Access, Services and Programs

These policies cover policies on loan periods, borrowing privileges, library programs and more.

  1. Who May Use the Library
    1. The library will serve qualified residents of the county and the public library system area.  Service will not be denied because of religious, racial, social, economic, or political status.  The service will not be denied because of mental, emotional or physical conditions or because of age or sexual orientation.
    2. The use of the library in Moville, the branch libraries, or the bookmobile may be denied for due cause.  Such cause may be failure to return library materials or to pay penalties, destruction of library property, disturbance of other patrons, or any other illegal, disruptive or objectionable conduct on library premises or within the bookmobile.  Improper behavior will be determined by library staff.
  2. Patron Responsibility and Conduct
  • It is a patron's responsibility to maintain necessary and proper standards of behavior in order to protect his/her rights and the rights and privileges of other patrons.  If a patron creates a public nuisance, that patron maybe be restricted from the use of the library and/or bookmobile facilities.  Those who are unwilling to leave or do not leave within a reasonable amount of time, after being instructed to do so by the staff, will be subject to the law.
  1. Young Children
  • The Woodbury County Library encourages visits by young children and it is our desire to make library visits memorable and enjoyable for each and every child.  Library staff members are not expected to assume responsibility for the care of unsupervised children in the library.  Therefore, it is a library policy that all children under the age of six must be accompanied by a parent or designated responsible person while in the library.
  • Disruptive Children
    • Children of all ages are encouraged to use the library for homework, recreational reading, and program attendance.  The staff realizes that the library will be noisier at busy times and that children by nature can cause more commotion.  However, children who are being continually disruptive will be given a warning that he or she must settle down or will be asked to leave the library or bookmobile.  If, after a second warning the child continues to be disruptive, he or she will then be asked to leave.  If the child needs to contact a parent, they may do so then wait a reasonable amount of time until the parent arrives.  Library staff will determine the length of time which is considered reasonable.  Depending on circumstances, the library staff will  determine if the child should wait for the parent inside or outside the library.
  • Services of the Library
    • The library provides materials and resources for information, entertainment, recreational reading, intellectual development, and enrichment of library patrons.  The library will endeavor to:
    1. Select, organize, and make available necessary books and materials.
    2. Provide guidance and assistance to patrons.
    3. Sponsor and implement programs, story hours, summer reading programs, adult reading and discussion groups and classes which would be appropriate to children and adults of the county.
    4. Cooperate with other community agencies and organizations.
    5. Secure resources beyond Woodbury County Library resources when requested.  Interlibrary loan and other resource sharing methods provided through the system and the state are appropriate and cost effective means of securing information.
    6. Lend to other libraries upon request.
    7. Develop and provide services to patrons with special needs.
    8. Maintain a balance in services to various age groups.
    9. cooperate with functions and requests from participating schools within the county, especially relying on bookmobile service.
    10. Maintain an active, revolving and exchanging of library materials within the main library and branch libraries in the Woodbury County Library System.
    11. Maintain an active exchange of books upon request with the libraries within Woodbury county who are not part of the Woodbury County Library system.
    12. Provide service during hours which best meet the needs of patrons.
    13. Use media and other public relations mechanisms to promote the full range of available library services.
    14. Provide quality service through the bookmobile to schools, branch libraries, public libraries and individuals within county boundaries.
    15. Upon request, the bookmobile may be driven in parades for  community events located within the boundaries of Woodbury County.  the library director and bookmobile coordinator will make every effort to make accommodations for such events.  The bookmobile will be driven only by authorized library staff members.