A seed library is a collection of seeds that are available for lending just like a book or a movie. Our goal is to offer non-Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and open-pollinated seeds for free exchange. We will be offering a variety of classes and programs to introduce organic gardening, seed collection, and gardening sustainability. East Bonner County is located in Zones 5 - 6, and we’d love to have seeds that will grow here!
Seed libraries are located at both the Clark Fork Library and the Sandpoint Library.
Seed donations are always welcome. All seeds must be open-pollinated &/or heirloom, organic and locally harvested.
Community volunteers are in charge of organization and maintenance. If you wish to volunteer your time to present a program or help maintain the seed libraries, please fill out a volunteer application.
For more information about donations or seed checkout, pleasecontact us.
The East Bonner County Library District is not hiring at this time.
Any applications and resumes submitted will be kept on file up to a year and will be referenced for future job openings.
To apply, download and print an EBCL job application to submit one of the following ways:
The East Bonner County Library District is an equal opportunity employer.
The 3D printer is available to the public to make three-dimensional objects in plastic using a design that is uploaded from a digital computer file.
The 3D printer may be used for lawful purposes only. The public will not be permitted to use the 3D printer to create material that is:
The Library District reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
Patrons are responsible for covering the current costs for material used. Items must be picked up within 7 days or they become the property of the Library District.
Only designated Library District staff and volunteers will have hands-on access to the 3D printer.
Adopted September 14, 2015 by the East Bonner County Library District Board of Trustees
It is the policy of the East Bonner County Library District to establish and maintain a safe, healthy and barrier-free environment that promotes its educational role and permits the peaceful, undisturbed use of the library collections and services by patrons.
Behaviors conflicting with these policies, including but not limited to those listed below, are prohibited.
12. Removing, or attempting to remove, library materials, equipment, or property without proper checkout or other authorization.
13. Failing to renew or return library materials to prevent use by others.
14. Concealing library materials to prevent use by others.
15. Damaging or defacing library materials. Examples include marking, underlining, removing pages or portions of pages, or removing theft prevention devices.
16. Failing to adhere to copyright laws.
17. Eating or drinking except in meeting rooms or other designated areas.
18. Vandalizing, defacing, or theft of District property, or property belonging to other library patrons.
19. Opening emergency exits, except in emergency situations. Activating emergency devices such as fire alarms and fire extinguishers.
20. Circumventing computer management software. Hacking or deleting library computer files. Introducing malicious software into the District's network.
21. Being in unauthorized areas of the library. Remaining in the facility after closing, or when instructed to leave library property by authorized personnel.
22. Failing to pay properly assessed library charges or fees. (See Sanctions.)
Failure to return library materials is petit theft under Idaho Code 33-2620 and is punishable as provided by law.
Violation of this Code of Conduct will result in disciplinary action, up to and including legal trespass.
Law Enforcement or social service agencies will aid in enforcing the Code when necessary.
Violators may be prosecuted.
Amended and Adopted March 14, 2016 by the East Bonner County Library District Board of Trustees
This policy provides for public understanding of the purpose and nature of library district collections and gives guidance and direction to library staff regarding collection development and maintenance.
The mission of the East Bonner County Library District is to provide free and open access to information and ideas that are essential to a democracy and lead to an improved quality of life. In support of this mission, the district encourages lifelong reading and learning, supports activities important to a diverse community, and is dedicated to the basic First Amendment (U.S. Constitution) principles of intellectual freedom and access to information without censorship.
The Board of Trustees has defined two primary roles and two secondary roles.
Within its physical and financial limitations, the library district supports its roles by building collections and providing access to materials that will:
The library district assists patrons in securing information not found in its collections by offering interlibrary loan services, participating in reciprocal borrowing agreements with other libraries, providing access to online catalogs, and referrals to other institutions or individuals. In addition, the district provides Internet access, remote access to the library web page, and access to online databases.
The library encourages cooperation with school districts and other agencies, but cannot perform their functions.
The library print collection includes regular and large print books, periodicals, pamphlets, selected Idaho and federal government documents, and reference books. Non-print materials include DVDs, microfilm, e-resources, compact discs, spoken word discs, playaways, and online databases. The library does not collect older audio and video formats, textbooks (except when it may be the only or best source on a subject), sheet music, newspaper clippings, or rare or valuable materials (with the exception of some items of local interest that form a small special collection). While the library district collects local and regional histories, it does not attempt to build a comprehensive collection or to duplicate services provided by the Bonner County Historical Society and Museum.
The library collection, taken as a whole, will be an unbiased and diverse source of information, representing as many viewpoints as possible. No material will be excluded because of the race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political or social views of the author. Selection of materials does not mean endorsement of the content by library staff or the Board of Trustees
Responsibility for the selection of materials rests with the library director under the authority of the Board of Trustees and state statute [Idaho Code, Section 33-2721]. The library director may delegate selection of materials to staff members qualified for this duty by education, training, interest and job classification.
Suggestions for the purchase of materials, received from patrons or staff, are referred to the appropriate staff member and considered according to library district selection policies.
Each material is considered in comparison to others of its own kind. There is no single standard that can be applied to every item. Some materials may be judged primarily in terms of artistic merit or scholarship, others are selected to satisfy recreational and entertainment needs.
All acquisitions, whether purchased or donated, are considered in terms of the following criteria:
Collections are regularly and systematically reviewed by staff members who have been assigned to this task by the library director. It is their responsibility to maintain quality and to preserve the physical condition of materials. Those materials of current usefulness, but in poor physical condition, are rebound or otherwise repaired, replaced, or placed in a special collection. Materials which no longer meet library collection goals will be discarded according to accepted professional practices such as outlined in the publication, Evaluation and Weeding Collections in Small and Medium-Sized Public Libraries: the Crew Method. The disposition of weeded library materials will be at the library director’s discretion, although most will be sold through Friends of the Library book sales. Materials that are donated, or have been given in memory of others, will be evaluated using the same criteria as other purchased materials.
The CREW method encourages evaluation based on the following criteria:
Materials that are challenged by the public will be evaluated individually according the the Challenged Materials Policy of the District.
In general, periodicals are selected for the interests of the general reader. When technical subjects are considered, periodicals covering broad subject areas are acquired, rather than those published for academic or technical specialists. The library district will also consider the following criteria in selecting periodicals :
Donated periodicals are accepted on approval of the supervising staff member. All periodicals are kept for a definite period of time according to a schedule established by the supervising staff member.
The library district subscribes to a small collection of newspapers for browsing. The subscriptions include several local, state, regional and national papers. A limited number of back issues of The Wall Street Journal are kept for patron research. Current issues, and a limited number of back issues, of The Bonner County Daily Bee are available in print. Historical regional newspapers are available on microfilm. Other newspapers are kept for only a short time, according to a schedule established by the supervising staff member. Digitized versions are available via the district website.
Pamphlets are intended to provide handy, condensed information on a wide range of topics. The pamphlet file also contains Idaho state government documents, maps, booklets and ephemera related to the local area and region. In general, the library will use the following criteria in selection:
The library district collects audio recordings in a variety of formats. The library district does not attempt to cover all the audio recordings popular at any given moment, but purchases representative titles of significant artists and authors. Donations are accepted in accordance with the selection criteria.
Some music is acquired through a patron driven acquisition format. In some cases, the District subscribes to a licensed platform from which patrons may select their own music. The files are theirs to keep. The library does not acquire any materials via this platform, but provides access to the materials for individual patron selection and use.
As in book selection, the library district has an obligation to select materials that reflect diverse interests and to collect items unlikely to be found in the average home. In general the following criteria are followed:
Films are primarily acquired in DVD format, with Blu-Ray also represented. As technology allows, other formats may be acquired. In order to meet the needs of a broad cross-section of users, the collection includes nonfiction media, which supplement and complement the book collection, and fiction films for general study and entertainment, including foreign language films and television series.
The library district acquires a limited number of CD ROMs in categories such as instructional, entertainment, games, reference, and government documents. These are acquired by purchase, donation, and distribution from government agencies.
The library district provides access to databases selected by the Idaho Commission for Libraries and a limited number of purchased products. These are subject to the same selection criteria as other materials.
The library district collects electronic games for a variety of platforms. The library district does not attempt to cover all of the electronic games popular at any given moment, but purchases representative titles. In general, the following criteria are used in the selection:
The library district collects fiction and nonfiction material for all ages in a variety of formats including electronic. In the case of eBooks, the library leases access to content from a variety of vendors. Access to that content may cease if the relationship with the vendor is discontinued.
The collection includes imaginative prose writings in English. Translations are provided when the work was originally written in another language. The fiction section caters to a wide variety of reading tastes, skills and objectives. In general, the criteria employed in the selection of a particular title are:
New titles are considered on the basis of critical review in professional selection journals such as Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Booklist and School Library Journal. Titles are also considered based on patron requests.
The library attempts to build a collection of up-to-date, English language (primarily) materials that serve to introduce and define a subject and to indicate the varieties of information available elsewhere. This collection can support school instruction, some independent study and routine public inquiries, but is not sufficient to support higher-level academic courses or advanced independent study. The criteria for the evaluation of works of information and opinion are the following:
New titles are considered on the basis of critical review in professional selection journals such as Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Library Journal and School Library Journal. Titles are also considered based on patron requests.
In specific subject categories the following criteria apply to selection:
The library attempts to maintain a well-balanced collection representing all the major religions and their sacred scriptures. Authoritative material which introduces and explains the basic concepts and practices of the various religions and beliefs are also included. The library does not add materials of a strictly proselytizing nature and may decline donations of materials for which there is no demonstrated demand.
Issues are represented from a wide variety of views. Items contain current, accurate and fair information.
The library purchases standard and popular materials which deal with the philosophy of law and particular common types of law such as real estate, taxation, marriage, and divorce for the lay reader.
Laws and regulations of the State of Idaho, Bonner County, and major cities within the library district are included in the collection.
The library will collect dictionaries and course books for languages commonly studied or spoken in our community.
The library purchases standard and popular materials on health, nutrition, hygiene, diseases and medicine that are primarily of interest to lay persons.
Authoritative, scientific and popular materials about sex are provided for the general reader at various ages and reading levels.
The library does not collect rare books or other older materials except in the area of local history. Local history materials are defined as documents or books relating to the history of Bonner County, Northern Idaho, Eastern Washington or Western Montana.
All other history books are selected according to the criteria outlined in the general selection criteria.
Reference books are selected using the same criteria as other non-fiction materials, with an emphasis on a more academic depth and breadth of content. The print portion of this collection does not check out, but is available for general use inside the libraries.
Materials that are fragile, rare, irreplaceable, or of local importance, are housed in the Special Collections cases. These items are available for in-library use only.
Materials are collected specifically for staff and trustee training. Select items may be checked out by patrons on a limited basis.
Materials are collected specifically for the Lifelong Learning Center for use by tutors and their students. Select items may be checked out by patrons on a limited basis.
Revised & Reaffirmed April 4, 2014 by the East Bonner County Library District Board of Trustees
It is the policy of the Library District to protect the confidentiality of library records relating to individual patrons as affirmed in the Idaho Public Records Act in Chapter 1, Title 74 of the Idaho Code.
It is the responsibility of the Library District to protect the privacy of any borrower who uses the District’s libraries. It is the District’s policy to not make inquiry into the purposes for which any patron requests information, books, or other materials, except insofar as the District may be helpful to such patron in finding what is needed. The District will not yield any information about its users or their library use to individuals or to any private or public agency, whether local, state or federal, without an order from a court of competent jurisdiction. If a crime is reported to have occurred on library property, and relevant surveillance video is available, that footage may be provided to law enforcement.
Adopted 11/5/90 Revised 02/02/1995
Revised & Reaffirmed 04/14/2014
Board of Trustees
East Bonner County Library District
The Library Director, or his/her designee, will actively seek collections for temporary display. These exhibits are meant to show the wide area of interests represented in our communities. The Library District assumes no liability for damage to, or loss of, items on display. Exhibitors must sign an agreement indemnifying the Library District against any and all liability. Exhibitors wishing to insure their display item(s) must obtain their own coverage.
It is the policy of the East Bonner County Free Library District to provide convenient library service to the residents of the Library District through a variety of facilities.
To implement this policy, the Library District will select sites for its facilities based on the following criteria.
The Library District will provide for the staffing, collections, supervision, promotion and operational costs of a facility.
Each public facility will have regular hours of service which are based on the size and needs of the population being served.
The Board of Trustees may consider and accept the gift of land and/or facilities offered by community residents or institutions for library use.
Adopted November 4, 2001, Amended and Reaffirmed January 11, 2016, by the East Bonner County Free Library District Board of Trustees
In fulfillment of its role as a public library in American society, it is the mission of the East Bonner County Library District to provide free and open access to information for educational, recreational and cultural uses by library patrons of all ages and backgrounds. The Library will provide access to the Internet as an integral part of this mission.
The same standards of intellectual freedom, privacy, and confidentiality endorsed by the Library District for traditional resources and services also apply to electronic media, including usage of the Internet.
The East Bonner County Free Library District will comply with provisions of State of Idaho and federal law as it applies to use of library computers and access to information through the Internet.
Library employees are authorized to take prompt and appropriate actions to enforce the Internet Use Policy, as stated or implied herein, and/or other provisions of the Library Code of Conduct.
Use of a public access computer at any facility owned or operated by the East Bonner County Free Library District is considered acceptance of its Internet Use Policy. Patrons will reaffirm the agreement each time they use the public access computer.
The Internet is a worldwide computer network that links users to a massive body of information. The resources that are available on the Internet expand the library’s information services well beyond traditional collections and enhance its existing collection in size and depth.
The Internet is, however, largely unstructured and unregulated. Users must be aware that the content they access may not necessarily be verified as accurate, current, appropriate or legal, and that they are solely and personally responsible for their use of this resource.
It is understood that the Library District and its patrons each have separate and unique responsibilities regarding access to, and use of, the Internet.
The Library District seeks to protect the First Amendment rights of its patrons and their individual right to privacy.
The East Bonner County Free Library District supports as many Internet protocols as it can, balancing library security, patron safety, and access. The library will assist in educating its patrons about the risks, as well as the benefits, of communicating through email and social networking sites, and encourage the safe and wise use of these resources.
Library staff is prepared to recommend specific resources that have been found to be reliable, and can offer advice on how to evaluate content. The staff is also available to assist with situations that may arise related to computer hardware or software and Internet content.
It is the individual user’s responsibility to demonstrate good judgment, respect for others, and appropriate conduct while using the public library and its resources, including the use of the Internet.
Internet users must be sensitive to the fact that workstations are in public areas, especially when accessing information that may reasonably be offensive to someone else, and that images on the screen may be subject to view by a wide audience. Not all content on the Internet is appropriate for viewing by all library patrons or on all public access computers.
The nature of the Internet requires patrons to exercise critical thinking skills to determine if content is truthful, relevant, and appropriate. Parents may need to supplement the inexperience of youth with guidance for their own children, being willing and available to explain their family values.
Unlike schools, the public library does not serve in loco parentis (in place of a parent). Librarians do not provide extensive care and supervision of children as they explore the Internet. The responsibility for what minors read or view on the Internet rests with the parents or guardians who grant permission for use.
The parent, guardian or caregiver should instruct children never to give out personal information (i.e., name address, password, telephone number, credit card number) online.
The First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution does not protect all content. No Library District public access computer may be used to view or display obscenity, child pornography, or other illegal content.
No minor may view materials harmful to juveniles in violation of federal, state, or local laws or ordinances.
A work protected by copyright law may not be copied without permission of the copyright owner unless the proposed use falls within the definition of “fair use.” Patrons are responsible for compliance with all state, national and international laws governing copyrighted materials.
Patrons are allotted sixty (60) minutes per day. Depending upon availability, extra time may be granted.
Except in the case of a parent providing their library card to their child for internet access, patrons are required to use their own library card for internet access. Guest passes will be provided to visitors upon presentation of a photo ID.
Patrons are not permitted to invade the privacy of other library patrons, to harass library staff or patrons, to damage or disrupt library computer resources, or to send “spam” in violation of federal, state, or local laws or ordinances.
Prohibited behaviors include, but may not be limited to:
Misuse of a public access computer will result in the loss of computer privileges, potential loss of library privileges, and possible prosecution.
An individual whose behavior violates library policy will be warned about the specific behavior that is prohibited. If the violation continues after a warning, or if other inappropriate behavior is demonstrated, he or she may be asked to leave the library. An incident report will be prepared and filed with the library director.
If a patron, or staff member, observes behavior or content that may be illegal, either the patron or the staff may report it to a library official. The Library District will not judge the legality of the content. It will help a patron refer a concern about illegal conduct or content to the prosecuting attorney or appropriate department of law enforcement.
The availability of information does not constitute an endorsement of the content by the East Bonner County Free Library District. Patrons who choose to use the Internet as an information resource do so at their own risk.
The Internet offers open access to information, ideas and commentary from around the world. However, not all sources provide information that has been verified to be accurate, complete, current or legal. The East Bonner County Free Library District does not monitor, and has no control over, the information accessed through the Internet, and is not responsible for its content. The Library District has no means, or statutory authority, to assure that only constitutionally protected material is available on the Internet. The authority to determine what is legal, and what is illegal, rests with others
Although content filtering programs are employed in compliance with State Law, no known filtering program is one hundred percent (100%) effective. Words, images or sounds that may be considered inappropriate or offensive by a library patron may not be blocked. The same filter may block other constitutionally protected information that a patron may wish to access.
Because the patron is the selector in using the Internet by making individual choices and decisions, patrons shall comply with all age restrictions governing access to specific sites, as limited by the content provider, to usage by persons 18 or 21 years of age or older. Some commercial databases on the Internet require a fee. These fees are the responsibility of the library patron; they are not the responsibility of the Library District.
In no event shall the Library District have any liability for lost profits or for any direct or indirect special, punitive, or consequential damages, or any liability to any third party, even if the library is advised of the possibility of such damages, arising from the use of its connection to the Internet.
Adoptded circa 1995. Amended November 13, 2000, Revised April 14, 2014 by the East Bonner County Library District Board of Trustees.
Public access to the Internet and online services has become an integral part of the East Bonner County Library District’s programs and services. The intent of this policy is to meet the provisions of the Children’s Internet Protection Act and Idaho Code 33-2741, as well as provide guidelines for patrons and staff regarding Internet accessible and online computer use.
It is the policy of the East Bonner County Library District to (a) prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications; (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and (d) comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)].
Developed under the direction of the Board of the East Bonner County Library District this Internet and Online Access Policy was discussed and adopted, following public notice required by Idaho code, during an open meeting of the Library Board on March 12, 2012. This policy supersedes all previous Internet and Online Access Policy statements of the East Bonner County Library District and is effective on March 12, 2012.
This Policy document will be reviewed by the East Bonner County Library District Board at least every three years.
To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the East Bonner County Library District online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications.
Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes: (a) unauthorized access, including so-called ‘hacking,’ and other unlawful activities; and (b) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.
The East Bonner County Library District’s Internet Access Policy complies with Idaho Code 33-2741 Public Library – Internet Use Policy Required and with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)].
The East Bonner County Library District has in place a policy of Internet safety for minors, including the operation of a technology protection measure, hereafter called “filtering software,” on any publicly accessible computer with Internet access that protects against access to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors, as defined in I.C. 33-2741 and the Children’s Internet Protection Act. The filtering software will be enforced to provide Internet safety during any use of a computer by a minor.
The East Bonner County Library District has in place a policy of Internet safety, including the operation of a technology protection measure on any publicly accessible computer with Internet access that protects against access to visual depictions that are obscene or child pornography as defined in I.C. 33-2741 and the Children’s Internet Protection Act. The filtering software will be enforced to provide Internet safety during any use of a computer.
Library policy may also limit Internet access or otherwise protect against materials other than the materials specified in Idaho statute.
Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.
It shall be the responsibility of all members of the East Bonner County Library District staff to supervise and monitor usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy and the Children’s Internet protection Act.
Procedures for the disabling, or otherwise modifying, any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the library’s Information Technology Manager or designated representatives.
A notice of the availability of this Policy will be posted in a conspicuous place within the library for all patrons to observe.
The Library Board has established procedures and guidelines to handle complaints about this policy, enforcement of this policy by library staff, and what a patron should do if they observe inappropriate behavior by another library patron. A notice of the availability of these procedures for public review will be posted, as well as the policies made readily available to all staff members. These procedures and guidelines will be adhered to by library staff to enforce the requirements of Idaho Code 33-2741 and the Children’s Internet Protection Act.
Adopted March 12, 2012, Reaffirmed March 10, 2014, Amended and reaffirmed September 12, 2016, by the Board of Trustees of the East Bonner County Free Library District
As a service to the community, the East Bonner County Library District provides meeting rooms at its Clark Fork and Sandpoint branches for use by individuals or groups “on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.” [ALA “Library Bill of Rights” 1948-1996] Approving the use of a meeting room does not constitute an endorsement by the Library District of a program or expressed point of view.
Approving the use of a meeting room does not constitute an endorsement by the Library District of a program or expressed point of view.
Library programs are given preference in scheduling. Although scheduling is on a first come, first-served basis, the Library District reserves the right to reschedule or cancel meeting room reservations by members of the public, if the occasion arises, in order to accommodate library programming or other needs.
All parties must understand that:
The person who signs this agreement must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and assumes full responsibility for paying any charge that may result from damage to a meeting room, furnishings, or equipment while being used by the individual or authorized group.
The signatory agrees to hold the East Bonner County Free Library District harmless for injury to any person, or persons, caused in connection with the use of Library District facilities, furnishings, or equipment, or for loss of or damage to personal property belonging to persons who participate in the meeting or activity. A certificate of insurance coverage may be required before a reservation is approved.
A room reservation is accepted only when a completed Meeting Room Use Agreement has been received and signed by the library director or his/her designee. Applications are available online or at any branch of the Library District.
Adopted March 13, 2000, Revised August 14, 2006 by the East Bonner County Library District Board of Trustees.
The East Bonner County Free Library District welcomes memorials, gifts, and bequests with the following provisions:
Adopted September 8, 2003. Amended & Reaffirmed December 14, 2015, by the East Bonner County Library District Board of Trustee,
The Library District welcomes library use by children. Staff members are available to assist children with library materials and services. The Library is dedicated to providing a safe and appropriate environment for visitors of all ages. The Library, however, is a public facility with staff trained to provide public library services. The Library is not equipped, nor is it licensed, to provide long- or short-term childcare.
For the safety and comfort of children, a responsible adult or caregiver should always accompany children while they are using the library. The Board’s policy affirms that the library staff cannot take the place of the parent, act as caregiver or babysitter, or assume responsibility for an unattended child. Parents and caregivers are responsible for monitoring and regulating the behavior of their children while in the library and on library property.
Library staff members will be guided by this policy in situations, such as
This policy is used in conjunction with the Library District's Code of Conduct.
After evaluating a situation, library staff members will attempt to contact the parent or guardian of an unattended child. In the event that the parent or guardian cannot be reached, the child will be placed in the care of local law enforcement.
Adopted January 14, 2002, revised March 13, 2006, reaffirmed February 10, 2014 by the East Bonner County Library District Board of Trustees
It shall be the policy of the East Bonner County Free Library District to issue a universal library card to patrons of other tax-supported public libraries, and college or university libraries without regard to the county, state, province or nation of residence. Universal card holders are subject to limitations of service.