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Borrowing Materials

Become a Borrower
Residents of the State of Iowa may become registered borrowers at the Kirkendall Public Library. Individuals must present appropriate identification and proof of current address to obtain a library card. Cards are valid for three years for Ankeny residents and one year for non-residents. It is renewable upon presentation of your card and payment of all outstanding fines or fees. There is a $1.00 charge to replace a lost card.

You must use your own card when checking out materials. If you’ve forgotten your card, another form of picture ID will be accepted or we will hold the materials until you can present your card. Most materials are checked out for three weeks. Some videos and equipment have different loan periods.

Checkout Guidelines
There are no limits on the number of items you may check out at one time.  You are responsible for returning all items checked out on your card by the date they are due.  Videos and DVDs are checked out in one-week increments. Other materials are checked out for three weeks.

Overdue, Lost, & Damaged Materials
Sharing is the basis for any community’s lending library. Sharing means that when you borrow an item you promise to bring it back by a certain date so that someone else in your community has an opportunity to borrow it. There are a limited number of materials in the library and we want everyone to have a fair chance of finding what they want. To encourage equal sharing the library charges overdue fines when materials are kept longer than the date due.

DVDs and Blu-Rays accrue fines at a rate of 50 cents per day; all other items accrue fines at a rate of 20 cents per day.

When an item is lost or damaged beyond repair, you will be asked to pay the library’s cost of replacing it. When an item is damaged, you will be charged a fee to cover the cost of repair.

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges
If you accumulate $5.00 or more in fines or fees, borrowing privileges are suspended until the obligation is reduced below $5.00.

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PC & Internet Use

The mission of the Kirkendall Public Library is to provide equal access to information, materials and services within an environment that welcomes interaction and personal enrichment for all the people of our community. The library staff cannot provide in-depth computer training, but will attempt to answer basic questions and help users locate resources on the Internet. Staff can also provide information on where to get appropriate training. Books, manuals and other useful reference sources will also be made available.

The Library does not control any of the resources available through the Internet. Although library staff will make every effort to provide access to reliable resources on the Internet, it is not always possible to apply the same selection criteria that are used for other resources.

The Kirkendall Public Library Board does not limit patron access to specific content on the Internet. The Kirkendall Library Board concurs with both the American Library Association and the Citizens Internet Empowerment Coalition, which maintain that the only effective and constitutional way to control children's access to materials on the Internet is to rely on parental control. The public library, unlike schools, does not serve in loco parentis, or in place of the parent.

Responsibilities of Users

Choosing and evaluating resources    
The Internet is a global entity with a highly diverse user population and information content. Library patrons are free to choose their own sites. It is the responsibility of each patron to evaluate the validity, reliability, accuracy and currency of the information found. If you feel information obtained through this service is inaccurate or offensive, we suggest you contact the original producer or distributor of that information. The availability of information does not constitute endorsement by the Kirkendall Public Library.
Use of the Internet by patrons under the age of 18
Parents and legal guardians are responsible for deciding what library resources are appropriate for their children. Parents should provide guidance to their children regarding the materials they do not wish them to read or view and are encouraged to monitor their children's Internet use.  

Internet Tips for Kids

  • Do not give out personal information such as your address, telephone number, parents' work address or telephone number, or the name and location of your school without you parent's permission.
  • Tell your parents right away if you come across any information that makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Never agree to meet in person someone you've met online unless you first discuss it with your parents.  If your parents agree to the meeting, make sure it is in a public place and bring your mother or father along.
  • Never give out a credit card number or password online.
  • Never send a person your picture or anything else without first checking with your parents.
  • Do not respond to any messages that are mean or make you feel uncomfortable.  It is not your fault if you get messages like that.  Tell your parents right away.
  • Follow the rules your parents set down for going online.  Do not access other areas or break these rules.
    Internet Tips for Parents
  • Establish clear ground rules for Internet Safety for your children.
  • Take the time to see what your kids are doing online and what their interests are.
  • Teach kids never to give out their personal information to people they meet online, especially in chat rooms and bulletin boards.
  • Instruct your child never to plan a face-to-face meeting alone with online acquaintances.
  • Tell your child not to respond when they receive offensive or dangerous email, chat, or other communication.
  • Learn all you can about the Internet and select appropriate sites for your children.
  • Suggest your child use directories when seeking information online to reduce the risk of stumbling on inappropriate material.
  • Inform your children that everything they see online may not be true.
  • Place your computer in the family room or other area of your home, or use the computer together at a library, school, or community center.
  • Remember your children and teens may be knowledgeable about how to access the Internet but they need your direction in using the Internet wisely.

Limitations on Internet Use

  • Library workstations may not be used for illegal or criminal purposes, not limited to, but including:
    1. Violation of any Federal or State law, which makes it illegal to download or purvey child pornography, purvey pornography to children or to commit fraudulent acts using the Internet.
    2. Violation of U.S. copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code), which prohibits the unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of "fair use."
  • Library workstations may not be used to gain unauthorized access to the library's or any other organization's networks or computer systems.
  • Users may not attempt to alter or damage computer hardware or software.


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Meeting Rooms

The Kirkendall Public Library provides meeting space for library sponsored or co-sponsored programs which meet the library’s goals. When not in use for library-sponsored activities, the rooms are available to community and non-profit groups and organizations whose purpose is not illegal, subject to regulations established by the Board of Trustees.


  1. Primary use of the meeting room is for library activities, programs, and meetings.
  2. All gatherings must be open to the public. Rooms are available to community and non-profit groups and organizations for meetings that are educational, cultural or civic in nature. Meetings deemed by library staff to be primarily private and/or social in nature are not allowed.
  3. Reservations will be considered on a first come, first served basis. The reservee must have a current Kirkendall Public Library card and will assume all responsibility for the library property while it is in their use.
  4. Groups may schedule events (not over twice per month) and 60 days in advance. The meeting rooms are available during regularly scheduled library hours.
  5. There is no fee for the use of the meeting rooms, but individuals will be charged for labor and materials to cover the cost of damages if extraordinary clean-up is necessary after use.
  6. Admission may not be charged for any events in library meeting rooms except for fundraising events sponsored by the Library or Library Foundation that benefit the library. Charges to recoup actual cost of food and materials are acceptable on a case by case basis as authorized in advance by Library staff.
  7. Simple refreshments may be served in the meeting rooms provided the room is left in the condition it was found and users bring their own utensils and supplies.
  8. Uses of library rooms which would interfere with the Library’s function as a quiet place of study are not allowed. The library’s “Conduct in the Library Policy” also applies to use of the meeting rooms.
  9. Meeting room users must follow all applicable City of Ankeny codes. Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the library. No alcoholic beverages and controlled substances are on allowed library premises. No lit candles or open flames are allowed.
  10. The library will not be responsible for theft or damage of equipment, materials or personal items of meeting attendees.
  11. Permission to use meeting rooms does not imply that the
  12. Library Board of Trustees, the Library staff, or the City of Ankeny supports the opinions and/or views of the users.


  1. By completing the reservation the individual acknowledges that they will be responsible for any cleaning/damage fee if the room is not left in satisfactory condition.
  2. Cancellations should be made promptly so other meetings may be scheduled. Prior notice of at least 48 hours is requested.
  3. The individual who reserved the room with their library card shall be held responsible for problems or costs resulting from the use of the meeting rooms.
  4. An adult must supervise children’s groups.
  5. If the library’s audio-visual equipment and materials are to be used, reservations should be made at the time the room is booked.
  6. Any individual or group who fails to abide by these provisions may be denied future use of the meeting rooms.
  7. This policy shall be administered by the Library Director, or her/his designee. An exception may be granted for programs depending on room availability

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Last updated: 5/16/2013 11:50:05 AM