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Internet Use Policy
The Milton Public Library is dedicated to providing a wide range of materials and access to other materials that will enrich, enhance, promote, and strengthen the community. Access to information is a fundamental right of citizenship. As part of the overall collection development policy, the Library includes access to the Internet for the purposes of research, information, job searching, educational-related assistance, as well as recreational use.
Computer use is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Patrons who wish to use a public computer must know their library card number and pin number. Furthermore, their library account must be in good standing in that they do not have fines $10.00 or over. Internet use is limited to 90 minutes a day. However, patrons have the opportunity to add 30 additional minutes twice if the other computers are not in use.
All users are expected to follow these basic rules and regulations:
• Computers are to be used for educational, informational, and recreational purposes only.
• Users must respect the privacy of others by not misrepresenting oneself as another user and by not attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or other data belonging to others. Users should further respect the privacy of others by not interfering with another user’s work.
• Users should not seek unauthorized access to any computer system or damage or alter software components.
• Users should only make authorized copies of copyrighted or licensed software of data.
• Users should not engage in any behavior that violates the Library’s Patron Code of Conduct policy.
The Library cannot control or monitor the vast amount of material accessible from computers and networks via the Internet. Individual users must accept responsibility for sites visited and links followed. The user is responsible for verification of information found on the Internet for content and accuracy. Library staff is available to provide assistance and to help identify appropriate sites.
Furthermore, the Milton Public Library does not filter Internet computers. Selection policies, which serve to govern the library’s purchase of written materials, may not apply to materials accessed electronically. It is the responsibility of the user to determine what is appropriate.
CHILDREN: The Milton Public Library assumes no responsibility for internet use by children. Parents and legal guardians who are concerned about their children’s use of the Internet are expected to provide guidance to their children and monitor their use of this resource. Only they are in the position to define what material or information is consistent with their personal and family beliefs, and only they can apply these values for themselves and their children as they use the library’s resources. Children and young adults under the age of 16 should have parental permission to use the Internet.
The Milton Public Library cannot guarantee confidentiality over the Internet. It is up to the user to take appropriate precautions when using this service. Patrons entering personal data do so at their own risk. Furthermore, the library takes no responsibility for lost data due to network or connection failure or malfunction of equipment.
Misuse or abuse of computer or Internet access will result in suspension of Internet access privileges and possible suspension of library privileges.
The Milton Public Library supports its mission of opening doors for curious minds and nurturing learning and creativity by developing and presenting programs that provide opportunities for educational, cultural, and recreational experiences. A “program” is a planned presentation or interaction between the library staff and/or a library-sponsored presenter and program participants that is aimed at accomplishing these goals:
- Expanding the library’s role and visibility as a community resource and community center.
- Introducing patrons and non-users to library resources and services.
- Providing opportunities for lifelong learning and entertainment.
Library staff are responsible for developing and delivering library-sponsored programs and utilizing staff expertise, collections, services, and facilities. The library may partner with community agencies, organizations, and individuals to present co-sponsored programs. Furthermore, professional performers and presenters may be hired for library programs. Programs may be held on site, off-site, or virtually.
These criteria are used in making decisions about programs, set up, topics, speakers, and accompanying resources:
- Relation to the Library’s mission and service goals found in the library’s current strategic plan
- Health and safety of participants
- Availability of program space and equipment
- Budget and staffing considerations
- Community needs and interests
- Quality of presentation
- Speaker’s background and qualifications in the content area
- Historical, educational, and cultural significance
- Connection to other community programs, exhibitions, or events
ACCESS AND PARTICIPATION
Library programs are open to the public and are free to attend. A person’s right to attend a program will not be denied because of national origin, race, color, sex, religion, background, views, sexual orientation, or disability. Every attempt will be made to accommodate all who wish to attend a program. Furthermore, a library card is not required to attend a program.
Registration may be required for planning purposes and when space is limited. Details about registration requirements will always be included in the program’s description on the library’s website and advertising materials. Registrants should notify the library in advance if they must cancel their registration.
The Library reserves the right to:
- Limit attendance at events due to space considerations, budget constraints, and based on the nature of the program.
- Set age limits for library-sponsored programs.
- Cancel programs, to be rescheduled or not.
- Deny attendance to anyone who is disruptive or who violates the library’s Code of Conduct.
For the purpose of marketing library programs on the library’s website and social media, staff may ask permission to photograph, videotape, and/or virtually record program participants.
The Library welcomes expressions of opinion from community members concerning programming. If a community member questions a library program, he/she should address the concern with a Library staff member. If the community member wishes to continue the request for review, he/she may write a letter to the Library Board and it will be reviewed at their next regularly scheduled meeting.
Meeting and Study Room Policy
Public meeting rooms and study rooms are available for use to an individual or organized group at the Milton Public Library. Scheduling will be limited, when necessary, to ensure equitable access to the facilities for the entire community. 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 of the Library staff or Board. All rooms are available as a free public service. However, donations are always accepted.
The library board may make exceptions to any part of the following policy if the board deems extenuating circumstances are involved. Furthermore, the Library Board and staff do not assume any liability for groups or individuals using a room at the Library.
1. Break Room (lower level) for 40 people
2. Red Hawk Room (1st floor) for 6 people
a. Available equipment: Smart TV with Apple AirPlay, power outlets, and whiteboard
3. Nancy and David Lader Community Room (2nd floor) for 25 people
a. Available equipment: TV with USB and HDMI ports, power outlets, whiteboard, and coat rack
4. Study Room #1 (2nd floor) for 2 people
5. Study Room #2 (2nd floor) for 2 people
6. Study Room #3 (2nd floor) for 4 people
• Rooms can be reserved by calling the library at 608-868-7462 or in person at either circulation desk, and are reserved with name, phone number, and time frame needed.
• Library programming has first priority in room use, otherwise, rooms are booked or made available on a “first come, first serve” basis.
• Rooms are only available during library hours, unless otherwise approved by the Library Director.
• Study Rooms 1-3 may be reserved for up to 3 hours. A room may be used longer if no one else is waiting to use the room.
• All rooms may be reserved up to three months in advance.
• If a room user, who has reserved a room, does not show up within 15 minutes of their reserved time, then the room will be made available to others.
• If necessary, the Library reserves the right to transfer individuals or a group to another room in the Library.
• If a room is no longer needed, the room user shall notify Library staff as soon as possible.
• Events, programs, and activities organized, sponsored, or conducted by the Library.
• Studying by an individual or group.
• Club events (veterans, school, youth, sports, services, etc.).
• Meetings (businesses, not-for profits, unions, associations, political parties, etc.)
• Home school classes, meetings, events, etc.
• Religious organizations (meetings, clubs, events).
• Political meetings, candidate forums, legislator “listening sessions,” etc.
• Legal negotiations, proceedings, conflict resolutions, depositions, etc.
• Test proctoring by the library or non-profit organizations.
• Tutoring. However, tutors who charge for services may use a study room on a limited basis to allow availability for other users. Paid tutors are limited to 6 hours per week. Furthermore, paid tutors may not publish or distribute letters indicating the library as their place of doing business or otherwise imply library sponsorship of their activities.
• Commercial events (where products, services, or memberships are advertised, solicited, or sold) including educational classes or seminars, which charge a fee.
• Conducting private business that may include presentations to prospective clients for paid services and/or solicitation of goods.
• A group may not charge admission for their meeting or event.
• Gambling, in any form.
• Any event that could be considered a party, including personal and family birthday parties, receptions, showers, etc. An exception may be made for groups to use the Break Room with permission from the Library Director.
• Any event that is disruptive of normal library operations or services.
• Any other activity or behavior that violates the Library’s Code of Conduct policy.
• Groups or individuals using a room shall not publicize their event in any way that implies that is it sponsored, co-sponsored, endorsed, or approved by the Library, unless permission to do so has been given in advanced by the Library Director.
• 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. Anything left behind will be placed in the Lost and Found.
• Chairs and tables will be provided, but must be arranged by the group according to their needs. Users are responsible for returning furniture and equipment to the proper locations within the room.
• Light refreshments may be served and shall be provided by the group. If a group wishes to provide a larger meal, they may reserve the Break Room only.
• Users are responsible for cleaning up after themselves, including taking out the garbage and for any damage resulting from their use. The Library has a broom, dustpan, and vacuum available for use. The room should be left in a neat, clean, orderly condition.
• Lights and equipment are to be turned off.
• City of Milton Fire Department’s occupancy limits will be observed at all times.
The Quiet Room cannot be reserved by groups or individuals, but is available for those library users who prefer to do their solitary reading, studying, or thinking in quiet surroundings. The following rules should be followed at all times:
• Cell phones must be turned off or silenced. Cell phone conversations are not allowed, but calls can be taken in the lobby or outside.
• Use of electronics is allowed, but the volume must be on mute or headphones must be used.
• Conversations are not allowed except in cases where staff needs to communicate with persons using the Quiet Room.
The Milton Public Library (MPL) is a member of the Arrowhead Library System (ALS), which serves seven public libraries in Rock County, Wisconsin. The Library maintains a Circulation Policy and applicable procedures to ensure that all patrons are provided with consistent and equitable services from Library staff members and that every patron has clear expectations of their rights.
1.1 Residents of the City of Milton
Any resident or property owner of the City who has not abused library privileges may obtain a library card.
1.2 Residents of Rock County outside the city limits
Township property owners and those township residents living outside the city limits who have not abused library privileges may obtain a library card. Furthermore, Rock County residents who have not yet registered with their home library within ALS may obtain a card with proper identification and proof of address.
1.3 Residents of Lakeshore Library System (LLS)
Residents of the Lakeshores Library System may use their library cards at Milton Public Library. Those who have not yet registered with their home library may be issued Milton Public Library card with proper identification and proof of address.
1.4 Transient Situations
Adults and children who are in transient situations, such as shelters or temporary housing, are eligible for a temporary library card. Temporary cards are set to expire in three months. When the card expires, they will be asked to update all information including an address and phone number. For patrons without a permanent address, staff will accept a letter from a shelter or a piece of mail for verification purposes. Patrons may check out a total of eight items at one time.
1.5 Summer Residents
Summer residents owning property who are paying taxes in the county may obtain a library card under the same guidelines as year-round residents.
Residents from library systems outside of ALS and LLS may be issued a library card with approval from the Library Director.
B. Registration and Borrowing Privileges
All borrowers must be registered and have a library card in good standing to borrow library materials. Materials cannot be checked out until a library card is issued.
Patrons must fill out an application form to register for a new library card in person, at the library. Exceptions can be made for people who are disabled and unable to come to the library. The following statement will be printed on the registration form for the patron’s information and acceptance:
I agree to be responsible for borrowed materials under their name, to pay fines for overdue items, and to pay for the replacement of damaged, lost, or stolen items. The Milton Public Library assumes no responsibility for internet use by children. It is the right and responsibility of the parent or guardian.
Your Signature _________________________________
Identification is required for card registration. A valid government issued photo is mandatory. Valid forms of ID include: driver’s license, state identification card, student identification card, child safety card, military identification card, social service card, and passport. If no current address is available, a recent non-personal piece of mail may be acceptable.
All patrons, adult and juvenile, are expected to bring their library cards with them if they intend to check out items. A valid government issued photo ID is also acceptable. An individual without a library card or photo ID will be denied the privilege of checking out materials until they present their card at the library.
A patron may allow another person (i.e., spouse or children) in good standing with the library to use his/her library card to check out materials, but the library card holder will be held responsible for all items charged to his/her card regardless of who the borrower is.
A patron will not be allowed to use another person’s library card to avoid paying fines assessed against his/her own card. Furthermore, if an adult patron has fines over $10.00, he or she cannot use their child’s card to check out adult materials. Only children’s materials may be checked out under the child’s card.
1.1 Youth Registration (0-15)
A parent or guardian may obtain a library card for their child by providing a valid form of identification and proof of current address and signing the registration card. The parent/guardian assumes responsibility for all materials and any fines incurred through the use of the child’s card. The child must be present at the time of registration. If the parent/guardian indicates that they do not wish their child to have a library card, the card will be made inactive with notation in the child’s account.
The Library Director retains the right to modify the registration process for youths in situations where the above policy does not apply.
City of Milton community organizations, schools, and local businesses may be issued organizational borrowers’ cards for use by authorized individuals. The head of the organization must sign the application form and supply acceptable identification for the organization and a list of authorized individuals. The organization, school, or business assumes responsibility for any library materials checked out on the card. All rights and responsibilities held by individual card holders will be assumed by organizational card holders.
Rock County teachers, preschools, licensed childcare centers, homeschool families and public and private schools serving students in grades PK-12 may use these cards when classroom projects call for materials beyond the school’s media center scope.
Any teacher living in or teaching in Rock County is eligible for a Teacher Card. A teacher who lives in Rock County, but teachers somewhere else – or teaches in Rock County and lives somewhere else – is welcome to apply for a card. Homeschool teachers and childcare providers are also eligible.
To apply for a Teacher Card, individuals will need:
- A personal library card in good standing (less than $10 in fines) from Milton Public Library or any other library in the Arrowhead Library System, Lakeshores Library System, or Kenosha Library System.
- An active email address that is monitored for library alerts.
- Proof of employment at an educational facility (I.D. with name and school, letter from principal/director/etc.), a homeschool state certificate, or a childcare license.
Teacher Card Responsibilities
- A minimum of six (6) weeks loan period is available on most materials. Loan periods on Milton Public Library items may be extended upon request to fit your lesson plan, with the exceptions of popular DVDs and TV series and high-demand holiday/theme picture books.
- Items are eligible for one renewal as long as there are no holds.
- The individual card holder is responsible for all materials checked out on the Teacher Card, including overdue fees, damaged, and lost items. Although Milton Public Library has no fines on their juvenile and young adult materials, other libraries within the SHARE Consortium may have different policies.
- All card holders, including teacher cards, are billed for the replacement cost of an item approximately 28 days after the item was due.
- Cards with $10.00 or more in fines will blocked.
- Personal items may not be checked out on your teacher card and may not be used to circumvent rules and limits that apply to regular library cards.
- The Teacher Card is valid for one school year. All teacher cards expire on July 1st.
- Teachers may reapply or ask for their card to be reissued with the start of each school year.
- Teacher Cards are nontransferable.
C. Lost/Forgotten Cards
If a patron loses his/her library card, he should notify the library as soon as possible and request a replacement. The cost for a replacement card is $2.00. To replace a lost or stolen card, library staff will require documentation sufficient to establish the patron’s identity and place of residence.
D. Loan Periods and Renewals
- Books, audiobooks, magazines and music CDs circulate for 3 weeks.
- Current issues of periodicals do not circulate.
- Jackpot, The SPARK Mini Makers, Emmy’s Early Lit Kits, and Sitter Sacks, circulate for 2 weeks. Jackpot items cannot be renewed.
- Generally, DVDs containing 1-2 discs circulate for 1 week while DVDs containing 3 or more discs circulate for 2 weeks.
- Generally, reference books do not circulate. Upon request, some reference materials may be checked out overnight.
- Interlibrary Loans (or items obtained from outside the ALS and LLS systems) have a 3-week check out period, with exception of book club requests. Patrons must make any renewal requests at least 2 days in advance of due date, so that the owning library may be contacted. Patrons may request up to five ILLs per week.
With the exception of DVD checkouts, there is no limit on the number of items a patron can borrow at one time. A cardholder may have up to 8 Milton DVDs checked out at one time. Different rules may apply to library cards issued to organizations.
Items may be renewed three times unless a hold has been placed on the item. Items can be renewed in person, by phone, or online. Renewals are granted for the length of the item’s loan period based on the calendar date on which the item is renewed. Loan periods may be extended for special circumstances at the discretion of Library staff.
The Library Director may establish the loan period for special collections or materials which are temporarily in great demand.
The library reserves the right to limit checkouts at any time.
E. Fines and Charges
Milton Public Library has established the following schedule of fines and fees:
- There are NO FINES on juvenile and young adult materials, including Family, YA, and Children DVDs.
- All adult materials, including adult DVDs, have a fine of 25 cents a day.
- Milton Public Library items do not have a grace period.
Maximum fine accrual for an individual item is $5.00.
A first overdue notice is sent 7 days after the material is due. A second noticed is sent 14 days after the due date, and a third notice is sent 21 days after the due date. After 28 days, a bill is sent by mail for the replacement cost of the material. The first, second, and third notices are sent by email or automated phone call, as designated by patron.
Patrons who have over $9.99 in fines or fees shall be denied borrowing privileges until those fines are paid for, overdue materials are returned or paid for, and/or if lost and/or damaged items are paid for.
Patrons who pay for a lost item are not required to pay the late fees accrued for the item.
No refunds will be issued if a lost item is found after a replacement cost is paid.
Patrons may, with the permission of Library Director, be allowed to work off overdue fines at the library.
Reserves may be placed by patrons either in person, over the phone, or online. Patrons will be notified by email, automated telephone message, or text message when the materials are available. There is no charge to the patron for placing a reserve or for interlibrary loan services.
Patrons are allowed to pick up holds for other patrons, after library staff has been notified. However, patrons will not be allowed to utilize this service when their own card has a block due to unreturned materials and/or excessive fines.
If a patron cannot pick up their holds during regular library hours, they may use the Book Lockers available in the Library’s lobby. Please see the Book Locker Policy.
G. Damaged Materials
A patron must pay for the replacement cost for any damaged or lost item. The Library Director will assess the extent of the damage and determine whether a replacement copy is needed. The patron will be charged the current list price of the book. The library will not accept a replacement copy from the patron for the damage item.
The following replacement fees apply if an element is missing or damaged by a patron:
Artwork (i.e, DVD, audiobook, Playaway)-$2.00
Rubber band for puzzle-$2.00
Hanging bag (kits)-$3.00
Playaway battery cover-$1.00
**Library of Things kits (i.e. Mini Makers, Sitter Sacks, Emmy EarlyLit Kits)-Kits contain individual price lists.
H. Thief of Library Materials
As specified in Wisconsin State Statute 943.61, “Whoever intentionally takes and carries away, transfers, conceals or retains possession of any library material without the consent of a library official, agent or employee and with intent to deprive the library of possession of the material may be penalized as provided in sub. (5).
The Milton Public Library adheres strictly to all sections of this Statue regarding the thief of library materials.
As specified in Wisconsin Statutes 43.30, “records of any library which is in whole or in part supported by public funds, including the records of a public library system, indicating the identity of any individual who borrows or uses the library’s documents or other materials, resources or services 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, to persons authorized by the individual to inspect such records, or to libraries authorized under subs. (2) and (3).”
The Milton Public Library adheres strictly to all sections of this Statute regarding the protection of the confidentiality of its users.
Reviewed and Approved: 7/15/07
Reviewed and Approved: 1/21/2009
Patron Code of Conduct
A primary overall objective of the Milton Public Library is to provide its users with a safe and pleasant atmosphere that is conducive to the pursuit of life-long learning. Library patrons are expected to use the Library, including its facilities, grounds, resources, and materials, in a responsible, appropriate, and courteous manner while respecting Library patrons and staff.
Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 43.52(2), states: “Every public Library shall be free for the use of the inhabitants of the municipality by which it is established and maintained, subject to such reasonable regulations as the Library board prescribes in to render its use most beneficial to the greatest number. The Library board may exclude from the use of the public Library all persons who willfully violate such regulations.”
Any misconduct that disturbs Library users or staff is prohibited. It is a patron’s responsibility to maintain necessary and proper standards of behavior. If a patron creates a public nuisance or shows unacceptable behavior that patron may be restricted from using the Library.
Examples of unacceptable behavior for all ages include, but are not limited to:
• Committing or attempting to commit any activity that would violate a federal, state, or local law.
• Creating inappropriate levels of noise.
• Annoying, harassing, or threatening another person with language or gestures.
• Engaging in excessive displays of public affection.
• Using the Library for the purposes of solicitation, campaigning, petitioning, interviewing, or sales.
• Possessing, selling, distributing, displaying, or using any dangerous weapon, or an object that may be considered a weapon, upon the Library premises.
• Damaging, defacing, or misusing Library materials, electronic equipment, furniture, facilities, or grounds.
• Running, chasing, or horseplay.
• Entering non-public areas of the Library without prior permission from Library staff.
• Viewing inappropriate images or videos on laptops, computers, and Library-provided television screens.
• Sleeping, lying down, or napping on any floor, couch, table, or seat.
• Inappropriate dress and personal hygiene: Patrons are required to wear acceptable clothing, including shirts and footwear. Unpleasant body odor, which may offend other Library patrons or staff, is considered unacceptable. Furthermore, Library bathrooms are not for personal bathing.
• Smoking (including e-cigarettes, vaping, etc.) and consuming alcoholic beverages on Library premises.
• Eating: Eating is only allowed during designated Library programs. Beverages in resealable containers may be consumed in the library.
• The inappropriate use of bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, and so forth in the Library and on Library premises. Bicycles are not allowed inside the Library building. Skateboards, rollerblades, and scooters may be carried into the building, but must be stored in a safe and non-obtrusive manner.
• Animals: Except those which have been trained to perform tasks to aid persons with disabilities, animals are not allowed in the public part of the Library except as part of a Library-sponsored program. Animals may not be left unattended on Library premises.
CHILDREN IN THE LIBRARY
The Milton Public Library encourages children of all ages to use the Library for homework, recreational reading, imaginative play, and program attendance, and it is our desire to make these visits both memorable, enjoyable, and safe for the child. Library staff is not expected to assume responsibility nor liability for the actions, care, supervision, or safety of unsupervised children in the Library. Therefore, for their safety and comfort, children under 9 must be accompanied by a responsible person, age 16 or older, when using the Library. This responsible person must supervise, guide, and control the behavior of his or her charges at all times. If the young child under 9 years old is attending a Library program, it is required that the parent/responsible person remain in the Library throughout the program. The Library reserves the right to contact parents, guardians, or law enforcement authorities if minor children are e to maintain proper Library behavior.
USE OF YOUTH SERVICES AREAS
The Library is committed to providing inviting and safe places for younger patrons. Therefore, the Creative Play Areas are reserved for the use of children 11 and under. Any adult or teen found in
a Creative Play Area not supervising a child will be asked to relocate to an appropriate area of the Library. Patrons of all ages are welcome to browse and check out materials from the Children Collection.
Adults and children are prohibited from using the teen area, including the seating, study carrels, and electronics unless they are accompanied by a teen in grades 6 through 12. Patrons of all ages are welcomed to browse and check out materials from the Young Adult Collection.
The Library reserves the right to utilize the children and teen areas for scheduled programs and activities. If an individual does not comply with staff directions concerning these areas, the individual’s Library privileges may be revoked.
WARNING AND BANNING PROCESS
1. A patron will be asked to cease any inappropriate behavior that violates the Patron Code of Conduct policy and will be warned that if behavior continues, he/she will be asked to leave the Library premises.
2. A violator who refuses to correct his/her behavior or who become belligerent will be asked to leave for the day. If the patron’s inappropriate behavior continues on a later date, the patron will be banned from Library premises for one month by the Library Director. Patron must talk to the Library Director prior to returning to the Library.
3. If patron’s inappropriate behavior continues after the one-month ban, patron will be banned from the Library for 3 months by the Library Director. Patron must talk to the Library Director prior to returning to the Library.
4. If inappropriate behavior still continues after the 3-month ban, the Library Director determines subsequent actions.
All incidents will be documented. In the event that a patron’s behavior constitutes an imminent serious threat to Library property, other Library patrons, or staff, Library staff may call the police for assistance.
If an individual who has been banned attempts to return to the Library premises, such an act will be considered trespassing and the police will be called to remove the person from Library premises.
Any individual who is denied access to the Library may appeal to the Library Board within 10 days by filing an appeal in writing to the Library Director and sending the letter to 430 E. High St, Milton, WI 53563. The Library Board will hear the appeal at its next regularly scheduled meeting.
The above guidelines are for the comfort and protection of all and are to be courteously and firmly enforced by Library staff. The Library Director has the right to use professional judgment depending on the nature and the seriousness of the offense which required removal, the extent of damage or disruption caused, any history of prior infractions of Library polices and other relevant circumstances. If necessary, the police may be called for assistance.
Author Visits and Book Signings
As with all library-promoted programs, the Library will provide space, tables, and chairs if needed, as well as a sound system. The Library will also advertise the event according to its advertising procedure, provided adequate notice is given. Food may be served but requires pre-approval from the Director.
Authors may display, sell, and sign books. Presenters should not plan on the Library and/or its staff to act as sales agents, nor should the author expect the library to purchase books in bulk to sell for the author. Furthermore, authors must allow program attendees to bring in previously-purchased books to be signed.
Materials Selection-Collection Development
The purpose of the Milton Public Library is to provide all individuals in the community with carefully selected books and other materials to aid the individual in the pursuit of education, information, pleasure, and the creative use of leisure time. And because of the volume of publishing, as well as the limitations of budget and space, the library must have a selection policy with which to meet the community interests and needs.
The materials selection/collection development policy is used by the library staff in the selection of materials and also serves to acquaint the general public with the principles of selection. The Library Bill of Rights and The Freedom to Read Statement have been endorsed by the Milton Public Library Board of Trustees and are integral parts of the policy. The materials selection/collection development policy, like all other policies will be reviewed and/or revised on a scheduled basis.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR SELECTION
The final responsibility for selection of library materials rests with the Library Director who operates within the framework of the policies determined by the Milton Public Library Board of Trustees. This responsibility may be shared with other members of the library staff; however, because the Director must be available to answer to the Library Board and the general public for actual selections made, the director has the authority to reject or select any item contrary to the
recommendations of the staff.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
1. The main points considered in the selection of materials are:
a. Creative, literary, educational, and technical merit of each item
b. Current and anticipated needs and interest of the public, including items discussed on public media
c. Relation to existing collection and other materials on the subject
d. Suitability of the format for library use
e. Accuracy and timeliness
f. Local historical significance, interest, or value
g. Space and budgetary limits
2. Reviews and booklists are the major source of information about new materials.
3. The lack of a review or an unfavorable review shall not be sole reason for rejecting a title that is in demand. Materials are judged on the basis of the work as a whole, not on part taken out of context.
4. To assure the acquisition of resources desired by Library users, patron suggestions are always considered for their addition to the collection. Customers can contact the Library Director about specific requests.
Because of limited budgets and space, the library cannot provide all materials that are requested. Therefore, interlibrary loan is used to obtain from other libraries those materials that are beyond the scope of this library’s collection.
In return for using interlibrary loan to satisfy the needs of our patrons, the Milton Public Library agrees to lend its materials to other libraries through the same interlibrary loan network and to make an effort to have current holdings listed in a tool that is accessible by other libraries throughout the state.
GIFTS AND DONATIONS
The library accepts gifts of books and other materials with the understanding that they will be added to the collection only if appropriate and needed. If they are not needed because of duplication, or dated information, the director can dispose of them as he/she sees fit, including adding materials to the Library’s book sale to raise funds to support the library.
The Milton Public Library encourages and appreciates gifts and donations. The same criteria of selection, which are applied to purchased materials, are applied to gifts. Memorial gifts of books or money are also accepted with suitable bookplates placed in the book. Specific memorial books can be ordered for the library on request of a patron if the request meets the criteria established by the Board. It is desirable for gifts of specific titles to be offered after consultation with the Library Director. The Director will make the book selection if no specific book is requested.
By law, the library is not allowed to appraise the value of donated materials, though it can provide an acknowledgement of receipt of the items if requested by the donor.
An up-to-date, attractive, and useful collection is maintained through a continual withdrawal and replacement process. Withdrawal and replacement of materials is dependent upon usage, current demand, item’s condition, usefulness, more recent acquisitions, availability of newer editions, and available shelf space. This ongoing process of weeding is the responsibility of the Library Director and is authorized by the Board of Trustees. Withdrawn materials will be handled in a similar manner and under the same authority as donated materials.
POTENTIAL PROBLEMS OR CHALLENGES
The Milton Public Library recognizes that some materials are controversial and that any given item may offend some patrons. Selection of materials will not be made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval, but solely on the basis of the principles stated in this policy.
Library materials will not be marked or identified to show approval or disapproval of contents, and no library material will be sequestered except to protect it from damage or theft. Furthermore, parents or legal guardians are responsible for material checked out by their children. Selection of library materials will not be inhibited by the possibility that materials may come into the possession of children.
Patrons requesting that material be withdrawn from or restricted within the collection may complete a “Statement of Concern about Library Resources” form, which is available in the library. Those responding with a Statement of Concern must know that their objections will be given serious consideration and that interest in the library is always welcome. A courteous and calm approach is essential:
- A written “Statement of Concern about Library Materials” will be given a prompt response by the Library Director in the form of a letter, acknowledging that the statement is being reviewed.
- The Director, in consultation with the Library Board President, will seek reviews from the professional journals and additional information about the material(s) in the statement.
- If the material meets selection criteria, it is the responsibility of the Library Board President or the Library Director to contact the patron over the phone and/or respond in writing, stating what decision has been made.
- If the challenged item does not meet the library’s criteria for selection, the library should be ready to acknowledge this. The director should be prepared to withdraw the material. The patron should be contacted in writing stating what decision has been made.
- If the patron still feels that the Statement of Concern has been dealt with inadequately, a final appeal to the Library Board can be made. The board must decide upon an appropriate course of action.
The Library is a public service institution, and every effort is made to maintain regular hours for the public and staff, safety permitting. The purpose of the Weather Policy of the Milton Public Library (MPL) is to provide guidance to when to close the library early, or for the day, due to inclement weather.
The Board of Trustees of the Milton Public Library designates the Library Director as the responsible party for assessing the severity of weather conditions with the aid of media weather reports, City Hall Administration, Milton Police Department, or other emergency management officials as necessary to determine when the library should conduct an emergency closing due to weather.
DECISION TO CLOSE
The Library Director (or designated staff person) must first contact the Library Board president, who will authorize any decision.
A decision for a delayed opening or early closing of the Library will be based upon several factors that may include:
• General condition of the roads
• Projected forecast for worsening conditions
• A state of emergency for the immediate area declared by local, county or state law enforcement
In the event that the National Weather Service issues a Wind Chill Warning, Ice Storm Warning, or Blizzard Warning for the immediate area, the Library will close for the safety of the staff and the patrons.
CANCELLATION OF LIBRARY PROGRAMS & RESERVATIONS
In the event that the library closes early or for the day:
• All remaining library programs or scheduled programs will be cancelled.
• All meeting room and study room reservations will be cancelled. Library staff will attempt to notify
reservation holders of the closing.
In the case of a library closing, the Library Director (or designated staff member) will notify City Hall and the Department of Public Works, post on the library’s Facebook page, and change the library’s voice mail (if possible).
Because the library is a county warming/cooling center, staff will also contact the Emergency Management Bureau at Rock County Sheriff’s Office (608-758-8403) so they can notify the public that the library is unavailable as a warming site.
If the Library closes for the day, library material due dates and pick up dates will be adjusted to the next fully operational day. In the event of unfavorable weather, library patrons should make every effort to call the library to extend the due dates for their items.
STAFFING EXPECTATION AND COMPENSATION
The Milton Public Library wants its staff members to feel safe. Staff members seriously concerned for their safety in the event of adverse weather conditions who choose not to travel to work (or choose to leave work before their shift is over) should feel comfortable doing so after notifying their supervisor. Full-time staff will be expected to use PTO, personal holiday hours, or make up the hours within the pay period. Part-time staff have the option of making up the lost time if they so wish, with approval from the Library Director.
However, in the event that the Library Director, City Hall Administration, and/or emergency management officials make the decision to close the Library, Library employees shall receive regular pay as if they had worked their scheduled shift.
In the event of a Tornado Warning, library staff will strongly encourage the public to remain in the Library and take cover in a designated safety area. For the safety of the staff and the public, public areas of the library must be cleared, and those who wish to stay in the library will relocate to the basement. However, if there is not enough time to relocate to the basement, the following areas are also considered designated safety areas:
• First floor: men’s and women’s restrooms, staff restroom
• Second floor: family restrooms
Library staff cannot require adults to remain in the Library during a Tornado Warning. However, minors under the age of 17 who are not with an adult in the Library during a Tornado Warning will be required to seek shelter in the Library’s designated safety areas with Library staff. Minors will only be allowed to leave the Library before the end of a Tornado Warning if staff has made contact with a minor’s parent/guardian via phone call.
The library’s front doors will not be locked to allow people to seek shelter in the Library. A posted sign will direct people to the basement. Staff and patrons will stay in the designated safety areas until the Tornado Warning expires.
Bulletin Board Policy
The bulletin board and brochure rack are intended to serve as vehicles of information for non-commercial organizations and government affairs. The library will not display personal advertisements, petitions, solicitations, surveys, for-profit, or commercial materials. Additionally, posting of notices does not imply library endorsement, nor will the library accept responsibility for the accuracy of the statements made in such materials.
Furthermore, the Library Board adopts article six of the American Library Association’s “Library Bill of Rights” that maintains that exhibit space be “available to the public on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.”
· Postings must be approved and posted by Library staff.
· Items found posted without staff approval will be removed.
· Library staff will determine where and how long an item is displayed.
· The order of priority is as follows: Library, Milton, immediate surrounding area, Rock County, and others.
· Permission is granted based on available space.
· No materials may be placed in areas designated for library postings.
· Only one copy of a notice is permitted.
· Maximum size is 11” x 14”.
· Approved notices must be placed so they do not obscure other notices.
· Notices of events will be removed after the event has taken place.
· Items and promotional materials will not be returned.
· Notices advocating fraud or unlawful actions or notices the library considers to be inappropriate are not permitted.
Notices not complying with any of these guidelines will be removed.
REVIEW AND APPEAL
Any group or individual who is refused permission to use the bulletin board or who has other objections may appeal to the Library Board by filing the appeal in writing with the Library Director within 10 days of refusal or the grounds of appeal. The Library Board will hear the appeal at its next regularly scheduled meeting.
Application of these guidelines will be based on the judgment of the Library Director. Requests that do not fall clearly within these guidelines may be authorized by the Director only if they are in the best interests of the Library.
Adopted: January 2003
Revised: August 2005, June 2009, September 2019
Security Camera Policy
The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines for the use of video security cameras, as well as the access and retrieval of recorded video images at Milton Public Library.
The Library Board of Trustees is committed to providing an atmosphere in which people of all ages may utilize Library facilities and resources for intended purposes to the maximum extent possible. Under the provisions of Chapter 43 of the Wisconsin State Statutes, specifically Section 43.52 (2), the Milton Public Library Board of Trustees may enact regulations, create policies, or take actions that serve to ensure the safety of all library staff and patrons, protect the collection and maintain order in the library.
Security cameras are used where needed to provide peace of mind to library users and staff by discouraging violations of the Library’s Patron Code of Conduct policy, to assist library staff in preventing the occurrence of any violations, and when necessary, to provide law enforcement assistance in prosecuting criminal activity. Staff and patron safety is the first priority; protection of library property is of secondary importance.
USE OF SECURITY CAMERAS
A. All staff may have access to real-time images, viewable on desktop monitors.
B. Signs will be posted at all entrances informing the public and staff that security cameras are in use.
C. Video recording cameras will be used in public spaces of library locations to discourage criminal
activity and violations of the Library’s Patron Code of Conduct policy.
D. Cameras are strategically located to monitor most outdoor and indoor places where individuals lack a reasonable expectation of privacy. Examples include public common areas of the library such as parking lots, outside yard areas, entrances, seating areas, service desks, children’s play areas, book stacks, areas prone to theft or misconduct, and areas where money is stored or handled.
E. Cameras will not be installed in areas of the Library where individuals have a reasonable expectation of privacy such as restrooms or private offices.
F. Because cameras are not continuously monitored, the public and staff should take appropriate
precautions for their safety and for the security of their personal property. Neither the Milton Public
Library or the City of Milton is responsible for loss of property or personal injury.
G. Recorded data is confidential, secured in a controlled area, and is retained by the library. Video
recordings are typically stored for no longer than 30 days provided no criminal activity or policy
violation has occurred. As new images are recorded, the oldest images will be automatically deleted.
H. Cameras are not installed for, nor will they be used for the purpose of routine staff performance
USE OF SECURITY CAMERA FOOTAGE
A. The library has video surveillance cameras inside and outside the building that reside on the library’s network which may only be accessed by those so authorized by the Director for bona fide technical, library, or legal reasons as determined by the State Statues. Video surveillance data are considered to be protected public library records. Access is allowed by law enforcement when pursuant to a subpoena, court order, or for matters of local law enforcement. State Statutes carefully define law enforcement officials’ authority to view surveillance data, and the Milton Public Library will cooperate with law enforcement officials as permitted by Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 43.30 (5):
a. “Upon the request of a law enforcement officer who is investigating criminal conduct alleged to have occurred at a library supported in whole or in part by public funds, the library shall disclose to the law enforcement officer all records pertinent to the alleged criminal conduct that were produced by a surveillance device under the control of the library.”
b. “If a library requests the assistance of a law enforcement officer, and the director of the library
determines that records produced by a surveillance device under the control of the library may assist the law enforcement officer to render the requested assistance, the library may disclose the records to the law enforcement officer.”
B. Cameras may be installed in areas that could assist Law Enforcement in documenting traffic accidents or other incidents unrelated to the Library that take place on the public streets and surrounding properties within camera view. Examples include cameras on the exterior of a library building that not only document activity on Library property but also the sidewalk, public streets, and surrounding properties.
C. Confidentiality and privacy issues prohibit the general public from viewing security camera footage that contains personally identifying information about library users. If the Library receives a request from the general public to inspect security camera footage, the request will be referred to legal counsel for the appropriate response.
D. A breach of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. Any library
employee who becomes aware of any unauthorized disclosure of a video recording and/or a potential privacy breach has a responsibility to immediately inform the Library Director of the breach. Any library employee who witnesses the Library Director participating in any unauthorized disclosure of a video recording and/or a potential privacy breach has the responsibility to immediately inform City of Milton’s City Administrator, in accordance to the City’s Code of Conduct Policy.
DISCLAIMER OF RESPONSIBILITY
A copy of this policy may be shared with any patron or staff member upon request. The policy is also posted on the Milton Public Library’s official website.
Questions from the public may be directed to the Library Director.
The Library disclaims any liability for use of the video data in accordance with the terms of this policy, given that the library is a public facility and the security cameras shall be limited to those areas where patrons and/or staff have no reasonable expectation of privacy.
Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 43.30: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/43
Art Exhibit Policy
Statement of Purpose
The primary purpose of Milton Public Library art gallery wall and temporary art exhibits is to enhance the experience of the library patron.
Application to Exhibit
- The Adult Programing Coordinator will maintain a schedule of exhibits available at the library.
- Artists or photographers who wish to exhibit their original work may contact the Milton Public Library to request an opportunity to exhibit.
- All requests will be referred to the Adult Programming Coordinator for review and acceptance as
outlined in this policy.
Selection of Art
- Special consideration will be given to works of art produced by local artists.
- Preference may be given to artists who have not displayed at the library within one year.
- Art selected for display must be of exhibition quality (relative to artist’s age) and overall community interest.
- Works selected for exhibit must be appropriate for all ages.
- Samples of art maybe shared for review prior to acceptance.
- The Milton Public Library reserves the right to reject any exhibit in full or in part.
Fees and Sales
- No admission fee will be charged for any exhibit in the library.
- There is no fee for the exhibitor. The library would be grateful for a nominal donation if the exhibitor sells art because of the exhibit in the library, but a donation is not required.
- Sale of artwork is allowed, but not required. All pricing and contact information (i.e., business cards) shall be provided by the artist.
- Library staff is not responsible for collecting money or serving as liaison between artist and buyer.
Security and Liability
- The library is not responsible for reimbursement or replacement of lost, stolen, or damaged items.
- The artist or lender will be required to complete and sign a waiver of liability for the Milton Public
Library and City of Milton before any works of art are exhibited.
- The waiver will be kept on file in the library for one year following the exhibit.
Exhibition Presentation, Installation, and Dismantling
- Two-dimensional artwork may be framed and wired ready for hanging or may be displayed on the art gallery wall using carefully placed push pins.
- Art will be hung or placed in areas specified by the library as determined by the Library Director or Adult Programming Coordinator.
- The Adult Programming Coordinator will supervise the hanging, display and dismantling of all exhibits. Typical exhibits will run one month.
- If an item is sold it may be replaced with another item. It is preferred that sold pieces remain with the exhibit until its close.
- The artist or lender will be asked for a biography, related to their exhibit, to be used for advertising and openly available for library patrons to read.
Milton Public Library Artist Waiver of Liability
I, ________________________________, understand and agree that the Milton Public Library and the City of Milton are allowing me to display items at the Milton Public Library. My work/items shall be displayed:____________________________ to _______________________________.
I understand neither the Milton Public Library nor the City of Milton shall assume any responsibility or obligation for any loss or damage to any item or items so displayed.
I understand that the displayed item(s) are not and will not be covered under any insurance policy owned by the City of Milton.
I understand that I am solely responsible for insurance coverage for the item(s) being displayed, and the burden is on me to do so at my own cost.
I agree that any artwork/item(s) shall be removed from the library within two (2) days following the end date above, unless otherwise noted in a written agreement between myself and the Adult Programming Coordinator. I also understand that the Milton Public Library reserves the right to remove any artwork from public viewing for any reason.
Signature of Exhibitor
Adopted March 4, 2022
- Call the library to renew at 608-868-7462
- Log in to your account on SHARE and renew online
- Download the BookMyne app, log in, and renew
Fines & Fees
- No grace periods
- Adult: books, magazines, audiobooks, and music CDs … 25¢ per day
- All DVDs … 25¢ per day
- Children, juvenile, and young adult: books, audiobooks, and music CDs … 10¢ per day
Monday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday : 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.