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Library Policies

Obtaining a Library Card

The Keller Public Library district is fixed by the limits of the City of Dexter.  The Library is financed by a tax on property within the city limits. Library cards are issued at no cost to those who reside or own property within the city limits of Dexter, or who attend the Dexter Public Schools.  Library card applications are available at the circulation desk.  Two matching proofs of address and a photo ID are needed when applying for a card.  You will also be asked for the name of a personal reference who resides at a residence other than your own. A parent or guardian must sign for youth under the age of 18.

Library cards are available to those who reside outside the city limits of Dexter.  Because they do not pay a Library tax we ask that they help support our Library with a small fee.  An Individual Rural Patron card is $10.00 per year, or a Family Rural card is available for $20.00 per year. For the protection and privacy of all cardholders you should have your library card with you when you check out materials or access the computers.  Your card is assigned to you as an individual.

The person to whom a card is issued is responsible for all materials borrowed on that card, as well as overdue fines and replacement costs if materials are damaged, lost or destroyed.  The Library must be notified of any change in address or telephone number or if your card is lost or stolen.  A new card can be purchased for $1.00.

Anyone without a library card is welcome to come to the library and read newspapers or magazines, browse through the books, use the reference or genealogy material, attend programs, purchase copies, and find answers to questions from our librarians.  We are very glad that you wish to use the Keller Public Library!

Circulation Policy

  • City or Individual Rural Patrons may check out six books or audios and four magazines for a two-week period.  These materials may be renewed twice; either in person or by telephone.
  • A Family Rural Cardholder may check out up to sixteen items at once.
  • Videos are checked out for two days and may not be renewed.
  • Teachers or those who homeschool and hold a valid library card may check out 10 items for classroom use for a period of four weeks.
  • A Rental Fee of $.25 for two weeks is charged for New Releases.
  • Overdue fines are charged to encourage prompt and safe return of library materials and are calculated per day/per item.
  • Overdue fines are $.10 per day for each day the library is open for all material (except videos) up to the cost of the material.
  • Overdue videos are charged at $1.00 per day up to $15.00.  Patrons with more than $1.00 in fines, fees or charges are not allowed to check out additional items or access the computers until full payment is made.

Gifts and Donations

The Keller Public Library gratefully accepts gifts, regardless of format, with the understanding that they will be used or disposed of as the library sees fit.
The Keller Public Library will not accept special collections on the condition that they be kept together as a separate physical entity.  Material will be accepted only with the understanding that it will be integrated into the general collection.
Special or unusual gift items (financial endowments, furnishings, paintings, personal collection, etc.) must receive Board of Director evaluations.  Items of a common nature (books, recordings, periodicals, etc.) may be accepted by the Library Director.

Gifts may be identified as to donor by bookplates, stamps, etc. when requested and placed in the regular collection.
No appraisal of value or record of items will be furnished by the Keller Public Library.  Donors wishing a receipt for donated items are to prepare their own lists.

A new book, or the cost of a new book, may be donated to the library in honor or in memory of an individual. 

Public Computers

The Library has 8 computer stations available for Internet access, subject to Library regulations.  Patrons should present their library card at the circulation desk and sign in. Non-patrons may access the computers for one hour at no charge.  Your signature insures that you have read and agree to adhere to the following guidelines:

Guidelines for Use of Computers

  • Patrons must check in at the circulation desk and present library card.  Nonpatrons may use the computer for one hour at no charge.
  • Anyone under the age of 12 must have a parent or guardian sign a release form to use the Internet.
  • Chat rooms and games are not allowed.
  • Users may not send, receive or display text or graphics which may be reasonably considered obscene.
  • At no time will the user change the software settings, Windows setup, or move or delete icons.
  • When there is any fault with the equipment or material, the user will immediately report the difficulty to a staff member.
  • In the Computer Lab users will be allowed to use their own personal software.  All software must be scanned by library personnel.
  • The computer is intended for one person.  Two people will be allowed when a parent or guardian is accompanying a child.
  • Use of the computer will be on a first come first served basis.  Users are limited to 60 minutes per day and must sign in 35 minutes before library closing.
  • Library staff cannot provide in-depth training.  Computer classes are available.
  • Users may print out information for research and education.  Cost is $.25 per page.
  • Patrons must be age 13 or over to use the Internet and age 16 or over to send or receive e-mail.  Children ages 10-12 may use the Internet if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Internet privileges may be modified and/or suspended in their entirety at the discretion of the library personnel.  Internet access as well as other electronic formats are provided to individuals as a tool to obtain information.  Various formats of electronic information are extended to patrons as a privilege, not as an automatic right or as an obligation of the library.

Community Room

The Keller Public Library Meeting Room is available to citizens in the Dexter area for cultural, civic and educational purposes.  To meet the utility and maintenance expense, a fee of $10.00 will be charged with a $15.00 key deposit, refundable when key is returned and meeting room has been inspected.  The fee and deposit are to be paid at the time of reservation.  Fees and deposits will be refunded if the Library is notified at least 24 hours in advance of cancelled meeting or in case unexpected hazardous weather or other emergencies occur.
  • Anyone reserving the meeting room must be over 21 years of age and have a current library card.
  • Library sponsored programs will have priority.
  • Library co-sponsored programs are exempt from fees but will follow regular guidelines in reserving the room
  • The library is a smoke-free, drug-free and alcohol-free facility.
  • Library sponsored events for the purpose of raising funds for the library will be permitted.  Other organizations may collect pass-through costs only to cover the expenses of material, speakers, etc.
  • Reservations are on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Reservations are to be made at least one week in advance but not more than 6 months in advance.  Reservations by the same group are not to exceed 12 per year.  Library sponsored programs have unlimited use.
  • The library will not reserve its meeting room for political events, non-library groups selling or promoting items or service, activities likely to disturb regular Library functions, non-library groups for purely social function, use by individuals, organizations or groups presenting programs which violate public interest.
  • Library equipment available for use in the meeting room includes tables and chairs.
  • A small kitchenette is available.  Refreshments should be kept simple.  The group will furnish all needed supplies.  The kitchenette must be left neat and clean.
  • The person or organization reserving the room is responsible for damage occurring during use of the meeting room.
  • It will be the responsibility of the person or group using the room to arrange the tables and chairs as needed.  The room is to be left as it was before the meeting.
  • No equipment or supplies will be stored for outside groups.  The Keller Library cannot be responsible for any items left in the room.  No equipment is be brought into the Library without approval from the Library staff.
  • The Director of the Library or designee is authorized to terminate a meeting of any group that becomes disorderly and disturbs library functions or damages library property.
  • The Keller Library Board of Trustees reserves the right to amend the rules and/or refuse the use of the meeting room to anyone.

Patron Conduct Policy (Adopted 9-25-08)

The Keller Public Library is a public building available for use by everyone.  Visitors are expected to behave in a manner that does not disturb other library patrons, disrupt the operation of the library, or endanger library material and equipment.

The Library’s Conduct Policies are designed to promote the safety and security of the Library’s patrons and collections, and to ensure that the library remains conducive to reading and study.  In order to maintain an appropriate environment for these purposes, the Board of Trustees and the Director of the Keller Public Library asks those using the library to comply with the following rules:

  • The library is a violence-free facility.  Loud, abusive, aggressive, threatening or obscene language or behavior are prohibited.  Library staff will report to the appropriate authority patron behavior which disrupts or interferes with the normal operation of the library or which endangers or threatens another person.
  • Tobacco products, alcohol and weapons (concealed or otherwise) are prohibited in the library building.
  • Loitering in the library building or on its grounds is prohibited.
  • Soliciting in the library building or on its grounds is prohibited.
  • The library is a cell-phone free facility. Calls may be taken outside or in the south foyer.
  • Shirt and shoes must be worn in the library.
  • Anyone exhibiting poor personal hygiene, which is reasonably offensive to others, will be asked to leave the building.
  • Food and beverages are prohibited, except in designated areas of the Community Room.
  • No one may lie on furniture, put feet on furniture, or sleep anywhere in the library.
  • No adult may leave children unattended anywhere in the library.  Patrons with children accompanying them in the library building and on its grounds are responsible for the supervision of those children.
  • The library staff assumes no responsibility for unattended children at closing time.  The staff will not stay with unattended children or offer transportation.  If an unattended child is in the library at closing time, the police will be notified and asked to pick up the child.
  • Library personnel are authorized to call the police should it become necessary to enforce any of these rules.

The Library Board has the right to exclude from use of the library any person who exhibits a pattern of willful violation of the policies prescribed by the board.

Policies Approved by the Board of Trustees May 27, 2010