Policies

Introduction
These policies were created for the effective and lawful operation of the Herington Public Library of Herington, Kansas. With the exception of federal law, state statues, and local ordinances, policies are as diverse as the people who implement them and the facilities in which are applied.
It is essential to use these policies in the context of the needs of the City of Herington. These factors become the foundation for the mission, goals, objects and strategies of the Herington Public library.

Mission of the Library
The mission of the Herington Public Library is to provide library resources and services necessary to the educational, recreational, and informational needs of the public. Materials are selected and services are planned to satisfy the needs of individuals or groups within the community. The library not only looks to present needs but also to future needs. It also will attempt to satisfy the needs of the community for both traditional and non-traditional users of the library. It is important that every member of the community have free access to the world of ideas, information, and creative experience.

The Herington Public Library selects, makes available, and promotes the use of library materials, whatever the format, which:

  1. Meet the information needs of the community.
  2. Meet the recreational needs of the community.
  3. Supplement formal and informal study.
  4. Reflect a variety of opinions on a subject.
  5. Support economic, cultural, recreation, and civic activities in the community.
  6. Stimulate self-understanding and growth
  7. Enhance job-related knowledge and skills.
  8. Increase knowledge of and participation in the affairs of the community, the state, the country, and the world.
    ~ Revised on February 13, 2013 – (Shelly Wirtz, Director)
    ~ Reviewed on February 14, 2017 – (Shelly Wirtz, Director)

Library Bill of Rights
The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

  1. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
  2. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

  1. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
  2. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
  3. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Adopted June 18, 1948, by the ALA Council; amended February 2, 1961; amended June 28, 1967; amended January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 24, 1996.

A history of the Library Bill of Rights is found in the latest edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual

Policies:
Rules of Conduct
Customer Account
Loan Periods and Loan Limits
Interlibrary Loan
Donations of Materials
Computer Usage
Computer Rules
Internet Safety Policy (KS-CIPA)
Library Closing
Meeting Room
Display & Bulletin Board

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