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

All borrowers must be registered and must have a valid local or system patron card to borrow library materials.


Patrons must fill out an application form to register for a new library card. The following statement will be printed on the registration form for the patron's information and acceptance:


I agree to obey all the rules and regulations of the library, including use of the computer stations, Internet and wireless services. I accept this contract as my notice of the posted rules and regulations. I am aware if I disobey these rules, my use of library, computer and/or Internet services will be banned for a period of time designated by the Library Director. I agree to promptly pay all bills charged against me for any damage to or loss of books, and to give the Library immediate notice of any change of my address. I acknowledge that if my library card is stolen, I am responsible for any use and bills that occur, until I report the card stolen.

Signature (Parent/Guardian’s signature if under 18): In signing this contract, I take full responsibility for my child’s actions and use of the Keosauqua Public Library. I acknowledge that the Keosauqua Public Library is not responsible for overseeing my child while he/she is present in the Library.


Identification is required. A driver's license, student ID, postmarked mail, bank statement or utility bill in last three months is preferred.


Applicants under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian give their consent on the application form before a new card can be issued. This parental signature is not required for children who are renewing cards.


Materials cannot be checked out until a library card is issued.


All library cards expire after 3 years. In order to renew a library card, patrons must produce identification and must clear all outstanding fines and bills.  Library staff will renew a patron’s library card by confirming the initial information and updating when necessary. 


B. Lost or forgotten cards


If a patron loses his/her library card, he should notify the library as soon as possible and request a replacement.  Until notification from the patron of a lost or stolen card, the patron is responsible for all activities on the card.


All patrons, adult and juvenile, are expected to bring their library cards with them if they intend to check out items. An individual who repeatedly ignores this expectation may be denied the privilege of checking out materials until they present their card at the library.


C. Loan periods


1.         Two weeks for books.

2.         Generally, reference books do not circulate. Upon request, some reference materials may be checked out overnight.

3.         Interlibrary loans are checked out for two weeks.

4.         Books may be renewed if there is not a waiting list for the title.

5.         Current and non-current issues of periodicals are checked out for two


6.         Two weeks for cassettes, audio books, and compact discs.

7.         Three days for DVDs, unless an extended period is requested by the patron.


The director may establish the loan period for special collections, materials which are temporarily in great demand, such as for student projects, or materials added to the collection which are in a new format, e.g., computer software.


There is a 12 item limit on the number of items a patron can borrow at one time, with the exception -- two items on a subject is the limit for a known school assignment.


D. Reserves


Reserves on in-house material may be placed by patrons either in person or over the phone. Patrons will be notified by postcard or telephone when the materials are available.


E. Fines and charges


There are fines of ten cents (.10) per day for overdue materials and $1.00 per day for overdue DVDs.  If the material is not returned, a bill will be sent to the patron for the cost of replacing the lost item. Patrons who have a current fine of $5.00 or more may be denied borrowing privileges until those overdue materials are returned or paid for if lost and/or damaged.


F. Damaged materials


If materials are damaged so as to be judged by the library as being unsuitable for the collection, the patron must pay the replacement cost. A notice of these charges will be sent to the borrower.




G. Confidentiality 


The Keosauqua Public Library Board of Trustees recognizes that the records of circulation transactions and information requests maintained by the Library are confidential, and advises all library employees that such records shall not be made available to anyone including any agency of state, federal, or local government except as required by law. Section 22.7(13), code of Iowa, specifically prohibits release of such information except under court order.


At no time will the custodian of records (the Library Director) release records of circulation transactions or information requests except under court order. Furthermore, the Board of Trustees will resist the issuance or enforcement of any such process, order or subpoena until such time as a proper showing of good cause has been made in a court of competent jurisdiction.


The Keosauqua Public library Board of Trustees recognizes that the confidentiality of library records is directly related to the freedom of citizens to read and pursue information without fear of intimidation, and is central to the concept of Intellectual Freedom. To assure citizens free access to information, a library must protect its users from intimidation or harassment which might occur if user records were made available for purposes other than those for which they were intended.


All library employees should be aware that confidentiality of circulation transactions and information requests are both library policy and state law. Even when parents inquire as to the titles of items their children have borrowed, library policy and state law dictate that parents may be told how many items are out and when they are due, but may not be told the titles of the items, unless necessary for the collection of overdue fines, or loss or injury to materials or equipment. Such information may only be released to the person who has borrowed the items.


If a person does request the name of items he or she has personally checked out, that person must provide their library card or patron number as means of identification. If the request is made by phone, only the number of items checked out will be given -- not the actual titles. Persons may pay fines for other members of their family, as long as the titles of the overdue items are not revealed.


X. Reference Service Policy


The Keosauqua Public Library:


1.      will provide information in the form of short answers to specific questions and guidance in locating material for patrons who appear in person, call on the telephone, or request information through correspondence;

2.      will assist patrons in the use of the Library and teach basic research methodology, when appropriate (this includes providing help in developing a research strategy and advice on whether a trip to the Library would be worthwhile for individuals who telephone);

3.      will provide bibliographic verification of items both in the Library and not owned by the Library and will assist patrons in obtaining materials through interlibrary loan, when appropriate;

4.      may refer library users to other agencies and libraries in pursuit of needed information;

5.      may use not only the Library's resources in printed form, but consult appropriate digital resources as well as the Library Service Area and other agencies.

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.