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, mail from a government agency, 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.  We currently have an agreement with Center Township to provide no cost to patron cards to a limited number of their residents. Please ask at the desk for more information.

Students living in temporary housing are able to purchase a library card for $10.00

All other non-residents are subject to the current non-resident subscription fee (currently $43.88). We do anticipate Barton Township providing a limited number of cards in 2020 as well.

Additionally, we do maintain recipricol borrowing agreements with Gibson and Pike County Libraries.

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.

Full lending policy is located here.

Weather Closures (Summary of Policy)

The Library Director will consult with at least one board member regarding any weather related closures. If the weather is anticipated to clear quickly, the Director may use a delayed .

***Patrons are encouraged to use best judgment and call the library if in question or feels it is not safe to come out in bad weather for time extensions.

Internet and Technology Usage

Our Internet and Technology Use and Internet Safety Policies are located here. 

By-laws

The library operates under a set of by-laws that are reviewed every three years in accordance with Indiana library standards.