Library Policies

List of Policies

These policies govern what materials are available in the library. The complete policy book is available in the office.

The library board has established these policies to govern the library. These policies serve as a blue print for effective library operation, underscore the library's service philosophy and ensure that customers receive consistent service. The policies are reviewed regularly to help guarantee that they remain timely.

These policies cover policies on loan periods, borrowing privileges

Checkout policy

Books & Audios ........... 2 weeks
Magazines.....................1 week
Videos & DVDs..............1 week
Reference items do not circulate
One week grace period for returns
*** Materials not returned must be replaced or replacement cost paid.***

Patrons must have a valid library card in order to check out materials

Open Access

Open access allows a patron with a valid library card, issued in the state of Iowa, the privilege of checking out materials at other libraries in the county as well as the state.  The patron can return the borrowed materials checked out from another library to the Garnavillo Public Library and the staff will return the materials to the lending library.

The Garnavillo Public Library will follow Iowa Code 714.5 in regards to overdue materials, and this statute is posted at the library.

Books and materials not returned or damaged must be be replaced or replacement cost paid.  As a last option the library will refuse services.

Relationships, Rights, Responsibilities Policies

These polices include how the library relates to the city and the county, customer service, rights and responsibilities.
Suggested content for policies on Relationships, Rights and Responsibilities:
  • Internal relations
  • Board / director, board / staff, director / staff
  • Friends groups and volunteers
  • Library Foundation
  • Iowa Library Service Areas
  • State Library
  • Iowa Library Association (ILA)
  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • External relations
  • Customer service
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Library and funding bodies (city, county, etc.)
  • Customer rights and responsibilities
  • Customer dress code
  • Acceptable behavior
  • Unattended children