Spooner Memorial Library

421 High St., Spooner WI 54801 (715)635-2792

Internet Use Policy

Use of the Internet is available to all patrons of the Spooner Memorial Library. The Library has made the Internet available as an information and education resource in our role as the community center for information and lifelong learning. The Internet offers access to a wealth of information. Because the Internet is a vast and unregulated information network, it also enables access to ideas, information, images and commentary beyond the confines of the Library’s collections, mission, selection criteria and collection development policies. Due to this, and the fact that access points on the Internet can and do change often and unpredictably, the Library cannot protect individuals from information and images, which they might find offensive or disturbing.


All Internet users are expected to use this Library resource in a responsible and courteous manner, consistent with the informational and educational purposes for which it is provided, and to follow all Internet-related rules, regulations, and procedures established for its use including, but not limited to those of the Library.

Responsible Internet use includes:     

1) Recognizing that the Internet, like all the Library’s resources, must be shared and used in a way that respects the rights of others, refraining from the activities that prevent others from using it.

2) Using the Library’s Internet for informational and educational purposes only.

3) Refraining from using the Library’s Internet to conduct commercial enterprise, or to engage in commerce such as the distribution of advertising.

4) Refraining from illegal or unethical use of the Internet.

5) Respecting intellectual property rights by making only authorized copies of copyrighted, licensed, or otherwise controlled software or data residing on the Internet.

6) Respecting the privacy of others using the Internet by not misrepresenting oneself as another user, by not attempting to modify or access other’s files, passwords, or data, and by not seeking disallowed access to any computer, network or site.

7) Refraining from damaging or altering equipment or set-up accessing the Internet.

8) Refraining from altering or damaging software or data residing on the Internet.

9) Refraining from deliberate propagation of computer worms and viruses

10) Refraining from transmitting threatening, harassing or abusive language and images.


Parents or guardians are responsible for the Internet information and images accessed by their children. Children who use the Internet unsupervised may be exposed to inappropriate or disturbing information and images, so the Library requires children under the age of 12 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to use the Internet. Parents are encouraged to discuss the use of the Internet in relation to personal and family values and boundaries with their children and to monitor their children’s use of the Internet.


  The library’s Internet is located in a public, not private, area that is shared by library users of all ages, backgrounds and sensibilities. Individuals are asked to consider others when accessing potentially controversial information and images. Library staff cannot consistently and effectively monitor the public’s use of the Internet. The Library does, however, reserve the right to ask individuals to discontinue the display of information and images, which cause a disruption. Failure to immediately comply with such a request by library staff will result in termination of the current session, and suspension of 1 to 12 months at the library director’s discretion, or loss of future privileges.

  Any violation of this Internet use policy will result in suspension or loss of the privilege to use the Library’s Internet resources. Illegal activity involving the Library’s Internet will be subject to prosecution by appropriate authorities.


The library cannot guarantee that Internet-trained staff will be available to assist users at all times the Library is open. Time permitting, staff will try to answer specific questions about the Internet and offer suggestions for effective searching.


We are pleased to offer our patrons’ access to the Internet. This access is compatible with the library’s information and educational roles in the community.

The Internet allows users to comment to vast networks of information, resources and ideas outside the library. Spooner Memorial Library has no control over these resources, nor does the library have complete knowledge of what is on the Internet. Information on the Internet may be reliable and current, or it may be inaccurate, out of date or unavailable at times. The Internet and its resources are always changing. Users are warned that some material available on the Internet may contain items that are illegal, inaccurate, defamatory and potentially offensive or disturbing. The provision of access does not imply that the library endorses or sanctions the content or point of view of any of the information or commentary to be found on the Internet.

The library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from its connections to the Internet. The library makes no guarantee, either expressed or implied, about the quality or content of the information available on the Internet. Users need to be critical information consumers and evaluate the validity of the information accessed.

We believe the benefits of Internet access as an information and education resource far exceed any disadvantages. Library users access the Internet at their own discretion. As with other library materials, a child’s access to the Internet is ultimately the responsibility of the parent.


Internet use will be managed so as not to allow behavior disruptive to others.

The following actions will not be allowed:

• sending or displaying obscene or disruptive messages, files or images.

• using obscene language.

• changing or adding files to the network or setup.

• harassing, insulting or attacking others.

• violating copyright laws or software license restrictions.

• other violations as covered in the Internet Use Policy.

Violations of these rules may result in loss or suspension of Internet access privileges, library borrowing privileges and appropriate legal action.

Library Policies


It is the policy of the Board of Trustees that patrons of the Spooner Memorial Library have the right to use Library materials and services without being unduly disturbed or impeded by other library users, and the patrons and staff have the right to a secure and congenial environment.
Rules of Conduct

1. Any behavior that disrupts or hinders public use of the Library is prohibited on Library property. This includes, but is not limited to, loud or boisterous behavior, verbal or physical harassment, drunkenness, running, and fighting.

2. Seating at Library tables, enclosures and chairs is limited to the number of persons for which the furniture was designed.

3. Smoking or chewing tobacco is not permitted in the library. Public eating is permitted only when specifically approved as part of a program in Library meeting rooms.

4. Bicycles are not permitted in any Library public area or entryway. Roller-skating and skateboarding are not permitted in the Library. Wagons and strollers may not be left obstructing a corridor, hallway, aisle, entry or exit.

5. Taking surveys, circulating petitions, distributing leaflets, and other similar activities are permitted in the Library only when authorized by the Library Administration.

6. Animals, except those used to aid persons with disabilities, are not permitted in the Library, except as part of a Library sponsored program. Animals may not be left unattended on Library property.

7. Parents or other legal guardians are responsible for the behavior of their minor children in the Library.

8. The violation of federal or state laws or local ordinances will not be permitted on Library property, and the Library reserves the right to inform the proper authorities of any violations. Theft, vandalism, and mutilation of library property are criminal offenses and may be prosecuted. The Library reserves the right to inspect all bags briefcases, backpacks, and other such items when the staff has reason to believe that this rule has been violated. The Library is not responsible for personal belongings left unattended.

9. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted on Library property, except as part of a Library sponsored program authorized by the Library Administration.

10. Failure to comply with these rules may result in the loss of Library use privileges. 


The Spooner Memorial Library encourages children and families to use its facilities. However, when children are left unattended, problems can arise. Young children may wander away, be persuaded to leave with a stranger, or become confused or frightened. Older children may become bored or disruptive. In the event of an emergency involving unattended children, library staff cannot take legal responsibility.

1.  Parents or guardians are responsible for the behavior and  supervision of their  children at the library.

2.  Children age five and under must be accompanied by an adult or responsible adolescent (12 or over) at all times and in all areas of the building. Parents or another adult responsible for children attending story time must remain in the building.

3.  Children ages six and seven may be left unattended in the children’s area for up to a ½ hour if the adult or responsible adolescent is in the building. Given the staggered finish times for area schools, we understand that children may sometimes have to wait at the library for a parent or sibling. Under these circumstances, school age children under 8 may wait up to a ½ hour to be picked up.

4.  Children age eight and over may use the library without parents or guardians, provided they behave appropriately and follow rules that apply to all patrons, including respect for others and for library property and materials.

5.  Any child requiring continual staff intervention or with special needs shall not be left unattended, regardless of age.

6.  The library staff assumes no responsibility for children left unattended on library premises.

7.  The library reserves the right to contact parents/guardians/proper authorities if minors are left unattended and require supervision.

The Spooner Memorial Library Trustees and staff ask that parents abide by this policy to keep our children safe and to ensure an enjoyable experience at our library for all patrons.


A.  Objectives:
The purpose of the Spooner Memorial Library is to provide recreational and popular use materials as well as educational support for all Library patrons.  Because of the volume of publishing, as well as the limitations of budget and space, the library must have a selection policy in order to develop a collection that meets the people’s interests and needs.

B.  Responsibility of Selection

Ultimate responsibility for the selection of materials for the Spooner Memorial Library rests with the Library Director.  The Acquisition Librarian with input from other staff members according to their areas of expertise conducts the purchasing and processing of materials.  The director oversees the selection process and has the authority to reject or select any item.  The accountability for collection development lies with the director, who operates under the framework of policies set forth by the Board of Trustees.

C.  Criteria for Selection
     1.  The main points considered in the selection of materials are:
          a.  Individual merit of each item
          b. Popular appeal
          c. Suitability for clientele
          d.  Availability of funding
          e.  Existing library holdings
     2.  Sources used in seeking information about new material include but are not limited to:
          a.  Best Seller Lists
          b.  Summaries by Baker and Taylor
          c.  Amazon.com
          d. Publishers Weekly
          e. Book Page
          f. Library Journal Book Review
          g. Patron suggestions

     3. The lack of a review or an unfavorable review shall not be the sole reason for rejecting a title that is in demand.

D.  Gifts and Donations

The library accepts gifts of books and other materials with the understanding that they will be added to the collection only if appropriate and needed.  If they are not usable, for whatever reason the director will dispose of them.

Memorial gifts of books or money are also accepted with suitable bookplates placed in the book.  A patron may request specific Memorial books as long as the request material meets the above criteria established by the library board of trustees.   Book selection should have prior approval from either the director or the acquisition librarian.  If no selection is suggested the acquisition librarian will make one.

The library does not appraise the value of donated materials though it can provide a receipt for the donated items, if requested by the donor.

E.  Interlibrary Loan

Because of limited budget and space, the library cannot house all the materials that are requested. Therefore, interlibrary loan is used to obtain from other libraries those materials that are not in this library's collection.

In return for utilizing interlibrary loan to satisfy the needs of our patrons, the Spooner Memorial Library agrees to lend its materials to other libraries through the same interlibrary loan network, and to make an effort to have its current holdings listed in a database that is accessible by other libraries throughout the state.

In order to participate in the interlibrary loan service, the patron must comply with the following conditions:
  • Have a valid Spooner Memorial Library or Merlin card, with current information
  • Have less than $5.00 in fines
  • Adhere to the conditions and due dates set forth by the lending library
  • Understand that there are no renewals for Interlibrary loans

F. Weeding

Replacement of worn or damaged materials is an ongoing process that is dependent upon the current demand, usefulness, more recent acquisitions and availability of newer editions.  Weeding is the responsibility of the library director and the acquisitions librarian.  Other staff members may be asked to participate according to their areas of expertise.  Withdrawn materials will be handled in a similar manner and under the same authority as donated materials.

G. Potential Controversy

The Spooner Memorial Library recognizes that some materials are controversial and that any given item may offend some patron.  Selection of materials will not be made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval, but solely on the basis of the principles stated in this policy.

Parents and or guardians are responsible for the content  of materials checked out by children. Selection of library materials will not be inhibited by the possibility that materials may come into the possession of children.

Library materials will not be marked or identified to show approval or disapproval of their contents, and no library material will be sequestered except to protect it from damage or theft.

H. Challenged Materials

Although materials are carefully selected, there can arise differences of opinion regarding suitability of content.  Patrons requesting that material be withdrawn from or restricted within the collection may complete a  “Request for Reconsideration of Materials” form that is available in the library.  The Request for Reconsideration of Materials will then be placed on the agenda of the next regular board meeting, which the public is welcome to attend.

Request for Reconsideration of Materials


Book___Periodical___ Other___


Request initiated by:





1.  To what in the work do you object?   (Please be specific.  Cite ages.)

2.  Did you read the entire work?         If not, what parts did you omit?



3.  Any further statements you would like to make?  (The back of the sheet may be used for additional comments.) 




4.  Would you like this material to be submitted to the Spooner Memorial Library Board of Trustees for reevaluation?



5. Signature:



Cell phone use is restricted to the entryway of the library and the library property outside of the building.  Cell phones use is not permitted inside the building proper.  Patrons entering the library are asked to shut any audible rings off. 

Although the board recognizes the convenience and necessary functions of cell phones for patrons, they feel that cell phones are disruptive and hinder the use of the library for others. 

Passed  March 23, 2004

Internet Access

The Spooner Memorial Library is providing access to the Internet as a means to enhance the information and learning opportunities for the citizens of the library's service area. The Board of Trustees has established the Internet use policy to ensure appropriate and effective use of this resource.  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. 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, anyone under 18 years of age, along with a parent or guardian, must sign the Internet Use Agreement. No child under 12 years of age may use the Internet independently.  An adult guardian must supervise him or her at all times.   All users must sign in prior to beginning their session.


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 will result in the suspension or revocation of Internet use privileges.


The Internet is a decentralized, un-moderated global network; the Spooner Memorial Library has no control over the content found there. The library will not censor access to material nor protect users from offensive information, and it is not responsible for the availability and accuracy of information found on the Internet.  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 personal computer from the use of data downloaded from the library's Internet service.  The use of the Internet and e-mail is not guaranteed to be private. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the proper authorities.


• Users may use the Internet for research and the acquisition of information
• 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
• Internet use is offered in sixty (60) minute sessions on a first-come, first-served basis; each user is allowed one session per day
• Users will respect and uphold copyright laws and all other applicable laws and regulations; they will not use it for illegal purposes
• Users will respect the rights and privacy of others by not accessing private files
• Users agree not to incur any costs for the library through their use of the Internet
• Users shall not create and/or distribute computer viruses over the Internet
• Users shall not deliberately or willfully cause damage to computer equipment, or programs.

Wireless Access:

A wireless connection is available for those who bring their laptop or hand-held devise equipped with a wireless card.  Wireless users are expected to adhere to the Library’s Internet Use Policy. Violations of our policy will result in the loss of library and computer privileges.  Wireless networks are not secure and use is at the individual's own risk. Virus, security and privacy protection are the responsibility of the patron and are not provided by the library.

Circulation Policy


  • 3 weeks for books
  • 7 days for new books
  • 3 weeks for audio books (cassettes and CDs)
  • 7 days for DVDs
  • 3 weeks for non-current periodicals
  • Current periodicals do not circulate
  • Generally, reference books do not circulate.  Upon request, some  may be checked out overnight
  • Interlibrary loan materials are due on date indicated by lending library
  • Materials may be renewed once either by phone, in person or on the internet (http://merlin.nwls.lib.wi.us/search), only if there are no other reserves on the material
The Director may establish a loan period for special collections or materials, which are temporarily in great demand for school projects.

The Library does not limit the number of items a patron may borrow, with these exceptions: 
10 DVDs per household
3 books in any one series
2 books on a known school assignment

Students unaccompanied by a parent or guardian are limited to checking out a number of items equal to their grade in school (i.e. a 2nd grader may check out 2 books).

Reserves may be placed in person, over the phone or on the internet (http://merlin.nwls.lib.wi.us/search). Patrons may log into the website using their name and library card number.  Patrons will be notified (by mail, phone or email, whichever the patron has already chosen) when the materials are available. There is no charge for placing a reserve, including materials (books, audio, visual) from all the libraries in the Northern Waters Library System.


All records, formal and informal, in the Spooner Memorial Library relating to patron registration and the subsequent circulation by patrons of materials provided by the Library are considered to be confidential in nature. With the exception of minors whose custodial parents and legal guardians are able to view their records according to Wisconsin law.

In order to prevent an unreasonable invasion of privacy, records shall not be made available to anyone except under the written order of the Director, such order having been issued pursuant to a proper legal process, order, or subpoena under the law.

Upon receipt of any process, order, or subpoena, the person named and/or served shall report to and consult with the Director and legal counsel of the City to determine if such legal request is in full compliance with proper legal authority. If the legal process fails to sufficiently identify or name in specific terms the records on file in respect to an identified patron, the request is considered to be defective and not binding upon the Library, except under further due process of law.

Any problems relating to the privacy of a patron through the Library records which are not specified in this policy statement shall be referred to the Library Director and the Board, which shall issue a written decision as to whether to heed the request for information.

Fines and Fees

The fine for overdue materials is 10 cents per day, with a 7-day grace period; the exceptions are new books that are a 7-day check out and videos and DVD which have a 7 day check out period have only one-day grace.

Overdue notices are sent at 7 and 14 days overdue. Billing notice are sent if an item is 21 days overdue and charges are placed on the patron’s account.

If a patron has fines of more than $5, borrowing privileges shall be suspended until the fine is settled.

If materials are lost or damaged and judged by the library as unsuitable for the collection, the patron must pay the replacement cost.

In all of the above matters, the Director and library staff may use their discretion in settling fines and other charges.


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