Library Regulations & Policies

LIBRARY REGULATIONS  - Kenai City Code
For more recent amendments to this code, please refer to the CodeAlert page on the Kenai City Code


1.     BORROWERS’ CARDS

a.     All transactions will require the presence of a valid library identification card which will be issued to a resident filing an application, and accepting responsibility for the usage thereof. No card will be issued to a minor under eighteen (18) years of age unless the application, and acceptance of responsibility, is signed by the minor and also by a parent or legal guardian. The responsible adult must be a current cardholder and be willing to assume the responsibility for the minor for misuse or abuse of the privileges of library usage.

b.     Where privileges have been suspended on a card of a minor, privileges on a card of a parent or legal guardian with legal custody of the minor may be suspended by giving prior written notice of suspension to such parent or a legal guardian at the address on the library record, and will remain in effect until the overdue materials have been returned, and/or the late fees, charges, or penalties on the suspended card have been paid in full.

(Amended during 7-7-99 supplement, 12-1-00 supplement, 12-1-06 supplement, 10-1-08 supplement)



2.     LATE FEES

a.     Ten cents ($0.10) per day on books loaned for a three (3) week period.

b.     One dollar ($1.00) per day on videos, DVDs and non-book materials.

c.     Three dollars ($3.00) per day on cassette players, screens or projectors.

d.     The maximum late fee accrual per item is ten dollars ($10.00).

(Amended during 7-7-99 supplement, 12-1-00 supplement, 9-7-02 supplement, 12-1-06 supplement)



3.     SERVICE CHARGES

a.     Full replacement cost of books or other materials that are lost or damaged beyond repair.

b.     If the current replacement cost of the lost or damaged item is unavailable, the default replacement cost for each item is as follows:

Twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for hardback books

Thirty-five dollars ($35.00) for juvenile reference materials

Twenty dollars ($20.00) for music CDs

Five dollars ($5.00) for periodicals

Forty dollars ($40.00) for CD-ROMs

Forty-five dollars ($45.00) for Alaskan government documents

Twenty dollars ($20.00) for audio books

Twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for videos and DVDs

Twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for Interlibrary Loan materials or the actual cost charged to the City of Kenai by the lending library, whichever is higher

Forty-five dollars ($45.00) for adult reference materials

Twenty dollars ($20.00) for juvenile kits

Thirty-five dollars ($35.00) for microfilm reels or for microfiche flat films

Fifteen dollars ($15.00) for paperback books

Sixty dollars ($60.00) for fishing rods and reels.

c.     Actual cost for rebinding a damaged book that may be rebound.

d.     Twenty dollars ($20.00) for proctoring tests.









(Amended during 7-7-99 supplement, 12-1-00 supplement, 9-7-02 supplement, 12-1-06 supplement, 10-1-08 supplement, 12-4-09 supplement, 9-18-10 supplement)



4.     REPLACEMENT CHARGES

a.     One dollar ($1.00) for each library identifier/barcode.

b.     One dollar ($1.00) for lost library card.

c.     Three dollars ($3.00) for record sleeves, hang-up bags or AV or cassette containers.

(Amended during 7-7-99 supplement, 12-1-00 supplement, 9-7-02 supplement, 12-1-06 supplement)



5.     DAMAGES

a.     Two dollars ($2.00) per page for torn or defaced pages or covers. (Pages or covers containing scribbling, writing or pages that have been mended with scotch tape or like material are considered defaced.) The charge should not exceed the actual cost or replacement cost of the item.

b.     If library materials are damaged to the extent that any part of them are illegible, charges under paragraph 3(a) above will be applicable.

(Amended during 7-7-99 supplement, 12-1-00 supplement, 12-1-06 supplement)



6.     RENEWALS

Books and/or other library materials may be renewed in person, on-line or by telephone once if not reserved.

(Amended during 12-1-00 supplement, 12-1-06 supplement)



7.     USE OF LIBRARY CONFERENCE ROOM

Use of the library conference room is limited to general government and library related events or meetings.

(Amended during 9-7-02 supplement, 12-1-06 supplement)



8.     EXHIBITS

Only governmental or library related exhibits may be displayed at the library.

(Amended during 9-7-02 supplement, 12-1-06 supplement)



KENAI COMMUNITY LIBRARY POLICIES


MISSION

The mission of the Kenai Community Library is to provide a comfortable and friendly environment in which the public may:

a.     Have a reasonable expectation that they will leave the building with what they came for;

b.     Relax and read current materials;

c.     Receive knowledgeable assistance and answers to questions;

d.     Pursue opportunities for lifelong learning;

e.     Find professionally selected materials in all formats for personal enjoyment;

f.      Enjoy programs or performances;

g.     Have access to technological resources.

In support of this mission, the library provides individualized assistance, community outreach, professional expertise, and current technologies for equal access to facilities, quality services, and materials in a variety of formats.

The Kenai Community Library will endeavor to:

a.     Provide service to every resident in the community;

b.     Provide non-residents the same services:

c.     Have the library open seven (7) days a week for at least a total of fifty-nine (59) hours.

The library supports the Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association Freedom to Read statement. The Library’s mandate is to provide the public access to information on all sides of an issue.

(Amended during 7-7-99 supplement, 12-1-00 supplement, 12-1-06 supplement)



MATERIALS

Books and other library materials will be added to the present collection to provide information, entertainment, intellectual development and enrichment to all the people of the community.



PERSONNEL

Salary schedule, holidays, vacation and sick leave shall conform to those rules outlined in the Personnel Regulations of the City of Kenai.



BUDGET, OPERATIONAL

The budget shall be presented to the City by the Library staff.



BUDGET, CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

The initiation of a budget for Capital Improvements shall be done by the Library Commission and the Library Staff.

(Amended during 7-7-99 supplement, 12-1-00 supplement, 12-1-06 supplement))



BOOK SELECTION

The Library Commission, recognizing the pluralistic nature of this community and the varied backgrounds and the needs of the citizens, declares as a matter of book selection policy that:

a.     Books and/or other library material selection are and shall be vested in the librarian. Any book and/or library material so selected shall be held to be selected by the Commission.

b.     Selection of books and/or other library material shall be made on the basis of their value of interest, information, and enlightenment of all the people of the community. No book and/or library material shall be excluded because of the race, nationality or the political or social views of the author.

c.     This Commission believes that censorship is a purely individual matter and declares that while anyone is free to reject for himself books of which he does not approve, he cannot exercise this right of censorship to restrict the freedom to read to others.

d.     This Commission defends the principles of the freedom to read and declares that whenever censorship is involved no book and/or library material shall be removed from the library save under the orders of a court or competent jurisdiction.

e.     This Commission adopts and declares that it will adhere to and support:

1.     The Library Bill of Rights, and

2.     The Freedom to Read Statement adopted by the American Library Association, both of which are made a part hereof.

Gifts will be accepted with provisions as to addition to the collection upon examination of materials. Non-usable gifts will be given the disposition that is of most value to the library.

(Amended during 7-7-99 supplement, 12-1-00 supplement, 12-1-06 supplement)



PUBLIC RELATIONS

Cooperation will be given to other libraries to advance the usage of all libraries and to provide additional services to the readers of our community, and to publicize the value of library services to all.

(Revised by Res. 91-26, amended during 12-1-00 supplement, 12-1-06 supplement)



UNATTENDED CHILDREN

The library offers many programs and services that encourage children to develop a love of books, reading and learning. However:

?      Because the library is a place where children gather, it may attract people whose interest in children is not entirely wholesome.

?      The safety and well-being of children at the library is of serious concern.

?      Responsibility for children using the library rests at all times with the parent(s) or assigned caregiver(s), not with the library personnel.

?      The library staff has leeway to intervene if aware of disruptive behavior.

?      The staff cannot know if children are leaving the building with their parents or strangers.

For the protection and well-being of children who enjoy libraries, the following has been established:

?      Children under eight (8) years must be continually attended by a parent or a caregiver while in the library.

?      Parents and caregivers should be familiar with the library’s hours of operation and should not leave children before opening or after closing.

?      The library staff is not responsible for supervising children left alone when the library is closed, but will make attempts to reach a parent for immediate pick-up.

?      The police department will be notified of any child who has been left too long or repeatedly in this unsafe situation.

(Added during 3-6-08 supplement)



IN-LIBRARY LAPTOP LOAN POLICY

(a)    Laptop computers are available to patrons for use in the library only. A valid Kenai Community Library card must be presented at check-out and a Laptop Liability form must be filled out and on file.

(b)    Patrons must be at least thirteen (13) years of age to borrow a laptop. Patrons thirteen (13) to seventeen (17) years of age must have a parent or legal guardian sign a liability form in person before first check-out. Patrons thirteen (13) to seventeen (17) years old who do not have a Kenai Community Library card because of parental choice, must provide written authorization from a parent or legal guardian. The parent/legal guardian assumes responsibility for the laptop on their Kenai Community Library card. A library card is considered valid if the patron’s information is current and the account is in good standing.

(c)    Laptops are available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis. Holds or advance bookings are not available. Laptops should never be left unattended. Users must abide by the Internet Safety Policy.

(d)    No food or drink is allowed when using the laptop.

(e)    The loan period is two (2) hours. Laptops are checked out and returned to the circulation desk. Upon return of the laptop, users are required to wait while the computer is checked to ensure all equipment is intact. Loan period may be extended subject to staff approval. Laptops must be returned at least thirty (30) minutes prior to Library closing.

(f)    Documents should be saved to a USB drive. The Library does not provide these devices. All user files will be deleted when the laptop is turned off. Printing from the laptop is not available. The Library is not responsible for lost files for any reason.

(g)    The user agrees to assume any and all liability for the cost of repair or replacement in the event of loss due to theft, damage whether intentional or unintentional, negligence or misuse. A repair fee will be levied for damaged laptops based on the cost of the repairs plus an administrative fee. Any laptop equipment malfunctions should be reported immediately to Library staff. Fees for the laptop computer, power cord or adapter will be charged based on replacement cost.

(Added during 9-18-10 supplement)



KENAI COMMUNITY LIBRARY INTERNET SAFETY POLICY


MISSION

The mission of the Kenai Community Library is to provide a comfortable and friendly environment in which the public may:

•       Have a reasonable expectation that they will leave the building with what they came for;

•       Relax and read current materials;

•       Receive knowledgeable assistance and answers to questions;

•       Pursue opportunities for lifelong learning;

•       Find professionally selected materials in all formats for personal enjoyment;

•       Enjoy programs or performances;

•       Have access to technological resources.

In support of this mission, the library provides individualized assistance, community outreach, professional expertise and current technologies for equal access to facilities, quality services and materials in a variety of formats.

The library supports the Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association Freedom to Read statement. The Library’s mandate is to provide the public access to information on all sides of an issue.



CURRENT INTERNET POLICIES

•       Internet access shall be made reasonable, fair, and equitable to all users with the understanding that it is the individual user’s responsibility to demonstrate judgment, respect for others, and appropriate conduct while using Public Library resources and facilities. Use of the Internet constitutes agreement to comply with this policy.

•       Internet communications shall be considered private and confidentiality will be encouraged within the limits of a public environment, the technology of the equipment, and the requirements of law.

•       Violations of library guidelines and engaging in certain prohibited practices in Internet use may lead to the suspension or revocation of Internet access through the Library.



GUIDELINES FOR RESPONSIBLE USE

It is expected that the user of the Internet:

•       Shall make only authorized access to systems, netware, software and databases for educational, informational and recreational purposes only;

•       Shall avoid the sending, receiving, and displaying of text or graphics that may be reasonably construed as sexually explicit or offensive. A written definition of what constitutes “sexually explicit” material is available at the front desk;

•       Shall obey the law and regulations in their application to copyright, licensed software and data;

•       Shall be aware that violations of these guidelines for responsible use my lead to the suspension or revocation of your Internet access within the Library.



UNACCEPTABLE USES OF COMPUTERS AND RULES OF CONDUCT

Among the uses that are considered unacceptable and which constitute a violation of this policy are the following:

•       Uses that violate the law or encourage others to violate the law. Downloading and viewing visual depictions that are

(1) obscene, (2) child pornography, or (3) harmful to minors;

•       Uses that violate copyright laws and licensing agreements, such as downloading materials that encourage others to violate the law; downloading or transmitting confidential, trade secret information, or copyrighted materials;

•       Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property. Engaging in defamation, uploading any harmful form of programming, vandalism; or “hacking;”

•       Uses that jeopardize the security of access of the computer network or other networks on the Internet, altering the Library’s computer settings; damaging or modifying computer equipment or software;

•       Uses that compromise the safety and security of minors when using e-mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications: Giving others private information about one’s self or others. Minor is defined as under age eighteen (18);

•       Uses that Violate Confidentiality of Information: Personally identifiable information about users may not be disclosed or used in any way, except to law enforcement authorities as provided in the law.



STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITY

The Internet with its highly diverse and often controversial content is an unregulated resource and can be used only at your own risk. Beyond its home pages, Kenai Community Library cannot control the information found on the Internet and is not responsible for its accuracy, correctness or its suitability.

Library may suggest specific Internet sites that have potential interest for Library users, but the Library cannot control a user’s access to other Internet resources.

The Kenai Community Library has not installed filters for Internet access. No filtering system is completely effective or efficient. This is especially true in filtering of images and video. Filters on Internet terminals might restrict access to sites that could be deemed objectionable, but would

also limit access to sites that have legitimate research value.



*A SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS

The Internet’s “user friendliness” and intrinsic flexibility to access a wide range of well known and many lesser known information resources demands diligent and thoughtful parental supervision.

It should be understood that the Kenai Community Library cannot act as a censor or as a substitute parent. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide the oversight to ensure their children’s use of the Internet in an appropriate and safe manner.

As with all Library resources, the Library affirms the right and responsibility of parents/guardians, NOT Library staff, to determine and monitor their minor children’s use of the Internet. (Minors are defined in this policy as children and young people under the age of eighteen (18) years.) Parents who believe that their children cannot responsibly use the Library’s Internet access are requested to monitor their children’s Internet use.



INTERNET OFFERINGS AND LIMITATIONS

•       Library access to the Internet is available at work stations that use software designed to browse the World Wide Web (WWW). Dial in access is not available through the library.

•       You will need a current Kenai Community Library card or photo identification in order to check in for computer use. Computer use is limited to one (1) time per day. The library offers both sit-down timed stations (one (1) hour in the winter, forty-five (45) minutes in the summer) and expresses terminals (twenty (20) minutes.)

•       You may not use your own software programs on the library computers, nor install any programs or drivers on the library computers. This will help prevent computer viruses that are common on public computers.

•       Bring your own used disk or drive, formatted for an IBM PC compatible, if you wish to save files. There is a system printer for printing at twenty-five cents ($0.25) per page.

•       Misuse of the computer or Internet access will result in loss of your computer privileges.

•       Because of library scheduling, Internet-trained staff may not always be available.



RESPONSE TO VIOLATIONS

Internet computers may not be used by anyone, including minors, for illegal activity, to access illegal materials, or to access materials that by local community standards would be obscene. Library employees are authorized to take prompt and appropriate actions to prohibit use by persons who fail to comply with the Internet Safety Policy as stated or implied herein.



RESPONSIBILITIES OF LIBRARY STAFF AND USERS

Library staff will not monitor a user’s Internet use, except for length of use in order to ensure equal opportunity of access for everyone. The user, or the parent of a minor, is responsible for his or her Internet session at all times. The Library reserves the right to terminate an Internet session that disrupts library services or that involves user behavior that violates the Library’s policies.



DISCLAIMERS

While the Library endeavors to provide access to information of the highest quality, the Library specifically disclaims any warrant as to the information’s accuracy, timeliness, authoritativeness, usefulness or fitness for a particular purpose.



The Library will have no liability for direct, indirect or consequential damages related to the use of information accessed through the Library’s Internet service.

Since software and information downloaded from any sources, including the Internet, may contain computer viruses, users are advised to utilize virus checking software on their home computers. The Library is not responsible for damage to users’ disks or computers or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from use of the Library’s computers.