Library Services & Policies

Service Animal Policy

posted Nov 14, 2016, 5:00 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 12:26 PM ]

The North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library (“the Library”) prohibits the presence of any animal on Library premises, with the exception of those animals providing medically necessary support for the benefit of individuals with disabilities (service animals). This policy applies to all trustees, employees, temporary employees, volunteers, patrons, and other guests. At the Library’s discretion, as expressed by a decision of the Board of Trustees or library director, exceptions to this rule may be granted in the event that Library programming or third party  programming hosted at the library involve the presence of animals.

Administrative Policy and Procedure

Service Animals

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and North Judson Code, service animals are welcome in all areas of the library where members of the public are normally allowed. This policy also applies to service animals in training.

A service animal is an animal trained for the purpose of assisting or accommodating a disabled person (be it due to sensory, mental, emotional, physical, or other issues). If the need for service animal is not obvious, staff may ask if an animal is a pet or a service animal. Users of service animals are not required to show papers to prove a disability or certification of the service animal’s status. Staff may not ask about the owner’s disability.

Service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work, or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control through voice, signal, or other effective controls. 

Reasonable behavior is expected from service animals. The owner(s)/user(s) of aggressive or otherwise disruptive service animals may be asked to remove them from Library facilities. Under such circumstances, the Library will seek to provide the patron the opportunity to obtain Library services without having the service animal on the premises.

Employees requesting to bring service animals to work as a reasonable accommodation for a disability must contact the Director and complete a Disability Accommodation Request form.

Adopted: 11/10/16

Security Camera Policy

posted Apr 12, 2016, 2:25 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 12:26 PM ]

Security cameras are used where needed to provide peace of mind to library users and staff by discouraging violations of the Library’s Rules of Conduct, to assist Library staff in preventing such violations, and if necessary, to provide law enforcement assistance in prosecuting criminal activity. Following are guidelines for the placement and use of video security cameras, as well as the access to and retrieval of recorded video images, at the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library.
  1. Cameras SHALL BE installed at library locations on an as-needed basis.
  2. Cameras may be installed in public spaces where individuals lack a reasonable expectation of privacy. Examples include common areas of the library such as entrances, book stacks, public seating areas, hallways, stairways, delivery areas, and parking lots. Cameras will not be installed in areas of the library where individuals have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as restrooms.
  3. Signs will be posted at Library entrances informing the public that security cameras are in use.
  4. The Director and staff may have access to real-time footage. Images will be viewed on a desktop monitor placed in a secure area to ensure private access.
  5. Access to the footage to establish evidence of a violation of the Library’s Rules of Conduct is restricted to the Director or the Director’s designee.
  6. Access shall be allowed to requesting agencies when pursuant to a subpoena, court order, or as otherwise required by law or urgency. Production of video copies for distribution is limited to designated technology staff or technology contractor who is under the supervision of administrative staff.
  7. Images will be stored for a length of time based on available storage. As new images are recorded, the oldest images will be automatically deleted. The length of time varies depending on the camera’s memory and recording length. 
  8. In situations involving banned-and-barred patrons, stored still images may be shared with staff system wide. Shared images may remain posted in restricted staff areas for the duration of the banning period. After the banning period ends, these images shall be archived in the Administrative Offices for 5 years.
  9. Because security cameras are not constantly monitored, staff and public should take appropriate precautions for their safety and for the security of personal property. The North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library is not responsible for loss of property or personal injury. 
Questions from the public regarding this policy should be directed to the Director.

Computer / Technology Use

posted Jun 12, 2014, 12:15 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Jun 12, 2014, 12:26 PM ]

I.  Computers
A. General Information

Use of the computers in the library is a privilege, not a right. Adult members of the library staff have the authority to restrict/ban computer usage by persons who do not abide by the regulations of the library for the use of the computers.

Access to the internet may be revoked at any time and for any reason. Appropriate reasons for revoking privileges include, but are not limited to, the altering of system software or the placing of unauthorized information, computer viruses, or harmful programs on or through the computer system in either public or private files or messages. The Library reserves the right to remove files, limit or deny access and refer the Patron for other disciplinary actions.

Patrons will not access, view, download, transmit or otherwise gain access to material that the Library believes may be unlawful, such as, but not limited to copyright infringements; obscene, pornographic, and/or abusive materials; or materials which might be objectionable to community standards.

Any misuse of internet access will result in suspension of privileges and/or other legal action as determined by the Library.  Misuse shall include, but not be limited to,

1. misrepresenting to other users over the internet;
2. intentionally seeking information on, obtaining copies of, or modifying files and programs which are not the property of the Patron;
3. disrupting the operation of the Library through abuse of, verbalization, damage or disablement of hardware or software;
4. maliciously using the device to communicate hate mail, harassment, profanity, vulgar statements or discriminatory remarks; or
5. interfering with others’ use of the internet.

The Library does not warrant that the internet will meet any specific requirements the Patron may have, or that it will be error free or uninterrupted; nor shall it be liable for any direct or indirect, incidental, or consequential damages (including lost data, information or time) sustained or incurred in connection with the use, operation or inability to use the internet.

The Library will periodically make determinations on whether specific uses of the internet are consistent with its acceptable use policy. The Library reserves the right to log and monitor use.

The Patron may download information on an approved disk device.  However, should the Patron download a file, shareware or software which causes damage or infects the Library network with a virus, the Patron will be liable for any and all repair costs to make the Library network once again fully operational and may be subject to other legal measures as determined by the Library Board.

B. Scheduling

Computer time should be reserved. It is preferred that patrons reserve computer usage at least one (1) day in advance; however, reservations can be made up to one week in advance. If there is a need to work on a last-minute project, patrons must call at least one (1) hour in advance to be guaranteed computer time upon arrival at the library. Any terminals not reserved will be available on a first come/first served basis. After 4 p.m. no patron will be allowed to schedule more than one time slot. NO computer time will be scheduled after 7 p.m. weekdays.

Appointments for use of the computers are made in one-hour divisions. It is a patron’s obligation to show up on time for a reservation. If someone is more than 10 minutes late (and does not notify the library in advance) the next person wanting computer time will be given the reserved computer.  The late patron will have to wait until a computer is available.

C. Use

Normally no more than one person is allowed to use a computer at any time. However, patrons may work in pairs for school projects or if teaching someone how to use a program. If the patrons working at a computer become too noisy, they will be verbally warned. If they do not adjust their behavior, their computer will be locked down and they will be asked to leave.
Except for the online public access computers (OPAC) which have replaced the card catalogs, all computers are locked down until a patron registers. At that time a staff member will unlock the terminal.

Computer users must allow time within the usage hour to print out any papers/reports; patrons MUST notify the staff BEFORE printing. The cost of printing is 20 cents per sheet in black and white or $1.00 for each sheet in color.  If a person prints anything without informing the staff, there will be an additional 50 cent charge for each sheet of paper used. Any patron who consistently ignores or goes over the allotted time can be denied future computer use or can have their computer time severely limited.

While at the computer, usage can be observed. This is done so that the staff can anticipate any problems that may develop. If a patron is observed doing anything which is illegal or inappropriate to local behavioral codes, the patron will be asked to stop using the computer and may be banned from further use.

Items may only be downloaded with permission from the personnel in charge. Nothing may be uploaded except assignments for school, employment or business purposes.

Patrons in 5th through 12th grades may access the internet without an adult present, but will not be provided a code to shut off the filter.  Patrons who are below 5th grade must have an adult over 21 who stays with them.  All patrons under 13 years old must have a parental consent paper on file to access the internet.    A photo ID may be required for verification of age. An acceptable ID includes school card, driver’s license, or state ID.  
The library supports U.S. Copyright laws. Users shall respect and abide by all copyright laws as they apply to computer applications.

II.  eBooks
A. General Information

The North Judson-Wayne Township Library will provide eBooks for residents in the service district (Wayne Township).  Patrons who live outside Wayne Township must utilize their home library for eBooks.   

B.  Access to Patron’s Devices

The Library will not provide viewing devices nor load necessary software onto patron’s devices.  In order to access a book from the library patrons may need to download free applications.

Adopted 8/11/98
Revised 2/14/2012
Revised 3/12/2013
Revised 6/10/2014

Table Rental Policy

posted Nov 15, 2013, 11:14 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Nov 15, 2013, 11:14 AM ]

Ten (10) commercial folding tables, six (6) feet long and thirty (30) inches wide, will be available for rent by community members of North Judson, Wayne Township Public Library District, Friends of the Library, or patrons in good standing.

One six (6) foot folding table will rent for one dollar ($1) for a twenty-four (24) hour period or all of the tables may be rented for nine dollars ($9) for a twenty-four (24) hour period.

A twenty-five dollar ($25) refundable security deposit, payable in advance, will be required for any number of tables  rented.  A rental contract must be signed as the person borrowing the table(s) is responsible for repairs and/or replacement costs of damaged, destroyed or lost table(s).  In case of damage, the deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to the price of repair/ replacement of the damaged table(s).  Costs will be assessed in reference to the current replacement value of an identical or similar table.

Revised 10/9/2001
Reviewed 4/13/2004
Reviewed 6/12/2007
Revised 8/14/2012

Reference Policy

posted Nov 15, 2013, 11:13 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Nov 15, 2013, 11:13 AM ]


      The North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library regards as valid every reference question asked by any patron.  All questions will be given equal consideration and answered as accurately and completely as possible within a reasonable time limit.  Reference service will be available to all patrons, and no questions asked by a patron will be considered unanswerable.


      Good reference service involves identifying a person’s information need and proceeding to fulfill it accurately, efficiently and pleasantly, using the resources available in the Library system, and including referral to resources in other libraries or agencies, if necessary.  It also includes providing instruction in Library use. 


The library will provide reference services as effectively as possible.  Patrons will have the opportunity to receive instruction in the use of sources and facilities but will not be denied information on the basis of whether or not they learn or accept instruction.  


1.  All information requests are to be handled.  If information is available, it is provided to patrons without making a judgment on its moral or aesthetic worth.

2.  No effort will be made to determine whether library users are entitled to library cards before reference service is given except to decide whether or not information material will be checked out or interlibrary loan requested.

3.  The needs of every library patron will always be taken seriously and treated with utmost respect and confidentiality.  Discussion of any individual or group or their inquiries, outside the professional context, is strictly prohibited without the consent of the patron.

4.  While on desk duty, service to the public takes precedence over any other duties, and service to the patron in the building takes precedence over telephone inquiries.

5.  It is not sufficient for the staff to wait for a patron to request assistance.  Since many patrons are reluctant to request aid, it is the responsibility of staff to anticipate public needs and offer service.

6.  Information given should be based on reliable sources or authorities.  Opinion, evaluation or interpretation by staff, even when requested, is not given as fact.  Answers to reference questions will only be given after the answer has been verified and a source cited, even for the most common knowledge. 

7.  Neither the patron’s nor the staff member’s personal opinions and beliefs should influence the quality of service given.

8.  Staff shall not offer their personal opinions on social issues, politics, religion, etc., to patrons.

9.  Lengthy searches may be beyond the Library’s capabilities.  Staff should consult with the Director when asked to undertake an extensive search.

10.  Telephone reference service should be used for short, factual information questions which do not require extensive reading or (any) interpretation on the staff member’s part

          The following reference services will be offered: 

1.  In-house library patrons (first come, first served)

2.  Telephone inquiries 

3.  Mail reference

Adopted 9/8/1998
Reviewed 4/13/2004 
Reviewed 6/12/2007
Revised 5/14/2013

Public Proceedings and Public Records Policy

posted Nov 15, 2013, 11:10 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Nov 15, 2013, 11:10 AM ]

It is the policy of the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library Board of Trustees to abide by the procedures authorized by the Indiana Codes IC5-14-1.5,IC5-14-3, IC5-15-1, IC5-15-6 and recommended by the State Board of Accounts as set out in the Accounting and uniform Compliance Guidelines Manual for Libraries Chapter 6 Revised 6/2010 for the conduct of public meetings and access and disposal of public records.

Adopted 9-8-98
Reviewed 6/12/2001
Reviewed 4/13/2004
Revised 6/12/2007
Revised 3/12/2013

Donation Policy for Books, CDs, and DVDs

posted Nov 15, 2013, 10:53 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Nov 15, 2013, 10:53 AM ]

Have items to donate? Here are our guidelines.

Donations of used books, CD's, and DVD's will be accepted, provided that in the opinion of the professional staff, they enhance the value of the library's collection. All such donations become the sole property of the library. The Library is not obligated to keep donated materials for any set length of time. The Library may or may not put donated materials into the collection based on their physical condition and usefulness to library patrons. Materials not meeting the library's selection criteria will be disposed of or donated to the Friends of the Library to be sold.

Donations shall be brought in easily-carried containers to the front desk inside the library.  The Library will not appraise items for tax purposes. The Library will provide (on request) a receipt to the donor for the gift, and the donor may assign the value of the material donated.

Donated materials to the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library must meet the following criteria to be considered for the collection:
1. Books must be in good condition.
a. Must not have yellowed pages or cracked spines.
b. Must not have underlining.
c. Must have front and back covers.
2. CD's and DVD's must be in good condition regardless of age.
a. Must be in their original cases.
b. Must not be part of an incomplete set.
3. Materials must make a valuable contribution to the existing collection.
4. Materials meet the selection standards of the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library Collection Development Policy.
***Exception - Materials of historical significance to the North Judson/Wayne Township community may be accepted even if they do not meet all of the above criteria.

Materials that will not be accepted:
1. Outdated informational books
2. Incomplete sets of any age
3. Books that have mildewed
4. Reader's Digest condensed books
5. Periodicals and magazines of any kind
6. VHS tapes
7. Audio cassettes

Adopted 2/14/2012

Filing Federal Income Tax on Library Computers

posted Nov 15, 2013, 10:51 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 12:24 PM ]

The Library stocks what physical  income tax forms are provided by the state and federal government as these items are sent.  The Library has no control over the content and/or arrival of tax documents.  Copies of tax forms may be made from a set of reproducible documents (if provided by the IRS) or help given to access federal IRS and state income tax sites on the internet so the patron can view and/or print the forms.  The staff will also help the patron locate specific income tax instruction publications sent by the federal and state governments.   

In no way will Library personnel attempt to interpret any information contained on these sites or forms.  Staff does not have legal permission or background to do any explanation of income tax forms outside of such requests as looking up the definition of a particular word.

The Library computers are, primarily, for reference and research; however arrangements can be made to use the GED/Educational computer if the unit has no one scheduled to use it.

The patron desiring to file income taxes on-line must have the knowledge to complete the procedure correctly as the Library staff has neither the background nor the legal status to help with income tax filing.  The patron is also financially responsible for printing any copies of tax forms or instructions.

Adopted 1/13/2004
Reviewed 6/12/2007
Revised 4/9/2013

Gifts To The Library

posted Nov 15, 2013, 10:50 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Nov 15, 2013, 10:50 AM ]

Indiana Code IC 36-12-3-5 permits acceptance of real or personal property by the Library Board.  The Board then may hold, mortgage, lease, bequest, or devise when the action is in the interest of the Library.

The Board of Trustees of the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library will accept or refuse gifts of personal or real property as provided by this law.  Unrestricted use or disposal of the real or personal property gifts is the only condition for acceptance by the Library Board.  The wishes of the donor will be considered and honored if feasible in the context of the Library’s long range plan.

Adopted 1/13/98
Reviewed 6/12/2001
Revised 6/12/2007 
Revised 5/14/2013

Facsimile (FAX) Machine Policy

posted Nov 15, 2013, 10:49 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Nov 15, 2013, 10:49 AM ]

    The FAX machine will be used for communication of things not appropriate for a telephone call, electronic mail, U.S. mail or UPS. 

     Patrons may send or receive when the FAX machine is not needed by the Library.   When cover letters are used in transmission they will be included in page charges and will be considered as the first page of any transmission.  To send or receive a FAX it will cost $1.00 for the first page and 50 cents for each additional page will be assessed.
     There will be no charges for interlibrary loan information unless the lending institution charges and this has been cleared with the person scheduled to receive a fax.

The Library Board of Trustees and staff will be able to use the FAX machine for the actual cost of the telephone call.

Adopted 11/8/94
Revised 1/13/98
Reviewed 6/12/01
Revised 6/12/07
Reviewed 11/10/09
Revised 4/9/2013

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