Information : Policies & Guidelines
- Circulation of Materials
- Confidentiality of Library Patron Records
- Emergencies and Disasters
- Fines and Recovery of Overdue Materials
- Harassment and Lewd Behavior
- Policy on Use of Internet Access and Computer Terminals
- Guidelines on Use of Internet Access and Computer Terminals
- Getting Started with Interlibrary Loan
- Materials Selection Policy
- The Freedom to Read Statement
- Library Bill of Rights
- Photography and Filming Policy
- Rules of Conduct
- Social Media Policy
- Unattended Children in the Library Policy
In order to check out materials from the Hoyt Lakes Public Library, you must have a valid library card that is registered in the Arrowhead Library System. A library card is free to any resident of the Arrowhead Library System region. A temporary card is issued to anyone outside of this region or to anyone without a permanent address.
If you are a Minnesota resident and live outside of the Arrowhead Library System, you may check out materials by presenting your current library card from your home library as well as acceptable identification.
To obtain a library card, apply in person at the Hoyt Lakes Library. You must show a photo ID and proof of current address. If you are under 16, you must come with a parent or guardian who can show a photo ID. Library cards expire after three years and can be renewed at no charge at the library.
If you lose your library card, notify the library as soon as possible. You are responsible for anything checked out on your card. If you have forgotten your library card, you can still check out materials if you have a photo ID.
Books, magazines, audio books, and music CD’s check out for three weeks and may be renewed for another three weeks if no one has placed a hold on the item. DVD movies check out for two days, DVD TV series for one week. These items can also be renewed for their original check out period if no one has placed a hold. The library reserves the right to place additional limits on certain types of material. For current information about the types of materials available for check out and their loan periods, ask a library staff member.
Interlibrary loan periods are determined by the lending library and are fined if overdue according to the lending library’s policy. All ILL items need to be picked up, checked out and returned to the Circulation desk.
You may place a hold on an item in person, over the phone or through the library’s online catalog. In accordance with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, people who reside at the same address may pick up one another’s holds. You must show identification with your current address, and you must have your own or the other person’s library card in your possession. If you do not want your holds released to anyone else in your household, you must notify the library and your request will be honored.
If the item you want is not owned by the Hoyt Lakes Public Library, you may request it through interlibrary loan.
Approved by Library Board
October 15, 2013
The policy of the Hoyt Lakes Public Library is to preserve the privacy of its patrons’ circulation, borrower registration, and usage records and to treat them with confidentiality. These records include, but are not limited to, patron registration data, circulation records, overdue and reserve records, participation in library sponsored programs, library visits, and/or any data that contain information that links a specific patron to specific materials or services used. Each patron has individual control over his or her borrower’s card, and presentation of the card permits access to information about the borrower’s current circulation record.
Except during the actual period of transaction (circulation, maintenance of record on unpaid fines, reservation of materials), the library administration purposes, records will be expunged when the information is no longer needed or upon expiration of any records retention requirements. The library has no control over any data that a library computer user sends to another computer server during an Internet session. Transactions are erased regularly; however, data can remain on the hard drive and confidentiality of this data cannot be assured.
No information will be released to any person, agency, or organization, except in response to a valid court order or subpoena, properly presented to the library administrator. As provided for in state law, records may be released without a court order to law enforcement officers in an emergency situation solely to identify a suspect, victim, or witness to a crime.
Nothing in this policy shall prevent authorized library personnel from using library records in the administration of their regular duties. Staff will not disclose personal information we collect from patrons to any other party except where required by law or to fulfill service requests.
Library resources and services may not be used to conduct illegal activities. Nothing in this policy prevents the library from exercising its right to enforce the approved rules of behavior, to protect its facilities, computer network, and equipment from harm, or to prevent the use of library facilities and equipment for illegal purposes.
Any employee or volunteer who discloses information in violation of this policy commits an offense and is subject to disciplinary action and may be subject to criminal prosecution.
By separate action, the Hoyt Lakes Public Library has endorsed the recommendations of the American Library Association’s Policy on Confidentiality of Library Records.
Approved by Library Board
October 15, 2013
The library director (or designee) may close the Hoyt Lakes Public Library when, in his or her best judgment, conditions are such that they pose a safety risk or danger to staff and patrons. Department managers will alert the library director (or designee) when conditions warrant closure. Conditions that warrant closure of the library include those that endanger the health or safety of the staff or public. Staff members who are sent home will be paid for the remainder of their normal work shift.
If the building must be evacuated, the staff member in charge must ensure that all members of the public and staff have left the building. The building will then be secured to the extent possible (doors locked, security system armed, etc.) based on the current situation. The library director and the police department are to be informed of the evacuation and closure as quickly as it is safe to do so.
Staff should take care to ensure that children under the age of 16 have safe passage home if the library must close. If a parent or guardian cannot be contacted, two staff members (or a staff member and volunteer) must stay with the child until transportation can be arranged. If possible, contact the police. Under only the most severe circumstances, when police and other safety officers are not available and the situation appears to be long-term, will staff transport a child in their own vehicle.
Emergency kits, including basic first aid supplies, a flashlight and batteries, gloves and masks, will be maintained at the circulation desk.
In the event that inclement weather or other conditions make it unsafe to open the library, the library director will notify staff that they should not report to work or that the library will open on a delayed schedule. Staff members who are notified that they should not report to work will receive their regular pay. Depending on the exact nature of the emergency closure, key staff may be required to report to work. Failure to report to work when directed may result in disciplinary action. The library director may also assign staff to work at different locations or for other city departments during times when the library is closed.
Following any emergency, the library director will provide a report on the emergency and its handling to the board of directors at their next meeting.
Approved by Library Board 3/19/13
Library materials are purchased for use by all citizens of the City of Hoyt Lakes. The Hoyt Lakes Public Library establishes regulations for the loan of materials, including circulation periods, renewal processes, and fines for late return. The Library Board believes that the individual who chooses to keep materials past the due date, or who refuses to settle unpaid fines or fees, compromises to some extent his or her right to privacy.
The library will attempt to recover overdue materials and will notify patrons of unpaid fines and fees according to procedures established by the Library Board. Information regarding overdue and non-returned materials and past-due fines and fees may be disclosed by the Hoyt Lakes Public Library to third-party collection agencies when that agency has entered into an agreement with the Library Board to recover materials or to collect fees and fines. The library will also provide sufficient information to allow any individual other than the holder of the borrower’s card to settle unpaid fines or fees on that card. However, authors, titles, or subjects of lost or overdue materials will not be disclosed without presentation of the borrower’s card.
Approved by Library Board 3/19/13
Patrons and staff have the right to enjoy an environment free from harassment or lewd conduct. Harassment is defined as persistent and unwelcome conduct or actions. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, unwelcome physical contact of a sexual nature, or unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Anyone, including patrons, who harasses staff or another patron will be asked to leave the library and a report will be filed with the director. Repeated acts of harassment or acts that appear to have the potential to escalate into violent or illegal actions will also be reported to the local police department.
Lewd acts, sexual misconduct, and sexual harassment are not acceptable actions. Those who commit minor acts, such as teenagers who “make out” in the library will be given one warning and then asked to leave. Serious acts involving minors will be reported to the local police department. All acts of sexual harassment will also be reported to the director for investigation.
Approved by Library Board 3/19/13
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:
The Hoyt Lakes Public Library will provide Internet access as one means of fulfilling its mission “to provide access to information and materials which promote education, intellectual stimulation and entertainment to the citizens of Hoyt Lakes.”
The Internet, as an information resource, enables the library to provide information beyond the regular collection. The Internet offers a variety of information that is professionally and culturally stimulating; however, information is constantly changing, making it impossible to predict what information is available. Individual users must accept responsibility for determining content of information found on the Internet.
The Hoyt Lakes Public Library subscribes to the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights: “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.” Individual users may not use the computers to display graphics that are obscene under Minnesota Statutes Section 617.241. They may not use the computers for illegal purposes. It is also the individual user’s responsibility to demonstrate judgment, respect for others, and appropriate conduct while using Public Library resources and facilities.
The Arrowhead Library System receives federal funding in support of Internet access. Federal law requires libraries receiving such funding to install a technological device to block access to imagery defined by the Act as being harmful to minors. Federal law allows an adult to request that a CIPA-affected site be temporarily unblocked for “bona fide research or other legal purposes.”
The Hoyt Lakes Public Library affirms the right and responsibility of parents to provide guidance for their own children’s use of library materials and resources, including electronic resources. The American Library Association’s Free Access to Libraries for Minors: an Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights: “Librarians and governing bodies should maintain that parents – and only parents – have the right and the responsibility to restrict the access of their children – and only their children – to library resources.” Parents are encouraged to work closely with their children in selecting material that is consistent with personal and family values. Parents are encouraged to share with their children rules for online safety on the SafeKids web site.
Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information. Users need to be good information consumers, questioning the validity of the information.
Approved by the Library Board June 10, 2008
RULES FOR USE:
1. No child under the age of 17 will be allowed to use the Internet access computers until a parent or guardian of the child and the child have read a copy of this policy and signed the agreement.
2. Any patron wishing to use the Internet access computers must sign up at the circulation desk. The set time period for each individual use will be 30 minutes, with extensions given at the discretion of the staff. Use of each terminal may be limited to two individuals at one time.
3. First priority will be use for academic research and reports. Second priority will be for general research and email. Third priority will be given to simple searches, gaming, and instant messaging programs.
4. Patrons may ask the staff for assistance and/or instruction for using the Internet. A time that is convenient to both staff and patron may be reserved for such assistance.
5. Downloading is not permitted without staff approval.
6. Any patron who willfully damages or tampers with the hardware or software may be banned from further use, and/or may be charged for repairs.
7. Any patron who willfully accesses illegal sites or exposes staff or other patrons to sites which are obscene or involve visual depictions which are pornographic in nature, may be banned from further access to the Internet.
8. All minors using the Internet should take care not to disclose information, such as names, ages, addresses or other personal information which could be used to harm them.
What is Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary Loan is a process for obtaining books or other items that are not owned by the Hoyt Lakes Public Library.
Thanks to cooperative lending agreements, Hoyt Lakes Public Library customers are able to request items from libraries all over Minnesota and have them sent to their local library.
When should I use Interlibrary Loan?
Use Interlibrary Loan when you would like to borrow a book or other item that is not available from the Hoyt Lakes Public Library.
"Not available" means any item that:
• is not listed in the catalog
• is missing or long overdue
If your item is in the Hoyt Lakes Public Library's circulating collection, do not request it through Interlibrary Loan. Request it through our catalog .
What do I need to sign up?
All you need is a valid Minnesota library card.
What is MnLINK?
MnLINK is a state-wide catalog that searches the individual catalogs of most of the public and academic libraries in Minnesota. It allows you to request items from nearly any library in the state.
MnLINK is available online at https://www.mnlinkgateway.org/
How do I begin?
Begin by opening up MnLINK in a new window, then follow these directions:
• Click "Login" on the left hand side of the page.
• Find the barcode number on the back of your library card and type it, without any spaces, into the box marked "Library Barcode/User ID:"
• Leave the box marked "PIN/Password:" empty.
• Select "Hoyt Lakes Public Library" from the drop-down menu marked "Pickup Location:".
• Click the "Login" button.
• Once you are signed in, start a search or click "Advanced Search" to get started.
How do I find an item I would like to request?
Searching MnLINK is similar to searching other library catalogs.
The Basic Search just searches keywords, so type in anything you like - an author, a title, a subject - and click "Search".
The Advanced Search is much more precise. It defaults to three boxes "Title" "Author" and "Subject Heading" plus options to limit your search by date, format, language and audience level. To start, it's probably best to keep it as simple as possible. You can always refine your search later if you are getting too many or too few results.
Remember that MnLINK is searching each library catalog in the state, so it may take a while for results to start appearing, and it may take several minutes for the last of the results to stop appearing.
How do I place a request?
Once MnLINK has displayed a list of search results, look them over. This results list will display the Title, Author, Format, Publisher, Publication Date and the owning library for every item in the list. There may be many duplicates, as MnLINK will provide separate search results for each different library that owns the same item.
Once you have found an item listed that looks like what you want, click on "Details" on the right-hand side of the listing to see further information about the item. If the record looks like the item you want, click "Get It!" in the upper right-hand corner of the page. This will bring up a request form, with most of the fields filled in. Choose your pick-up location, fill in any other necessary information (such as edition, volume, or disc number) and click "Request".
A confirmation number should display. This lets you know that the request has been successfully placed.
Your request will now be sent electronically to every library in the state that owns your requested item. They will each check their shelves to see if it is available, and if it is they will ship it to Hoyt Lakes. This can take between one and four weeks.
To return to your list of search results, click "Search Results" (don't use the browser's Back button). Or, start a new search by clicking "Basic Search" or "Advanced Search".
You can check the status of your request by clicking "My Requests".
If you are finished, click "Logout".
If you have any further questions, please contact the library.
The Hoyt Lakes Public Library provides materials and services to support the informational and educational needs of the citizens of Hoyt Lakes. Selection and purchase of library materials rests with the Library Director who may delegate some responsibilities to other staff members. Librarians have a professional responsibility to be inclusive, not exclusive, in collection development. Access to all materials legally obtainable should be assured to the user, and policies should not unjustly exclude materials even if they are offensive to the librarian or the user.
The Board of Trustees reaffirms its belief in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, and the ALA’s Freedom to Read Statement. (added as addendums to this policy)
The Library shall provide materials in all subject areas insofar as possible. Materials and programs will be provided that will meet the information, cultural, educational and recreational needs of the community.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
The following criteria will be considered in selecting all library materials:
1. Positive reviews or actual examination and evaluation
2. Popular demand
3. Best-seller status
4. Suggestions from the community
5. Local and regional interest due to authorship or subject matter
6. Need to strengthen a particular part of the collection, including the need to provide various opposing opinions on controversial subjects
8. Importance of subject matter to the collection
9. Timeliness or permanence of the materials
10. Availability of materials in the system, in other libraries, or in print
The Hoyt Lakes Public Library does not attempt to acquire curriculum related materials or textbooks unless such materials serve the general public.
The Library will accept gifts of books and other materials, but reserves the right to reject such gifts for inclusion in the collection based on the criteria above and condition of the gift material.
The selection of library books and other materials is predicated on the library patron’s right to read, listen to, and view what he wishes, as well as his freedom from censorship by others. Many materials are controversial, and any given item may offend some persons. This library will make selections based solely on the merits of the material in relation to the building of the collection and to serving the interests of the library’s users, and not on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval.
This library holds censorship to be a purely individual matter. While anyone is free to reject for himself books or other materials of which he does not approve, he cannot exercise this right of censorship to restrict the freedom of others.
PROCEDURES FOR RECONSIDERATION OF LIBRARY MATERIALS
The Board of Trustees recognizes the right and privilege of each person to select those materials he or she wishes from the library’s collection. The Board further recognizes that no one is obliged to read or view what he or she does not like.
The Board of Trustees respects the right of a person to express his or her opinions, negative or positive, regarding materials purchased by the Library.
The Library will review any materials in its collection upon written request by a user. Such a request will be made on the form, “Statement of Concern About Library Resources.” The Director’s decision will be returned to the complainant within 30 days, with a copy to the Board of Trustees for its records.
If the complainant is not satisfied with the action taken, he or she may request a hearing at the next meeting of the Board of Trustees. They will make a determination in accordance with an in-depth review of the Materials Selection Policy. Full Board action will be final.
WITHDRAWAL OF MATERIALS
An important part of maintaining a library’s collection is to systematically remove materials that are no longer useful or are out of date, in order to maintain relevant resources.
The same criteria used in selecting and acquiring materials will be used in weeding materials from the collection. The decision to withdraw materials shall be based on:
• the physical condition of the material
• use of the material, as determined by the last date of loan, or by the number of loans in the last five years
• age of the material as a misinformation factor, especially in the area of sciences
The Board of Trustees expresses its support for the staff who are responsible for the selection of library materials. The Board delegates to them the authority to purchase for inclusion in the library’s collection those materials that are within the scope of this policy statement.
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 others 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 toward 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 that 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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 that will suit the demands of one group without limiting the freedom of others.
5. 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 presupposes 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.
6. 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 take 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 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.
7. 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, by the ALA Council and the AAP Freedom to Read Committee; amended January 28, 1972; January 16, 1991; July 12, 2000; June 30, 2004.
A Joint Statement by:
American Library Association
Association of American Publishers
Subsequently endorsed by:
American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression
The Association of American University Presses, Inc.
The Children's Book Council
Freedom to Read Foundation
National Association of College Stores
National Coalition Against Censorship
National Council of Teachers of English
The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.
I. 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.
II. 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.
III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
VI. 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 June 19, 1939.
Amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; and January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996, by the ALA Council.
Revised and Approved by Library Board 2/19/13
Every individual has the right to use the Hoyt Lakes Public Library undisturbed. Every Library employee has the right to work without undue interference. All Library users and employees should be free of any threat of harm, invasion of property, or gross indignity.
To ensure these rights for all persons, the following rules of conduct apply to behavior on the premises of Library property.
No person shall engage in any conduct which disturbs or interferes with patrons or employees of the Library, including, but not restricted to the following:
1. Smoking, or eating or drinking near the computers.
2. Defacing or destroying Library property.
3. Viewing of material that under federal or state law is reasonably believed to be obscene or pornographic.
4. Interfering with free passage.
5. Behaving in a disorderly, loud, or boisterous manner.
6. Drinking alcoholic beverages or using illicit drugs on Library grounds.
7. Being in a state of intoxication in a manner that causes public disturbance.
8. Soliciting funds or panhandling.
9. Remaining in the building after its regular closing hours.
10. Bringing animals into the Library except as required by people with disabilities.
11. Bringing vehicles into the library except as required by people with disabilities.
12. Following, staring, or any other behavior used with the intent to annoy another person; playing audio or video equipment so that others can hear it; singing or talking in a manner which disturbs other people.
Library patrons entering the Library must wear shirts and shoes.
Anyone violating these rules is first warned by a library staff member at the time of the offense. If the conduct continues, the offender is ordered to leave the building. Staff will contact the Hoyt Lakes Police Department if deemed advisable. The staff may expel the offender(s) without a warning at the discretion of staff in situations of serious, threatening, or willfully malicious behavior.
Behavior that violates city, state, or federal law will be reported to the police immediately.
Failure to observe these rules may lead to revocation of library privileges, including the right to enter the building. Repeat offenders or persons ordered from the premises who do not comply may be subject to arrest and prosecution for trespassing.
Approved by Library board 2/19/13
The Hoyt Lakes Public Library is a public facility that offers services to a wide range of citizens, and children are especially welcome. The library has the responsibility to provide an environment that is safe and comfortable for every patron who is appropriately using its services and facilities. Parents, guardians, or assigned chaperones are responsible for the behavior of their children while in the library. The Hoyt Lakes Public Library cannot assume responsibility for children left unattended in the library.
1. Pre-school children and children with special needs shall be attended and adequately supervised by a parent or other responsible person.
2. School-age children may use the library unattended, subject, of course to appropriate behavior. However, the library is not a day care facility and cannot be responsible for children left unattended.
3. Children who are old enough to be in the library on their own will be asked about transportation approximately 15 minutes prior to the library’s closing. Children will be given the opportunity to call a parent or other responsible adult. If the child has not been picked up within fifteen minutes, or by closing, he/she will be left in the care of the police department. Under no circumstances will staff transport children in a vehicle or accompany them home.
4. The incident will be reported to the Library Director and the Director will send a letter to the parents/guardian informing them of the library’s policy, and why the child was taken to the police department.
Approved by Library Board 2/19/13