Your Library Card

LIBRARY CARDS:

Any person who resides within the city limits of Moravia or in the local rural area will be issued a borrower's card, upon application without a fee.  Identification showing name and current address will be required.

Elementary age children must have a parent or guardian sign their application card.

There are no restrictions for borrowing or using library materials or resources.  Responsibility for a child's selection and return of materials, and any fines or charges, accrued on the child's card, is held by the parent or guardian of the child.

BUSINESS CARDS/TEACHER CARDS:  Businesses and institutions located in areas eligible for direct public service in Moravia and Appanoose/Monroe Counties may apply for an institutional card.  There are some restrictions on borrowing.  Please inquire at the registration desk.

HOME BOUND CARDS: The library is committed to serving all citizens and will provide home delivery of library materials.  Volunteer delivery will be made to residents who are unable to come to the library because of a physically disabling condition.

BOOKS, PERIODICALS AND DVDs

AVAILABILITY

These materials are available for circulation to current (card Holding) patrons in good standing (with no materials or fines outstanding).  They are also available free of charge to patrons of other Open Access libraries.

Materials are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  No more than ten books, five periodicals, and three audio and/or DVDs may be checked out at one time.  Items currently circulating may be reserved.

CIRCULATION

The circulation period for most items is two weeks.  Books will be allowed two renewals if they have not been placed on reserve.  Periodicals will be allowed on renewal.  New titles and titles found on the Best Sellers List and new periodicals will circulate for a two-week period for three months from the date of purchase and then join the rest of the collection.  No more than two new titles or new periodicals may be checked out by any one patron at one time.  New titles and periodicals may not be renewed.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND PENALTIES

The patron is responsible for the timely return of materials in good condition.  In the case of loss, theft, or damage, the patron will be charged the full replacement cost of the item.

Fines for overdue books and periodicals are 5 cents per day and the fines on audio tapes, books on CD's and records on CD is 10 cents per day that the library is open, not to exceed replacement cost of the item.  Fines for overdue  DVDs are $1.00 per day not to exceed replacement cost.  Chronic abuse for overdue library materials will result in a patron being denied usage.  After 60 days notification of past due material will be sent.  A second reminder will be sent after 90 days.  When an item has been over due for 30 days, the Code of Iowa, Section 714.5 states this is evidence of intent to deprive the owner, and the library will comply with the provisions and procedures outline in the Iowa Code and its supplements in assuring that materials borrowed from the Moravia Public library are returned to it.

REFERENCE

Reference items are available for in-library use only and do not circulate.  This includes reference shelf items, genealogy information, World Book encyclopedias, atlases, etc.

CIRCULATING  DVDs

AVAILABILITY

DVDs are available for circulation to current (card holding) patrons in good standing (with no materials or fines outstanding).

DVDs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  No one DVD may be reserved for a specific loan period up to one week in advance.

CIRCULATION

The circulation period for DVDs is three open library days.  Four titles may be borrowed per family per day.  DVDs will be allowed one renewal if they have not been placed on reserve.

DVDs should not be returned in the Book Drop.  Please return to the DVD Drop or the circulation desk.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND PENALTIES.

The patron is responsible for compliance with all applicable restrictions of the copyright laws.  DVDs may be used only for private home viewing.

The patron is responsible for return of video cassettes and DVDs in good condition.  In case of loss, theft, or damage, the patron will be charged the full replacement cost of the cassette or DVD.  Replacement costs for damage as the result of being returned in the Book Drop will be charged to the borrower.

Each DVD will be inspected when returned and charges will be made for damage to the DVD or its case.

Fines for overdue video cassettes and DVDs are $1.00 per day not to exceed replacement cost.

The library assumes no responsibility for damage caused to a borrower's video cassette recorder or DVD player by a library cassette or a DVD.

CIRCULATION OF YOUTH MATERIALS

The library cannot assume the responsibility of what a child may or may not read or view.  The responsibility lies in the home with the parent/guardian.  If a parent or guardian wishes the child to avoid a certain format or subject matter, then it is up to the parent to inform the child of this and to enforce it.

CIRCULATION RECORDS

The library maintains that circulation records and records identifying the names of users with specific materials are confidential in nature(Section 22.7, subsection 13, Code of Iowa).

Said records shall not be available to any third parties, including an agency of state, federal, or local government except pursuant to legal process, with proper showing of good cause in a court of competent jurisdiction.

The records of youth patrons receive the same treatment and consideration with regard to confidentiality.

REQUESTING OR RESERVING MATERIALS

Items in circulation may be requested or reserved by three means.

     1.  The patron may come into the library to request or reserve materials

     2.  The patron may phone the library to request or reserve materials

     3.  The patron may e-mail  (webmaster@moravia.lib.ia.us) to request or reserve materials