Other Policies

Bulletin Board Policy

The use of the bulletin board in the library will be used as follows:

Advertisement for any community function

Ads for work by employers

People looking for jobs

Day Care openings School Activities

Boy Scouts, girls scouts and brownie functions

Anything else is at the Discretion of the Library Board

Telephone Policies

One phone call per person per day for a total of five minutes. Adapted March 14, 2018

Handicapped Policy

The Atkins Public Library is handicapped accessible; the following policy has been established. A home bound delivery is available to any handicapped person for any age and any senior citizen upon request.

Bill Payment Policy

The Atkins Library Board gives the Director of the library the ability to pay the bills and then submit them to the board at the next available meeting. October 12, 2016

Space Heater Policy

Space heater will not be allowed under desks or in offices in the City Hall/library building. Adopted May 9, 2018


Sex Offenders Policy

The purpose of this policy is ensure that the Library is in compliance with Iowa Code Chapter 692A that excludes registered sex offenders convicted of offenses against minors from public libraries. Sex offenders convicted of a sex offense against a minor shall not be present upon the real property of a public library and they shall not loiter on public library boundaries. The code provides an exception to this prohibition if the library administrator provides written permission. The Library Director will not give written permission for registered sex offenders convicted of sex offenses against minors to be in the library. This decision can be appealed to the Library Board of Trustees. The issuance of a library card at any time is NOT permission to enter the library. Registered sex offenders convicted of sex offenses against minors may be eligible for some library services. They may receive information via telephone. They may register for a card directly with the Director via telephone and make arrangements for a person of their choosing to select, check out and return materials using that card. Violations of this policy will be immediately reported to law enforcement, and violators will lose all library privileges. Violators will be subject to prosecution for violation of the Iowa Code. Iowa Code section 692A.113 is entitled "Exclusion zones and prohibition of certain employment-related activities," and subsection 1(f and g) prohibits a registered sex offender with a conviction against a minor from being present on a public library's property. THIS IS STATE LAW, which has authority over any local ordinances or city edicts. The statute does not anticipate or address the legal conundrum of another essential city service--from which such sex offenders are not barred--located on library property. Furthermore, there is no case law or any other kind of legal guidance on this subject matter.