Operations, Service and Use of the Collection Policy

Columbus Junction Public Library (CJPL)                     



Operations,Service and Use of Collection Policy

CJPL hours of operation:


Monday           10am-noon      1pm-6pm

Tuesday           10am-noon      1pm-6pm

Wednesday     10am-noon      1pm-7pm

Thursday         10am-noon      1pm-6pm

Friday              10am-noon      1pm-5pm

Saturday          9am-noon

Library hours are posted at the door, on Library website, face book page and in the local newspaper.


The Library will be closed on legal and city holidays. Closing dates will be posted

one week in advance.


City Hall and Library Closings:

New Years Day (2pm closing on New Years Eve)

President’s Day

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Columbus Day

Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving

Christmas (2pm closing on Christmas Eve)



Patron registration:


Library cards/accounts are issued at no charge to residents of the City of Columbus Junction, rural Louisa county, to residents of the contracted cities of Columbus City, Conesville, Fredonia and Cotter.


Individuals register for a library card/account by filling out a patron application. Identification is required at the time of registration. A parent/guardian signature is required for a child under the age of 14 at the time of registration. New patrons qualify immediately to check out three Library materials on a conditional limited basis. After returning materials in good condition and in a timely manner, the patron will have full check out privileges. Library cards can be replaced for a $2.00 charge. However, a library card is not required for Library use as all patrons are registered on an

automated system that allows easy access to patron accounts.





CJPL is an Open Access Library. Other Iowa library cardholders may borrow materials under the State Library’s Open Access Program by providing identification.






All books, audio books, and compact discs may be checked out for two weeks. There is no limitation to the number of items checked out. However, the Director is able to limit item check out at his/ her discretion dependent on the patron’s return history, fines or missing materials. Full privileges are returned once issues are resolved.


DVDs and VHS tapes may be checked out for one week with a maximum of six items at one time.


Periodicals (magazines) may be checked out for two weeks.


Downloadable audio books and ebooks are available for check out through the Library’s membership in WILBOR, a downloadable data base. Checkout period is determined by the database.


The Library has a number of non-circulating materials that are available for use in the Library. Examples of non-circulating materials are genealogy recourses and reference materials. All non-circulating materials have non-circulating status marked on the material.




Material renewal may be done in person, over the phone or electronically.


Books, audio books, and compact discs may be renewed for one 2 week period.


DVDs and VHS tapes may be renewed for one week.


Materials that are on a reserve list for other patrons are not eligible for renewal.





Library materials may be reserved in person, over the phone or electronically. Materials must be picked up within three business days of notification by phone or email. If material is not picked up in the three business days, the next person on the reserve list will be notified or the material will be made available for general check out.







Overdue materials:


Fines are accessed at the following rates:


Books, periodicals, and audio books - $.10 per day per item.

DVDs and VHS tapes - $.50 per day per item.

Fines are not assessed for days that the Library is closed.


Parents/guardians are responsible for fines occurred by children under the age of 18.


Fines can be paid by cash, check or money order. A $10.00 fee will be accessed for a returned check for insufficient funds.


Patrons are notified by phone, email or mail of overdue materials. If there is no response to fine notices and requests for material return within 6 weeks, the matter will be referred to the Columbus Junction Police Department.



Lost and Damaged Materials:


Patrons are responsible for replacement costs of lost or damaged materials. If fines exceed cost of the material, only the replacement cost will be assessed.

A $5.00 replacement service charge will be assessed if the material requires replacement.


Interlibrary Loan:


CJPL will abide by the interlibrary loan policies set forth by the State Library of Iowa.

Library staff will process patron requests immediately. Patrons will be notified by CJPL when the borrowed material has arrived. Patrons have three business days to pick up the loaned material. If the material is not picked up during the three business day period, the material will be returned to the loaning Library. The Patron will be accessed a $3.00 handling and postage fee. Library staff will return borrowed materials immediately when material is returned to CJPL and package material properly in order that no damage will occur during the mailing process.










Computers are available to patrons on a first-come, first-serve basis. Computer time is limited to 30 minutes with this period extended if there are no other patrons waiting for computer time. Patrons using computers for homework or testing are given priority.

Computer time can be reserved for testing and homework.


Patrons using the internet in the Library are expected to abide by the CJPL Internet Policy. This policy is posted at each computer center.





The Library offers free wireless internet service. The network name and password are available at the circulation desk. The Library does not provide wireless devices for public use. Security for personal wireless devices is the responsibility of the owner of the device. CJPL wireless service may not be used for unauthorized, illegal or unethical purposes. No one may send or relieve or display text or graphics that my reasonably be construed as obscene or violent.


Laptop Computers:


CJPL has two laptop computers that are available for use in the Library. The laptops are designated to be used for homework, testing, job search, and research. The laptops

are set up by Library staff. The individual using the lap top will fill out an in-house check out form and inform staff when finished. Staff members will return the laptop to the circulation area. Laptop users are expected to abide by the CJPL Internet Policy.

Copy machine, printers, Fax machine:



CJPL provides a copy machine, printer and Fax machine for public use.


Copy machine fees:  $.25 per black and white copies

$.50 per color copies

Double sided copies count as one page

Copyright notice is posted at the copy machine.


Direct printing from computers:


$.25 per black and white copies

$.50 per color copies





Fax machine:


$3.00 for first page and $.50 for each additional page.

Number of pages is limited to what is considered a reasonable by

the requesting individual and the staff member assisting.

$.50 for each page received


Staff members fax the materials and will respect the confidentiality of the individual and the \materials faxed and received. CJPL will not send or receive faxes that are judged to be illegal or reasonably be construed as obscene or violent.








CJPL offers scanning service. Materials scanned will be saved to a flash drive only.


Workforce Development Site:


CJPL has agreed to serve as a point of access with Iowa Workforce Development. The Library Director or staff members who have received training will assist on a limited technical basis with individuals using the State of Iowa Workforce Development website

for unemployment filing and job search purposes, Computer time is extended for

individuals using the Workforce Development website.





Meeting Rooms



As the Library is housed in the Civic Center, the Library Director works in cooperation

with the City Clerk and Community Development Director in reserving meeting rooms.

A common yahoo calendar is used for recording reservations.


To meet our goal of being an active participant in our community use of our meeting rooms is encouraged and supported.


Meeting rooms are available on a first- come first serve basis for programs, education/ICN classes, committee meetings, testing sites. Meeting rooms are not available for commercial use or for profit events.


Food and drink are allowed in all meeting rooms. Individuals/groups using the meeting rooms are responsible for clean up after events and leaving the meeting room in good order. The individual/group using the meeting room is responsible for any damages.





In keeping with our goal and mission of serving our community, CJPL offers

proctoring service to students who are able to test off site and over the internet.

Arrangements are made by the student and teacher with the Library Director who will serve as the proctor.




adopted 4/2000; revised 6/2002; reviewed 3/2009; revised 5/9/2012; amended 01/2016

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.