Policies

Library Cards

Residents

Library cards are required in order to check out library materials. Residents and property tax payers of Columbia Township are eligible to obtain a free library card.  New customers should bring a photo ID along with proof of their current address to the library to receive their card. If photo ID does not have current addresses, additional information such as a bank statement, utility bill, or USPS change of address card is required.  Please note cards expire annually and proof of residency may be required upon renewal.

Non-Residents

The Library supports universal access to it’s materials.  However, State Law dictates that free cards are issued to residents of the library taxing district (Columbia Township).  Free cards are available to students in the East Gibson School Corporation and may be obtained by the parent and child coming  to the library with the  student’s report card and proper proof of address. Full-time classroom teachers at EGSC are also eligible for a free card.  Additionally, we do maintain recipricol borrowing agreements with Gibson and Pike County Libraries.  All other residents are welcome to use library materials in-house, but need to purchase a non-resident card to check materials out of the library. The current rate  is $43.88 as of 3/1/2016.  This is state law and out of the Library’s control, however, please be advised it is this way because residents of outlying areas do not pay a  “Library Tax” on their property taxes that residents of Columbia Township pay and therefore, do not financially support the library in the manner that Columbia Township residents provide.

A detailed policy is available here.

Checkout Periods

Type Checkout Period Renewals Allowed Late Charges
Books 2 weeks two* $0.10/day
Movies 1 week two* 0.25/day
Magazines 1 week no $0.10/day

* Renewals are dependent on no other outstanding requests for the material.

Weather

The Library will usually follow the East Gibson School Corporation weather closures (snow and/or ice) for the first day the schools are closed. If the weather is anticipated to clear quickly, the library may use a delayed opening.  Any subsequent days the schools close the Library will open if at all possible.  Final decision will be made by the Director in consult with at least one board member.  for the first day the schools are closed.  Any subsequent days the schools close the Library will open if at all possible. Please check our page on Facebook or watch Channel 14 news for weather closure information. We suggest patrons call the library to see if we are open before venturing out. And as always patrons should use their best judgment before traveling in bad road conditions. If you need to return items, simply call and we will extend the due date over the telephone if you feel you are unable to make it out.

Internet and Technology Usage

 

Use of library internet access or technology means that patrons agree to the following:

  • Computers may only be used for legal procedures
  • Users will refrain from changing settings and icons on computer desktops
  • Do not violate software, hardware, or copyright laws.
  • Patrons are limited to 30 minutes when there is a waiting list
  • Only one patron to a computer
  • Accessing pornographic or explicit materials are not permitted.
  • Chat rooms and instant messaging programs are not permitted unless they are a built in portion of an existing website.
  • Unauthorized access including “hacking and other unlawful activities are prohibited.
  • Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors is prohibited.
  • Parents/Legal Guardians of minors are responsible for their children’s behavior on the computer.
  • The OCCTPL filters computers to restrict access to materials harmful to minors.
  • The OCCTPL will not be held liable for any loss or damages incurred by using the library computers.
  • The OCCTPL will not be held liable for misinformation or information deemed inappropriate that is obtained while using library computers.
  • The library at anytime reserves the right to ask patrons to leave the library if they are found to be in violation of any part of this policy.
  • Under Indiana law IC 36-12-1-12 the library agrees to review this policy yearly.

As these computers are within the public eye, viewed by all, including children, it is imperative that the rules that govern the use of computers are followed.

*** Approved by the Board of Trustees Nov. 12, 2015; Reaffirmed Nov. 9, 2016

 

Internet Safety

Oakland City-Columbia Township Public Library (OCCTPL) recognizes that Internet Safety is the sole responsibility of the user. Library staff monitors computer use in order to assure that all patrons receive an opportunity to access information.  The OCCTPL, however, assumes no responsibility for supervising any minor’s Internet use.  That responsibility remains with the minor’s parent/guardian. Additionally, the OCCTPL staff will assist people with questions regarding Internet use, however, they take no responsibility in assuring the safety of any information found on the Internet and cannot guarantee the accuracy or safety of such information.

The OCCTPL does filter content that comes into our facility via the Internet. The filters are provided by ENA.  These filters conform to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) as well as block instant messaging services and chat rooms.  Should a patron have a legitimate need for accessing a blocked site they may request that the filter be turned off on their computer for a certain period of time.

The library also uses programs that prevent material from being stored on computers long term.  Patrons, who need to save material, should do so using an external source of storage such as a flash drive.