Library Services & Policies

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 Jan 27, 2015, 1:19 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 and 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

Bulletin Board / Handouts Policy

posted Nov 15, 2013, 10:42 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Oct 26, 2015, 2:17 PM ]


The primary function of the bulletin board and the electronic display board located inside the Library is to provide information to Library users about events of a cultural, educational, or community nature.  Notices may be posted or handouts placed subject to the guidelines set forth in this policy.  Application of these guidelines will be based on the judgment of the Library Director or his/her designee.

Posting Guidelines:

  1. Priority is given to Public Notices and Library-related notices.
  2. The library reserves the right to accept or to refuse any material submitted to be posted.
  3. Containers for community fundraisers may not be placed in the Library.  Other solicitations may be permitted at the discretion of the director.
  4. Notices must be left at the circulation desk for Library staff to post.  If accepted, they will be dated and posted within 24 hours.
  5. The small bulletin board near the elevator is used for posting business cards.
  6. If the board is crowded, Library staff reserve the right to select notices for events with the widest appeal.
  7. Notices will be displayed for as long as they are current, but no longer than four weeks.  The Library will not be responsible for returning materials.
  8. Acceptance of notices does not imply the Library’s endorsement of a group of organization, its policies, or beliefs.

Handout Guidelines:

Only materials of educational or cultural activities, events or services may be placed in the handout racks or table.  A special rack is provided for Federal Income Tax Forms and related information.


Adopted:  4/9/2013

Revised:  9/10/2015

Access Policy / Circulation Policy

posted Nov 15, 2013, 10:39 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Nov 15, 2013, 10:43 AM ]

Access to Library Materials

Eligibility for Library Use

1. Residents:   Residents of the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library taxing district, with current library cards and in good standing, have access to materials offered by the Library as long as the rules and policies of the Library are respected.  

2. Non-resident/Reciprocal Patrons: Persons living in library service districts that have signed reciprocal borrowing agreements, and who are in good standing with their home library district, are eligible to hold non-resident cards and may borrow materials offered by the Library as long as the rules and policies of the Library are respected.

3. Unserved Area Borrowers:   Persons wishing to use the Library who do not live in a library taxing district must purchase the right to use the Library on an annual basis.  The cost of these services is determined by looking at the average cost of library services, through taxes, to Wayne Township residents.  This amount is determined by the Library Board of Trustees and will be charged to each individual desiring to use the library. The fee structure is determined by a vote of the Library Board of Trustees.

4. School Employees and Students:  Students and employees of the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation are eligible for library cards. 

5.  Other:   Those neither named above nor in possession of a Public Library Access Card (PLAC) may make use of most of the Library’s materials and services within the building.  A library card will not be granted, and library materials may not be taken out of the building.

6. Standing:  Patrons who are not in good standing (those with unpaid fines or fees charged against their cards, overdue materials, or those who violate Library Policy) may not borrow any materials and may be restricted as to Library usage by the Director.  The Library retains the right to suspend borrowing privileges of patrons who do not conform to the rules, who damage materials, or who falsify information. The length of suspension will be determined by the Library Board after review of the facts.  These regulations will be extended to patrons of other libraries.  

Obtaining a Library Card

1. Card Applications:  Two of the following forms of identification, with the same current address, are needed when applying for a North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library card:

a. Valid Indiana driver's license, learner’s permit or state identification card with current address          
b. Checkbook or bank statement with correct pre-printed name and address          
c. Current utility bill, showing person's name and address

d. Current rent receipt showing person’s name and address   
e. Alien identification card and/or immigration papers

A child applying for a library card shall be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, who holds a valid library card.  A card will be issued when the child can sign, in print or cursive, both first and last name.

2. School Cards:  A blanket card for each building of the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation will be set up for use by the media specialist to borrow classroom collections.  The loan period on the materials will be adjusted to the time needed for class projects.  The teacher using the materials is responsible for their return in appropriate condition to the media center for return to the North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library.

3. Public Library Access Card (PLAC): A PLAC is available to any person who wishes to use libraries outside his/her taxing district which has not signed reciprocal borrowing agreements.  This card is purchased at an amount set annually by the state and is valid for one year. The procedure for confirming the “in good standing” status of a non-resident applying for a Public Library Access Card (PLAC) within the state guidelines will be as follows:  

a. The applicant will fill out a non-resident card form and show proof of residency such as a rent receipt, mortgage payment book, utility bill, checkbook (if it shows the current address), or other item showing the accurate current address.    

b. The applicant will present a current library card from his/her home library.

c. The applicant’s standing will then be verified by written inquiry to his/her home library with the PLAC mailed to the applicant’s current address after a reply from the applicant’s home library.


The applicant will pay a fee  of two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) as reimbursement for a telephone call to the home library to verify standing at the time of application.  A determination of current “good standing” will entitle the applicant to a PLAC at this time.

Circulation of Library Materials

Patrons are required to bring their own library cards or identification with them each time they wish to borrow materials.

Adult patrons are to determine the suitability of materials selected for their personal use. However, it is the responsibility of parents/guardians to determine the suitability of materials selected by their minor children.

Should a patron be unable to get into the library because they are housebound, a member of the staff will gather the desired materials and either place them on reserve until a friend/relative can pick them up or deliver them to the home of the patron when time permits. addition
The following pages contain specific policies.  Materials without specific individual policies will follow the Book Loan Policy.

Book & Periodical Loan Policy

1. Loan Period:  Books (hard and soft cover) and periodicals are loaned for a two (2) week period and may be renewed for an additional two (2) week period up to two (2) times or at the discretion of the librarian for a longer period.  The current issue of each periodical does not loan, but all previous issues may be borrowed.   Books on tape/compact disc may be borrowed for a two (2) week period and may be renewed only once or at the discretion of the librarian for a longer period.  There is no set limit as to a number of books/periodicals any one borrower may have, except during certain times when classroom reports are due or a teacher’s request creates limits so that all students have equal chances for information.   Materials with reserves may not have these options performed for them.

2. Inter-Library Loan:  Resident library card holders, employees and students of the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation and library card holders of the school district may request materials through inter-library loan. The loan period on these is specified by the lending library and takes into account the amount of time needed to return the material to the lending institution.  
The Library keeps the current year and two (2) years back issues of periodicals (for most titles).  Older issues that are requested will require the Library to either locate the information via the internet or request the materials through Inter-Library Loan.  To get an ILL for a periodical, the patron must know the exact periodical citation (title and volume number, article title, author and page number).  The patron will be responsible for all photocopying fees resulting from an ILL request.

3. Reserves:  Patrons may reserve books and some other materials for check-out.  Reserves are taken in person or by phone.  The patron will be notified by phone when the material becomes available.  The material will be held for five (5) working days and then returned to circulation if not picked up.  

Teachers may request that certain titles be placed on Reserve status for a period of time, which means those titles are available for “in library use” only.  

4. Reference:  Materials marked with "R" (which stands for "Reference") do not circulate except at the Director’s discretion.

5. Fines:  The prompt return of library materials is the borrower’s responsibility.  The fine for overdue materials is five cents ($.05) per item for each day the library is open.  The library will send postcards to persons with overdue materials.  The amount of a fine cannot exceed five dollars ($5.00) per overdue item, excluding postage and handling.  

6. Fees:  Lost or damaged items will result in a charge equal to the cost to repair or replace the material plus an additional five dollar ($5.00) handling/processing fee per item.  Repair cost will be assessed and charged as equivalent to the Library's cost of the repairs.  If a lost book is recovered, all fees paid will be returned except the five dollar ($5.00) processing fee when the receipt for the charges is submitted with the item.  

Video/DVD (Digital Video Disc) Loan Policy

1. Loan Period:  Videos/DVDs may be kept three (3) business days. 

2. Borrowing Limit:  Only two video/DVD cards may be issued per household and patrons must be 18 years of age or older to borrow videos/DVDs.  A maximum of three (3) videos/DVDs may be borrowed at one time per household.  No other videos/DVDs may be checked out until they are all returned.  No patron will be allowed to have more than a total of three (3) videos/DVDs out at a time.  The video/DVD borrowing card MUST be presented to the librarian every time the patron wishes to check out videos/DVDs.  

3. Reserves:  Videos/DVDs may be reserved either in person or by calling the library.  

4. Duplication/Alteration:  Duplication is prohibited as the Library does not hold copyright authorizations on the videos/DVDs.  The Library is not responsible for the unauthorized altering of videos/DVDs.  When unauthorized altering is discovered, the video/DVD will be corrected or replaced with the altering party held responsible for the cost. 

5. Fines:  For overdue digital materials, there will be a charge of one dollar ($1.00) per video/DVD for each day the library is open.  If a video/DVD is overdue for ten (10) days, the patron will be charged the cost of the video/DVD plus processing cost of ten dollars ($10.00) per item.  Videos must be rewound, or a one dollar ($1.00) charge per tape will be applied.  There is a fifty cent ($.50) fine for each video/DVD which is returned in the wrong box.  

6. Fees:  No fee is charged to use the videos/DVDs but a five dollar ($5.00) deposit will be charged which will be kept until the patron decides they no longer wish to check out videos/DVDs.  The deposit will be refunded after any items which have currently been borrowed by the patron have been checked to see that they have been rewound and not tampered with or damaged in any way.  The patron is responsible for returning the video/DVD in good condition.  Videos/DVDs must be returned to the front desk.  If a video/DVD is returned down the book drop, the five dollar ($5.00) deposit is forfeit and the patron must reapply for video/DVD privileges. The costs for damaged videos/DVDs and their containers will be charged to the patron responsible for borrowing the videos/DVDs up to replacement and processing costs.  (The patron shall exonerate, indemnify, and save harmless the library from all claims or liabilities to all parties for damages or loss to any person(s) or property in any way arising out of or during the use of said items.)

Adopted 10/12/1999
Reviewed 10/9/2001
Revised 11/2005
Revised 7/10/2007
Revised 9//2012

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