Library Services



Library Cards
Interlibrary Loans
Suggestions for Purchase
Genealogy
AV Equipment
Seniors Read
Homebound
Fines
Computer & Internet Use
Auditorium Use

Library Cards
To get a library card, just visit the library with proof of your address.  All Iowa residents receive cards free.  Non-residents may register for a family card for a $35 annual fee.  Children may receive a card with parent or legal guardian's signature.

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Interlibrary Loans
When there's something you want and it's not on our shelves, ask about an interlibrary loan.  The library can borrow not only books, but also magazine articles and programming kits for your club or organization.  Requests can be made via e-mail to libraryq@qwestoffice.net.

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Suggestions for Purchase
We welcome suggestions from patrons concerning new materials to be added to the collection.  Requests can be made in person or through the "My Account" feature of the library catalog.

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Genealogy
Genealogists and historians will find Page and Fremont County census records, plus the Evening Sentinel and Valley News Today preserved on microfilm.  U.S. census records are available from the State Historical Society of Iowa or the National Archives.  Request military service records and passenger ship arrival records, too.

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AV Equipment
The library has a photocopier, a typewriter, computers for word processing and Internet access, a microfilm reader/printer and, a microfiche reader.  The library also checks out a slide projector, overhead projector, and a portable screen.

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Seniors Read
Volunteers deliver books to participating senior living centers for check out to patrons.  New residents can talk to their activity director to get a Senior's Read visit.

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Homebound Delivery
The Shenandoah Public Library offers homebound delivery of library materials to patrons in Shenandoah city limits who can't get to the library because of temporary hardship due to major illness, an ongoing need due to physical handicap, long-term illness, or homebound seniors.  You will receive personalized visits, no overdue fines, longer lending periods (8 weeks), and delivery right to your front door.  Delivery will be made on the 1st and/or 3rd Friday of the month, and participants will need to call in their requests by 5pm on the Wednesday prior to delivery.  Librarians will work with you to select books that are to your taste.  Call Carrie or Liz at the library for more information or to sign up: 712-246-2315.

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Fines
Fines are not counted on Sundays or holidays.  If fines reach $4.00, no more items can be checked out until the fines are paid.  If an item is damaged beyond reasonable wear, the patron will be asked to pay the replacement cost of the item.
 

Type Daily Fine Maximum Fine Replacement Cost
Book Bags none none $5.00
Books $0.10 $4.00 $35.00
Children's Books $0.05 $2.00 $25.00
DVD/VHS $1.00 $4.00 $20.00
Equipment $3.00 $4.00 Cost of Item
Magazines $0.05 $1.00 $10.00
Music CD's $0.10 $4.00 $20.00
Audiobook (Abridged) $0.10 $4.00 $35.00
Audiobook(Unabridged) $0.10 $4.00 $45.00
MP3 Playaways $0.10 $4.00 $60.00
Paperbacks $0.05 $2.00 $10.00
Vertical Files $0.05 $1.00  

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COMPUTER AND INTERNET USE

The Shenandoah Public Library purchases and installs computers and Internet access to provide a service to our community, to teach our community how to use them, and to use the vast resources available in this format.  Just as libraries do not verify or endorse the viewpoints of written material in their collections, neither do they verify electronic information.  Selection policies which serve to govern a library’s purchase of written materials do not apply to material accessed electronically.  It is the responsibility of the user and of the parent, guardian or caregiver to minors to determine what is appropriate.
                To best utilize and preserve the computer hardware, the following general guidelines are to be observed :
1.  Use of the computer is on a “first come, first served” reservation basis. Reservations may be made only one week in advance.  Time blocks available (1-hour or 1/2 hour) will be displayed on a sign-up sheet.  A person may reserve only one hour maximum per day, either by phone or in person.
2.  Patrons may use the computer during unreserved time blocks, but must relinquish use when it is requested.
3.  Basic instructions will be available, but patrons are expected to consult manuals.  Library staff may not be able to assist in all applications or to provide technical support.
4.  Patrons agree not to make changes to setup and configuration of the computer software or hardware.
5.  The library staff reserves the right to terminate a person’s use of the computer for any reason.
6.  Patrons are responsible for damage to equipment or to library materials and will be billed for full repair/replacement.
7.  The library is not responsible for damage to personal materials.
8.  Computer printouts are $.15/page except for the first three articles from EBSCO which are free.
9.  Patrons may run their own disks, but they may not save to the hard drive (C:\).  The library reserves the right to ask a patron to remove any disk.
10.  Patrons agree to observe all copyright laws and agree not to duplicate any computer program or documentation provided by the library which is not in the public domain.
11. A staff member must be present in the Children’s Department when the computers are in use.
12. The Children’s Department computers are available to all children through grade six.  Parental supervision is required for preschool age children.
13. All other rules apply to use of the Children’s Department computers except children are limited to ˝ hour time slots and there is no charge for printing.
14.  Using one of the Internet workstations means patrons respect the privacy of others.   
15.  Patrons do not use the Internet for unauthorized or illegal purposes (spamming, hacking, copyright infringement).
16.  Children, see Appendix.
17.  Wireless Access
        a. Patrons to the library have access to the Internet from any location inside the library.
         b. Patrons bringing their computer requiring an electrical plug in, may plug into any outlet
           except those directly connected to the library networked computers.
         c. Printing from the wireless is not available due to the network.
         d. Wireless users follow Internet guidelines for hardwired computers.

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Public Spaces Use, including the library Auditorium, Small Meeting Room, and Amphitheater.

Click here to open the Library Public Spaces Use Policy in PDF.

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