Anyone can get a library card. Library cards are free of charge. A replacement fee will be charged for a lost or damaged card. Verification Photo ID and proof of current address are required to obtain a library card. Photo identification may include, but not limited to, a driver’s license, state ID, tribal ID or student ID. Proof of address may include, but not limited to, mortgage/rental papers, utility bill or printed checks. Juvenile Cards Parents or legal guardians must be present when children (15 years and younger) apply for a card. The parent or legal guardian’s identification serves as proof of address for the child. Community Cards Community cards are available for patrons in a temporary living situation and have a lower checkout limit. Renewing a Card All library cards expire after 2 years. Lost Cards The Shawano County Libraries must be contacted immediately if a card is lost or stolen. Borrowing Privileges Loan periods and limits on checkout are: Format Loan Period DVDs, Videogames 7 days New books, New Audiobooks, Music CDs, Periodicals 14 days eReaders 14 days Books, Audiobooks, Software 28 days Equipment 3 days Delivery Service 4 weeks Pamphlets Do Not Circulate Periodicals-Current Issue Do Not Circulate Cardholders may have a maximum of 75 items out at one time although some formats may have smaller limits. Library borrowing privileges are withheld when more than $5 is owed on the account. Renewals Items may be renewed twice (once for eReaders) if there is no reserve on the item. Renewals can be made in person with a current library card, by phone or on-line through the Infosoup catalog. Holds Materials that are not currently available may be requested in-person, by phone, or online through the Infosoup catalog. Patrons will be notified when the material is available by phone, e-mail or text. The library card which was used to place the hold, must be produced in order to pick-up the hold at the library. Library Card Unavailable Checking out without a library card is permissible if the patron can provide a picture ID (allowable one time per year). Fines Items not returned by the due date will incur a daily fine until the item is returned as follows: Format Fine Maximum Fine eReaders $5.00 $50.00 Books (4wk) $0.15 $25.00 New Books $0.30 $25.00 Magazines $0.15 $4.95 Pamphlets $0.15 $2.00 Audiobooks, Music CDs, software $0.30 $25.20 DVDs $1.25 $30.00 Videogames $1.25 $30.00 Children’s $0.10 $15.00 Equipment $1.25 $30.00 Interlibrary Loan $1.25 $30.00 Birnamwood Branch does not accrue fines. Fees There is no charge for checking out materials, using the Internet, and the initial library card. Fees for Other Services Are: Printing $0.25/page Photocopies $0.25/page Fax $1 for local or tollfree; $1/page for in the US; $1.50/page for international Meeting Rooms - Profit groups only $20 for 3hrs or less; $40 for over 3hrs Replacement Library Card $3.00 Damages The patron must pay for the replacement cost of damaged items. Identical replacement items may be pre-approved at the discretion of the Library Director. Damages are: Audio Kit Bag $1.00 Book Jacket $1.00 Media Cases $5.00 Missing barcode $1.00 Other Miscellaneous Damages Discretion of the Library Director Lost Items The list price will be charged for all lost items. Refunds will be issued if a paid item is returned with the receipt within 1 month of payment.
The Shawano County Libraries and Bookmobile encompass a wide variety of interests, educational backgrounds, and financial abilities. The Libraries act to fulfill its mission by selecting, acquiring, organizing, preserving, maintaining, deselecting and providing access to a collection of materials and electronic resources that address the interests and needs of the diverse community of members within the framework of the available staff and funds. Collection Development of Shawano County Libraries is founded on the principles of intellectual freedom and equal access for all. The Libraries strive to provide a collection that balances viewpoints and opinions across a broad spectrum. In its selection of materials, the Shawano County Libraries endorse the Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read Statement, and the Freedom to View Statement. Please see the attached appendices to view these documents. The Libraries provide materials to residents of all ages and makes them conveniently available to all people in Shawano County through its main library, the branches, and Bookmobile. While the Libraries will not promote specific beliefs or views, they will provide enough suitable materials to enable the public to make informed and intelligent decisions and supports the individual choice and judgment of its users in seeking information. Decisions to select or retain an item are based on the merits of each work or information as it relates to the goals and coverage of the collection. The Libraries consider the value of each item in its entirety, not on specific passages of sections within the item. Inclusion of an item does not constitute endorsement of its content. Collection Development Management Final responsibility for collection development rests with the Library Director. The day-to-day administration of collection development may be delegated to other professional staff. Sources for selection decisions include, but are not limited to, standard library reviewing media, professional journals, published reviews, publisher or vendor catalogs, requests, and recommendations. General Selection Criteria The Shawano County Libraries select materials for its collection in accordance with professionally accepted guidelines. The Libraries strive to represent all viewpoints and does not sanction particular beliefs or views. The selection of an item does not signify endorsement of the author’s viewpoint. Retention Criteria Condition, content, inherent value, and use are the primary criteria used to determine the continued retention of materials in the collection. Many materials do not withstand the test of time or repeated handling. Many fields of knowledge change drastically by new discoveries or changes in culture. As demand declines, the Libraries may remove multiple copies, worn, damaged and obsolete materials. Materials will be disposed of at the discretion of the Library Director, who will ensure that it is done in such a manner that no for-profit organization or private individual will realize any financial gain. Evaluation Criteria Evaluation techniques are used to measure collection usefulness in terms of scope and depth, as well as strengths and weaknesses. Measures of evaluation include, but are not limited to, age and condition of items, frequency of requests placed through the online catalog and interlibrary loan, circulation, in-house use, and historical significance. Reconsideration of Library Materials The Shawano County Libraries actively supports and adheres to the Library Bill of Rights and abides by laws concerning intellectual freedom. Should an individual library user object to a specific item in the collection, the request will be handled as follows:
Staff will listen to the citizen’s objections and respond courteously, but make no commitment.
If the explanation of the selection policies does not satisfy the citizen, s/he shall be given the Request for Reconsideration form to complete and return to the Library.
The Library Director will gather reviews on the specific item and discuss them with the citizen who challenged the item.
If the citizen remains unsatisfied, the Library Director will meet with the Shawano County Libraries Board of Trustees and review the challenged item and respond to the citizen. Decisions of the Library Board shall be final.
No citizen may reissue a complaint for the same material for three years
It is unlawful for any unauthorized person to possess a weapon or firearm in a municipal building per city of Shawano municipal code Section 8.02(2)(b).
Section 8.02(2)(b) reads: Possession and use of firearms and other dangerous weapons prohibited. In addition to the provisions of Subsection 8.02(2)(a) above, no person, except duly authorized City, village, county, state or federal law enforcement officers specifically authorized by law to carry firearms, shall possess or use a firearm, oriental martial arts weapon, including, but not limited to, nunchaku sticks and shuriken stars, brass knuckles and slingshots, while in any public building or on public land within the City. No person shall possess or use a firearm, oriental martial arts weapon, including, but not limited to, nunchaku sticks and shuriken stars, brass knuckles and slingshots, while in any public place within the City unless written consent to so possess or use a firearm, oriental martial arts weapon, including, but not limited to, nunchaku sticks and shuriken stars, brass knuckles and slingshots, has been given by the owner or lessee of such public place.
Under Wisconsin Statutes Section 43.30, library records that indicate the identity of any individual who borrows or uses a library’s documents or other materials, resources or services may only be disclosed:
With written consent of the library user
By court order
To the custodial parent or guardian of a child who is under the age of 16 who requests such library records
To persons acting within the scope of their duties in the administration of the library
Under certain circumstances, to other libraries for interlibrary loan purposes
The Shawano County Libraries protect the privacy of library records and the confidentiality of library users of services and materials by relevant laws. In addition, the Library Board supports the principle of freedom of inquiry for library users and protects against the unwarranted invasion of the personal privacy of library users. Therefore, the following information will not be disclosed:
A patron’s name
A patron’s address
A patron’s telephone number, fax number, or email address
A patron’s borrowing record and its contents
The number and character of questions asked by a patron
The frequency or content of a patron’s lawful visits to the library
The information supplied to a patron
The library’s circulation records and their contents will not be released without presentation of a court order or subpoena unless the cardholder provides written consent to library personnel (Wis. Stats. 43.40)
As an educational and cultural institution, the Shawano County Libraries welcome exhibits and displays of interest, information, and enlightenment to the community. Displays of handiwork, historical materials, nature study, or any other material deemed of general interest may be exhibited. Displays and exhibits may be placed in the Libraries at the discretion of the Director and may be removed at a later date due to space requirements or lack of interest.
The Libraries assume no responsibility for the preservation or protection, and no liability for possible damage or theft of any item displayed or exhibited. All items placed in the Libraries are at the owner’s risk.
The Shawano County Libraries encourage community participation by accepting gifts of money or time that enhance the Library. Donations may be tax deductible. The valuation of gifts of tangible personal property and gifts-in-kind shall be the responsibility of the donor.
Donated materials must meet the same selection criteria as purchased materials and will be subject to the same de-selection guidelines. The Library will retain materials only if they add value to the current library environment. The Shawano County Libraries reserve the right to offer materials to other publicly funded agencies, sell them, or otherwise discard them. Monetary gifts are encouraged. Donors may indicate preferences for the types of materials to be purchased, however, library staff is ultimately responsible for the selection of gift materials and will base their decisions on the guidelines set forth in the collection development policy. Individuals are encouraged to donate their time to the Shawano County Libraries.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a borrowing privilege available to residents of Shawano County. While not every item will be available, Shawano Library does its best to meet the needs of most users. ILL users must have their account in good standing. This service allows patrons to borrow materials that are not available through Infosoup. This includes:
Microfilm from State Historical Society
Loaning Libraries The main sources of materials are public and academic libraries of Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. These libraries are connected via a van delivery network that runs daily between the states and their hubs. Materials not available through ILL:
Items available on Infosoup
Items published in the previous four months
Reference & Genealogy Material – Some specific items may be available to be photocopied
Magazines – Some specific items may be available to be photocopied
Outside of the 4-state van delivery, the Shawano Library is responsible for returning items to loaning libraries at our own expense. Due to this, these additional items are not available outside the 4-state area:
AV material used for entertainment
Material only available out of the United States
Limited availability in the United States
Transit Time The Shawano Library has no control over the length of time it takes for ILL items to arrive. Many variables are involved, such as: availability, lending policies of the loaning libraries and number of libraries that own the item. Checkout Period The due date and opportunity for renewal is determined by the loaning library. If a renewal is needed, the request must be made 4 days before the item’s due date. An item may be renewed only once. Cost of ILL There is no direct charge to the patron for ILL services. Borrowers are responsible for any overdue charges, damages to items, or lost items. Charges for lost or damaged items are determined by the loaning library.
The Shawano County Libraries provide free Internet access for the public. The patron’s individual library card must be produced in order to use the Internet. Computer use is limited to one hour per day per patron with an account in good standing, which may be extended if there is no waiting list. Length of computer usage is tracked automatically through SAM. Visitor passes may be available for those patrons without library cards.
Internet resources are provided equally to all users. Shawano County Libraries’ control over content accessed by patrons using the Internet is governed by federal and state laws. Internet users should be aware the he or she may encounter material that is inaccurate, controversial, offensive, or unsuitable for minors. Patron use of the Internet carries with it the responsibility to evaluate the quality of information accessed. Library staff is available to help patrons navigate, identify, access, and evaluate resources found on the Internet. Parents or guardians, not the Shawano County Libraries, are responsible for the use of the Internet by minor children. Parents and guardians are encouraged to discuss appropriate use of the Internet and to supervise their child’s usage. Parents and guardians may choose to restrict access to the Internet for their minor children. The Shawano County Libraries do not offer or support personal e-mail accounts. All users of electronic resources are expected to use the resources in a responsible, ethical manner. Misuse of the computers will result in a loss of computer privileges. Such misuse includes, but is not limited to:
Using resources for unauthorized, illegal, or unethical purposes
Representing oneself as another user
Attempting to modify or gain access to account information, card numbers, files, passwords, or information belonging to others
Damaging or altering software components
Illegally making copies of copyrighted or licensed software and data
Sending, receiving, displaying, or printing text or images or sound clips which may be construed as legally obscene or harmful to minors
Making changes to the setup or configuration of the library’s software or hardware
Using individual software
The Shawano County Libraries reserve the right to monitor individual’s use of the library workstation for security purposes, conformance with procedures and acceptable use policies and the detection of illegal activities. The privacy provisions of Chap. 43 Wis. Stat. will apply to an individual’s use of the Internet although evidence of illegal activities will be reported to the appropriate authorities.
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The Shawano County Libraries provide free wireless access to patrons through an independent Internet provider.
The wireless network service is not secure. It is the individual’s responsibility to provide appropriate security settings to control access from other wireless devices within the library and the Internet itself. The Shawano County Libraries assumes no responsibility for providing virus protection or other security measures. Users of the wireless service are expected to abide by the library’s Internet Use Policy. Failure to comply with this policy may result in lost of wireless access services through the Shawano County Libraries. Library staff is unable to provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be made that individuals will be able to make a wireless connection. The Shawano County Libraries assume no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for notebook/laptop computer or other wireless device configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the library’s wireless access.
The Shawano County Libraries aim to promote a comprehensive understanding of the library’s objectives and services among governing officials, civic leaders, and the general public as well as to promote active participation in the varied services offered by the library to people of all ages. Library staff and board members are encouraged to participate in variety of community activities that promote the library.
The Library contains three meeting rooms: the Ella Veslak Room, the Elsie Engel Room, and the Wisconsin Room. Meeting rooms are available to community groups during normal library hours, provided the rooms are not scheduled for library events.
Meetings must be free and open to the public.
Youth groups must have an adult sponsor.
No smoking, alcoholic beverages, or illegal drugs/activities are allowed
There is no fee for non-profit groups, however a tax exempt number must be on file.
For profit groups, a fee of $20.00 for the first three hours and $40.00 thereafter will be charged.
The Library is not responsible for any lost personal property of those attending the meetings or for loss or damage to exhibits and items used for the meetings.
A $25.00 deposit is required if refreshments will be served.
A variety of audio-visual equipment is available at no charge. Equipment needs must be arranged in advance of the meeting.
Groups cannot use the fact of the meeting’s location as an endorsement of their activity, view, products, or services by the library, its staff, its governing board, or the City or County of Shawano.
A signed application form must be on file prior to using a meeting room.
In order to ensure the enjoyment of everyone, it is each patron’s responsibility to maintain proper standards of behavior in order to protect his/her individual rights and privileges as well as the rights and privileges of others. The Shawano County Libraries support the rights of individuals to:
Use the library without discrimination
Receive friendly, courteous and respectful service
Have free and equal access to information
Use the library without a threat of invasion of privacy
The Shawano County Libraries restrict certain activities that in the judgment of management constitute unacceptable use of the library. If a patron continues to engage in the following activities, after being informed of acceptable use, loss of library privileges, suspension from the library, removal from the library and/or criminal prosecution or other legal action may result. Unacceptable use includes, but is not limited to:
Disruptive behavior that hinders public use, such as loud or boisterous behavior, verbal or physical harassment, drunkenness, running, fighting, or grouping together
Illegal activities, including using library databases for illegal or criminal purposes
Activities that present health or security risks
Interference with the enjoyment of the library by others
Disruption of the normal flow of operations
Damage or alteration of library property, including library materials and technology
Violation of copyright laws
Violation of federal or state laws or local ordinances
Assuming the identity of another person
To ensure that children have a safe, productive and fun library visit:
Parents/guardians/caregivers, not library staff, are responsible for the safety and behavior of their children at all times while using the library
Children under 12 years old should not be left unattended in any area of the library
At the discretion of a parent/guardian/caregiver, children 12 years and older may use the library, unaccompanied, for a reasonable period of time and following the patron rights and responsibilities
The Shawano County Libraries provide space on its bulletin boards and literature racks for distribution of free materials which may be of interest to library patrons. Materials may be removed at the discretion of library staff due to timeliness, content, or space issues. Materials acceptable for posting include: course, school, and educational announcements; special events and activities by non-profit organizations; author appearances and/or book signings by profit or non-profit organizations; and activities and services available through municipal, state and federal offices. Materials not acceptable for posting include: commercial, religious, or political announcements and “Wanted” or “For Sale” notices. Posting of material does not constitute endorsement by the Shawano County Libraries.
The Shawano County Libraries provide Reference and Reader’s Advisory service to assist patrons in finding information, selecting materials, and using other information resources. Staff responds to information needs using the library collection and identifying sources beyond the library whenever necessary. Staff use professional judgment to assess needs and provides information, assistance or instruction appropriate to individual requests. All references transactions are confidential under Wisconsin Statute 43.30. Staff will provide replies to all requests for information and will accept questions in person, over the phone, by fax, through the mail, and through electronic means. Requests will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to in-person inquiries. In providing information, especially in the subject areas of law, medicine and human biology, consumer information, personal finance/tax information, staff will use professional judgment while avoiding personal interpretation and recommendations. Staff may set reasonable limits on the amount of time and level of response given to patron requests for information. Simple requests for information can usually be answered fully. More complex questions may require that patrons participate in finding needed information, with staff providing guidance and assistance. Patrons doing in-depth research or needing extensive individual reading guidance should expect to receive professional assistance, direction and library instruction, but will be expected to conduct the actual research themselves.
Shawano County Libraries prohibit solicitors, petitioners, peddlers and others who seek to sell goods or services in the library or on library property as these activities may interfere with the use or enjoyment of the library by other patrons. Fundraising, other than for the library, is not allowed on Shawano Library property. All library fundraising will be conducted under the permission of the Friends of Shawano County Libraries, Inc.
The Shawano County Libraries supplement the efforts of paid library staff to provide quality library collections, services and programs; serves as a method for area residents to become familiar with the library; and creates opportunities for individuals to feel personal satisfaction while performing a valuable service for the community. A volunteer is a person who performs tasks without wages, benefits, or compensation of any kind. Minor children may only work as volunteers with the consent of a parent or legal guardian. Volunteers are recognized by the public as representatives of the library and shall be guided by the same work and behavior codes as employees. They work with the status of “at-will” employees. The Shawano County Libraries do not provide workers compensation coverage for volunteers.
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