Library Policies




To protect the rights of everyone using the Vinton Public Library the following rules are hereby posted and will be enforced.

  • Treat everyone with consideration, kindness, and respect.

  • Keep your conversations so they cannot be heard outside of your immediate area.

  • Treat the library, library property, and personal property with respect.

  • Only remove from the library items you have checked out.

  • Supervise all children you bring into the library.

  • Respect the privacy of others.

  • Respect copyright.

  • Avoid material harmful to minors as children and adults share this public space.

  • Only engage in legal behavior.

Those violating these rules will be given two verbal warnings. Anyone continuing to violate these rules after being warned must leave the library for one week. A second violation will cause offender to be banned from the library for one month.


  • Any person, residing within the city limits of Vinton, may borrow materials from the Vinton Public Library upon registration.

  • Any person, residing within an unincorporated area of Benton County, may borrow materials from the Vinton Public Library upon registration.

  • Any person, presenting proof of residence in a city whose library participates in Open Access, may borrow materials from the Vinton Public Library upon registration.

  • Any person, regardless of residency, may use the materials and services of the Vinton Public Library in-house.

  • A child must be 5 years of age or more in order to register. Additionally, said child must know his name, address and telephone number.

  • Mt. Auburn residents shall be eligible to use the Vinton Public Library without constraints.

  • If a patron has fines totaling more than $10, borrowing privileges will be suspended, and computer usage denied until such time as the fine is paid.

  • If a patron has an overdue DVD, computer usage is denied.



According to the requirements of Chapter #115, City Code of Vinton, the Library Board of the Vinton Public Library shall consist of nine members to be appointed from time to time by the Mayor, with the approval of the City Council for the eight resident members and Benton County Board of Supervisors for the one non-resident member.

The general powers and duties of the Vinton Public Library Board are outlined in Chapter 392.5 of the Code of Iowa.

The Board shall exercise its power and duties by:

  • Employing a competent and qualified director;

  • Cooperating with the director in determining and adopting written policies governing personnel, selection of library materials, supplies and equipment, internet usage, and the general operation of the library.

  • Reporting to and cooperating with other public officials, boards, and the community as a whole to support a public relations program for the library;

  • Assisting in the preparation of and seeking adequate support for the annual budget; and

  • Developing long-range goals for the library and working toward their achievement.


The officers of the board shall consist of a president, a vice-president, a secretary and a treasurer. Their terms of office is for two years. Officers shall be elected at the annual meeting (July) and hold office until their successors are elected and installed. At the end of his/her term, the vice-president shall succeed the president.
The duties of all officers shall be such as by custom and law and the rules of this board usually devolve upon such officers in accordance with their titles.


  • Regular meetings shall be held monthly, date and hour to be determined by the board, in the boardroom or such other place as the board may determine.

  • The annual meeting will be held in July each year.

  • Special meetings may be held at any time at the call of the president, or secretary, or at the call of any two members of the board.

  • A quorum at any meeting shall consist of five members.


  • Roll call

  • Reading and approval of minutes of previous meeting

  • Financial report and approval of expenditures

  • Correspondence and communications

  • Old business

  • New Business

  • Director's report

  • Adjournment

An agenda for the board shall be prepared by the director in cooperation with the president of the board. All meetings of the board are open to members of the public who wish to observe. Non-board members who wish to address the board should request a place on the agenda not later than 24 hours before the time established for the meeting. The request may be directed to the president, the secretary or the director. Robert's Rules of Order shall govern in the parliamentary procedure of the board.


The board may appoint such special committees as may be needed.


The director shall be the executive director of the policies adopted by the board.

The duties of the director shall be:

  • To select all library materials;

  • To maintain and operate the physical plant;

  • To recruit, train, and assign members of the library staff;

  • To inform the board continually and completely regarding the finances, public services, physical plant, personnel, collection, and other developments, changes and problems of the library, and

  • To attend all meetings of the board except those at which his/her tenure or salary is to be discussed or decided.


Amendments to these bylaws may be adopted at any regular meeting of the board, provided that notice of proposed amendments be given to all members of the board in advance of the meeting.


The Vinton Public Library will circulate materials for the following time periods:

One Week

  • Cake pans

  • DVDs

  • Current magazines


  • Screens

  • Non-circulating items

  • Games

  • Reference materials

  • Genealogy materials

  • Microfilm

  • Computer software


It is the policy of the Vinton Public Library not to release information that would reveal the identity of a library patron who checked out or used certain materials or services or requested an item of information from the library. Information concerning the account of a patron will be released to that person only. 

However, the library will release information to the parent or guardian of a minor child for the purposes of recovering overdue material and settling accounts for lost, late or damaged material, and for other matters related to the recovery of material or charges incurred by minor children for which a parent or guardian may be considered liable. Information will not be provided to parents or guardians who are merely attempting to determine what library materials their minor children are using. 

It is the intent of the board of trustees of the Vinton Public Library to empower the library director or a designee, as the lawful custodian of library records, to release circulation records that are otherwise confidential, if the purpose of that release is in accordance with the provisions of this policy.

Other requests for the release of confidential patron records will be honored if submitted in writing and accompanied by an order from the court as outlined in chapter 22.7 of the Iowa Code.


People of all ages are encouraged to use the library for homework, recreational reading, and program attendance. 

Children (whether with parents or not) who are being continually disruptive will be given a warning that he/she must settle down or will be asked to leave the library. If after a second warning the child continues to be disruptive, he/she will be asked to leave the library. If the child needs to contact a parent, they may do so and then wait with a staff person until the parent arrives. 

Adult patrons who are being continually disruptive will be given a warning that he/she must settle down or will be asked to leave the library. If after a second warning the patron continues to be disruptive, he/she will be asked to leave the library. If the person will not leave of his own accord, the police will be called.


The Vinton Public Library will provide interlibrary loan service to all registered borrowers. Two dollars will be charged for each title requested.


The Internet offers unlimited global access to information. However, not all sources on the Internet provide information that is accurate, complete, current or legal. The library is unable to monitor or control the content of the materials on the Internet, which changes rapidly and unpredictably. The library and its trustees and employees shall not be liable for any damages (direct or inconsequential) from any information obtained or provided on the Internet. The Internet may contain material of a controversial nature. 

The Vinton Public Library does not limit patron access to specific content on the Internet. Parents or guardians are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. The library affirms the right and responsibility of a parent or guardian to determine and monitor her/his child's and only her/his child's access to Internet resources accessible through the library. Parents/guardians are advised to supervise their children's Internet sessions.


  • The Vinton Public Library has four public access internet computers. These computers are available for use on a first come, first served basis.

  • Internet users should check in at the Desk with staff before using any of the Internet computers.

  • Patrons who wish to use web-based e-mail must register and maintain their own account without staff assistance.

  • Users cannot download to the computer or to a disk, however downloading to a flashdrive is acceptable.

  • The use of the Internet in the library must be for legal and ethical purposes. Examples of unacceptable purposes include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Violation of computer system security and/or system configuration;

    • Violation of another user's right to privacy;

    • Use of sounds that are disturbing to others;

    • Receiving or displaying text or graphics that may be construed as indecent or obscene by library staff.


Violations of the Internet Policy will result in loss of computer privileges for one month. A second violation of the Internet Policy will result in permanent loss of Internet privileges. Illegal acts involving library computers may also be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.


Each page will cost $.20 and $.40 for a double sided copy. Color printing is $.25 per page and $.50 for a double sided colored copy. We suggest that you "print preview" prior to printing from the Internet to avoid unwanted pages. The printed pages will be near the desk, payment is due at this time.


Internet users are expected to be knowledgeable in basic computer operations. If time permits, library staff may assist users in getting started on the Internet and offer suggestions for effective searching.


Internet computers may be unavailable due to library use or unforeseen problems.


The microfilm reader-printer may not be used by persons under 16 years of age, unless accompanied by an adult. Microfilm copies are $.25 each. The microfilm collection shall have in-house usage only.


The Vinton Public Library will sign a letter of agreement with the State Library of Iowa to participate in the Open Access Program.

Open Access will be provided to all persons who live outside the Vinton Public Library's service area who can provide proof of residence within the service area of their local participating library. 

Funds generated from this program will be used to offset the costs of providing interlibrary loan service. The remainder will be used to offset the costs of providing service to the city of Mt. Auburn.


The Vinton Public Library will not charge fines for overdue materials except for overdue DVDs.

A fee of $1.00 (one dollar) per day will be charged until the DVD is returned, with a maximum fine of $20 (twenty dollars). 

If a patron's account indicates a fine of $10 (10 dollars) or more, no additional materials may be checked out and computer usage will be denied until the fine is paid. 

If a lost DVD is paid for and subsequently returned to the library, a refund of the difference between what would have been the fine and the actual payment will be made. The fine will continue until the patron returns the heretofore lost DVD.


To meet the needs of individuals and institutions of higher learning, the Vinton Public Library will cooperate with area residents to support their lifelong learning goals by offering proctoring services. 


  • The student will ask the director to administer the exam.

  • The student will arrange for the exam and instructions to be sent to the library, at least one week before the taking of the exam.

  • The student is responsible for informing the director as to when the test will be taken.

  • The student is responsible for return postage and envelope for any exam which does not include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

  • The finished exam will be handled with other Library mail.


  • The proctor will observe the student while performing other tasks. Proctoring at the library will include issuing the exam, being aware the student is taking the exam, periodically observing the student, signing the proctor form, and mailing the completed exam. If constant, uninterrupted observation is required. the library staff cannot proctor the exam.

  • No changes to public computer settings may be made or special software installed.

  • The library cannot provide proctoring for groups of students.

  • The library is not responsible if the web site or email is not working.

  • The library is not responsible for completed exams that are lost in the mail.

  • The library will not keep copies of completed exams.


  • An individual or group wishing to question the presence of an item in the collection should fill out a Request for Reconsideration form available from any member of the library staff.

  • When the form is completed and presented to the director, the material will be re-examined by the director. If the form is not completed, no re-examination or reconsideration will take place.

  • When the director makes a decision regarding the material, the board and the patron will be notified as to the decision and the reasons for it.

  • If the patron wishes to contest the decision, he may present the complaint to the Library Board of Trustees for final review, either by letter or by making prior arrangements to be on the agenda of a board meeting.

  • The board will consider the complaint and the director's decision and make the final judgment.


Nothing may be sold in the Vinton Public Library that does not directly benefit the library.


In accordance with Chapter 692A of Subtitle 1 of Title 16 of the Code of Iowa, the Board of Trustees prohibits the presence of sex offenders convicted of offenses against minors in the library or loitering within 300 feet of the property. 

The Library Director acts as "library administrator" for purposes of Iowa Chapter 692A. The Library Director will not give the written permission required by Iowa Code Section 692A.113(f) for registered sex offenders convicted of sex offenses against minors to bepresent on library property. Issuance of a library card to a registered sex offender convicted of sex offenses against minors does not constitute written permission from the library administrator for that offender to be present on library property. Individuals may appeal this decision, as it relates to them, to the Library Board of Trustees. 

Registered sex offenders against minors may be entitled to library service. It is the responsibility of the patron to arrange for a courier to select, check out, and return materials to the library, after providing the library with the name of the courier. 

Persons barred from library property under the law will not be served by the library's homebound delivery service. 

Violations of this policy will be immediately reported to law enforcement.


The Vinton Public Library will not tolerate sexual harassment of any type in the work place. It is the policy to maintain clear and confidential avenues to report such behavior, and for resolution of complaints. Measures will be taken to assure that there is no retaliation for filing such reports. 

Behavior considered sexual harassment shall include "quid pro quo" and sexually hostile work environment. 

Victims and witnesses are encouraged to report harassment before it becomes severe and pervasive. 

In the event that an employee experiences unwanted sexual harassment, this behavior should be reported immediately to the library director, or the president of the Library Board of Trustees. 

Complaints will be investigated. Confidentiality of charges will be maintained to the extent possible. 

In the event an employee has been found to be in violation of this policy, that employee will be subject to severe disciplinary action that may include suspension or dismissal. Failure of the library director to take prompt appropriate action will also be deemed a serious offense, and that person shall be subject to the same severe disciplinary action.