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The public is welcome to visit Lisbon Public Library during business hours. To use the library's resources, you must register with our system and obtain a library card. We ask visitors to be polite and quiet while visiting the library so as not to disturb other readers, and to eat and drink only at tables apart from the computers.

Our policies and procedures are designed to meet State of North Dakota statutes and best practice recommendations from the North Dakota State Library and the American Library Association (ALA). They are instrumental in helping the library meet or surpass the guidelines in Library Vision 2020 set forth by the North Dakota Library Coordinating Council.

 

Materials Selection – Ultimate responsibility for materials selection rests with the Library Director and the Lisbon Public Library Board.

  1. Every attempt will be made to provide a wide range of materials with diversity of appeal and presentation for different points of view.

  2. Selections will reflect the expressed and anticipated needs of the patrons and the community served by the library.

  3. Materials selections will be governed by budget consideration.

Interlibrary Loan Policy:

  1. When the library is unable to supply a patron with the material or information needed, an interlibrary loan may be requested.

  2. When items are received from another library, there will be a charge per request to cover the cost of postage. The patron is responsible for payment of the incurred expenses before the item leaves our library.

OVERDUE POLICY

  1. The charge for overdue items will be ten (10) cents per day per item.

  2. The library patron assumes the responsibility to return library materials borrowed on or before the due date of the materials. If the patron has not returned the materials on time, he/she has violated the policy established by the library board and is subject to any charges resulting from a violation of this policy.

  3. The library has no responsibility to send an overdue notice to the patron. The notice is sent because material has not been returned according to the established library policy. The patron is responsible for paying established charges resulting from a violation of this policy.

  4. The first overdue notice shall be sent electronically when the item is due, and again when the accruing charge reaches two (2) dollars.

  5. Patrons with overdue materials will have their borrowing privileges suspended until the materials and all overdue charges have been returned and/or paid.

  6. Resources lost due to a disaster (flood, fire, etc) will not be charged to the patron.

  7. If a resource is not useable (illegible or lost), the patron is asked to pay the full replacement cost of the item. If the resource is damaged or unusable, the patron will be asked to pay full replacement cost of the item using the librarian’s discretion.

 

COMPLAINT PROCESS

Opinions from the public regarding resources can be voiced on those resources represented in the collection or on those resources NOT represented in the collection. A complaint must be in writing. Forms are available at the desk and upon completion may be mailed or delivered to the librarian. Upon receipt of the signed form, the librarian will:

  1. Examine the resource in question, the issues raised, and the circumstances involved.

  2. Make a decision to remove or retain the resource in question with the help of board members.

  3. Respond in writing to the complainant within one week of receipt.

  4. Provide the complainant with a copy of this policy and inform the individual of the availability of a board meeting. Following a hearing, the decision of the Board shall be final.

  5. The librarian should fill out and mail a “Material Challenge Incident Report” as soon as possible and mail to the current chairperson of the Intellectual Freedom Committee. The name and address may be secured from the president of the North Dakota Library Association or by calling the reference desk at the North Dakota State Library.

  6. After each resource challenge incident has been resolved, a “Material Challenge Resolution Report” should be filled out and mailed to the current chairperson of the Intellectual Freedom Committee. The name and address may be secured from the president of the North Dakota library Association or by calling the reference desk at the State Library. 

INTERNET USER RULES

The library, in keeping with its mission to support education, learning, enjoyment, and enrichment, provides Internet access. Electronic resources provide unprecedented opportunities to expand the scope of information available to users. The primary use of Internet resources at the library will be for educational and informational purposes.

The same principles that guide the use of other library resources apply to the use of the Internet. Lisbon Public Library expects customers to use the Internet in a reasonable manner respecting the rights of others and library rules of behavior. The library does not favor the use of library equipment to access materials that are obscene, feature child pornography, or is harmful to minors. Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and unacceptable use will result in suspension or cancellation of the privilege.

The library assumes no responsibility for damages or financial obligations a patron may incur, either direct or indirect, arising from the provisions of Internet access. It makes no guarantee, either expressed or implied, with respect to the quality or content of the information available on the Internet. Not all information on the Internet is accurate, current, or complete.

Some computers have a profile that restricts Internet access. The library and the software company can offer no guarantee this software will prevent anyone from accessing websites you may consider personally offensive, controversial, or inappropriate. The library reserves the right to ask individuals to discontinue the display of information and/or images that can be considered offensive to others. Such activity may result in suspension of Internet access privileges. Misuse or abuse of computer equipment or Internet access, including any changes to the setup or configuration of software or hardware, may result in suspension of Internet access privileges.

Selection policies, which serve to govern the library’s purchase of written materials, may not apply to material accessed electronically.

Demonstrated intent to violate this policy will be considered the same as an actual policy violation. Demonstrated intent means evidence of actions, which, if successful or carried out as intended, would result in a policy violation.

As with other library materials and service, parents or legal guardians are responsible for information selected or accessed by children. Internet workstations specifically configured for use by children may limit or prevent access to specific Internet sites.

  1. Internet usage is limited to 30 minutes. Individuals may stay on longer unless someone else is waiting. Users must leave the computer when instructed by staff. Time limits are subject to change according to demand.
  2. Patrons and guests must register at the front desk to use the computers. Reservations for time slots will not be taken over the phone.

  3. To ensure the privacy of all patrons, two (2) people are permitted at each workstation and both must be seated.

  4. The library reserves the right to ask individuals to discontinue the display of information and/or images that can be considered offensive to others. Such activity may result in suspension of Internet access privileges.

  5. Abuse of Internet privileges may result in loss/denial of Internet access privileges and/or library privileges. Abuse may include, but is not limited to, repeated abuse of time limits; display of information and/or images that can be considered offensive to others; or changes to the setup or configuration of software or hardware.

  6. The charge for printing is 25 cents per side per page.