Policies

Patrons will be expected to pay the replacement cost of any library materials lost or damaged

Within the provisions of the state laws, The Board of Trustees, adopts the following policies:   

      1.  Books and other materials will be accepted on the condition that the librarian has the authority to make whatever disposition she deems advisable.

The library will not accept:

  • Old books whose subject matter is out-of-date
  • Used school and college textbooks
  • Books that are in poor repair
  • Books that do not meet the library's standards, such as children's series books, comics, etc.
  • Best sellers of former years and book club choices off which the library has a copy or which no longer has appeal
  • Sets of well-known authors' complete novels in very fine print or poor paper
  • Old sets of encyclopedias

The library will accept:

  • Local history items, regardless of condition
  • Out-of-print books which the library wants but has not been able to obtain
  • Good copies of sound standard works
  • Good replacements of popular books of long-range appeal

       2.  Gifts of money , real property and /or stock will be accepted if conditions attached thereto are acceptable to the Board of Trustees and to the city commissioners.

       3.  Personal property, art objects, portraits, antiques and other museum objects will only be accepted if approved by the board.

      4.  The library will not accept for deposit materials which are not out-right gifts.

Community members have donated funds to honor or remember special events in their lives, such as marriages, births, anniversaries or deaths. The memorial program enables the library to purchase many extra items of high quality as needed and to enhance the appearance of the library.
A gift to the Marion City Library in honor or memory of someone loved perpetuates the memory of the deceased or gives recognition to a friend, relative or loved one. The gift, in essence, becomes a “living memorial” that will always be appreciated and cherished as it is viewed by patrons of the library.
When a gift or memorial contribution is received, an acknowledgment note will be sent to the family of the person memorialized or to the person who was chosen to be honored and recognized. The amount of your gift is confidential and is never mentioned.
An attractive book plate will be placed in the front of each book indicating to whom the book is dedicated and the name of the donor. Larger items will also be recognized by the addition of a memorial plaque to the item.

Your contributions are a beautiful way to express your love and respect for someone special.

 The Marion City Library is pleased to offer you access to the internet. The Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the internet and cannot be held responsible for its contents. Internet is a global network. There is no local control of its content. Library patrons use it at their own risk. Parents or guardians not the library or its staff, are responsible for the internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Also, not all sources on the internet provide accurate, complete or current information., Users need to be good information consumers, questioning the validity of the information found. Library staff cannot provide in-depth training on the internet. They may, however, be able to offer searching suggestions and answer questions. Because of the library scheduling, internet-trained staff may not always be available.

 The Marion City Library is pleased to offer you access to the internet. The Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the internet and cannot be held responsible for its contents. Internet is a global network. There is no local control of its content. Library patrons use it at their own risk. Parents or guardians not the library or its staff, are responsible for the internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Also, not all sources on the internet provide accurate, complete or current information., Users need to be good information consumers, questioning the validity of the information found. Library staff cannot provide in-depth training on the internet. They may, however, be able to offer searching suggestions and answer questions. Because of the library scheduling, internet-trained staff may not always be available.

The Library's Kansas Room may be available to the public to use for any meetings etc., with librarian's approval with prior scheduling and notification. Library patrons have first access to use the Kansas Room for library use. (Ks research, using microfilm, etc.)

The Kansas Room may be used by the public in library related topic or when the library has provided a special program or display with librarian approval.

The Marion City Library is pleased to offer computers equipped with educational programs for children ages 2-12.

Children’s computers provide educational programs. They give the opportunity for children ages 12 and under access to learning programs and to become familiar with hands-on computer usage.

Computers may be used for 1/2 hour. Appointments may be made by calling the library ahead of time and reserving a computer and timeslot.

Children ages 2-10 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult while using the computers.   

Users may not install software on any of the library’s computers or run any programs that have not been installed by the Marion City Library.

A limit of one child per computer due to space limitations.

Please ask library staff for assistance with equipment or software trouble.

Please do not change the settings, icons etc. on computers

 PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY:   Computers in the library must not be used as babysitters. Parents must monitor their children’s use of the computers at all times.

  USE:   The computers in the children’s area may not be used by students older than 12 unless it is required for their learning enrichment.

 TIME LIMIT:  Children with their parents may use the computers for 1/2 hour.

 HEADPHONES:  Children are to use the headphones with the computers to reduce noise in the children’s area. Alcohol wipes are available to use before using the headphones.               

As with all materials in the library, any restriction of a child’s access to the computer is the sole responsibility of the parent, guardian, or caregiver.

Parents and caregivers should note that the library does not offer childcare services.  Parents are expected to provide adequate supervision for their children at the library as at any public place.

Children older than 10 who enjoy using library resources are welcome on their own for a reasonable period of time.   Most children reach their limit in an hour.

The library staff reserves the right to ask children to leave the building if they behave inappropriately, are unresponsive to staff or are bothering other patrons and have become a nuisance.

Because we care about the safety of your children, parents should be aware that the size and public nature of our building, as well as the many demands on the attention of staff, make it impossible for library employees to keep track of the whereabouts of patron's children or guarantee their safety in and outside the library.

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