Library Policies

Baldwin Library is now Fine-Free*

With a goal of increasing access to our services and remove barriers for members of the community, Baldwin Library items checked out from now on will NOT incure late fees if returned after the due date.

We hope any folks who haven’t been in the library for a while will join us again!

The fine print:

  • Items still need to be returned.
  • Borrowers will be  charged replacement fees for unreturned items.
  • Other libraries will still charge fines for their items.
  • Older fines will remain on your account.

*The only exception is the Lucky Day collection. Borrowers will be charged $1 per day they are overdue to keep high-demand items moving.

If an item is not returned borrowers will be charged a replacement cost.

Internet and Computer Use Policy

See the Internet and Computer Use Policy with Guardian Form

The Baldwin Public Library provides public access to the Internet to expand our information services beyond the library collection.  The Internet is a valuable tool for learning and offers adults and children experiences that are both educational and rewarding.  However, the Internet has also raised concerns.  It can present unsafe situations.

The Internet is a non-centralized, non-moderated global network; the Baldwin Public Library has no control over the content found there.  The library does not censor access to material to protect users from offensive information.  The library is not responsible for the availability and accuracy of information found on the Internet.

It is important that parents or guardians guide and supervise their child’s use of the Internet just as they guide and supervise their children’s reading and television viewing at home.  Monitoring your child’s use of the Internet is not the library staff’s responsibility.  Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the library’s Internet service prior to being granted access to the Internet by filling out the enclosed form to be kept on file at the library.

Access to the Internet is available to all patrons; however, this service may be restricted at any time for use not consistent with the guidelines.  Users should be aware that the inappropriate use of electronic information resources can be a violation of local, state, and federal laws and can lead to prosecution.  The user will be held responsible for his/her actions using the Internet.  Users are expected to abide by the policies below, which include generally accepted rules of network etiquette.  Unacceptable uses of the service will result in the suspension or revocation of Internet use privileges.

We reserve the right to restrict visual images. If a user is viewing images determined to be objectionable by a library staff member, the user will be asked to exit from that site.  If the user is found viewing objectionable materials a second time, their Internet session will be terminated.

The library cannot assure that data or files downloaded by users are virus-free.  The library is not responsible for damages to equipment or data on a user’s service.

EXPECTATIONS

  1. Children in 1st grade and below must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while using the computer for Internet access.
  2. Students in 2nd grade up to age 17, along with a parent or guardian, must sign the Internet Use Agreement.
  3. All users must sign in on the log at the front desk with their name and start time so that the library staff can check on time expired if there are waiting patrons. Internet use is offered in thirty (30) minute sessions on a first-come, first-served basis.  Each user is allowed one session.  If there is no patron waiting for the service at the end of a session, the user may have another 30 minute session, but once having had the service for the first 30 minutes, the user must leave the computer station if another patron requests it.  The staff might make exemptions occasionally for class work or employment applications, etc. but the general maximum time usage per day per person will be two (2) hours).
  4. Users may use the Internet for the receipt and transmission of electronic mail (e-mail) as long as they use a free e-mail service such as Google mail or Yahoo.com which will maintain an account for them.
  5. Users will respect and uphold all applicable laws including copyright laws, and will not use the Internet for illegal purposes. Such purposes include the posting and/or viewing of child pornography, harassing behavior, and / or posting of inflammatory or threatening messages.  According to the US Patriot Act, the library might be required to allow federal authorities access to computer viewing history if subpoenaed.
  6. Users will respect the rights and privacy of others by not accessing private files or using accounts owned by other users without their permission.
  7. Users shall not incur any costs for the library through their use of the Internet service.
  8. Users shall not create and deposit or distribute computer viruses or any other malicious programs onto the library’s computers or over the Internet.
  9. Users shall not deliberately or willfully cause damage to computer equipment, programs, or parameters, or change in any way the computer system, settings, desktop, or equipment.
  10. Users shall not put stress on the public technology resources designed for educational purposes by overusing gaming, movie viewing, downloading music, etc. or other activities, to be determined by staff.
  11. Users may print from the computer for $0.10 per copy.
  12. Users shall not use the computer to gain access to unauthorized resources or entities (hacking).
Loan Periods

Books, audiobooks, music CDs: 3 weeks. Some newer adult hardcover fiction in great demand might be 2 weeks (marked with a sticker).

DVDs, videos, computer software, magazines, some children’s holiday books (marked with a sticker): 1 week.   Some equipment can be loaned out for only 3 days or one week.  Exception is Lucky Day DVDs, which can only be borrowed for 3 days due to high demand.

 

Renewing Items

Items may be renewed twice in sequence unless the item is on hold for another patron. Items may be renewed several ways:

In person at the library. Please have your library card available.

By calling the library at (715) 684-3813. Please have your library card and the title(s) of the item(s) readily available. If calling after business hours, choose extension 113 and leave your name, phone number, your entire 13- or 14-digit library card number and title(s) to be renewed.

By emailing us at baldwinlibrary@ifls.lib.wi.us, and providing the above-listed information.

Online at the MORE website. Click on “My Account” and follow the on-screen instructions. The system will not allow you to renew an item that is overdue; please contact the library directly to renew overdue items.

By calling the automated renewal line at 1-866-MY-RENEW.

Reserving Items/Placing a hold

An item that is not available may be placed on reserve and we will notify you when it arrives at the library.

Items that are available at other MORE libraries may be sent to another MORE library to be picked up.

Items can be placed on hold through the MORE website online catalog, by telephone, email, or in person.

Lost or Damaged Materials

You will be charged for the replacement costs of any lost or damaged items.

Being a Responsible Borrower

Patrons must present their library cards to check out materials.

Patrons are responsible for all items checked out on their card.

Parents or guardians are responsible for monitoring their children’s access to all library resources.

Care should be taken with items so that damage does not occur which would make the book unable to be circulated to others.

Baldwin Public Library
400 Cedar Street
P.O. Box 475
Baldwin, WI 54002-047
715-684-3813

Hours
Mon, Wed, Fri: 9am - 6pm
Tues & Thurs: 9am - 7pm
Saturday: 9am - 1pm
Sunday: closed