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Hours of Operation

Hours of Operation

The Library is open the following hours:

Monday  9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday  9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday  9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday  9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday  9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday  1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Sept. May)


The Library will be closed on the following holidays:

New Year's Day
Good Friday
Easter Sunday
Memorial Day
Independence Day, July 4
Labor Day
Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
New Years Eve
Other days as designated by the Library Board.

Circulation Policy

Circulation Policy

Registration for a Library Card

  1. Within the Library, the use of all references and collections is free to all.
  2. There is no charge for library service to all residents of Minot and individuals who own property in Minot.
  3. A library card can be acquired by applying in person at the library with acceptable photo identification and proof of address. Photo identification and documentation of residency is required to obtain a library card.
    1. Acceptable forms of photo identification include: Any state or federal issued ID, drivers license, passport, military IDs or school Ids.
    2. Proof of Address includes: Unexpired lease agreement, any official mail received in the individual’s name at an address in service area including utility bills, any other recently postmarked item of mail delivered to their current address marked on item in ink or in other permanent methods, current property tax statement, unexpired PO box rental receipt or valid vehicle registration with current address.
    3. Current is defined as 60 days.
  4. Service will not be denied or abridged because of religion, race, color, sex, national origin, social, economic, or political status.
  5. All children under 12 years of age must have a parent, guardian, grandparent, or step parent sign application at the library. Grandparents and stepparents may sign the application with the understanding that they are legally responsible for the return of the books and materials and payment of service charges.
    1. Non residents of Minot who reside in the counties of Burke, Renville, Bottineau, McHenry, Pierce, Ward, Mountrail, and McLean may secure home use walk in service privileges at no charge.
  6. Any governmental body, civic organization outside of the City of Minot, requesting extensive Library service or use of the materials from the Minot Public Library may contract for such service or materials for a fee, which will be based on the cost to the Minot Public Library. Costs will include labor, supplies, cost of materials, postage,and other expenses incurred in providing service or material. Extensive library service is defined as delivery of services and materials outside the city limits or use of over 50 items from the Minot Public Library.
  7. The use of the Library or its services may be denied temporarily for due cause. Such cause may be failure to return books or to pay service charges, penalties, destruction of Library property, disturbance of other patrons or any other objectionable conduct on the Library premises. See also: Rules of conduct (section H).
  8. Materials may be borrowed by temporary residents or individuals living outside of the counties of Burke, Renville, Bottineau, McHenry, Pierce, Ward, Mountrail, and McLean for the regular loan period after payment of a $25.00 non-refundable yearly fee.
  9. A temporary resident is anyone who is residing in Minot for less than three (3) months and is an established resident outside of the counties of Burke, Renville, Bottineau, McHenry Pierce, Ward, Mountrail, and McLean.
  10. A temporary resident living outside of the counties of Burke, Renville, Bottineau, McHenry, Pierce, Ward, Mountrail, and McLean who is residing in Minot less than three (3) months may get a three month temporary card after payment of a $10.00 non-refundable fee. They may have a maximum of 3 items checked out at any given time.
  11. Businesses and organizations may be issued cards if a letter of application appointing a responsible party is written on official letterhead and signed by someone in an authority position within the organization or company.


Using Library Materials

All borrowers must present a valid library card in order to check out materials.

Reserves may be placed on most materials.


Loan Periods

Material Type 

Books 

Compact Disc 

Kits 

Magazines 

Reference 

Great Plains Room 

Current Magazines 

Microfilm 

DVD 

Playaways 

Games 

Loan Period

3 weeks

3 weeks

3 weeks 

3 weeks

Do not circulate

Do not circulate

Do not circulate

Do not circulate

7 days

3 weeks

7 days

Renewals*

Twice 

Twice 

Twice 

Twice 

 

 

 

 

No 

Twice 

No

Item Limit

50

8

4

3

 

 

 

 

4

2

2

* Materials cannot be renewed if item is reserved

TOTAL NUMBER OF ITEMS ALLOWED FOR CHECK-OUT AT ONE TIME PER CUSTOMER IS 50 ITEMS.

 

OVERDUES

  1. The Library customer assumes the responsibility to return Library materials borrowed on or before the date the materials are due. If the customer has not returned the material on time, he/she has violated a policy established by the Library Governing Board and is subject to any charges resulting from a violation of that policy

    The Library has no responsibility on the part of the customer to send an overdue notice. The notice is sent because material has not been returned according to established Library Policy. The patron is responsible for paying established charges resulting from a violation of the Library Policy.
    1. The first overdue notice is sent when the material is at least 12 - 18 days overdue.
    2. The second overdue notice is sent when the material is at least 19 - 39 days overdue.
    3. Materials 38 – 58 or more days overdue will be charged a maximum of five dollars ($5) per item with the exception of the slide projector, which accumulates to $100.
    4. The library reserves the right to turn a delinquent account and all necessary information pertaining to that account over to a collection agency.
  2. The overdue service charge is $0.10 per day per item with the following exceptions:
    • DVDs - $0.50 per item per day
    • Special Loan - $1.00 per item per day
    • Interlibrary Loan - $0.25 per item per day
    • Rapid Reads - $0.25 per item per day
       
    • Kindle eReader - $ 2.00 per day
    • Nook eReader - $ 5.00 per day
    • IPAD eReader - $10.00 per day
       
      Overdue charges accumulate to a maximum of $5.00 per item, except for eReaders which accumulate to maximums as follows:
    • Kindle eReader - $ 70.00
    • Nook eReader - $200.00
    • IPAD eReader - $400.00
  3. With an accumulated charge of $5 or more the customer cannot check out materials or use the Internet until complete payment is made.
  4. Privileges are suspended when a patron has been sent to the collection agency until account is cleared.
  5. If a customer comes in to pay for a long overdue lost book, he/she will be charged the service charge in addition to the cost of the material. The cost of material, ONLY, may be refunded if the material is found and returned within 3 years.
  6. All charges for damaged and lost materials will be determined by circulation supervisor in consultation with technical services in accordance with an established schedule and individual evaluation.


CONFIDENTIALITY OF LIBRARY RECORDS POLICY

  1. General Statement:
    The Library Board of Trustees recognizes its responsibility to protect the privacy of each customer concerning personal records relating to use of Library materials. Records are required for controlling the use of Library materials both on or off the Library premises. These records are not in any way intended for the purpose of monitoring a user's reading or pursuit of information. Circulation records are kept to protect public property. Summary statistics of Library use are kept to measure organizational activity.

    Any Library record which includes a Library user's name or information sufficient to identify a user together with the subject about which the user requested information, is exempted from the public records disclosure requirements of NDCC 44 04 18 pursuant to NDCC 40 38 12 and shall not be made available upon request of any person other than the patron. 
  2. Release of Library Records by Court Order or Subpoena:
    1. Library records shall be released when required pursuant to a court order or court issued subpoena. Only the Library Director is authorized to release requested records pursuant to court order or subpoena. A complete record of the information released, a signed receipt form, and a copy of the court order or subpoena will be retained in a file designated by the Director. Should any questions arise concerning the court order or the subpoena, the Library Director will consult the Library Board. The Library Board shall take steps to request that the issuing court grant an appropriate court order to assure that any information released pursuant to a court order or subpoena shall be limited to the specific need for which it was requested and further released only to a person with the need to know the information.

Collection Development Policy

Collection Development Policy

A. Purpose

1. This policy is a statement of principles by the Board of Trustees, Minot Public Library. It serves as a guide for the Library staff in developing the collections of both print, non-print materials and electronic resources. It provides the procedures for public objection to materials held and for suggestions for collection development.

B. Definitions

1. "Materials" are those items considered for addition to the Library's Collection.

2. "Materials Selection" refers to the decision to add material to the collection or to retain materials already in the collection. It neither refers to reader guidance nor details specific types of materials to be added.

C. Goals of Materials Selection

1. Materials selection aims at maintaining a collection of materials for meeting the information, reference, research, educational and recreational needs of the Minot community. Budget limitations necessitate the choosing of materials relevant to these needs.


D. Responsibility for Selection

1. Final responsibility for materials selection rests with the Library Director, who functions within the framework of policy adopted by the Library Board of Trustees. The responsibility for selection may be delegated to other professional members of the staff.


Suggestions from members of the community concerning materials selection are welcome. Each suggestion will be considered within the framework of this policy. All suggestions should be forwarded to the Director. Appropriate forms are available at the Circulation Desk.

E. MATERIALS SELECTION

1. Ultimate responsibility for book selection, as for all Library activity, rests on the Director, who operates within the framework of policies and objectives determined by the Board of Trustees. So far as practical, all members of the staff will participate in the selection process because an informed staff contributes to intelligent use of the book collection. All aspects of materials selection will aim at implementing the Library's general objectives.

2. Objectives of Selection

The primary objective of the Minot Public Library is to provide opportunity and encouragement for people of all ages to educate themselves continuously. It is the duty of the Library to provide a wide range of materials with diversity of appeal and the representation of different points of view.

To this end, the Board of Trustees reaffirms the objectives of the American Library Association, the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement and recognizes a responsibility to:

a. Provide materials that will enrich the community, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities and educational levels of the citizens served.

b. Provide materials that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values and ethical standards.

c. Provide a background of information which will enable citizens to make intelligent judgments in their daily life.

d Provide materials on opposing sides of controversial issues so that citizens may develop the practice of critical analysis of all media.

e. Provide materials representative of the many religious, ethnic and cultural groups and their contributions to our American heritage.

f. Place principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in the selection of materials of the highest quality in order to assure a comprehensive collection appropriate for the users of the Library.

3. The Library will maintain an up to date array of selection tools such as reviewing services, review publications and catalogs of recommended purchases, i.e., Library Journal, Booklist, New York Times Book Review, "Standard Catalog" series, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Video Librarian, Horn Book, Billboard.

4. Criteria for Selection of Materials

a. Needs of the community based on knowledge of the Library's objectives and the existing collection are given first consideration.

Materials for purchase are considered on the basis of:

1. Permanence or timeliness.

2. Authoritativeness and / or standing and reputation of the author/artist/composer/ producer/publisher, etc.

3. Group and individual social significance.

4. Format.

5. Price and/or availability of funds.

6. Importance of subject matter.

7. Contemporary significance: i.e. attention of critics, reviewers, and the public.
8. Popular interests.

9. Comprehensiveness and depth of treatment.

10. Clarity, accuracy, and logic of presentation.

11. Date of publication.

12. Relationship to existing collections.

13. Artistic merit.

14. Insight and/or perspective into human and social conditions.

15. Availability elsewhere in the community.

b. Children’s and Young People's Materials


In addition to the criteria for adult materials, consideration is also given to the following:

1. Appropriate vocabulary level for the general age group.

2. Determined value for stimulating the informational, recreational, and cultural
reading interest of children and youth.

5. Procedures for Selection

In selecting materials for purchase, the Director evaluates the existing collection and consults reputable, unbiased, professionally prepared selection aids.

In other areas the Director follows these procedures:

a. Multiple items of outstanding and much in demand media are purchased as
needed.

b. Sets of materials and materials acquired by subscription are examined and are purchased only to fill a definite need.

c. Duplication of materials available in special (medical, etc.), school and academic libraries will be avoided whenever possible.

6. The Library will endeavor always to balance special group interests with general demand, to present fairly and truthfully both sides of every controversial subject handled, and to maintain a true balance between its duty to present information on all aspects of public questions and its determination not to allow itself to be used as a propaganda vehicle.


a. The Library will not maintain a closed shelf collection of materials but will encourage individual and parental discrimination in the choice of materials.

b. In addition, the Board recognizes the duty of the Library to furnish materials outside the "mainstream of popular output" and to provide in its collection a substantial representation of the critical, provocative and experimental products as well as the classics.

7. All phases of the selection procedure will work toward the establishment of a
representative collection of materials of high quality based on achievement or the
services the Library is expected to perform.

8. Adult responsibility for children's reading rests with parents or legal guardians. Materials
selection for the adult collection is intended for mature readers and will not be restricted by the possibility that Children or Young Adults over the age of 12 may obtain materials which their parents or legal guardian consider inappropriate. Separate collections are available for children under 12.

9. Materials unavailable at this Library but available through cooperative Library networks
will be borrowed upon request of the user.

10. Consideration is given to adequate availability of materials for those who cannot read regular print.

11. The Library adopts the policy statements of the American Library Association: the Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read Statement on book selection and controversial materials (copies attached).

F. GIFTS AND DONATIONS

Gifts and donations are always welcome. Acceptance will be based on the following criteria:

1. All such items must meet the same criteria listed under Criteria for Selection of materials as purchased items.

2. Attached conditions of the donor as to use, location or disposition will not be permitted.

a. Unrestricted gifts of money, lands, or property will be gratefully accepted by the Board. Restricted gifts or bequests will be reviewed by the Board before acceptance or rejection.

3. Funds may be designated for the purchase of materials by general subject area.


4. All gifts, when accepted, become the property of the Library and may not be reclaimed by the donor.

5. Unneeded donations will not be retained and may be sold at the Friends of the Library book sale or recycled.

6. The receipt of specific items will be acknowledged, but no statement of financial value for tax or other purpose will be made.

7. All gifts should be left at the Library or mailed to the attention of the Library Director.

G. COMPLAINT PROCESS

1. The Board of Trustees recognizes the importance of providing a method whereby opinions from the public regarding materials selection can be voiced.; therefore, it has established a procedure which will apply to all complaints including:

a. Those about materials represented in the collection

b. Those about materials not represented in the collection.

2. To comply with this procedure, a complaint must be in writing. Forms are available at the Reference and Circulation Desk and, upon completion, may be mailed or delivered to the Library Director. Upon receipt of the signed form the Director will:

a. Examine the material in question, the issues raised and the circumstances involved.

b. Make a decision to remove or retain the material in question.

c. Respond in writing to the complaint within one week of receipt.

d. Provide the complainant with a copy of this policy and inform the individual of the
availability of a Board Hearing.

3. Should the complainant feel that the decision of the Director is not supported by the policy, the complainant may request a Library Board hearing by notifying the Director who will make the necessary arrangements. Following the hearing, the decision of the Board will be final.

Above all, the Library Board has as its concern the fairness of such a hearing so as to protect the rights of all persons who are involved.


H. SELECTION POLICY FOR SPECIFIC MATERIALS


1. Law

The Library recognizes the difficulty of the layman in understanding legal publications and will purchase for circulation only those books written for the layman; for example, books on jury duty, taxation, court procedure, history of law, etc. In the reference collection are located the Minot City Code, the North Dakota Century Code, federal tax guide, dictionaries of legal terms, handbooks, and other general reference materials. The Ward County Law Library and the Minot State University Library are sources of specialized material.

2. Genealogy and Heraldry

Genealogies of individual families, except in the case of historically famous ones, are not purchased. The library will purchase genealogy materials of a general nature (Ex. Indexes with broad coverage, journals of a general nature). Genealogy materials related to the Minot area and to some extent North Dakota will be acquired.

All materials catalogued into the genealogy reference collection will be maintained as are other library materials. If the library decides to discard any genealogy reference materials, normal library procedures will be followed in relation to the disposal of the materials. If appropriate, the library will place this material on sale at the semiannual book sales.

The library will accept gifts of genealogical related materials based on the usefulness of the material to the collection and the potential for its use by area citizens. The library will not maintain original archival records because of the nature of public library service. Donations of microfilm and CD-ROM copies of census materials and indexes to records may be accepted as gifts.

3. Student Use

General student use of the Library is welcomed. Since the Public Library's function is to serve a wide variety of interests and a diversified clientele, and since the obligation of providing duplicate copies for students is primarily that of school and college libraries, the Public Library functions only as a supplementary source for student reading or reference purposes. It does not provide multiple copies of individual books for student assignments, nor can it duplicate subject materials extensively as a result of class assignment demands.

4. Informal Study

In serving as a supplementary source for student use, the Library selects, other things being equal, those texts or other books, which will also be useful for the general reader. Initial purchase, within budget limitations, is given to the needs of non academic students. This includes persons engaged in self education programs such as study and discussion groups in clubs, civic organizations, churches or other agencies, or courses or institutes sponsored by such agencies, or presented on radio and television.

5. Textbooks

As a general rule, textbooks used in the local schools and colleges are not purchased. Textbooks are added to provide information on subjects where there is little or no material available in any other form, and it is considered useful to the general reader.

6. Government Documents


The Library collects and preserves documents primarily of local importance, with emphasis upon those published by the City of Minot, Ward County, and quasi governmental agencies of local interest. The Library buys selectively those State and Federal government publications that are important as reference materials or for popular reading and study. Minot State University is a Depository Library for State and Federal documents in Minot. Older government documents may be retained in the Great Plains Room.

7. Materials for people who cannot read regular print.

For individuals who cannot read regular print, the Library maintains a collection of large print books, audiobooks and downloadable e-audiobooks which contains materials of general interest.

The Library assists people who are unable to read print materials to obtain talking books, DRIS Radio and other services from the ND State Library.

8. Telephone Directories

A collection of current telephone directories, including most North Dakota cities and selected regional large city directories in the United States and Central Canada. Telephone electronic resources are also available through subscription by library and sites on the Internet.

9. Rare Books

The Library does not seek rare or valuable materials but does accept some as gifts and is particularly receptive to rare items of local interest. The Library refers other rare and valuable items to appropriate libraries and organizations. The relatively few items of rarity in the collection are either gifts or have acquired their extra value through time and circumstance. They are maintained because their contents are useful, not for rarity's own sake.

10. Reference


In reference books, subject value is stressed. Practical books, as well as scientific, are included in the collection. The interests and needs of the community, anticipated when possible, are the basis for much of the selection.

The purchase of expensive books, trade directories and financial services is determined by the cost of the materials, their availability in other local libraries and their relative importance in the collection. New formats for reference materials will be added when the information provided is judged to be an important reference resource and when the Library can provide access to these formats in a cost effective manner.

11. Maps

Individual maps are acquired in limited numbers to meet the general interests of the community in areas such as travel and history. Files of topographical and county maps are maintained. Maps of states and cities are usually obtained through free distribution agencies.

The Library maintains a representative collection of maps of counties in our service area in atlas form. Criteria for selection are accuracy, completeness and timeliness. Historical maps of Minot and Ward County are purchased, depending upon availability and cost.

12. Microforms

Space considerations, as well as preservation, dictate the acquisition in microform of the Minot Daily News. The Library acquires North Dakota History on Microfilm.

13. Medicine

Books and electronic resources on health, hygiene and common diseases written for the layman are purchased for the circulating collection. In the reference area are placed such books as medical dictionaries, encyclopedias and directories. No attempt is made to develop a collection of technical or professional medical literature especially since the Angus L. Cameron Medical Library Collection is well developed in this area.

14. Local History


Whenever possible the Library obtains and retains a copy of all printed materials for the Great Plains Collection, which contributes to a knowledge of Minot, Ward County, and Region II, past and present. Duplications of some items are available for circulation. The acquisition of local government documents is a basic part of the policy. These include such items as the Proceedings of the Minot City Council, annual department reports, annual budgets and special publications. Local studies made by Minot State University and publications of local agencies comprise a part of the Library's holdings. We have a special interest in acquiring publications by local, state and regional authors. MPL will be a repository for scrapbooks from Minot High Schools class reunions.

15. Magazines & Newspapers

Basic popular and general informational magazines are selected to supplement the book collection, to keep the library collection up to date on current issues, to provide materials not yet in book form, to supplement the Reference and non-fiction collection, to fill in those areas where book resources are weak or non-existent, and to satisfy general reading interests.

Principles governing selection of magazines are:

a. Availability of full-text in an electronic resource.
b. Accuracy and objectivity
c. Community interests
d. Need to provide reference / information services
e. Presentation of variety of points of view
f. Frequency of customer demand
g. Price
h. The availability of the title in other libraries in the area
i. Indexing of contents through online databases

Principles governing selection of newspapers are:

a. Need to provide reference / information services
b. Provide current information
c. Satisfy casual interest in current events.
d. Area represented and geographical location.
e. National significance.
f. Frequency of customer demand.
g. Price
h. Availability of the title in other libraries in the area.

Magazine and newspaper subscriptions are reviewed annually.

16. Recordings (including cassettes, CD’s, PlayAways, etc.)

The purpose of the recordings collection is to provide significant material in recorded form for the use of individuals and groups in the community.

CD’s are selected to cover a wide variety of music including popular music. Audiobooks follow the same guidelines as for print with consideration for publishers and narrators. Also certain works are bought because a particular musical artist, conductor or literary personage performs them. In musical selections, several different compact disks of a particular work are purchased in order to have different interpretations. In literary recordings there is little duplication of titles by different readers or speakers.

Compact disks and PlayAways are selected with these points in mind.

a. Excellence of interpretation and technique
b. Importance of artist
c. Technical quality of the recording
d. Need for material based on public request and present holdings
e. Price

17. DVDs

The purpose of this collection is to provide the community with a selection of DVDs for home use only. The library collection will consist of award winning classic films, family type movies, do-it-yourself and self-improvement topics. The selection process will be based on current library selection policy. The Library purchases for home use only.


18. Electronic resource criteria

The Minot Public Library provides access to locally mounted databases (ex. Clubs and Organizations Database), networked full-text indexes, reference/information sources, internet web sites, remote library catalogs, and other electronic resources.

Electronic resources enhance the quality, quantity, and accessibility of information to Minot residents in a most appropriate and cost-effective means.

a. It is essential that each resource selected shall:
1. Support networking to all Minot citizens on or off-site.
2. Provide high quality content.
3. Permit on-site use by non-Minot residents.
4. Provide a user interface that will be easy to use for the general users and provide appropriate searching strategies for specialists.
5. Provide rapid and consistent delivery of information and effective downloading and printing capabilities.
6. Bring significant cost/value benefit to the Minot community when product and hardware costs, labor costs, and enhanced services to users are all considered.
7. Provide guaranteed delivery of information within contractually accepted performance standards.
8. Allow user rights even when print formats are cancelled.

b. It is highly desirable that electronic resources include:

1. Provisions of customer (patron) authentication beyond IP mapping.
2. Z39.50 compatibility.
3. Availability of vendor produced user instruction and materials, and marketing materials.
4. Availability of vendor produced usage statistics in a timely manner.
5. Provision of updated information on a daily basis.
6. Continued access to retrospective information when necessary or desirable.
7. Availability of designating library holdings (magazine databases).

c. Other selection considerations:

1. Priority will be given to cooperative purchase of electronic resources (full-text magazine databases, reference resources, electronic books, etc.) in cooperation with other North Dakota and Minitex libraries.
2. As with print sources, scope and currency of information, reputation of publisher and editor(s), comparison to existing sources, cost and estimated usage will be evaluated.
3. Paper equivalents will be considered for cancellation when reliability, full content and ease of access are assured in electronic format and duplication is not necessary.
4. Each electronic resource will be examined and purchased to fill a definite need.
5. Duplication of electronic resources available in special, school and academic libraries will be avoided whenever possible.
6. Multiple formats (ex. book, audio, electronic) will be purchased based on demand and funding available. Funds allocated to each format will be determined annually in the materials budget allocations.
7. Web resources: Before a web resource is made accessible on the library’s web site it will be evaluated for quality, stability, currency, and relevance to the Minot Community.
8. Electronic journal and newspaper titles that meet the specifications concerning licensing restrictions, coverage in standard indexing services, and reputation of the publisher and editorial boards may be added to the library web site.
9. Copyright restrictions for electronic resources will be followed according to the restrictions for each specific electronic resource.
10. Electronic resources that would add significantly to the quality and accessibility of titles available to the community include:
11. Electronic books (E-books): accessed through an internet site in house or remotely for use by a customer or staff member.

19. Formats

New formats shall be considered for the collection when, by industry report, national survey results and evidence from local requests, a significant portion of the community population has the necessary technology to make use of the format. Availability of items in the format, the cost per item, and the Library’s ability to acquire and handle the items will also be factors in determining when a new format will be collected. Similar considerations will influence the decision to delete a format from the Library’s collections.

I. Materials withdrawal

Book withdrawal is an important aspect of collection development. When library books lose the value for which they are originally selected, they should be withdrawn so that the collection remains vital and useful. The withdrawal of books is based on the following guidelines:

1. To remove physically worn out or damaged volumes from the library.

2. Worn or missing standard items are replaced periodically if relevant.

3. Materials infrequently used or not of lasting value will be withdrawn on a
periodic basis from the collections.

4. Obsolete materials include: outdated books, superceded editions, superfluous duplicates and worn-out items. Such materials will be removed from the collection and disposed of in the book sale or recycled.

5. Materials withdrawn from the collection are either sold at the February, spring or fall book sale or recycled through a local recycling center.

Internet Policy

Internet Policy

  1. This is a policy statement of the Minot Public Library Board. It is intended to be used in conjunction with other existing library policies to guide administration of open access to Internet resources.
  2. The public library is an important forum where ideas can be in the open, freely debated, explored, accepted or rejected as outlined in THE LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS (Appendix). A key resource for enabling the library to fulfill this role is the Internet, a vast collection of computer networks now linking millions of independent networks on a global scale.

    The Minot Public Library endeavors to develop collections, resources, and services that meet the cultural, informational, recreational, and educational needs of Minot’s diverse, multi-cultural community. It is within this context that the Minot Public Library offers access to the Internet.

    The Minot Public Library does not control the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for content freely accessed by individuals. The Internet is a global entity with a highly diverse user population and Library customers use it at their own risk.
  3. The Internet includes all kinds of resources, among them: current events, society and culture, business, science, technology, and travel. Some information may be offensive to some users. It is the responsibility of the individual user to select for him or herself. Internet terminals are located on the 2nd floor of the Library, for persons 12 years of age and over, and in the Children’s Library for those under 12. Parents or legal guardians bear the responsibility for determining the level of access to be available to their youth.
  4. All Internet resources accessible on the 2nd floor of the library are provided equally to all library customers. Parents or legal guardians bear the responsibility for determining the level of access to be available to their youth. PARENTS OR GUARDIANS, not the library or its staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Parents – and ONLY PARENTS OR GUARDIANS – may restrict their children – and only THEIR CHILDREN – from access to Internet resources.
  5. The Library assumes no responsibility nor liability for any debt (s) incurred by users from for-pay services available through the Internet. Likewise, it is the responsibility of the individual user to adhere to all local, state, and federal laws and regulations pertinent to use activities. Until copyright guidelines for the Internet are created, users will be expected to honor guidelines in place relevant to other materials.


Rules for Using

  1. To use the Internet, an individual within the library service area must have a current Library Card. The customer must sign in at the service desk and give their Library Card to the staff before using the Internet.
  2. Library cardholders must pay all service charges of $5.00 or more before using the Internet.
  3. A parental permission release form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian before Internet use will be granted to children under 18 on the second level of the library.
  4. Individuals will have their Internet use privileges permanently suspended for inappropriate behavior, illegal use of the Internet (including public display of pornography), changing computer settings, damaging equipment and software, not leaving computer when their assigned time is up, failing to pay for copies made off the Internet and failing to follow Internet use guidelines.
  5. Customers may not use their own software programs on the Internet computers.
  6. Customers may use the Internet for one (1) hour per day. If no one is waiting, they may continue to use the Internet until someone else wants to use it. Once they have used the Internet, they cannot use it again until the next day. Use will be on a first come, first serve basis.
  7. Individuals living outside of the library’s service area who have not purchased a library card may use the Internet for a charge of $2.00 each time they use the Internet. They must provide their driver’s license or other form of ID if they do not have a driver’s license.
    1. If an individual needs to use the Internet for a short period of time a one-time “Express Use” pass will be issued for 20 minutes at no charge. Users will have to purchase a $2.00 guest pass if they need additional time and will be responsible for the cost of printing.