By Laws

Public Library, Sec. 12.5

Chapter 12

Public Library

12.1 Purpose

12.2 Public Library

12.3 Library Trustees

12.4 Qualifications of trustees

12.5 Organization of board

12.6 Powers and duties

12.7 Power to contract with others for the use of library

12.8 Nonresident use of the library

12.9 Library Account

12.10 Annual Report

12.11 Recovery of library materials

12.12 Injury to library property


12.1 Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to provide for the establishment of a free public library for the city and for the creation and appointment of a city library board of trustees, and to specify that board's powers and duties. (Ord. 105, Sec. 1 1974

12.2 Public Library. There hereby established a free public library for the city, to be known as the Atkins Public Library. (Ord. 105, Sec. 2, 1974; Ord.104, Sec. 104, Sec 1. 1974

12.3 Library Trustees. The board of trustees of the Atkins Public Library here in after referred to as the board, consist of four (4) residents and one (1) nonresident member. All resident board members are to be appointed by the mayor with the approval of the council. The nonresident member shall be appointed by the mayor with the approval of the Board of Supervisors. (Ord. 105, Sec. 3, 1974; Ord. 104 Sec. 2, 1974

12.4 Qualifications of Trustees. All members of the board shall be bonafide citizens and residents of the city except the nonresident member, and shall be over the age of eighteen. (18). (Ord. 105 Sec. 4, 1974; Ord. 104, sec. 2, 1974

12.5 Organization Of the Board.

1. Terms of office. All appointments to the board shall be for six(6) years, except to fill vacancies. Each term shall commence on the first of July. Appointments shall be made every two years of onethird the total number as near as possible, to stagger the terms. The present incumbents are confirmed in their appointments and terms.

2. Vacancies. The position of any trustee shall be vacant if he moves permanently from the city or county in the case of a nonresident county member; or if he is absent from six (6) consecutive meetings of the board, except in the case of sickness or temporary absence from the city. Vacancies in the board shall be filled by appointment of the mayor, with approval of the council or the board supervisors in the case of the nonresident member, and the new trustee shall fill out the unexpired term fro which the appointment is made.

3. Compensation. Trustees shall receive no compensation for their service. Ord. 105, Sec. 5, 1974; Ord. 104, Sec. 3, 1974

12.6 Powers and Duties. The board shall have and exercise the following powers and duties:

12.7 1. To meet and elect from its members a president, a secretary, and such other officers as it deems necessary. The city treasurer shall serve as board treasurer, but shall not be a member of the board.

2. To have charge,control and supervision of the public library, it appurtenances, fixtures and rooms containing the same.

3. To direct and control all the affairs of the library.

4. To employ a librarian, and authorize the librarian to employ such assistants and employees as may be necessary for the proper management of the library, and fix their compensation; provided, however that prior to such employment. The compensation of the librarian, assistants and employees shall have been fixed and approved by a majority of the members of the board voting in favor thereof.

5. To remove by a two-thirds vote of the board the librarian and provide procedures for the removal of assistants or employees for misdemeanor, incompetence or inattention to duty, subject, however, to the provisions of Chapter 70, Code of Iowa.

6. To select, or authorize the librarian to select, and make purchases of books, pamphlets, magazines, periodicals, paper, maps, journals, other library materials, furniture, fixtures, stationery supplies for the library within budgetary limits set by the board.

7. To authorize the use of library by nonresidents of the city and to fix charges therefore.

8. To make and adopt, amend, modify or repeal rules and regulations, not inconsistent with ordinances and the law, for the care, use, government and management of the library and the business of the board, fixing and enforcing penalties for violations.

9. To have exclusive control of the expenditure of all funds allocated for the library purposes by the council, and of all moneys available by gift or otherwise for the erection of buildings and of all other moneys belonging to the library including fines and rentals collected, under the rules of the board.

10. To accept gifts of real property, personal property, or mixed property, and devises and bequests, including trust fund; to take title to said property in the name of the library; to execute deeds and bills of sale for the conveyance of said property; and to expend the funds received by them from such gifts, for the improvement of the library.

11. To keep a record of its proceedings.

12. To enforce the performance of conditions on gifts, donations, devises and bequests accepted by the city by action against the city council.

13. To have authority to make agreements with the local county historical associations, where such exists, and to set apart the necessary room and to care for such articles as may come into possession of the association. The trustees are further authorized to purchase necessary receptacles and materials for the preservation and protection of such articles are are not in their judgment of a historical and educational nature and pay for the same out of funds allocated for library purposes. (Ord. 105, Sec. 6, 1974; Ord. 104, Sec. 4, 1974)

12.7 Power to contract with others for the use of the library.

12.8 Contracting. The board may contract with any other boards of trustees of free public libraries, any other city, school corporation, private or semi-private organizations, institution of higher earning, township, or county or with the trustees of any county library.