Library Services & Policies
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
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.
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.
Questions from the public regarding this policy should be directed to the Director.
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.
I. MISSION STATEMENT
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.
II. REFERENCE SERVICE DEFINED
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.
V. ORDER OF SERVICE
The following reference services will be offered:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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