Disclaimer

Disclaimer of Liability or Endorsement

  Endorsement of any commercial site or entity, or of its products or services, is neither expressed nor implied. The views and opinions expressed in any referenced document do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Wright County Library. The Library does not assume liability for the use of any product, service or information provided by referenced documents.

Kids Letter

Kids Letter to Parents

The Wright County Library offers many great fiction and nonfiction books for kids of all ages, including board books for our toddlers and early readers. We also have a marvelous collection of family-oriented videos and children’s magazines.
Letter to Parents

When your child has a Wright County Library card, he or she will have the power to open up a whole world of knowledge and adventure. In striving to meet everyone’s needs, our book selectors have chosen a broad collection of library materials and information available to everyone, which provides many viewpoints on every subject possible. Consequently, while our collection has thousands of items families want, like, and need, it also may have materials that some parents may find offensive to them or inappropriate for their children.
As parent or guardian, you are responsible for what your child reads or views, and for the materials checked out on your child’s library card. Decisions about what materials are suitable for particular children should be made by the people who know them best – you.

Children mature at different rates. They have different backgrounds and interests. And they have different reading levels and abilities. For instance, one parent may feel a particular library book is inappropriate for his daughter, while the same book may be a favorite of her classmate’s family. These factors make it impossible for librarians to set any criteria for restricting use based on age alone. To do so would keep others who want and need materials from having access to them.

Like adults, children and teenagers have the right to seek and receive the information that they choose. It is the right and responsibility of parents to guide their own family’s library use while allowing other parents to do the same.

Librarians are not authorized to act as parents. But they are happy to provide suggestions and guidance to parents and youngsters at any time. Feel free to ask questions, and enjoy your library!

Adapted from the ALA pamphlet Kids and Libraries : What You Should Know.

Meetings

Public Hearings

 Each August, the Wright County Library Board holds a public hearing to discuss the upcoming budget and to set the tax levy. The 2007 set date will be publicized at least two weeks prior.

 

Board Meetings & Agendas

The Wright County Library Board meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday evening of each month, at 7:00 p.m. at a branch library. The agendas will be publicly posted 24 hours in advance of each meeting.  

Internet Use Agreement

INTERNET USER AGREEMENT RULES

1.       Objectionable Material – Internet access allows you to connect to servers and view documents from all over the world.  With this access comes availability to access materials, which may be objectionable to most people.  The Library prohibits the viewing of any Objectionable Material on the Public Use Computers.

2.      Acceptable Use – The use of this service shall be for research, education, local, state, or notional government affairs, community betterment , or public services.  E-mail, surfing the net and other such functions are secondary to this purpose, and patrons engaged in these functions may be asked to terminate their session if it becomes necessary.  They are NOT for Chat, Instant Messaging, or playing games.  NO PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL. This includes e-mails sent to you that obviously contain pornographic images.  Any abusive conduct, illegal activities, advertisements, or any other unacceptable use violation will not be tolerated.  The Wright County Library reserves the right for staff to terminate or change the time limit allowed for any user that violates any of the use policy.  Filtering software has been installed on public computers to block offensive materials.  There may be sites that carry information resources you may find controversial or inappropriate.  Not all sites on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information.  You need to be a good information consumer, questioning the information you find.

3.       BE AWARE:  You may not always be able to go to the places on the Internet you want to visit.  There can be several reasons for this, among them:

●         There are too many visitors and the host computer has closed or limited access from the “outside world”

●         The database or resource is licensed to a particular institution and you need to be affiliated with that institution in order to get access.

●         The host computer has changed its address or has closed down.

4.      Privacy – Wright County Library provides a reasonable expectation of privacy.  Wright County Library will only access private files via a Law Enforcement intervention or Court Order.  Wright County Library access provider, MOREnet provides the latest up to date equipment and security software to provide its customers with the best security possible.  However as soon as Wright County Library users are outside MOREnet’s server, there can be no expectation of privacy or security.

5.      Accountability – Any person under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian that is over the age of 18 and has either a driver’s license or valid picture ID to sign authorization for computer access.  Any person 15 years or younger must have an adult authorized library computer user setting with them at the computer monitoring and supervising them at all times.  A library patron may NOT use the computer if they or a family/household member have any overdue items or fines due, until all issues are cleared.  All Library patrons must present a valid Wright County Library card in their name to the librarian at the circulation desk for her to scan.  At that time you will sign in and be assigned a computer. Your library card will be held at the desk until your session has ended.  Visitors wanting to use the computers must sign in and provide a photo ID that will be copied and held at the circulation desk until the session has ended.

6.      Time Limit – There will be a 1-hour time limit.  At the end of one hour, if no one else is waiting then the user must re-sign the log for an additional hour.  NO user may be on a public use computer for more than two hours per day, which includes use of computers at any Wright County Library location.  It is not acceptable to use our Internet computers beyond time limits established by the Library Board and Staff.  This time limit may change without notice.  The Library reserves the right to terminate an Internet session at any time.  Users must end their sessions and leave the computer immediately when asked to do so by authorized Library staff.  All users will be asked to terminate their sessions ten minutes prior to the library’s closing.

7.      Media Charges – Computer users will be charged 15 cents for each page that has been printed on.  You may not use any disk in the computers except for those bought from the circulation desk.  A disk is $1.00.  The Library will hold disks for patrons if they contain legitimate research information, a resume or school reports.  Disks may not leave the library and then be allowed back into our computer system.

8.      Library users are prohibited from:

●         Violating copyright laws

●         Deliberately crashing the Library’s or other’s workstations or computer systems

●         Modifying files without authorization

●         Altering data

●         Introducing viruses or “Trojan Horses”

●         Damaging files

●         Maliciously disrupting network services

●         Downloading any files onto computer hard drive

●         Irresponsible or offensive behavior

9.       Conduct – Conduct yourself as fitting a library environment.  Please do not lounge in the computer chairs.  We ask that cell phones be turned off in the library. No “Musical Chairs”,  you need to go to the front desk and check out another computer before moving from the computer that is assigned to you.  If you have children with you, they are your responsibility to monitor and control in a quiet non-disruptive manner.  Failure to do so may cause the termination of your session.

10.  User Help – You will need to have some computer knowledge to use the Library computers.  Library staff can provide limited assistance for basic start up procedures but due to Library scheduling, time and knowledge constraints, Library staff cannot provide on demand in-depth training concerning Internet jargon, search strategies or personal computer use.

11.  User Agreement – The user agrees to sign these technology disclaimers and provide a photo ID and will abide by all rules and regulations set forth herein as well as those that may be enacted from time to time by the Library Board of Directors.  Any violation of the above rules may result in the loss of    computer privileges at ALL Wright County Library locations.  Be advised that failure to observe time limits, misuse or abuse of Library equipment, or deliberate sending, receiving or displaying text or graphics in public which may be reasonably construed as obscene is in violation of current Missouri law (Missouri Revised Statutes 573.010 and 573.060) and may result in suspension of Library privileges.  The undersigned also agrees to indemnify Wright County Library for any loss suffered to them by reason of improper use of the Internet by any user; and the user further agrees to compensate anyone harmed by the user’s use of the Internet.

 

Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 573 Section 573.010

Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 573

Pornography and Related Offenses

Section 573.010

August 28, 2006

Definitions.

573.010. As used in this chapter the following terms shall mean:

(1) “Child”, any person under the age of fourteen;

(2) “Child pornography”:

(a) Any obscene material or performance depicting sexual conduct, sexual contact, or a sexual performance, as these terms are defined in section 556.061, RSMo, and which has as one of its participants or portrays as an observer of such

conduct, contact, or performance a minor under the age of eighteen; or

(b) Any visual depiction, including any photograph, film, video, picture, or computer or computer-generated image or picture, whether made or produced by electronic, mechanical, or other means, of sexually explicit conduct where:

a. The production of such visual depiction involves the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct;

b. Such visual depiction is a digital image, computer image, or computer-generated image that is, or is indistinguishable from, that of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct; or

c. Such visual depiction has been created, adapted, or modified to show that an identifiable minor is engaging in sexually explicit conduct;

(3) “Displays publicly”, exposing, placing, posting, exhibiting, or in any fashion displaying in any location, whether public or private, an item in such a manner that it may be readily seen and its content or character distinguished by normal unaided vision viewing it from a street, highway or public sidewalk, or from the property of others or from any portion of the person’s store, or the exhibitor’s store or property when items and material other than this material are offered for sale or rent to the public;

(4) “Explicit sexual material”, any pictorial or three-dimensional material depicting human masturbation, deviate sexual intercourse, sexual intercourse, direct physical stimulation or unclothed genitals, sadomasochistic abuse, or emphasizing the depiction of postpubertal human genitals; provided, however, that works of art or of anthropological significance shall not be deemed to be within the foregoing definition;

(5) “Furnish”, to issue, sell, give, provide, lend, mail, deliver, transfer, circulate, disseminate, present, exhibit or otherwise provide;

(6) “Graphic”, when used with respect to a depiction of sexually explicit conduct, that a viewer can observe any part of the genitals or pubic area of any depicted person or animal during any part of the time that the sexually explicit conduct is being depicted;

(7) “Identifiable minor”:

(a) A person:

a. (i) Who was a minor at the time the visual depiction was created, adapted, or modified; or

(ii) Whose image as a minor was used in creating, adapting, or modifying the visual depiction; and

b. Who is recognizable as an actual person by the person’s face, likeness, or other distinguishing characteristic, such as a unique birthmark or other recognizable feature; and

(b) The term shall not be construed to require proof of the actual identity of the identifiable minor;

(8) “Indistinguishable”, when used with respect to a depiction, virtually indistinguishable, in that the depiction is such that an ordinary person viewing the depiction would conclude that the depiction is of an actual minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Indistinguishable does not apply to depictions that are drawings, cartoons, sculptures, or paintings depicting minors or adults;

(9) “Material”, anything printed or written, or any picture, drawing, photograph, motion picture film, videotape or videotape production, or pictorial representation, or any recording or transcription, or any mechanical, chemical, or electrical reproduction, or stored computer data, or anything which is or may be used as a means of communication. Material includes undeveloped photographs,

molds, printing plates, stored computer data and other latent representational

objects;

(10) “Minor”, any person under the age of eighteen;

(11) “Nudity”, the showing of postpubertal human genitals or pubic area, with less than a fully opaque covering;

(12) “Obscene”, any material or performance is obscene if, taken as a whole:

(a) Applying contemporary community standards, its predominant appeal is to prurient interest in sex; and

(b) The average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find the material depicts or describes sexual conduct in a patently offensive way; and

(c) A reasonable person would find the material lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value;

(13) “Performance”, any play, motion picture film, videotape, dance or exhibition performed before an audience of one or more;

(14) “Pornographic for minors”, any material or performance is pornographic for minors if the following apply:

(a) The average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the material or performance, taken as a whole, has a tendency to cater or appeal to a prurient interest of minors; and

(b) The material or performance depicts or describes nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sadomasochistic abuse in a way which is patently offensive to the average person applying contemporary adult community standards with respect to what is suitable for minors; and

(c) The material or performance, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors;

(15) “Promote”, to manufacture, issue, sell, provide, mail, deliver, transfer, transmute, publish, distribute, circulate, disseminate, present, exhibit, or advertise, or to offer or agree to do the same, by any means including a computer;

(16) “Sadomasochistic abuse”, flagellation or torture by or upon a person as an act of sexual stimulation or gratification;

(17) “Sexual conduct”, actual or simulated, normal or perverted acts of human masturbation; deviate sexual intercourse; sexual intercourse; or physical contact with a person’s clothed or unclothed genitals, pubic area, buttocks, or the breast of a female in an act of apparent sexual stimulation or gratification or any sadomasochistic abuse or acts including animals or any latent objects in an act of apparent sexual stimulation or gratification;

(18) “Sexually explicit conduct”, actual or simulated:

(a) Sexual intercourse, including genital-genital, oral-genital, anal-genital, or oral-anal, whether between persons of the same or opposite sex;

(b) Bestiality;

(c) Masturbation;

(d) Sadistic or masochistic abuse; or

(e) Lascivious exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of any person;

(19) “Sexual excitement”, the condition of human male or female genitals when in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal;

(20) “Visual depiction”, includes undeveloped film and videotape, and data stored on computer disk or by electronic means which is capable of conversion into a visual image;

(21) “Wholesale promote”, to manufacture, issue, sell, provide, mail, deliver, transfer, transmute, publish, distribute, circulate, disseminate, or to offer or agree to do the same for purposes of resale or redistribution.

(L. 1977 S.B. 60, A.L. 1985 H.B. 366, et al., A.L. 1987 H.B. 113, et al., A.L. 1989 H.B. 225, A.L. 2000 S.B. 757 & 602, A.L. 2006 H.B. 1698, et al.)

Effective 6-5-06

� Copyright Missouri General Assembly

Technology Use Policy

TECHNOLOGY USE POLICY

 Purpose

The mission of the Wright County Library is to provide an environment where lifelong habits of learning, self-improvement, and self-expression are encouraged and where patrons can meet their educational, informational and recreational needs.  To that end the Library makes information available in a variety of formats.  Integrating electronic resources from outside networks with the Library’s many other resources allows access to ideas, information, and commentary from around the globe.  One means of accomplishing that goal is to offer Internet access at each of its branches.

Responsibility of Users

The freedom to access information carries with it a burden of responsibility on the part of the user.  The Internet offers access to a wealth of materials that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages.  However, the Internet is unregulated and provides access to some material that may be offensive and/or illegal.

Internet resources, as a result, are not subject to the selection criteria of the Library and not all information found is accurate, complete, up-to-date, or politically correct.  The Library does not monitor or control the content of information found on outside sites, and thus cannot be held responsible for the content of these sites.

Legal and Ethical Use

Misuse or abuse of Library computers or the Internet will result in suspension of Library privileges as well as possible legal action. Examples of illegal or unethical purposes include, but are not limited to:

●         Harassing, libeling or slandering other users;

●         Destroying, damaging or altering equipment, software, or data belonging to the Library or other users;

●         Using computer communications facilities in ways that impede the computing activities of others (such as randomly initiating interactive electronic communications or e-mail exchanges or overusing interactive network utilities);

●         Attempting to alter software configurations or install any software;

●         Violating software license agreements;

●         Violating network usage policies and regulations;

●         Sending, receiving or displaying text or graphics that may be reasonably construed as obscene (MO. Rev. Stat. 573.010);

●         Violating another user’s privacy;

●         Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities;

●         Unauthorized copying of copyright-protected material;

●         Unauthorized use of computer accounts, access codes, or network identification numbers assigned to others;

Chat

Use of chat, instant messaging, or playing games is not permitted.

Confidentiality/Security

Wright County Library provides a reasonable expectation of Privacy.  Wright County Library will only access private files via a Law Enforcement intervention or Court Order. Wright County Library’s Internet access provider, MOREnet provides the latest up to date equipment and security software to provide its customers with the best security possible. However as soon as Wright County Library users are outside MOREnet’s server there can be no expectation of privacy or security.  Users of electronic mail systems should be aware that electronic mail in its present form cannot be secured and is vulnerable to unauthorized access and modification.  The ultimate responsibility for resolution of problems related to the invasion of the user’s privacy or loss of data rests with the user. The Library assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to the user’s data or for any damage or injury arising from invasion of the user’s privacy.

Virus Protection

Software downloaded from the Internet may contain a virus.  The Wright County Library takes reasonable precautions, but the Library is not responsible for damage to a patron’s disk or computer, or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from patron use of the Library computers.

Children and the Internet

The Library makes every attempt to protect users from offensive information.  The Library upholds and affirms the right and responsibility of parents to determine and monitor their children’s use of all Library materials and resources.  Internet users, regardless of their age, are the final selectors of the information my restrict their children and only their children from Internet access.  Parents/guardians are requested to sign the “Technology Use Disclaimer” statement for Internet use by their children.  Parents/guardians acknowledge, by signing the policy, the nature of the Internet and do not hold the Library responsible for:

●         Misinformation

●         Accuracy of data

●         Contents of Internet sites

●         Graphics displayed or printed out from the Internet

●         “Down Time” for any Internet site

●         “Down Time” for Library equipment

●         Misuse of  e-mail accounts

●         Any “Chat” sessions which the child may see or experience while using the Internet on Library equipment.

In compliance with statues 182.825 and 182.827 RSMo, the Library will not allow any minor to use the public computers to access any material deemed pornographic.  The definition of pornographic material contains items listed in 573.010 RSMo, which conforms to our local community standards.  The “Technology Use Disclaimer” must be signed in order to obtain a library card, and if you have children then a “Parent/Guardian Disclaimer for Internet Use” Form must be signed one for each child.

Conduct

Conduct yourself as fitting in a library.  Please do not lounge in the computer chairs.  We ask that cell phones be turned off in the library.  No “Musical Chairs”, i.e., you must come to the front desk and check out another computer before moving from the computer that is originally assigned to you.  If you have children with you, they are your responsibility to monitor and control in a quiet non-disruptive manner.  Failure to do so may cause the termination of your session.

Time Limits

There will be a one hour time limit; at the end of one hour, if no one else is waiting, then the user must re-sign the log for an additional hour.  NO User may be on a public use computer for more than two hours per day, which includes the use of any computer at any Wright County Library location.  It is not acceptable to use our Internet computers beyond the time limits established by the Library Board and Staff.  This time limit may change without notice.  The library reserves the right to terminate an Internet session at any time. Users must end their sessions and leave the terminal immediately when asked to do so by authorized library staff.  All users will be asked to terminate sessions ten minutes prior to the library’s closing.

Printing Charges

Computer users will be charged .15 cents for each page that has been printed.  This charge is subject to change without notice.

Saving Files / Downloading

The Library will provide disks for patrons to use for the purpose of downloading information from Library products.  Disks will be sold to patrons for $1 each.  These are the only disks that may be used for downloading.  Because of potential viruses and security reasons, patrons may not bring their own disks to the Library for this purpose.  A new disk must be purchased with each visit.  The Library will hold disks for patrons if they contain legitimate research information, a resume or school reports.  The disks may not leave the library and then be allowed back into our computer system.

Library Users are prohibited from:

Violating copyright laws

Deliberately crashing the Library’s or other’s computers

Modifying files without authorization

Altering data

Introducing viruses or “Trojan Horses”

Damaging files

Maliciously disrupting network services

Downloading any files onto computer hard drive

Irresponsible or offensive behavior

User Help

Staff will provide limited assistance for basic start up procedures.  The Library staff cannot provide on-demand, in-depth training concerning Internet jargon, search strategies or personal computer use.  Due to Library scheduling, time and knowledge constraints.

Collection Policy

Collection Development Policy

(Adopted July 10,1997)

A. Objective
1. The objective of the Wright County Library is to select, organize, and make accessible library materials to meet the expressed and anticipated needs and interests of the diverse public in the library district. As a public service agency, the Library must strive to provide the residents of Wright County with a comprehensive collection of materials in a variety of formats that record human knowledge, ideas and culture; to organize these materials for ready access; to offer guidance and encouragement in their use; and to serve the community with reliable and easily available sources of information.

2. Materials should be selected and services planned to satisfy residents both as individuals and as members of groups, with concerns for all ages, backgrounds, interests, abilities, and levels of education.

3. The Library not only has an obligation to serve its current users but also to search for materials and methods that will meet the needs of community members who have not traditionally been library users. Cooperation with governmental, academic, and special resource centers in the area continues to be increasingly important in meeting needs of library patrons.

4. Priorities of selection are:
a. Materials to meet informational needs, both expressed and anticipated, of patrons of all ages. b. Materials to meet the recreational needs of patrons of all ages. c. Materials to meet the educational needs of pre-school children, out-of-school adults, and all other patrons who are not served by an educational institution. d. Materials to meet the needs of the business community. e. Materials to support civic and cultural activities of individuals, groups, and organizations.

B. Selection
1.
 The Library should plan to acquire within its budgetary limitations, all types of library materials needed to meet its obligations. Library materials include books, pamphlets, documents, periodicals, maps, audiovisual materials, software, online databases and artifacts.

2. When lack of funds limit purchases, current in-print publications of lasting value, regardless of format, will be given priority over out-of-print publications.

3. Holdings of other area libraries will be considered when selecting subject areas for intensive collection or large purchase items. Consideration will be given to both the privileges and responsibilities of cooperative acquisition plans and interlibrary loan procedures.

4. The purchase of copies of any title shall be dependent upon demand by patrons and the size and population served. Demand is a valid factor in materials selection. Materials that receive poor reviews may be purchased if there is a demonstrated local demand. For the purposes of this policy, demonstrated local demand is interpreted as three individual written requests for the item.

5. The Library will not purchase text books except in cases where no other material on a given subject exists or where the demand of the patrons is greater than can be met by the existing collection.

6. Addition of an item to the Library’s collection in no way represents an endorsement of any theory, idea, or policy contained in the material.

7. The responsibility for selection of library materials is delegated to the Director. The judgments of experts, of professionally trained staff members, and of qualified book reviewers provide a balance of opinion as the basis for selection. Though a variety of criteria is used for each subject, final decision is based on the value of the materials to the Library and its public, regardless of the personal taste of the selector.

8. Librarians will strive to find a review of any item before considering it for purchase. However, because only a portion of all published material is ever reviewed, librarians will also consider purchase of items based on advertisements, author tours, television and radio coverage, and direct mail. If possible, librarians should preview unreviewed materials before purchase.

9. The Library should attempt to buy all publications of local authors and all materials about the county and region of the State of Material.

C. Weeding and Discarding
1.
 In order to maintain an active working collection of high quality, the Library staff will periodically examine the collection for items that should be withdrawn. The Director will make the final decision before an item is discarded from the collection.

2. Weeding should be a regular and continuous process to eliminate titles that have outlived their usefulness.

3. Weeding should not bias the collection in favor of or against any viewpoint.

4Reasons for discarding:
a. Material is dated or no longer of interest.
b. Physical condition (dirty, shabby, torn or damaged pages, or generally ragged)
c. Use patterns (declining or nonexistant)

5. Obvious candidates for weeding:
a. Duplicate titles of books no longer in heavy demand
b. Superceded editions of books
c. Items considered “shelf-sitters” that do not circulate
d. Books which have become obsolete or incorrect in style, content, or theme.

6. Materials that are weeded from the collection will be disposed of in the most appropriate manner, which may include sale to the public, donation to another library or organization, exchange with another branch or library, or discarding as waste.

D. Censorship
1.
 The Library recognizes the pluralistic nature of the community and the varied needs of Wright County citizens. The public library does not promote particular beliefs or views. It provides a resource where the individual can examine issues freely and make his or her own decisions.

2. The Library recognizes that many materials are controversial and that any given item may offend some library users. Selection will not be made on the basis of any anticipated approval or disapproval, but solely on the merits of the work in relation to the building of the collection. The collection must contain the various positions expressed on important, complicated, or controversial subjects, including unpopular or unorthodox positions. The choice of library materials for personal use is an individual matter; while anyone is free to reject materials of which he or she does not approve, no one has the right to exercise censorship to restrict the freedom of use and/or access to others.

3. The selection of adult material will not be limited by the possibility that books may inadvertently come into the possession of minors. The freedom of access to minors may be restricted only by the child’s own parents or legal guardians. The Library will not restrict the in-house use of materials by any patron because of the patron’s age.

4. The Library affirms the principles of each individual’s freedom to read and view. No book or other library material shall be removed from the collection because of a complaint except under the orders of a court of competent jurisdiction.

5. Each item considered for selection must be evaluated on its own merits. Works that depict an aspect of life honestly will not be excluded because of frankness of expression, vivid descriptions of sex or violence, the philosophy, politics, or religion of the author, or any other factor which might be objectionable to some library users.

6. All materials will be judged as a whole rather than by isolated passages.

7. The Library has adopted the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read and Library Bill of Rights.

E. Procedure for Challenged Book
. If a Library staff member is approached by a patron who wishes to complain about Library materials, the complainant must be treated with dignity and courtesy. Under no circumstances is any Library employee to express agreement with the patron’s complaint.

2. The employee should refer the complainant to the Library’s Collection Development Policy.

3. If the complainant wishes to file a written complaint, the employee should provide the complainant with a copy of the Complaint Form. (available at the library)

4. The employee must advise the complainant that no employee has the authority to remove any item from the shelf.

5. If the complainant insists on seeing someone in authority, the staff member should request the complainant make an appointment after completing the Complaint Form. The Director will not be expected to discuss a complaint about materials without an appointment.

6. Librarians are expected to defend the principle of the freedom to read and view as a professional responsibility. Only rarely is it necessary to defend an individual item. Laws governing obscenity, subversive material, and other questionable matter are subject to interpretation by courts. Library materials found to meet the standards set in the selection policy will not be removed from public access.

7. After receiving a complaint form submitted by a patron, the Library Director will respond to the complaint on the response form.

8. The Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing library selection policies. The Board will not be asked to rule on individual items that may be the subject of a complaint.

Inter-Library Loans

Interlibrary Loans

Anyone who has a current library card that is clear of outstanding fines or charges may use the library’s Interlibrary Loan service.

What Is an Interlibrary Loan?
Through this service, books and other materials which we do not have may be borrowed from other libraries.
How Does It Work?
The first step is to inquire at the different libraries to see if they have what you are after. Via the Internet, our largest participating libraries may be searched through their card catalogs.

St. Louis Public Library www.slpl.lib.mo.us
Mid-Continent Library www.mcpl.lib.mo.us
Kansas City www.kcpl.lib.mo.us
Springfield-Greene County 198.209.8.2/search~1

After searching their card catalogs, write down the exact author and title of the item(s) you are requesting.

The next step is to go to your nearest Wright County Library and fill out the ILL Form. We do need your signature on this form, which is your promise to pay the postage one way and a $25 deposit for each item is required.  Once this is completed and turned in, the main office takes your form and orders the item.

If the item in unavailable, you will be contacted.
If the item comes in, you will be contacted, also.

How Long Can I Keep the Item?
Regular two week check out time.  Renewal will depend on the lending library’s due date.

Services

Services

Individual Library Card:  

The Wright County Library provides books and materials for our patrons in Wright County free of charge.  Those residents in Laclede, Texas, Douglas, and Webster counties may also use our libraries free of charge.  Anyone outside these areas may have a library card for a nonrefundable fee of $20 per year.  This fee will cover individual cards for all members of the household residing at the same address.  

Business Library Card:  

The President or Director of an organization may sign up for a Business Card, which enables any member of his staff to check out books in the name of the organization.  The President will be responsible for all charges or fines incurred, and the check-out policies are the same as with individual cards.

Homebound Delivery:  

The Library is happy to deliver books to home-bound residents who have made a requisition for this service.  Contact the library for more information.

Copier:  

Each Wright County Library has a copier that is available to the public at a cost of .15 cents per copy, per side copied.

Internet Research Computers:  

The Library is pleased to host Public Access Computers at each of its locations which are available for our patrons use without charge.

Computer Printers:   

Each Wright County Library has a printer attached to the computers connected to the internet which is available for use by the public at a cost of .15 cents per black and white page printed, regardless of what information is printed and .30 cents per color page printed, regardless of what information is printed.

To ensure you are printing what you wish to print, you should first preview the document in the “File”/”Print Preview” menu before printing. 

Resources Available

Library Resources

Books 
New Titles
 -   Check out for two weeks, no renewals, limit two books per card
Regular Titles -  Check out for 2 weeks, 1 renewal
Overdue fine of 5 cents per day per book
Limit two books per card
Limit of ten items checked out per card

Periodicals
Check out for 1 week, no renewals
Overdue fine of 5 cents per day per periodical

CDs & Audio Tapes
Check out for 2 weeks, 1 renewal
Overdue fine of 5 cents per day per CD/Tape

DVDs & VHS Video Tapes
Check out for 2 nights, no renewal
Limit 2 per family/household
Overdue fine of 25 cents per day per DVD/Tape

Reference Books/Materials
No check out, library use only

Internet Computers
First-come, first-served
One hour time limit per session
Two hour total time use per day (including all Wright County Library Locations)
please review rules regarding usage and pornography

Freedom To Read Statement

Freedom to Read Statement

(Revision adopted on January 28, 1972 by the ALA Council)

“The FREEDOM TO READ is guaranteed by the Constitution. Those with faith in free man will stand firm on these Constitutional guarantees of essential rights and will exercise the responsibilities that accompany these rights. We therefore affirm these propositions:

1. It is in the public interest for publishers and librarians to make available the widest diversity of views and expressions, including those which are unorthodox or unpopular with the majority.

2. Publishers, librarians, and booksellers do not need to endorse every idea or presentation contained in the books they make available. It would conflict with the public interest for them to establish their own political, moral, or aesthetic views as a standard for determining what books should be published or circulated.

3. It is contrary to the public interest for publishers or librarians to determine the acceptability of a book on the basis of the personal history or political affiliations of the author.

4. There is no place in our society for efforts to coerce the taste of others, to confine adults to the reading matter deemed suitable for adolescents, or to inhibit the efforts of writers to achieve artistic expression.

5. It is not in the public interest to force a reader to accept with any book the prejudgment of a label characterizing the book or author as subversive or dangerous.

6. It is the responsibility of publishers and librarians, as guardians of the people’s freedom to read, to contest encroachments upon that freedom by individuals or groups seeking to impose their own standards or tastes upon the community at large.

 

7. It is the responsibility of publishers and librarians to give full meaning to the freedom to read by providing books that enrich the quality and diversity of thought and expression. By the exercise of this affirmative responsibility, bookmen can demonstrate that the answer to a bad book is a good one, the answer to a bad idea is a good one.”