Confidentiality of Library Records

The circulation records and other records identifying the names of library users with specific materials are confidential in nature. Such records shall not be made available to any individual or agency of federal, state, or local government except in the pursuant to such process, order, or subpoena as may be authorized under the authority of and Pursuant to, federal, state, or local law relating to civil, criminal, or administrative discovery procedure or legislative investigative power. Upon receipt of such process, the library's officers will consult with legal counsel to determine if such process, order or subpoena is in proper order or subpoena is in proper form and if there is a showing of good cause for its issuance; if the process order or subpoena is not in proper form or if good cause has not been shown, they will insist that such deflects be cured.

User Eligibility

Any person aged 10 or older, residing within the city limits of Atkins is eligible to receive an Atkins Library card. Parental/guardian permission required

Any person, aged 10 years or older, possessing and presenting a current library card from their local library participating in Open Access or can provide proof of residence within the service area of their local participating library may receive an Atkins Library Card.

Any person aged 10 or older, residing within an unincorporated area of Benton County is eligible to receive an Atkins Library Card. Must present a form of ID or other paperwork with current Atkins address (such as utility bill) when opening an account. Revised February 10, 2016

Open Access

The Atkins Public Library will sign a letter of agreement with the State of Iowa to participate in the Open Access program. Open Access will be provided to all whom live outside the Atkins Public Library's service area who have a current card from their local participating library or who can provide proof of residence within service to patrons in our service area of the local participating library. Funds generated for this program will be used to offset the costs of providing inter library loan service to patrons in our service area. The remainder will be used to purchase new materials for the library.

Circulation of Materials Policy

Two Weeks Books – unless otherwise designated (10 fiction total)




DVD five per family

Non Circulating items

Reference books

General Usage Policies for Library Materials

Provide materials for all ages free of charge such as, but not exclusively-books, periodicals, newspaper, DVD's CD's and Audio's. DVD player is in house use only.(council chambers)

Provide a copy machine available to the public for a fee determined by the Director.

Reserve Materials

Provide inter library loan service for those materials not in our collection.

Contract with the State Library of Iowa to provide Open Access.

Provide publicity of materials and programs.

Allow special exhibits of public interest.

Inter Library Loan Policy

The Atkins Public Library will provide inter library loan service to all Atkins and Rural Benton County residents.

Staff members will determine, on an individual basis, if inter library loan service will be provided to Open Access patrons.

If the patron does not pick up the materials within four business days after the patron has been contacted the materials will be returned and they will no longer have this privilege in the future. A $1.50 will be collected per item requested.

Fines and Overdue

A charge of $0.05 per day is made on all overdue items except pamphlets and periodicals. Automation: All books must be brought back and the fine paid before new materials can be checked out or renewed. The library will not check out items to a person owing a fine The Atkins Public Library Board will limit the number of items to 10 per household. Each cardholder is responsible for items checked out on his/her library card.. No person may use another persons card without obtaining permission in advance from that person. Revised May 8, 2019