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:
- Prohibited by local, state or federal law
- Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the library environment.
- In violation of another's intellectual property rights. For example, the printers will not be used to reproduce material that is subject to copyright, patent, or trademark protection.
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
Library collections of non-print materials raise a number of intellectual freedom issues, especially regarding minors. Article V of the Library Bill of Rights states, "A person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views."
The American Library Association's principles protect minors' access to sound, images, data, games, software, and other content in all formats such as tapes, CDs, DVDs, music CDs, computer games, software, databases, and other emerging technologies. ALA's Free Access to Libraries for Minors: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights states:
. . . The "right to use a library" includes free access to, and unrestricted use of, all the services, materials, and facilities the library has to offer. Every restriction on access to, and use of, library resources, based solely on the chronological age, educational level, literacy skills, or legal emancipation of users violates Article V.
. . . [P]arents—and only parents—have the right and responsibility to restrict access of their children—and only their children—to library resources. Parents who do not want their children to have access to certain library services, materials, or facilities should so advise their children. Librarians and library governing bodies cannot assume the role of parents or the functions of parental authority in the private relationship between parent and child.
Lack of access to information can be harmful to minors. Librarians and library governing bodies have a public and professional obligation to ensure that all members of the community they serve have free, equal, and equitable access to the entire range of library resources regardless of content, approach, format, or amount of detail. This principle of library service applies equally to all users, minors as well as adults. Librarians and library governing bodies must uphold this principle in order to provide adequate and effective service to minors.
Policies that set minimum age limits for access to any non-print materials or information technology, with or without parental permission, abridge library use for minors. Age limits based on the cost of the materials are also unacceptable. Librarians, when dealing with minors, should apply the same standards to circulation of non-print materials as are applied to books and other print materials except when directly and specifically prohibited by law.
Recognizing that librarians cannot act in loco parentis, ALA acknowledges and supports the exercise by parents of their responsibility to guide their own children's reading and viewing. Libraries should provide published reviews and/or reference works that contain information about the content, subject matter, and recommended audiences for non-print materials. These resources will assist parents in guiding their children without implicating the library in censorship.
In some cases, commercial content ratings, such as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) movie ratings, might appear on the packaging or promotional materials provided by producers or distributors. However, marking out or removing this information from materials or packaging constitutes expurgation or censorship.
MPAA movie ratings, Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) game ratings, and other rating services are private advisory codes and have no legal standing (Expurgation of Library Materials). For the library to add ratings to non-print materials if they are not already there is unacceptable. It is also unacceptable to post a list of such ratings with a collection or to use them in circulation policies or other procedures. These uses constitute labeling, "an attempt to prejudice attitudes" (Labels and Rating Systems), and are forms of censorship. The application of locally generated ratings schemes intended to provide content warnings to library users is also inconsistent with the Library Bill of Rights.
The interests of young people, like those of adults, are not limited by subject, theme, or level of sophistication. Librarians have a responsibility to ensure young people's access to materials and services that reflect diversity of content and format sufficient to meet their needs.
Adopted June 28, 1989, by the ALA Council;
Amended and reaffirmed 9-11-06
Board of Trustees
East Bonner County Free Library District
It is the mission of the East Bonner County Library District to offer access to information and reading materials to all of the residents of the library district. In support of this mission, it is proposed that it be the policy of the district to offer limited library cards to all interested, qualifying applicants twelve years of age and older for access to reading materials. These limited cards would not require a parent’s signature and would be useful in situations where the parents are not available. Article I of the Library Bill of Rights states, “Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves,” while Article V states, "A person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views."
Currently, however, there are several classes of teens who may not have access to the parental signature that would grant them a library card and standard access to library materials. Those such affected may include teens whose parents reside in the county and do not come to town more than once or twice per year; teens who live in situations other than with their parents, including teen parents maintaining their own households, those in foster care, and foreign exchange students; homeless teens; and those teens whose parents’ irresponsible use of library materials has resulted in unpaid fines and the freezing of family accounts.
The East Bonner County Library District will offer limited-use library cards to teens who (1) do not currently have a library card, (2) can provide proof of identity, but (3) do not have access to a parent’s signature. The limited-use library cards would denote the teen as the responsible party and would limit him/her to two books. The card would not allow Internet access or the checking out of Audiobooks, CDs, Electronic Games, or DVDs.
In order to encourage a parent to come in and extend a teen’s library privileges to those granted by a standard juvenile library card, while acknowledging the parent’s right to withhold library privileges, the library will follow-up teen library card registrations with a letter to the parent notifying said parent of his/her teen’s application and approval for a library card.
This program will extend access to library materials to some of our neediest community members. It will also provide a safe place where these same teens feel important, valued, and welcome.
In response to the above statements the East Bonner County Library District Board of Trustees approves the issuance of the limited access youth library card as outlined above.
The East Bonner County Library District is pleased to offer individuals, groups or organizations the opportunity to display their art work. This policy is intended to encourage equitable access to artists in the local area.
The Library Director may purchase pieces of art and display them as desired with the approval of the Board of Trustees.
Art donations may be accepted by the Library, but will become the property of the Library and may be displayed by the Library as desired. Pieces will not be returned to the artist, and may not be continually displayed.
These pieces may be declared as surplus at the discretion of the Director and the Library Board.
Limited space at the Sandpoint Branch will be allotted as an ancillary gallery to the Pend Oreille Arts Council (POAC) for rotating works of art as explained in the “Exhibition Loan Agreement” with the Library.
Responsibility for the selection of art resides with the Library director or his/her designee, Library Board chair, or Board representative.
All art pieces will be considered in terms of the criteria listed below:
- Artist’s original work, subject, style and technique suitable for intended audience
- Artist’s original work, subject, style and technique suitable for intended audience
- Representation of an influential movement, genre, trend, or national culture
- Attention to viewers and public
- Ease of installation
An acceptance of work does not imply endorsement of content or viewpoint.
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.
The Library Environment
- Causing any disturbance that may interfere with library activities, access, or use. Examples include loud talking, screaming, swearing, running, throwing things, pushing or shoving, or playing audio equipment loudly.
- Rollerblading, skateboarding, skating, or sledding on District property. Inappropriate use of scooters, bicycles, or other equipment or vehicles.
- Verbal abuse, threats, acts of violence, stalking, or any form of harassment.
- Sexual misconduct such as exposure, solicitation, inappropriate touching, or sexual harassment.
- Smoking in buildings or within 25 feet of entrances or exits. Using e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco while in District facilities.
- Consuming alcohol on District property unless specifically authorized by the Board of Trustees.
- Unauthorized solicitation.
- Unauthorized posting or distribution of materials on District property.
- Bringing animals into District facilities other than service animals or animals authorized by a library representative.
- Engaging in any unlawful activity.
- Interfering with the daily duties of library staff
- Failing to comply with the "Internet Acceptable Use Policy."
Use and Protection of the Collection
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 when due. (See sanctions.)
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.
Use and Protection of District Property
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.
Library Charges and Fees
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 April 14, 2016.
Revised and Adpoted June 12, 2018 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.
Mission and Roles
The mission of the Library District is to provide access to opportunities for discovery, connection, and lifelong learning. It is our vision to engage community, excite curiousity, and enhance personal growth.
The Board of Trustees has defined two primary roles and two secondary roles.
- Popular Materials
- The district’s collections and services follow the interests of patrons with an emphasis on titles of lasting value.
- Lifelong Learning Center
- The district supports the educational needs of patrons of all ages by providing reference materials, nonfiction, periodicals, pamphlets, sound recordings, films, electronic resources and other information.
- Reference Services
- The library district actively provides timely, convenient, accurate and useful information for community residents.
- Youth Services
- The library district encourages youth of all ages to develop an interest in reading and learning.
Within its physical and financial limitations, the library district supports its roles by building collections and providing access to materials that will:
- Recognize community needs
- Introduce and define a subject
- Indicate the varieties of information available elsewhere
- Support school instruction and routine public inquiries
- Facilitate lifelong education and self-understanding
- Provide various points of view on current conditions, trends and controversies
- Provide a meaningful aesthetic experience and increase cultural awareness
- Represent older and newer formats as patron demand warrants
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 collections include 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, electronic games, virtual reality (VR) games, launch pads, hotspots, 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 the Library District selection policies.
Materials are considered in comparison to others of their own kind. There is no single standard that can be applied to every item. Some materials may be selected primarily in terms of artistic merit or scholarship while others are selected to satisfy the recreational and entertainment needs of our patrons.
All acquisitions, whether purchased or donated, are considered in terms of the following criteria:
- Authority of coverage and suitability of subject and style for the intended audience
- Relationship to the existing collection and other material on the subject
- Suitability of physical form for library use
- Present and potential relevance to community needs
- Reputation and/or significance of an author, composer, artist, director, etc.
- Attention of critics, reviewers, and the public, including patron requests
- Mention in Core Collection Series or other professional or commercial reviewing sources
Collections are regularly and systematically review 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:
- Age of the material
- Years since the last recorded circulation
- Factual accuracy
- Physical condition
- Whether the item has been superseded by a new edition or better copy
- Literary or scientific merit, or awards received
- Relevance to the needs and interests of the community
Materials that are challenged by the public will be evaluated individually according the the Challenged Materials Policy of the District.
Policies About Specific Formats
In general, periodicals are selected for the interest 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:
- The title is indexed in “Library Core Collections”
- It is of regional interest
- Positive reviews are contained in Magazines for Libraries and other professional reviewing sources
- Patron requests
- Availability through various databases
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 of past local newspapers 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:
- Relationship to material already in the collection
- Currency, accuracy and relevance
- Availability of the same information in other formats
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:
- Significant content, musical interpretation, and technical quality
- Positive reviews in Billboard, Rolling Stone and other review sources
- Patron requests
- Relationship to materials already present in the collection.
Films are primarily acquired in DVD format, with Blu-Ray also represented. The Library District provides access to multiple licensing platforms for streaming video where patrons may select their own content. 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 educational tablets, pre-loaded with a variety of educational applications. Selection criteria include age, and subject matter.
The Library District provides access to databases selected by the Idaho Commission for Libraries and a limited number of purchased products including Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality games and experiences. These are subject to the same selection criteria as other materials.
Electronic Games, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality Programs
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:
- Patron requests
- Positive reviews through gaming magazines & other review sources
Fiction and Nonfiction 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:
- Representation of important movements, genres, trends or national culture
- Vitality and originality
- Artistic presentation and experimentation
- Sustained interest
- Skill, competence and purpose of author
- Contemporary significance
- Permanent value
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, primarily English language 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:
- Comprehensiveness and depth of treatment
- Objectivity and integrity
- Clarity, accuracy and logic of presentation
- Representative of a challenging or minority point of view
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 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.
Linguistics and language
The library will collect dictionaries and course books for languages commonly studied or spoken in our community.
610-Health and Medicine
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.
Lifelong Learning Collection
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.
Adopted circa 1985
Revised & Affirmed April 4, 2014
Amended & Affirmed October 15, 2019
Board of Trustees
East Bonner County Library District
Confidentiality of Library Records Policy
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.
- In accordance with the Public Records Act, if any person or organization makes a request to examine or copy any circulation or other related patron records, the Library District’s administrator shall respond to the request within three (3) working days. The district shall deny the request in writing, and the denial must state that the District’s attorney has reviewed the request or state the District has chosen not to consult an attorney. The notice of denial must indicate the statutory authority for the denial and indicate the person’s right to appeal the denial and the time period for doing so. The sole remedy to a denial of a person or organization's request for disclosure of information is to institute proceedings in district court.
- If the Library District receives a subpoena or court order for records from a court of competent jurisdiction, the administrator shall immediately notify the board and the District's attorney. A special Board meeting shall be called in order to respond to the order or subpoena in a timely manner if the subpoena or order does not fit within the timeframe of the upcoming regular meeting. The Board, following advice from legal counsel, may move to modify or quash the order or subpoena as appropriate in order to insure a good faith effort to protect the privacy of its user records. At any regular or special meeting in which patron names or records will be disclosed, the Board will go into executive session as authorized by Idaho Code, Section 74-206 of the Open Meetings Law.
- Information gathered about patrons shall be limited to that which is absolutely necessary in order to assist in retrieving borrowed materials.
- Information concerning unreturned or overdue library materials checked out by individuals may be divulged to the extent necessary in order to enable the library to recover such materials.
Adopted November 5, 1990
Revised February 2, 1995
Revised & Reaffirmed April 14, 2014
Reaffirmed August 12, 2019
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 ensure their display item(s) must obtain their own coverage.
All displays, whether generated by the public or the library staff will be considered in terms of the criteria listed below. Responsibility for the selection of displays resides with the Library Director or his/her designee, Library Board chair, or Board representative. The Library does not accept responsibility for ensuring that all points of view are represented in any single display. Granting of permission to display materials does not imply Library endorsement of content or points of view.
Goal of the Displays
- To support community, cultural and artistic activities.
- To encourage individuals to contribute to the appreciation of the arts.
- To broaden horizons by presenting a wide range of art, collections or displays.
- To nourish intellectual, aesthetic and creative growth.
- To reach non-traditional library patrons.
The following categories will be considered when approving displays:
- Artist’s original work, subject, style and technique suitable for intended audience
- Artistic expression, historical or regional relevance
- Appropriateness to special events, anniversaries, holidays, etc.
- Relation to other events or displays in the community
- Representation of an influential movement, genre, trend, or national culture
- Ease of installation
APPLYING FOR DISPLAY SPACE
All potential exhibitors must complete a Display Application to be submitted to the Library Director, or his/her designee. This form is available at the Information Desk.
Displays by the East Bonner County Library District will be given first priority for display. Displays are scheduled for six weeks by the Lifelong Learning staff after review.
Individuals using the Library’s display cases may not install their works prior to the dates on which their space reservations begin. Exhibitors should recognize that the Library is a public building used by a large number of people. The East Bonner County Library District will not be responsible for any damage or loss that may occur during setup and removal or during the time the exhibit is displayed. Each artist must schedule the installation and removal date and time with the Lifelong Learning staff. Artists who fail to remove materials on or before the specified date will not be allowed to display space in the future.
Displays must conform to the space restrictions of the exhibit areas provided. The East Bonner County Library District does not allow solicitation or selling of items in the library. The artist’s name and contact information may be made available. No price tags may be affixed to the works displayed or pricing lists distributed in the Library. All publicity concerning the displays must be approved by the Library.
The Library Board of Trustees may amend this policy whenever it deems appropriate and in response to changing conditions.
Amended & Approved 10-09-2018
Board of Trustees
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.
- demonstrated need
- citizen demand
- availability of physical quarters
- potential for expansion
- suitability for the service(s) being provided in an area
- available funding
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
It is the policy of the Board of Trustees of the East Bonner County Free Library District to encourage and authorize the formation of Friends-of-the-Library groups that will
- serve as library advocates
- raise and provide funding of projects that are not normally within the scope of the library operating budget,
- provide volunteer assistance with library programming, and
- otherwise promote library services
To ensure that a Friends group is legally and separately constituted, it should formulate and comply with bylaws and acquire tax-exempt status.
II. Role Definitions and Relationships
Friends, trustees, library administration and staff share common interests – the welfare of the library and service to its citizenry. Their roles are different, however.
TRUSTEES are elected officials charged by the State of Idaho statute with governance of the library. They are the decision-making body with responsibility for establishing library policy and defining library services.
The DIRECTOR, or library administration, is responsible for implementing policies and services established by the board and the day-to-day operation of the library. STAFF are responsible for the delivery of library services.
The FRIENDS represent citizen participation in the activities and programs of the library and provide assistance.
Because the Friends are an independent organization of library supporters, authorized by the Board of Trustees, it is inappropriate for trustees or members of their immediate families to serve as officers of a Friends group.
Trustees will provide a liaison to each Friends group and supply Friends with a copy of their meeting minutes. In turn, Friends will provide a liaison and a copy of their meeting minutes to trustees and to the director.
The library director, or his/her designee, should have opportunity to consider and approve projects planned by a Friends group. Therefore, the Friends’ liaison shall consult with the appropriate library representative before publicity is distributed or activities are undertaken.
Meetings of a Friends group, its officers, or committees, should be held in accordance with the organization's bylaws and adequately publicized
V. Use of Library Resources
Inasmuch as each Friends group is an independent organization, Friends will provide the labor and the other resources to conduct their own activities. Occasional requests to use library resources shall be made to the library director or his/her designee.
The East Bonner County Library District provides Homebound Services to patrons in good standing residing within the library district who wouldn't otherwise have access to library services.
Eligible patrons are those with a physical disability, and/or chronic illness that prevents them from leaving their homes. They must have no family members or friends available to aid them in the delivery of library materials.
The East Bonner County Library District will also assist eligible patrons in obtaining services through the Idaho Talking Book Services when appropriate.
It is the policy of the East Bonner County Library District to protect the privacy rights of all patrons. Library programs, events and classes may be photographed or videotaped from promotional purposes. Information regarding this policy will be made available via signage and public announcements. Individuals who do not want their images included in these materials will be instructed to notify staff of their wishes.
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 Library avoids collecting or maintaining records that could compromise the privacy of patrons.
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 electronic mail and encourage the safe and wise use of this resource.
Library staff is prepared to recommend specific resources that have been found to be reliable and can offer advice on how to evaluate content. Staff is also available to assist with situations that may arise related to computer hardware or software and Internet content.
Responsibilities of Library Patrons
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 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.
Use by Minors
Public access computer use will not be granted to a minor without consent from a parent or legal guardian. Unlike schools, the public library does not serve in loco parentis (in place of a parent). Librarians do not provide supervision of children as they explore the Internet. The responsibility for what minors read, view and share on the Internet rests with the parents or legal guardians who grant permission for use.
Legal and Policy Restraints
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.
[The legal status of any particular content can be determined only by a court of law with proper jurisdiction.]
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.
Other prohibited behavior includes, but may not be limited to:
- Circumventing or attempting to circumvent library time management software on public access computers;
- changing the settings and configurations of public access computers;
- use of non-library software on library computers;
- use of library computers for unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” or other unlawful activities;
- failure to pay printing charges incurred by the user;
- behavior that intrudes upon the rights of others.
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.
Response to Prohibited Behaviors and Content
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 will not judge the legality of 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 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 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 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.
All library computers are filtered. Although content filtering programs are in place, 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 East Bonner County Free 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.
Adopted circa 1995.
Amended November 13, 2000,
Revised December 9, 2002
Revised & Approved December 11, 2017
Revised & Approved December 9, 2019
Board of Trustees
East Bonner County Library District
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.
Inappropriate Network Usage
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.
Supervision and Monitoring
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
Purpose of the Local Author Page
- Providing free access to books by local authors
- Enriching the community with books written by local authors
- Promoting individual achievement in authorship
- Content creation
- Entrepreneurial achievement
- Community prosperity
- Meet other local authors and sharing work and experiences.
- Author must be a Bonner County resident.
- Authors must submit a copy of their book for review by the Collection Development Staff along with the Local Author Enrollment form.
- You will be notified by email within 60 days regarding the status of your submission.
- Book submissions must be professionally printed and bound (no spiral binding) and media submissions must have professionally printed covers.
- Submissions must be donated and will become the property of the East Bonner County Library District.
- The collection is intended to contribute to the education and enjoyment of the community.
- Materials that are accepted and added to the collection will be subject to the same standards as any other library material. The library will give the book to the Friends of the Library for their book sale, donate it to other non-profit agencies, or recycle where appropriate. The library’s collection development policy is available upon request.
- Submission of the form does not guarantee selection. All books must be approved by the Library to be added to the Local Author Collection.
- The author must represent and warrant full ownership and/or legal rights to publish all material in this book.
- Materials that are not accepted for addition into the Library’s collection will be returned to the author.
Submission Packed Must Contain
- Copy of the book in either hardcover, paperback or electronic form
- Graphic of the book cover [1.3” wide x 2” high, maximum file size: 1 megabyte]
- Excerpt of the book in PDF format [maximum file size: 1 megabyte]
- Author bio [Optional, one paragraph]
- Book reviews [Optional]
The staff of the East Bonner County Free Library District provides access to information, and assistance locating information but does not give advice regarding the use of the information, especially with regard to information pertaining to medical, legal, and tax-related questions.
Adopted September 13, 2004
Reaffirmed May 13, 2013
Reaffirmed & Approved August 12, 2019
Board of Trustees
East Bonner County Library District
The Board of Trustees of the East Bonner County Library District make the Library’s meeting rooms available to the public to further the Library’s stated mission. The booking of a meeting space does not imply library endorsement of the content and speakers of meetings held in the Library. In making such space available, the Library Board aspires to meet the principles set forth in the Library Bill of Rights.
- Groups are considered Not-for-Profit when their mission serves an educational, cultural, charitable, political or civic purpose. Not-for-Profits include 501(c)3, 501(c)4, 501(c)5, 501(c)6, 501(c)8 corporations, as well as unincorporated associations, groups, or clubs.
- Organizations whose membership is not optional, such as unions, Home Ownership Associations (HOA’s), condo associations, and commercial ventures of any kind are excluded from this classification.
Room Use Priority
- Library sponsored events are given priority in scheduling use of the meeting rooms.
- Friends of the East Bonner County Library District sponsored events such as the Friends Book Sales.
- All other organizations wishing to use the room for non-commercial use.
- The Library 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.
When not needed for Library use, the meeting rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis for meeting that are educational, cultural, political, civic, or charitable.
- All meetings must be open to the public without charge.
- Meetings may not disturb the normal operations of the Library or pose a safety hazard.
- The sale, advertising, solicitation or promotion of products or services is not allowed in the Library’s meeting rooms.
- Except for Library sponsored or co-sponsored events, booking organizations or individuals may not charge admission fees, fundraise or collect donations before, during or after meetings. Off-site admission fees or pre-payment to attend a meeting are not allowed. It is understood that legitimate dues and membership fees do not constitute admission fees.
- Presentations that are primarily commercial in nature, rather than educational, are not permitted. Individuals who wish to be featured at a Library program should contact Library staff.
- The Library may not accept reservations for a series of meetings which would designate the Library as the regular meeting place for any organization.
- Meeting rooms may not be used for private social gatherings or parties.
- Alcoholic beverages, smoking, using e-cigarettes or the use of smokeless tobacco is not permitted.
- Programs may not disrupt the use of the Library by others. Persons attending the meetings are subject to all library rules and regulations.
- The number of people attending any meeting must not exceed the posted limit as set forth by the fire marshal. See Meeting Room Capacity Limits Addendum at the end of this Policy.
- No pets.
Meetings may begin no earlier than 8:00 a.m. Any meeting scheduled to continue after hours must begin while the library is open and be concluded and the library vacated no later than 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Sundays are not open for meeting room use.
- Reservations must be made in order to use the meeting rooms. The reservation request form must include the name of the organization, time period desired, number of persons expected, name and contact information of the adult responsible, topic or nature of the meeting. Reservations may not be made for more than three months at a time and a new request form must be submitted in January, April, July, and October, regardless of when the original reservation is made.
- The Library reserves the right to cancel any reservation due to unforeseen circumstances, including those which reasonably cause the Library Director or designees to view the meeting as likely to materially and substantially interfere with the proper functioning of the Library or likely to create excessive noise or a significant safety hazard.
Responsibilities of Users
- It is the responsibility of the event organizer to ensure that the number of people attending any meeting must not exceed the posted limit as set forth by the fire marshal.
- All users are responsible for complying with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which require that a meeting or materials at a meeting be provided in an accessible format in response to a request.
- Groups are responsible for arranging the room as needed for their meeting, clearing, and returning the room to its original arrangement at meeting’s end. If refreshments are served, due care and consideration must be given to the library carpet, floors, and other furnishings and equipment. Users serving refreshments must clean tables, chairs, and carpet as necessary afterwards. The room must be cleared of all group or organizational items at the end of the meeting. Groups serving refreshments must bring their own dishes, cups etc. Each organization agrees that it will pay for all damages to library property resulting directly or indirectly from the conduct of any member, officers, employee, agent, or guest of the group.
- All news releases, publicity, or advertisements relating to any program or meeting held in the Library’s meeting rooms shall clearly state the name of the sponsoring organization or individual and shall not imply that the program or meeting is sponsored by the Library.
- The Library is not responsible for any accidents that may occur on library property to individuals attending programs or meetings in the Library. Organizations using the meeting room will be held responsible for any accidents occurring as a result of the group’s activities. Meeting room users will be held responsible for any damage to the Library building, groups, or equipment due to negligence or willful misconduct.
- At the conclusion of a meeting, the room must be returned to its original condition. Any group that abuses the meeting room privilege shall lose the right to use the meeting room.
- Users’ computers must have HDMI capabilities or mini display port. The Library District is not responsible for making sure users’ presentations are compatible with AV equipment of the District.
- After Hours Packets must be picked up during library hours.
- Groups or individuals using a meeting room are responsible for all damages to any property of the Library resulting directly or indirectly from the conduct of any member, officer, employee, agent or guest of the group.
- All meeting room users agree to hold harmless the East Bonner County Library District from and against any and all liability which may be imposed upon them or either of them for any injury to persons or property caused by the organization or any person connected with the meeting.
- The East Bonner County Library District assumes no responsibility for any property placed in the Library in connection with a meeting; and the East Bonner County Library District is hereby expressly released and discharged from any and all liability for any loss, injury, or damage to persons or property which may be sustained by reason of use of a meeting room.
Amendment of Rules
The Library Director is authorized to establish reasonable regulations governing use of the meeting room and related fees. Based upon information contained in the application, the Library reserves the right to decline meeting room requests that do not meet the spirit of this policy.
The East Bonner County Library District Board of Trustees reserves the right to review and amend this policy at any time.
Adopted September 10, 2018
Amended and Reaffirmed November 13, 2018
Revised and Affirmed October 15, 2019
Revised and Affirmed December 09, 2019
Revised and Affirmed February 10, 2020
Board of Trustees
East Bonner County Library District
The East Bonner County Free Library District welcomes memorials, gifts, and bequests with the following provisions:
- The donor understands that a memorial, gift, or bequest is best given free and clear. The Board of Trustees, or its designee, has authority to use or dispose of a gift in a manner that offers the best practical use.
- If conditions are attached to a memorial, gift, or bequest, those conditions must be accepted by the Board of Trustees.
- Receipts for donations are available. According to Internal Revenue Service regulations, it is the donor’s responsibility to determine the fair market value.
Adopted September 8, 2003. Amended & Reaffirmed December 14, 2015, by the East Bonner County Library District Board of Trustee,
When using the Multi-Purpose Room outside of the Teen Lounge Hours, the standard Meeting Room Policy applies.
Teen Lounge Usage
The Library reserves the right to utilize the Teen/Multipurpose Room for scheduled teen programs, events and gaming activities.
The Library Code of Conduct applies to the behavior in the Teen Lounge.
The Teen Lounge is designed for use by 7th - 12 graders. Library Staff will monitor the area to provide assistance and to ensure appropriate access by this age group.
Parents/guardians/care-providers may be in the space if they are accompanied by their teen.
Food and Beverage
Food and beverage may be consumed at the discretion of staff.
The gaming systems are for library use only. A representative of the library must be present during gaming. Staff will determine which console will be allowed. Safety guidelines recommended by the manufacturer must be followed while using any system.
Individual gamers are responsible for any damages to the equipment that they cause during use.
Failure to follow these rules and the Library Code of Conduct will result in loss of gaming and privileges.
Board of Trustees
East Bonner County Library District
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
- An unattended child is found frightened or crying
- An unattended child is perceived to be endangering himself or herself
- Another person in the library poses a perceived threat to the unattended child
- An unattended child exhibits specific inappropriate behavior that is not in compliance with the Library Code of Conduct
- An unattended child has not been met by a responsible caregiver at closing time
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.
The Virtual Reality (VR) equipment is available for use by individuals or groups to provide access to opportunities for discovery, connection, and lifelong learning.
All participants must abide by Library District policies, including the Library Code of Conduct and written and verbal rules expressed by library staff. Participants may not bring in their own programs or equipment. Any requests for an exception must be approved by the library director or designee.
Library programs are given preference in scheduling. Scheduling is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the Library District reserves the right to reschedule or cancel VR reservations by members of the public in order to accommodate library programming or other needs.
You may wish to consult your doctor before using the VR equipment if you have pre-existing serious medical conditions (such as a heart ailment), conditions that affect your ability to safely perform physical activities, psychiatric conditions (such as anxiety disorders or post-traumatic stress disorder), or if you are pregnant or elderly.
We strongly suggest that you do not use the product if you are sick, fatigued, under the influence of intoxicants/drugs, or are not feeling generally well, as it may exacerbate your condition.
VR reservations will be accepted only when a completed VR Liability and Use Agreement form has been approved. Applications are available online or at any branch of the Library District.
The person who signs this agreement must:
- Be at least eighteen (18) years of age or a release of liability form must be signed by a legal guardian.
- Assume full responsibility for paying any charges from damage to the technology lab, furnishings, or equipment while being used by authorized individual or group.
- You agree as a participant or parent/guardian of a participant in the program, to assume all risks and hazards of engaging in or spectating at and Library activity or facility, including assuming all risks for person injury, death, and property damage.
- You further agree to hold harmless the East Bonner County Library, its staff, instructors, volunteers, officials, sponsors, partners or representatives from liability for any losses, damages or injuries that may occur in any way as a result of activities or facility uses - regardless of cause.
Amended & Approved 10-9-2018
Revised & Approved 10-15-2019
East Bonner County Library
Board of Trustees