Library Policies





Mission  Revised 7-10-2020

Objectives 7-10-2020

Hours 7-10-2020





Circulation & Confidentiality

Collection Development








Credit Card

Discarding Materials

Internet Access Policy

Internet Safety

Unacceptable Uses

Active Restrictive Measures

Procedure for Patron Use

Intellectual Freedom

Covid 19 


Adopted as revised by the Gilmore City Public Library Board

November 29     2007

February 25th     2010

February 23rd     2012

August 29th        2013  

November 26th   2013

April 24th           2014

December 1st     2016

August 30th        2016

December 20th      2018

June 25th               2020                                                                     



 Circulation & Confidentiality Policies


1.   Books, magazines, pamphlets, puzzles, audio CDs and toys may be borrowed for a period of two weeks and may be renewed for an additional two weeks. Further renewals will be discouraged.  Exceptions to this are at the discretion of the Director.


2.   If your library does not have material requested, the librarian shall request printed materials from SILO.  Such items will be subject to the rules and regulations of the lending library.


3.   Patrons having overdue items shall be notified as follows:

     a. First notice is 14-21 days overdue by phone call.

     b. Second notice is two (2) weeks after first notice.

     c. Third notice is at the first of the next month.  This notice will include the number of fines owed and replacement costs if items are not returned.  The notice will also include the IOWA CODE SECTION dealing with unreturned library materials. This notice will also include notice of suspension of borrowing privileges.


While the Library will make every effort to inform its patrons of overdue items, we do not assume the responsibility of such notification.  It shall be the responsibility of each patron to be aware of his/her own due dates.


A parent or guardian of a borrower, who is under 18 years of age at the time an item is borrowed, is responsible for such materials.


The State of Iowa has deemed patron records to be confidential as cited in Chapter 22.7 of the Code of Iowa. The State Librarian is the custodian of records.


1.   Public announcements may be posted, space permitting, on the bulletin board in the entryway providing it is of general interest to the community.


Reviewed & Revised by the Gilmore City Public Library Board of Trustees

November 29th, 2007

September 30th, 2010

December 15     2011

August 29th        2013

February 26th      2015

December 1st     2016

December20th, 2018

February 18th, 2019



Enrich Iowa

The Library shall participate in Open Access & Access Plus. 

New holdings will be submitted in correct marc record form to Silo on a regular basis.


Fines and Fees

1.   A fine of one (1) cent per day shall be levied for each item of overdue printed material.


2.   In the event of a lost or damaged item, replacement value shall be determined by the director.  In the case of an item borrowed through interlibrary loan, the charge will be determined by the policies of the lending library


3.   Video fines will be the rental fee charged per day overdue.


4.   The Projector may be rented by persons 18 years and older who have a card and returned as soon as possible after the occasion it was rented for. Any damage to the projector will be the responsibility of the borrower.


5.   DVDs may be rented for $2.00 per rental period for new rentals and $1.00 for older movies.


In House Equipment Usage


1.   The Library's microfilm reader, microfiche reader, and computers are available for in-house use during regular library hours.


2.   There will be a charge of ten (10) cents per copy for use of the copy machine and ten (10) cents per sheet for computer material printed. Color copies are (25) cents per copy.  Faxes are $1.00 each to send and/or receive.


Adopted and Revised

February 25th, 2015

December 20th, 2018



Public access computers will be available for use during regular library hours.

The Library usage policy and procedure for patron use of the internet are attached to these policies.





1.   The Board shall hire the director.

2.   Applicants for other staff positions shall be hired by the director with the approval of the Board.


Salary Schedule


1.   The director shall receive an hourly wage as determined by the Board.


2.   All other employees, excluding janitor, shall receive an hourly wage as determined by the director with the approval of the Board. 




Vacation with pay are as follows for the director only.


After one (1) full                     25 hours

After two (2) full years           50 hours

After eight (8) full years        75 hours

After sixteen (16) full years 100 hours


Vacation shall be the number of hours an employee would work during a normal work period.  Records on vacation earned and taken will be entered on time sheets which will be on file for a period of 5 years.


Comp Time


The director will receive one (1) hour of comp time per hour worked over the number of hours in a week.  This will also include hours spent at Board meetings, council meetings, hours spent at library related meetings or workshops on off working hours.  This time needs to be used by the end of the calendar year in which it is earned.  If not used it shall be paid out by the end of December.


Sick Leave


The director will receive two (2) weeks of sick leave per year.  A week of sick leave shall consist of the number of hours the library is open per week.  This time can be carried forward to the next year and can be accumulated to a maximum of eight (8) weeks. 

Sick leave can be granted for:

 1.   Illness or injury.                                        

2.   Maternity/paternity

3.   Quarantine

4.   Counseling

5.   Routine medical/dental appointments.




Employees drawn for jury duty shall continue to receive their regular pay while engaged in such service.  However, any fees received from said jury duty on city time shall be turned in and given to the Library.




The employees of the Gilmore City Public Library are subject to the Drug-Free workplace Act of 1988, Public Law 100-690.Through 1-V section 202 of  the controlled substance Act (21USC812 and as further defined in federal regulations found at 12 CFR 1308.11).




The person serving as director of the Gilmore City Public Library shall have completed two years of college or equivalent education, or work experience (the latter at the discretion of the Board).  If the director has not been certified by the

State Library of Iowa the Board shall require the necessary steps be taken to achieve certification within a reasonable period from being hired.


The responsibilities of the director shall be as follows:


1. Selection and purchasing materials, equipment, and furniture within the limits of  the budget set by the Board.

2. Will keep monthly and yearly financial, circulation, and acquisition records. This shall include preparing the annual report forms sent out by the State Library of Iowa.

3. Prepare a proposed budget to present to the Board for their approval.

4. Attend all Board meetings.

5. Prepare and send all paperwork required for participation in the State Library sponsored programs:  I/e Access Plus and Open Access.

6. Send marc records of all new holdings bi-annually to SILO.

7. Promote the library and its services through cooperation with the local school and with community organizations, as well as through the local news media

8. Be responsible for the general management of the library including personnel, the collection, and the building.

9. Attend library meetings of value to our library, sponsored by NWSA. Attendance at library related meetings or workshops outside of the NW region shall be at the discretion of the director.

10. Attend continuing education classes to the extent of meeting the certification standards set by the State Library.                                                                                                                                        

11.Implement policies approved by the Board.  Any situation not covered in such policies shall be at the discretion of the director.

12.The director shall receive reimbursement for mileage at the rate paid in accordance with the city's allowance for said mileage, and tuition/registration fees for workshops attended, and shall be paid for the day of work if the meeting should fall on a day the library is open.  Comp time shall be awarded if the workshop does not fall on a workday. Reimbursement will be paid for all meals and motel costs if it is a two-day meeting.

13.The director, upon receiving the minutes of the monthly/special meeting shall make available the completed packet for said meeting to all designated persons not in attendance at the meeting.


Adopted and Revised by the Gilmore City Public Library board of Trustees


November 29th, 2007

September 30th   2010

December 15th   2011

August 29th        2013

November 26th   2013

February 26th    2015

December 1st     2016

December 20th, 2018




 The director is responsible for the selection of books and all other materials.  Selection will be made on the basis of information found in standard library selection aids; on the advice of experts who may be consulted in cases where the director feels this is warranted; and, if feasible, on direct examination of the material itself.  Requests or recommendations of library patrons shall be given consideration.  Other criteria for selection are the specific needs and interests of all ages of people in the Gilmore City community as determined by response to the community survey, as well as the library's existing collection, services, and budget.  Qualities sought in the selection of materials include permanent and timely value, authoritativeness, clear presentation and readability and social significance.  The deliberately distorted or sensational is avoided.  The interests of special interest groups should be balanced by general demand.  Finances as well as the ephemeral quality of many contemporary books may lead the library to choose a paperback edition instead of the hard cover edition.  As part of the selection, the library collection shall be weeded regularly according to standard library procedure.


Adopted and Revised by the Gilmore City Public Library Board of Trustees


November 29th, 2007

September 30th, 2010

December 15th   2011

August 29th        2013

February 26th     2015

December 1st      2016

December 20th, 2018




1.   Library trustees will have, at their request, library association dues paid and will receive reimbursement for mileage at the allowance set by the city for said mileage, tuition/registration fees for meetings and workshops attended which are sponsored by the RLSA or State Library.

2.   The Library Director and at least one board member will conduct an orientation program for each new board member and provide them training that includes the Iowa Library Trustee's Guide.




Within the provisions of Iowa State laws, the Board adopts the following:


1.   Books and all other materials will be accepted on the condition that the director has the authority to make whatever disposition she/he deems advisable.

2.   Memorial book plates as well as plates naming donors will be put on all new material.

3.   All donations and memorials to the Library need to come directly to the Library so the Director and Board of Trustees can decide what is to be done with them.

4.   No library personnel shall attempt to offer a monetary valuation statement to a donor.

5.   Monetary gifts for the Library Trust account may be accepted by the Director and used as directed by the Trust Document.


Adopted and Revised by the Gilmore City Public Library Board of Trustees

 January 28th, 2016

December 20th, 2018



The Gilmore City Public Library is designed for the use of all members of the public.  Patrons are expected to observe the rights of other patrons and staff members and to use the library for its intended purposes.


·      The staff has responsibility for enforcing discipline within the library.

·      The staff determines when behavior is inappropriate in the library.

·      Response to inappropriate behavior should be immediate.


The following kinds of behavior will not be allowed in the library:


1.   Any behavior that endangers the safety or health of others.

2.   Violation of any local, state, or federal law within the library.

3.   Vandalism or deliberate destruction of library material.

4.   Theft of library materials or the personal property of any individual.

5.   Inappropriate purposes: e.g. sleeping.

6.   Loud talking or laughing which disturbs or could disturb other patrons.

7.   Eating or drinking in library shall be allowed in designated areas at the discretion of the Director.

8.   Inappropriate dress, e.g. No shirt or shoes.

9.   Smoking, alcohol, or illegal drugs in any area.

10. Unattended children under the age of seven (7), Need to be accompanied by an adult.

11. Pets, with exception of service animals.

12. Skates, skateboards, in-line skates and similar products.

13. Other kinds of behavior deemed inappropriate by staff.




1.   Warning.  Patrons who are behaving inappropriately in the library will be given one warning and asked to behave in an appropriate manner.

2.   Expulsion.  Patrons who refuse to behave more appropriately after one warning will be asked to leave the library.

3.   Calling 911.  In cases where patrons pose a clear danger to themselves or others, or where there is deliberate violation of the law, or refusal to leave the library after being asked to leave by staff, staff is authorized to call 911 for assistance.


4.   If a staff person is alone in the library and a dangerous situation is developing giving rise to a question of personal safety the staff person is advised to immediately vacate the building if possible.     


Adopted and Revised

November 29   2007

April 24th         2014

January 28th, 2016

December 20th, 2018




In accordance with Chapter 692A of Subtitle 16 of the Code of Iowa, the Board of Trustees for the Gilmore City Public Library prohibits the presence of sex offenders convicted of sex offenses against minors upon or within 300 feet of Library property without written permission of the Library Director.


Persons barred from Library property under the law remain entitled to Library service.  It is the responsibility of the Library user to arrange for a courier to select, check out and return materials to the Library through possession of the Library user’s card.


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


The issuance of a Library card to individuals who have been convicted of a sex offense involving a minor does not grant those individuals permission to enter the Library or to be present on Library property.  Individuals convicted of a sex offense against a minor must follow proper Library procedures and policies to request and obtain written permission to be on Library property, regardless of whether they possess a valid Library card.


Definition of “loiter”: means remaining in a place or circulating around a place under circumstances that would warrant a reasonable person to believe that the purpose or effect of the behavior is to enable a sex offender to become familiar with a location where a potential victim may be found, or to satisfy an unlawful sexual desire or to locate, lure or harass a potential victim.


Suspicious person or persons who appear to be “loitering” will be reported to the police to be checked out and investigated.


Background checks will be performed using the National Sex Offender Registry on all employees, potential employees, and volunteers, including Library Board members or potential Library Board members, who are or will be working on Library property.


Violations of this policy will be immediately reported to Law Enforcement.

Adopted and Revised


February 23rd, 2012

December 1st    2016

December 20th, 2018




The Gilmore City Public Library welcomes everyone ages 10 and up to use the Gaming System.  Children under the age of 10 must play with a parent or guardian.  Special times, events and tournaments may include adult and youth participation.


Our gaming area is offered to make the library enticing to youth and teens, as well as adults to encourage them to visit the Library, to develop a love of books and reading and to expose them to the service available to the Library.


Anyone using the Wii gaming system must read and agree to the Gaming Policy before using it.  The rules in the policy are set up to ensure proper use of the equipment and allow fair access to our patrons.  Failure to follow these rules of conduct will result in loss of Library Gaming System privileges.  Any damages that occur to the Library’s space and equipment and to the Wii and Wii accessories will be the responsibility of the patron or patrons using the area at the time the damage occurs.  A manual invoice may be generated and attached to the patron’s Library card number to pay for damages.  A letter explaining the damage charges may be sent to the patron’s home address.  This will be handled on a case by case basis.




1.    The patron must have a Library card in good standing with The Gilmore City Public Library.

2.   Game playing will be limited to 30 minutes (1/2 hour) per day/evening.  If no one is waiting to use the game, play may continue for up to 30 more minutes, but players must be willing to end play if someone else signs up to use the Wii.  Payers must end play immediately at the request of the Library staff.

3.   A limit of one hour of play per day will be enforced, even if the Wii is not signed out to another player.

4.   Patrons must sign up to use the Wii at the front desk.  Any backpacks must be left at the front desk.  At the time of sign up, the patron will be given the controllers or other accessories that are needed to play.  After play period is up, the patron must check the items back in to a staff member and sign out.

5.   Gamers using the Wii must wear the wrist leash.  Gamers who fail to use the leash will lose their privileges for that day.

6.   Patrons using the Wii area are asked to respect others using the Library and keep the volume and noise level low.

7.   Only 2 patrons will be allowed to play at one time.  No more than two additional patrons may be in the Gaming area to watch unless there is a special event or tournament.

8.   Gamers may only use the Wii equipment and games available at the Library.  No games, memory cards or extra accessories from home may be used at the Library.  The Library will not allow the Wii games to be checked out of the Gaming area.

9.   Inventory of gaming accessories will be taken daily by the Library staff.

10.Gamers are asked to treat the equipment gently.  Those patrons that do not do so or are too loud and disruptive will be asked by the staff to stop for the day. Gamers who repeatedly abuse the equipment will have his/her gaming privileges revoked indefinitely.

11.Gamers must quit play and check equipment back into staff 15 minutes before closing.  The staff will give players a reminder of the closing time 15 minutes prior to quitting time.

12.The Wii Gaming System is limited to use during specified gaming hours only


This policy will be posted in the Gaming area and available in our policy and procedure manual for public access.


A copy of the signed Gaming Policy will be kept on file at the Library.  Parents wishing to have a copy of these rules may obtain one from the front desk.


Thank You


The Gilmore City Public Library staff and Board of Trustees



I_____________________________________(first and last name) agree to the above policy and will abide by the Wii Gaming Rules as stated above.




Patron Signature_________________________



(if under age 10)


 Adopted and Revised

 February 23rd, 2012

December 1st, 2016

December 20th, 2018





Any complaint regarding personnel or a situation objected to by a patron will be addressed by:  the complainant may fill out a form available in the library which will be reviewed by the director and the Board to determine what action, if any, should be taken.


Complaints about the inclusion of an item in the library's collection shall be directed to the director.  A printed reconsideration form will be available in the library.  When it is filled out and signed, it will be reviewed by the director as well as the Board to determine what action, if any, should be taken.  No such consideration shall be given to any other form of complaint about materials in the collection.


The complainant will receive a written response within two weeks of the next Board meeting.




1.   Due to limited number of staff, in-house genealogy search will not be conducted by library personnel.

2.   Staff will make available the name, address, and phone number of a local researcher, if one is available, who may sometimes do searches for a fee. Contacting the researcher is the responsibility of the individual.

3.   The public is welcome to conduct research in person at the Gilmore City Public Library.  There is no charge to use the resources of the library other than photocopies which will cost ten (10) cents per copy.




The library will provide a credit card for the use of the library director.  The card may be used to purchase any necessary materials to be used for the library only.

The card may also be used for expenses incurred by the director when attending meetings or workshops such as:  food, motel costs, and mileage.  Tuition and material costs for workshops may also be paid with the card if necessary.


The library will also maintain a second card which could be used by the Board

President if the Director is unable to fill her/his position for an extended period due to illness.




Archival materials shall not be discarded without the consent of the Board.  If under consideration for discard, materials shall be presented and reasons for discarding must be brought before the Board to be considered by them before a decision is made.  Any materials of a personal nature shall be discarded at the discretion of the director only.  Archival materials shall be available for public perusal in-house but

may not be checked out.



Internet access for the public is available at this Library.  It will provide another tool or information resource to be used to fulfill the Library’s mission to promote intellectual freedom, lifelong learning, and the enhancement of cultural and leisure activities.




Parents are responsible for the internet information selected by their children.  They may restrict their children and only their children from access to internet resources.  Children who use the internet unsupervised may be exposed to inappropriate or disturbing information and images.  Parents and their children are encouraged to discuss the use of the internet in relation to their family’s values and boundaries


Regarding personal safety when using the internet, it is dangerous to reveal information such as your home address or telephone number.  It is also dangerous to use or reveal any information which may allow a person to locate you.


Personally identifiable information concerning children and young adults may not be disclosed or used in any way on the internet without the permission of a parent or guardian or if the student is 18 or over, the permission of the user himself/herself.




Uses that violate the law or encourage others to violate the law:

Transmitting offensive or harassing messages.

Offering for sale or use any substance, the possession or use of which is prohibited.     

Viewing, transmitting, or downloading pornographic materials of materials that encourage others to violate the law.

Intruding into the networks or computers of others and downloading or transmitting confidential trade secret information or copyright materials.


Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property.  For example:

Uploading a worm, virus, “Trojan Horse” “Time Bomb” or other harmful form of programming or vandalism.

Participating in “hijacking” activities or any form of unauthorized access to other computer network or information on systems.

The Library does not provide e-mail accounts through the Library’s internet. Service provider and forbids any attempt to use such.





The Library will utilize filtering software or other technologies to prevent user from accessing text or visual depictions that are:


Child Pornography

Harmful to minors

The term “harmful to minors” is defined by the Communications Act of 1934 (47 USC Section 254 h 7).



Internet use is a privilege, not a right.  First –time violators of this Internet Use Policy & Procedures will receive a two-week suspension from internet use.  Second-time violators will receive a one-month suspension.  Upon a third policy violation, the user’s internet privileges will be permanently withdrawn.


Every user over the age of 18 must sign a patron’s agreement.  Every user under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian sign a patron’s agreement for the user.


Every user must sign a sign-in sheet which gives the date and time of usage.


As with other Library tools, staff may help patrons access the internet and offer suggestions on starting search.  The Library staff cannot provide in-depth training concerning internet computer jargon or personal computer use.


Due to wireless service, the Library cannot always guarantee a secure connection and in all places in the Library.  The Library takes no responsibility for lost data, etc. due to a lost connection.


Patrons are responsible for maintaining up-to-date antivirus software, firewalls on laptop equipment brought into the Library for their own use.


Patrons must take responsibility for their own equipment.


Web-based e-mail only, no POP3 or SMIP connection.


Staff will provide no technical support or deal with patrons’ personal computer equipment




1.   Internet users will receive internet access and policy information

2.   All persons under 18 years of age must have a parent’s or guardian’s agreement signed.

3.   All persons over 18 years of age must sign a Patron’s Agreement.

4.   Patrons may reserve the computer for 30-minute segments.  If no one is scheduled to use the computer, the patron may continue use of the computer.  Late comers forfeit the unused portion of their reserved time.

5.   Within the copyright laws, patrons may print information.  There will be a charge of ten cents per page printed out.

6.   No patron software or floppy disk may be used on the Library computers. Disks may be purchased from the Library and may be used in the computers.  The Library will store these disks for further use by the patron. The Library will provide thumb drives for patrons to save games on.  These will be the property of the Library and will stay in the Library.

7.   Misuse of the computer or internet access policy will result in loss of computer privileges as spelled out in the policy.

8.   No food or drinks allowed at the computers.

9.   The following permission slips need to be signed by parents of children using the computers unattended.


Thank You.


The Gilmore City Library Staff and Board of Trustees


I__________________________________(first and last name) agree to the above policy and will abide by the Internet rules as stated above.




Patron Signature______________________


Parent Signature______________________

(if under 10)


Adopted and Revised by the Gilmore City Public Library board of trustees


November 29th, 2007

August 29, 2013

December 1st     2016

August 29th        2018



Computer Use and Internet Access Policy

Policy regarding the use of public computers and the Internet at the Gilmore City Public Library

The Gilmore City Public Library is pleased to provide access to electronic resources via the Internet using our public access computers.  Computers are available for public use during regular business hours, except during times of routine or emergency maintenance.  The purpose of providing public Internet access is to expose the public to the world of information available on the Internet and to provide equal access to that information for all individuals in the community.

Since the Internet is a global electronic network, the Gilmore City Public Library has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content.  The Internet and its available resources may contain material of a controversial nature.  The library will not censor access to material nor protect users from offensive information and is not responsible for the availability or accuracy of information accessed from remote network sites. 

The following rules govern the use of the library computers:

·        To access a computer, patrons may log in to internet using the available password. For those visiting who need access to a computer a guest pass is available by inquiring at the circulation desk.

·        There is a 60-minute time limit for the Public Internet computers when others are waiting.  When no one is waiting, additional time at the Public Internet workstations is limited to a total of 2 hours per day.  However, if use of a computer results in disruption of library services or if behavior becomes inappropriate for a library setting, the Library reserves the right to end the session at any time.

·        Color is available for 25 cents per page & black and white printing is available for 10 cents per page.

·        A flash drive may be used to save information from a computer.  The library is not responsible for any damage to flash drives when used in library computers.  Although the library uses anti-virus software on its computers, absolute protection is not guaranteed.   Software downloaded from the Internet may contain viruses.  The library encourages the Internet user to install and use anti-virus software on his/her own computer and equipment.

·        Individual software may not be installed or used to alter or attach equipment to the library's hardware or to attempt to bypass security features.

·        Each user is responsible for complying with copyright law and adhering to software licensing agreements, as well as all local, state, and federal laws including, but not limited to, those concerning fraud, privacy, or obscenity.

·        Library staff may be able to help with basic computer use and startup procedures but may not be able to provide information on the use of each software program.  If one has never used a computer or if one has specific questions about a software program, reference books and use guides are available.

·        Misuse of the computer may result in suspension or loss of computer privileges.

The following rules govern access to the Internet from the library:

·        Internet communications shall be considered private, and confidentiality will be encouraged within the limits of public environment, the technology of the equipment, and the requirements of law.

·        The Internet user may encounter closed or restricted databases and resources for which the library accepts no responsibility:

·        The host computer has been "overloaded" by Internet visitors and has closed or limited access.

·        The host computer is no longer maintained or has changed its address or Universal Resource Locator (URL).

·        The database or computer is only accessible to users affiliated with a specific licensed organization.

·        Gilmore City Public Library's Internet connection may be temporarily closed for maintenance or due to technical difficulties.

·        The library does not offer electronic mail (e-mail) accounts or access to chat rooms, news, or discussion groups. However, there are many Internet providers who offer free e-mail access.

·        As is the case with other materials in the library's collection, any restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. The Gilmore City Public Library cannot act as a censor or substitute parent.  It is the responsibility of the parents to provide the oversight to ensure their children's use of the Internet in a safe and appropriate manner, including the proper use of expensive computer equipment.

·        Regarding personal safety when using the internet, it is dangerous to reveal information such as your home address or telephone number.

·        Violations of these rules may lead to the suspension or revocation of Internet access through the library.


The Gilmore City Library Staff and Board of Trustees

I__________________________________(first and last name) agree to the above policy and will abide by the Internet rules as stated above.


Patron Signature______________________

Parent Signature______________________

(if under 18)

Adopted   and   Revised by the Gilmore City Public Library board of trustees

November 29th, 2007

August 29th, 2013

December 1st, 2016

August 29th, 2018

March 28th, 2019





The Gilmore City Public Library supports the American Library Association’s Bill of Rights and its Freedom to Read statement, which are attached to these policies.


While collections are provided for children and young adults, use of adult materials is not restricted according to a patron’s age by Library staff.  Limitations in juvenile reading and in the viewing of videos are considered a parental responsibility.  Therefore any/all restrictions must come from a parent or guardian for all patrons under the age of 18.


        The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack. Private groups and public authorities in various parts of the country are working to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label "controversial" views, to distribute lists of "objectionable" books or authors, and to purge libraries. These actions apparently rise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to avoid the subversion of politics and corruption of morals. We, as citizens devoted to reading and as librarians and publishers responsible for disseminating ideas, wish to assert the public interest in the preservation of the freedom to read. 

     Most attempts at suppression rest on a denial of the fundamental premise of democracy; that the ordinary citizen, by exercising critical judgement, will accept the good and reject the bad. We trust Americans to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and to make their own decisions about what they read and believe.  We do not believe they are prepared to sacrifice their heritage of a free press to be "protected" against what others think may be bad for them. We believe they still favor free enterprise in ideas and expression. 

    These efforts at suppression are related to a larger pattern of pressures being brought against education, the press, art and images, films, broadcast media, and the Internet. The problem is not only one of actual censorship. The shadow of fear cast by these pressures leads, we suspect, to an even larger voluntary curtailment of expression by those who seek to avoid controversy or unwelcome scrutiny by government officials.      

     Such pressure toward conformity is perhaps natural to a time of accelerated change. And yet suppression is never more dangerous than in such a time of social tension. Freedom has given the United States the elasticity to endure strain. Freedom keeps open the path of novel and creative solutions and enables change to come by choice. Every silencing of a heresy, every enforcement of an orthodoxy, diminishes the toughness and resilience of our society and leaves it the less able to deal with controversy and difference. 

     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.


Adopted and Revised by the Gilmore City Public Library board of trustees


December 29th        2018

February 18th         2019







           1.  Cover Page

           2.  Mission Statement

           3.  Library Objectives

           4.  Hours of Operation-Holiday Closing

           5.  Services

           6.  Circulation-Displays

           7.  Enrich Iowa-Computers-Fines and Fees-In House Equipment Usage

           8.  Personnel

           9.  Director

10.  Director (continued)

11.  Collection Development

12.  Trustees-Gifts, Memorials, Donations

13.  Behavior

14.  Sex Offenders

15.  Gaming

16.  Gaming (continued)

17.  Complaints-Genealogy Search-Credit Card

18.  Discarding Materials

19.  Internet

20.  Internet (continued)

21.  Internet (continued)

22.  Intellectual Freedom

23.  Covid 19

24.  Table of Content