Circulation Policy

Jefferson Public Library

Jefferson, IA


  1. Registering for a Library Card

  1. Residents of the State of Iowa can obtain a library card at the Jefferson Public

Library.  The person must present a current Iowa photo ID or utility bill to verify current address, and a current telephone number to receive a card.  Persons residing outside of the State of Iowa, but owning property in Greene County may also be issued a card when a current photo ID is presented.  Cards are issued for a period of three years and must be renewed at the end of that time. For the first month, the patron will be issued a library card with a “temporary” status and will be allowed only two (2) items to be checked out at a time.  The library director is given discretion to issue a library card under special circumstances.

B.   School students are not required to show Iowa identification.  Once the child reaches seventh grade or age thirteen, he or she is eligible for a card from the adult department and will be responsible for carrying their own card.  Children must be three years of age to get a library card. A consent form must be signed by the parent or guardian. Children’s library cards may be kept on file in the children’s department.  

C.    A library card should be shown each time a person wants to check materials out.  If the card is lost, there is a charge to replace it. Borrowers must pay all outstanding fines or fees owed before the library will renew their library card or replace a lost card.

D.      The use of the library or its services may be denied for due cause such as destruction

of library property, failure to return materials or pay fines, disturbance of other patrons, or any other

objectionable conduct on the library premises.  (See library conduct policy.)

E.  The cost of an out-of-state borrower’s card is $30.00 per year and cannot be pro-rated.

  1. Loan Periods, Renewals and Loan Limits

  1. Items in the library collection may be checked out for varying lengths of time.  Some

items may be renewed and some items have a limit to the number of that type of item that may be checked out at any one time.  See chart for loan periods, renewals and loan limits.


III. Fines and Overdue Items

A.  All items not returned by the date they are due are subject to an overdue fine.  See fines and fees chart.
B.  A fine of $1.00 or more must be paid in full before other items may be checked out.  

C.  No fines are charged on days the library is closed.

D.  No fine will exceed the replacement cost of the item.

E.  Patrons that have items that are past due one week are sent an overdue notice.  If the item is not returned by the next week, another notice is sent. After two notices, a telephone call is made to encourage the return of the items.  At this time, the patron will be unable to check out additional items until his or her account is brought back into good standing by the return of the items and/or the payment of any overdue fines or replacement costs.  After two months time has elapsed, a letter is sent stating the law which concludes evidence of theft. At this time, the patron will be billed for the cost of replacing the item(s). If no reply is made, appropriate legal action is taken to compel the return of the items or the collection of replacement cost(s).

F.  A letter will be mailed to anyone having a fine of $10.00 or more as a reminder of the balance due on their library account.

IV. Fees

Fees are charged for various services offered at the library.  See fines and fees chart.

V. Reserves

Some items may be reserved if the item is checked out.  See chart. Reserved items will be held for three days. If a person cannot be reached for two days to be notified that a book is available, that person’s name will be dropped to the end of the reserve list.

VI. Interlibrary Loans


If a registered borrower requests a book or other materials that is not in our library, we can

search available databases and request to borrow it for them from another library.  A fee is charged to help with postage costs, even if the item is not picked up. A fine will be charged if the item is returned late.


VII. Confidentiality of Library Records

The records of this library which pertain to information about its borrowers and their use of library materials shall remain confidential, as stated in the guidelines adopted by the American Library Association and the Code of Iowa.

Adopted:   February 13, 2012

Revised: July 8, 2013, December 8, 2014, December 11, 2017



This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.