is no charge for sending if it is sent to a toll free number.
  • Loan periods - Books, books on tape, CDs and other audio materials are checked out for a 2 week period.  Magazine loan period is 1 week.  Video's may be check out for two days with renewal. 
  • Local reference service - The Clarion Public Library strives to keep a current encyclopedia set.  The Clarion Public Library will have a basic reference selection, using a basic reference bibliography as guideline.  Reference questions may be searched through the InternetLegal, medical and religious works are purchased in the library.  However, the library will acquire only those works that would be of interest to lay persons.  Religious works promoting the principles and practices of specific religious denominations will not be added to the collections.  The library makes an effort to insure that no one religion or series of beliefs is emphasized over others.
  • Regional reference service - The library accepts a responsibility for securing information beyond its own resources by: 

      a.  collecting information about, and listing for referral resources of agencies, institutions, organizations,and individuals in and beyond the community.

      b.   Participating in Open Access and Plus, the regional reference service, SILO, First Search and EBSCO.

Reference questions may be forwarded on through the regional reference service.

  • Children / Young Adult:  It is the parents... and only parents... who may restrict their children... and only thier children... from access to library materials and services.  People who would rather their children did not check out certain materials should so advise them.  The library and its staff are responsible for provoking equal access to library materials and services for all library users.
  • Adult programming - 1.  The library will select from the mass of available materials, organize for easy access, those books and materials which best meet the needs of the community.  2.  The library will provide guidance and assistance for people to obtain the information they seek.  3.  The library will provide information and materials to help people to: 

    a.  equip themselves for efficient activities in useful occupations and practical affairs.

    b.  increase their competence to form sound judgments on public problems and to encourage them to express their opinions and to act according to their judgement.

    c.  increase their understanding and appreciation of literature, the arts, science and teh political and natural world.

    d.  Promote personal and social well-being and develop creative and spiritual capacities.