Policies

Patrons will be expected to pay the replacement cost of any library materials lost or damaged

Within the provisions of the state laws, The Board of Trustees, adopts the following policies:   

      1.  Books and other materials will be accepted on the condition that the librarian has the authority to make whatever disposition she deems advisable.

The library will not accept:

  • Old books whose subject matter is out-of-date
  • Used school and college textbooks
  • Books that are in poor repair
  • Books that do not meet the library's standards, such as children's series books, comics, etc.
  • Best sellers of former years and book club choices off which the library has a copy or which no longer has appeal
  • Sets of well-known authors' complete novels in very fine print or poor paper
  • Old sets of encyclopedias

The library will accept:

  • Local history items, regardless of condition
  • Out-of-print books which the library wants but has not been able to obtain
  • Good copies of sound standard works
  • Good replacements of popular books of long-range appeal

       2.  Gifts of money , real property and /or stock will be accepted if conditions attached thereto are acceptable to the Board of Trustees and to the city commissioners.

       3.  Personal property, art objects, portraits, antiques and other museum objects will only be accepted if approved by the board.

      4.  The library will not accept for deposit materials which are not out-right gifts.

  1. The Marion City Library accepts monetary gifts and donations in memory or in honor of an individual or from local organizations.
  2. The family may make suggestions as to how they would like the memorial money to be used such as for books, furniture, equipment and other materials.
  3. All major suggestions or ideas will be brought before the Library Board for approval.
  4. The Marion City Library Board will have final say in approving purchases made with memorial donations.

 The Marion City Library is pleased to offer you access to the internet. The Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the internet and cannot be held responsible for its contents. Internet is a global network. There is no local control of its content. Library patrons use it at their own risk. Parents or guardians not the library or its staff, are responsible for the internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Also, not all sources on the internet provide accurate, complete or current information., Users need to be good information consumers, questioning the validity of the information found. Library staff cannot provide in-depth training on the internet. They may, however, be able to offer searching suggestions and answer questions. Because of the library scheduling, internet-trained staff may not always be available.

 The Marion City Library is pleased to offer you access to the internet. The Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the internet and cannot be held responsible for its contents. Internet is a global network. There is no local control of its content. Library patrons use it at their own risk. Parents or guardians not the library or its staff, are responsible for the internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Also, not all sources on the internet provide accurate, complete or current information., Users need to be good information consumers, questioning the validity of the information found. Library staff cannot provide in-depth training on the internet. They may, however, be able to offer searching suggestions and answer questions. Because of the library scheduling, internet-trained staff may not always be available.

The Library's Kansas Room may be available to the public to use for any meetings etc., with librarian's approval with prior scheduling and notification. Library patrons have first access to use the Kansas Room for library use. (Ks research, using microfilm, etc.)

The Kansas Room may be used by the public in library related topic or when the library has provided a special program or display with librarian approval.

The Marion City Library is pleased to offer computers equipped with educational programs for children ages 2-12.

Children’s computers provide educational programs. They give the opportunity for children ages 12 and under access to learning programs and to become familiar with hands-on computer usage.


Computers may be used for 1/2 hour.

Appointments may be made by calling the library ahead of time and reserving a computer and time-slot.


Children ages 2-10 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult while using the computers.   


Users may not install software on any of the library’s computers or run any programs that have not been installed by the Marion City Library.


A limit of one child per computer due to space limitations.


Please ask library staff for assistance with equipment or software trouble.


Please do not change the settings, icons etc. on computers


 PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY:  

Computers in the library must not be used as babysitters. Parents must monitor their children’s use of the computers at all times.


USE:   The computers in the children’s area may not be used by students older than 12 unless it is required for their learning enrichment.


TIME LIMIT:  Children with their parents may use the computers for 1/2 hour.

 
HEADPHONES:  Children are to use the headphones with the computers to reduce noise in the children’s area. Alcohol wipes are available to use before using the headphones.               


As with all materials in the library, any restriction of a child’s access to the computer is the sole responsibility of the parent, guardian, or caregiver.

Talking Books are available through the State Library for the visually impaired.  We can help you submit your application for this free service.

eBooks are available through the Sunflower eLibrary with a Marion City Library Card and through the  State Library of Kansas with a Kansas Library Card (available at Marion City Library)

There is a drop box on the east side of the library for after-hours returns.

Portions of the Library policies taken from the Marion City Library Policies handbook are as follows:

GENERAL LIBRARY OBJECTIVES : The basic library objectives of the Marion City Library shall be:

   A. To provide service to all members of the community in the form of significant books, periodicals and other materials necessary to prompt and enlighten and enrich the lives of each individual within the community.

  B.  To serve the community as a center of reliable information.

  C.  To support educational civic and cultural activities of groups and  organizations.

  D.  To provide opportunity and encouragement for children, young people, men and women to educate themselves continually.

  E.  To seek continually to identify community needs, to provide programs  of service to meet such needs, and to cooperate with other organizations, agencies and institutions which can provide programs or services to meet community needs.

  F.  To provide opportunity for recreation through the use of literature, music  and other art forms.

 

 

Clause VIII: MEMORIALS

  1. The Marion City Library accepts monetary gifts and donations in memory or in honor of an individual or from local organizations.
  2. The family may make suggestions as to how they would like the memorial money to be used such as for books, furniture, equipment and other materials.
  3. All major suggestions or ideas will be brought before the Library Board for approval.
  4. The Marion City Library Board will have final say in approving purchases made with memorial donations.

Clause XIL: COMPUTERS POLICY

    The Marion City Library is pleased to offer you access to the internet. The Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the internet and cannot be held responsible for its contents. Internet is a global network. There is no local control of its content. Library patrons use it at their own risk. Parents or guardians not the library or its staff, are responsible for the internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Also, not all sources on the internet provide accurate, complete or current information., Users need to be good information consumers, questioning the validity of the information found. Library staff cannot provide in-depth training on the internet. They may, however, be able to offer searching suggestions and answer questions. Because of the library scheduling, internet-trained staff may not always be available.

INTERNET RESPONSIBILITY-

No unlawful activities (any age)

No obscenity KSA 21 4301; KSA 21-4301a; KSA 21-4301c

Obey copyright laws US Code Title 17

No unauthorized access (data, software, system, network)

INTERNET PRIVACY-

Users are asked to respect privacy of others.

Users cannot disclose, use and/or disseminate personal information that could threaten or create vulnerability for a minor, for any other person or for the library.

CHILDREN-

It is the responsibility of parents or legal guardians to monitor and/or to restrict minor’s access to the internet and to cover access to inappropriate matter by minors & for safety issues.

GUIDES FOR ACCESSING THE INTERNET-

  1. Children under 10 must have a parent assisting them on the computers at all times.
  2. Use of the internet is on a first-come first-served basis. There is a 1 hour time limit on use of internet computers. Sessions may be extended by librarian’s permission if other users are not waiting.
  3. Users may use their own flash drive. WARNING: Although we use a virus-checker on the internet access computers, this will not completely protect you from the chance of getting a virus. The library is not responsible for damage to a patron’s flash drive or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from patron use of the library’s computers.
  4. Users may send and receive email using the library’s internet access computer. Users may not use the staff’s email address nor will the staff check user’s email.
  5. No dating service or personal ad website usage will be allowed. No inappropriate sites, such as children/adult nudity, ponography, advertising, or suggestive sex pictures or information will be allowed by adults or minors.
  6. There will be a 15 cent charge for each sheet of computer paper used. The patron will pay for all copies printed- whether it is what they wanted or not., $1.00 charge for color copies printed.
  7. No drinks or food allowed in the computer area.
  8. The staff has the right to refuse computer privileges to patrons who abuse the policies or not in good standing with the library and to ask patrons to leave the computer and/or the library. Behavioral problems such as excessive loud behavior, inappropriate sites, chatting, disrespectful behavior to staff, music being played too loud and repeated warnings are all warrants for discontinued computer use. Any of the library staff has the right to take away all of your computer privileges if habitual abuse of these guidelines are challenged.

USE OF KANSAS ROOM-

  1. The Library’s Kansas Room may be available to the public to use for any meetings etc.,with librarian/staff’s approval with prior scheduling and notification. Library patrons have first access to use the Kansas Room for  Library use. (Ks research, using microfilm etc.)
  2. The Kansas Room may be used by the public in library related topic or when the library has provided a special program or display with Librarian/staff approval.

Clause XIII:

CHILDREN COMPUTER PROGRAMS

The Marion City Library is pleased to offer computers equipped with educational programs for children ages 2-12.

Children’s computers provide educational programs. They give the opportunity for children ages 12 and under access to learning programs and to become familiar with hands-on computer usage.

Computers may be used for 1/2 hour. Appointments may be made by calling the library ahead of time and reserving a computer and time-slot.

Children ages 2-10 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult while using the computers.   

Users may not install software on any of the library’s computers or run any programs that have not been installed by the Marion City Library.

A limit of one child per computer due to space limitations.

Please ask library staff for assistance with equipment or software trouble.

Please do not change the settings, icons etc. on computers

 PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY:   Computers in the library must not be used as babysitters. Parents must monitor their children’s use of the computers at all times.

  USE:   The computers in the children’s area may not be used by students older than 12 unless it is required for their learning enrichment.

 TIME LIMIT:  Children with their parents may use the computers for 1/2 hour.

 HEADPHONES:  Children are to use the headphones with the computers to reduce noise in the children’s area. Alcohol wipes are available to use before using the headphones.               

As with all materials in the library, any restriction of a child’s access to the computer is the sole responsibility of the parent, guardian, or caregiver.

Clause XIV:   CHILDREN SUPERVISION-

The library is a great place for kids!  However, parents and caregivers should note that the library does not offer child care services.  Parents are expected to provide adequate supervision for their children at the library as at any public place.

Guidelines:  Children age 10 and under should not be left without adult (parent) supervision

Children older than 10 who enjoy using library resources are welcome on their own for a reasonable period of time.   Most children reach their limit in an hour.

The library staff reserves the right to ask children to leave the building if they behave inappropriately, are unresponsive to staff or are bothering other patrons and have become a nuisance.

Because we care about the safety of your children, parents should be aware that the size and public nature of our building, as well as the many demands on the attention of staff, make it impossible for library employees to keep track of the whereabouts of patron’s children or guarantee their safety in and outside the library.

If anyone wants to view all of the library policies, they may read the policy handbook in the library.                       

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