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Registration and Borrowers' Cards Policy

Registration and Borrowers' Cards Policy


A borrower’s card will be issued to a person who meets the residency requirement after he/she has completed the registration form and presented two forms of identification[1]

              i.      A current photo identification and

              ii.      Verifying proof of current Iowa residential address at time of application.

When a child under the age of 13 applies for a borrower’s card, he/she must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will be asked to sign a statement of consent and responsibility.[2]

A reader is required to present his/her card each time he/she wishes to check out material or use an internet accessible station.  Substitutions for a library card are not accepted.

A card holder is responsible for all material checked out on his/her card regardless of who presented the card at check out.  Therefore, the library discourages readers from allowing anyone else to use their cards.

Borrowers’ privileges expire and must be updated annually.

         i.      All overdue materials must be returned and all bills and fees paid before privileges will be updated.[3]

         ii.      Borrowers, including children, must update their own accounts.[4]

          iii.      Privileges may be updated over the telephone if the user is contacted by library staff at the phone number in the borrower’s record.[5]

User cards will need to be replaced only if they wear out or are lost.

Replacement of a user’s lost card will cost $1.00 and will be issued after a current photo identification is presented.[6]

Special user’s cards can be issued to all teachers in the Newton Community Schools, Newton Christian School, DMACC Newton campus, and Basics and Beyond.[7]

       i.      No fines or fees for lost material will be assessed for material checked out on the teachers’ cards.

       ii.      Material checked out on a teacher’s card must be used in the classroom.

        iii.      Teachers’ cards will expire at the end of the school year in which they were issued.

A special user’s card will be issued to an employee of an institution within the Newton Public Library service area for use by the institution, after a supervisor with the authority to make financial commitments for the institution signs a statement of authorization.

Persons unable to visit the library in person because of illness, injury, immobility or disability may apply to the library for Homebound Service.  The homebound status may be revoked at the director’s discretion if the privilege is abused.

        i.      Homebound cards are kept at the library. 

        ii.      The library will match the homebound individual with a volunteer who will deliver books for patrons within  the city limits of Newton.

         iii.      A family member may be designated to pick up items for those patrons outside of Newton city limits.

         iv.      Overdue fines are not applied to homebound cards, but fees for lost or damaged items are assessed.[8]

Patron library pin numbers will not be verbally given over the telephone.  A reader’s pin number will be given, in writing, only to a reader in person with appropriate personal library card and photo identification in hand at the Circulation Desk or Information Desk.  Readers can change pin numbers at home after initially acquiring the randomly-generated number from the library.[9]

[1] Revised 7/05 & 7/07

[2] Revised 7/07

[3] Revised 4/08

[4] Revised 4/08

[5] Revised 4/08

[6] Revised 4/17

[7] Revised 9/95

[8] Added 2/24/14

[9] Revised 8/22/09

Library Hours
Monday        10am-8pm
Tuesday       10am-8pm
Wednesday   10am-8pm
Thursday      10am-8pm
Friday          10am-6pm
Saturday      10am-2pm
Sunday        Closed


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