The owner of the card used to check out materials is responsible for the materials and their return to the library, and will be assessed fines or invoiced for missing books as appropriate. The library is a public building and all patrons, including minors, are welcome.
However, at no time will the Library assume the responsibility of surrogate care provider for children in the Library.
There are no age limits on applying for a library card.-If a child is under 10 years of age, a parent or guardian must be present at registration and assumes responsibility for all materials charged on the card.Parents or guardians do not have to have a library card themselves.All children under the age of 6 years of age must have a parent or caregiver present in the library at all times.A caregiver is defined as someone 13 years of age or older who has the mental and physical capacity to care for the child should an emergency arise.However, if the parent or guardian does have a library card, it must be in good standing before a card will be issued to their child.-The Washington Public Library will not judge or control the circulation of materials to children.
Parents must assume the responsibility of supervising their children’s material usage.-The Library Director, as Custodian of Records, or his/her designee is granted the authority, but not the obligation, to provide a parent or guardian access to his/her child’s circulation records if the child is under the age of 10 as outlined in Section C of the Library’s Confidentiality of Records policy.d.
A form of picture ID with CURRENT address and name is required.
If an individual does not have a picture ID with current address, another document such as a rental agreement or utility bill in conjunction with a photo ID may be accepted at the discretion of the librarian.c.
The Library Director acts as “library administrator” for purposes of Iowa Chapter 692A.
The Library Director will not give written permission for a registered sex offender convicted of sex offenses against minors to be present on library property.
In this event, the director has the option to close the library on Saturday as an unpaid holiday for staff.