Policies

To Obtain a Library Card:

Residents of Patoka Township wishing to obtain a library card must present a valid driver’s license with current address, valid State ID with current address or current government issued photo ID. If the address is not current, they must present one of the following showing current address:

  • Valid voter’s registration card
  • Utility bill issued within the last 60 days
  • Bank statement issued with the last 60 days
  • Valid current government issued ID (e.g. military ID, passport)
  • Property tax receipt

If they do not reside in the library’s taxing district but do own real property in the library’s taxing district, they must present a current tax bill or a deed to the property.

The application for a child under the age of 18 but over the age of 5 must be completed by a parent or legal guardian (who must prove residency).

Resident library cards will be renewed every two years from the date of receiving the library card.

Non-resident students (K-12) who reside within the North Gibson School District or attend a school within the school district are eligible for a complimentary one-year, renewable library card entitling the student to all rights and privileges of this library only and OVERDRIVE.

Reciprocal borrowers will receive a library card by showing valid proof—a current library card from their home library and photo ID.  The card will be valid at this library only. The card is valid for one year from the date of receiving the library card and may be renewed by showing a photo ID and valid library card.  The person must be in good standing at their home library.

The Library Board will set subscription fees for non-library district residents not living in an area supported by another library.  Only full year subscriptions for an individual will be sold.  They have full EVERGREEN   privileges.

Library card replacement fee will be $2.00 and a valid photo ID is required.

Loan periods and fines:

Library cards must be presented to check out material. You are responsible for every item checked out on that card. Please report any stolen cards.

New adult books (purchased within the last 4 months), magazines (not the current issue), audio compact discs, and playaways check out for 2 weeks with 2 renewals if no one else has requested them

Regular books check out for 3 weeks with 2 renewals if no one else has requested them.

DVDs check out for 1 week with 1 renewal if no one else has requested them. There is a limit of 10 per library card.

Renewals can be done in person, by telephone or you can do them online.

If an item becomes overdue there is a $.25 per day per item fine. Fines will not be charged on days the library is closed. Items can be returned in the outside drop box which is checked twice a day. Fines are capped at $10.00 or the cost of the item minus $.50 whichever is the lesser amount.

Fees will be assessed for damaged items to cover the repair or for replacement parts. Charges cannot exceed the replacement cost of the item.

If the item is lost or is damaged beyond repair, the patron will pay for the cost of the item, and a $10.00 processing fee could also be charged. If the item is later found the item is theirs. There is no refund

Tablets, chrome notebooks, and other electronic equipment that the Board of Trustees permits will check out for two weeks with no renewals to adults (18 years or older) with a valid Princeton/Patoka township resident library card or Princeton/Patoka township subscription card. The individual can’t have any outstanding fines or charges at the library. The individual must present their driver’s license or state picture ID along with their library card to check out the item. They must also sign an agreement stating they will pay for any damage to the item while it is checked out under their library card or pay the replacement cost if damage beyond repair or lost.
There will be no renewals. If the item is not returned by the due date, there will be a $5.00 per day fine. The item must be returned to the front circulation desk. A staff member will verify with the patron that all the equipment was returned in good shape and does work. If the individual returns the item through the book drop there will be a $25.00 fee assessed to the individual along with any cost due to tablet being damaged.

Holds/Requests:

Only patrons who reside in our taxing district or subscription card holders may request items from other libraries through EVERGREEN, SCRS, or Indiana Share.  Individuals with expired cards, or owe $10.00 in fines, or have 15 items overdue cannot place holds. An individual can only have 30 active holds at one time. The library cannot guarantee that the item can be obtained from another library.

The individual card holder can place the hold themselves through their on-line library account for EVERGREEN holdings and SCRS or request that the library staff place the holds for them.  Items that cannot be found on these two sources will have to be placed on hold by library staff through the Indiana share program.

Items that have been published or released within the last six months may not be loaned out from another library. The library will consider purchasing the item based on its selection criteria

The only charge for this service is postage if the item comes from a library outside of Indiana Express circuit or any photocopy fees.

Individuals will receive a recorded telephone message with a 317 prefix when the item arrives at the library. They will have 5 days to pick up the item before it is returned to the lending library.

Fines will be charged for any overdue item the same as if the item belonged to this library

Charges for damaged or lost items will be assessed by the owning library.

Staff will not automatically place holds for individuals.  They must request the hold.

Appropriate Behavior

No use of tobacco products, vaping, alcoholic beverages, or using obscene language.
Treat all individuals with courtesy and respect
No running, skateboarding, roller skating or bicycling.
No hitting, pushing, or shoving another person
Talking is permitted using your normal voice level, no shouting or screaming
Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times
No soliciting
No sitting, standing or crawling on tables or desks.
No lying on the floor if you are 8 years old or older
Staff has the right to ask you to leave/ban you from the library if your behavior is not acceptable. You can appeal this decision by writing a letter address to the director and the Board of Trustees.
You can ask for a complete list of guidelines from any staff member

Unattended Children

Responsibility for the safety and behavior of All children using the Library resides with the parent, guardian, or assigned chaperone, not with the Library staff.
If a child is being disruptive, they will be warned that their behavior is unacceptable. If they continue to misbehave, they will be asked to leave. If they came with a parent, the parent will be notified. If they were dropped off, the staff will telephone the parent to come and pick up their child. If the child is being banned for more than 24 hours, the parent will be notified by the staff.
If a child is unattended at the Library and we are closing the staff will try to contact the parent or guardian. If a responsible person is reached, the staff will ask their location and wait with the child the normal driving time to reach the Library. If no responsible individual can be reached and the Library closes, the police will be called.
Under no circumstances will a staff member take a child out of the Library and its grounds, or transport a child in any manner without written parental consent.
Children under the age of 12 will not be left alone outside the Library after closing.