The Forest Lodge Library has policies governing patron resonsibilites and conduct, library services, collection development, circulation, internet use, facility use and other issues which pertain to the operation and management of the library.
Policies are developed by the Forest Lodge Library Board of Trustees with the assistance of the Library Director and are reviewed on a regular basis. The Library Bill of Rights and The Freedom to Read statement have been endorsed by the Forest Lodge Public Library Board of Trusees.
Information on some library policies is presented on these pages. Those wishing to review additional library policies may request access to the Policy Handbook when visiting the library or may contact the Library for information on specific policies.
Who May Use the Library
The library will serve all individuals, groups and visitors of the Cable/Namakagon community and the library system area. Service will not be denied or abridged because of religious, racial, social, economic or political status; or because of mental, emotional or physical condition; age; or sexual orientation.
Patron Responsibilities and Conduct
It is a patron's responsibility to maintain necessary commonly recognized standards of behavior in order to protect his/her individual rights and the rights and privileges of other patrons.
Loan periods for items checked out of the Forest Lodge Library:
- Books, audio books, TV series on DVD and CDs - 3 weeks (may be renewed if there is no waiting list for title.)
- Current periodicals - 1 week
- DVDs - 2 weeks (may be renewed if no waiting list for title.)
- Interlibrary loans (outside NWLS) are due on the date indicated by the lending library and any renewal would need to be requested from and accepted by that lending library.
- Reference books do not generally circulate.
There is no limit on the number of items a patron can borrow at one time from the Forest Lodge Library collection.
There are no fines for overdue materials. Should the material not be returned within a designated period, notification and, eventually, a bill will be sent to patron.
Items checked out from another system library will be subject to the fine policy of that library although items may be returned to them through the Forest Lodge Library.
Should materials be damaged by patron use to such a degree as to be judged no longer suitable for the Forest Lodge Library collection, the patron will be expected to pay for material replacement.
Patrons may place reserves or holds on materials via the Merlin system themselves, via the internet or library catalog computer, or by requesting library staff to do so for them either in person or over the phone.
Borrowers must be registered and have a valid system patron card to check out library materials.
Patron cards are issued by library staff. Patron will provide staff with all required information. Patron's signature on card functions as consent to abide by library regulations and policies. Applicants under 13 years of age must have a parent or guardian present to provide consent before a card can be issued.
Should a patron lose their card they should notify the library as soon as possible. Patrons will be charged $3.00 for replacement cards.
All patron records are regarded as strictly confidential and may not be disclosed except by court order or to persons acting within the scope of their duties in the administration of the library or library system or to persons the patron has authorized to access their records.
Those wishing to read the Circulation Policy in its entirety should click the "read more" button below.
The Forest Lodge Library maintains three public access computers with internet connections and provides free wireless access for patrons bringing their own devices into the library.
Public access computers are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and each user is allowed a 30 minute session. If there is no patron waiting to use a computer, patron sessions will be extended. There is no limit to the number of times per day a patron can log on to a public access computer.
Our PHAROS computer maintains the queue of those waiting to use public access computers. Those wishing to place themselves in the queue should log-on through PHAROS using their library card or a temporary card supplied by the Forest Lodge Library. At the time their reservation is made they will be advised when their session will begin, and they will have five minutes from that time to log on or lose their place in the queue.
Internet Access may be restricted if patron's use is not consistent with Forest Lodge Library guidelines. Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children's Internet use.
If requested to do so, staff will offer assistance to patrons in setting up email accounts or conducting online searches, providing there is sufficient staff available to conduct normal library operations.
Expectations: Users should be aware that the inappropriate use of electronic information resources can be a violation of local, state and federal laws and can lead to prosecution. The user will be held responsible for his or her actions. Users are expected to abide by the policies below which include generally accepted rules of network etiquette.
Warnings: The internet is a decentralized, unmoderated global network and the Forest Lodge Library has no control over the content found there. The library will not censor access to material nor protect users from offensive information and it is not responsible for the availability and accuracy of information found on-line.
The Library cannot assure that data or files downloaded by users are virus-free and is not responsible for damages to equipment or data on a user's personal computer.
The use of the internet and e-mail is not guaranteed to be private. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the proper authorities.
See a full list of Guidelines below:
Meeting Room Policy
The Forest Lodge Library is available to individuals or organized groups in the library's service area providing their function is consistent with the library's Mission. Use of the library as a meeting place shall be restricted to hours when the library is not open for regular business.
The fact that a group is permitted to meet at the Library does not in any way constitute an endorsement of the group's policies or beliefs by the Library, staff or Board.
The room may be reserved no more than ninety days in advance.
It is understood that library programming will have first priority in room use.
There will be no charge for use of the room.
No admission may be charged by the group.
Refreshments may be served and shall be provided by the group. No smoking is allowed.
Persons using the room shall leave it in neat, clean and orderly condition; if not, the group or individual will be given notice that continued offense will result in denied access to the meeting room.
The Library is not responsible for any equipment, supplies, materials, clothing, or other items brought to the Library by any group or individual attending a meeting.
The Library Board and staff do not assume any liability for groups or individuals attending a meeting in the Library.