Frank Carlson Library
Service Policy

Library Cards

  1. Library cards permitting full use of the library are free to residents of Kansas with the presentation of a printed form of ID showing your name and current address. Valid identification includes Kansas driver’s license or an Identification Card issued by the State of Kansas. Kansas voter registration card, utility bill, property tax bill, or auto registration may also be presented along with a photo ID.
  2. Children may have their own cards with parental permission. Children’s library cards require child’s signature, parent or legal guardian’s signature and identification. The person who signs the child’s card is ultimately responsible for all items checked out by the child.
  3. Borrowers’ cards are non-transferable and must be presented when checking out materials.
  4. Lost borrowers’ cards will be replaced for $1.00.
  5. Borrowing privileges will be discontinued if the patron fails to return or replace borrowed materials.


  1. Length of loan period:

    The standard loan period for circulating materials is 2 weeks. Periodicals, videos, and DVD’s are loaned for 1 week. ILL materials are loaned as designated by the lending library. Non-circulating materials may not be removed from the library.

  2. Renewals:

    If there is no waiting list, materials may be renewed for 1 loan period. Items may be renewed only twice.

  3. Extended loans:

    Patrons needing to keep an item for an extended period of time (longer than 6 weeks) may request an extended loan at the time of the initial check-out. Patrons must be in good standing with no overdue materials or outstanding fines and must submit their request in writing using the Request for Extended Loan form. Specific guidelines for extended loans are specified on the form.


  1. All materials may be returned to the Circulation Desk during regular service hours.
  2. Some materials may be returned at the outside book drop. We place stickers that say “Do not return in outside book drop” on things that should not be returned outside because of sensitivity to heat or cold or other fragile items.
  3. All videos are to be returned to the Circulation Desk. Persons dropping videos in the outside bookdrop will be assessed a fine of $1.00 per item on the first offence. Repeated offenses will result in the loss of library privileges. A charge of $1.00 is assessed on DVD’s and audiobooks on CD that are returned outside, or any other materials labeled as not to be returned outside.


  1. Fines will not be charged for materials returned within 3 days of the due date. Materials returned later than three days after the due date will accrue fines of 10 cents per day calculated from the due date.
  2. Maximum fine for each overdue item is $5.00 or the replacement cost, whichever is smaller.
  3. Upon reaching a fine of $2.00, library privileges will be suspended until the fine is paid and materials returned.
  4. Fines shall not accrue for days the library is closed.
  5. Overdue reminders will be mailed as necessary for materials more than 2 weeks overdue. The price of a first-class stamp will be added to the fine for each notice sent.
  6. After reasonable attempts are made to secure the return of borrowed materials, the library will turn “uncollectable accounts” over to the City Attorney. These uncollectable accounts may include materials which have not been returned or fines which have not been paid within 30 days.
  7. The maximum number of overdue items a patron may have before borrowing privileges are suspended is 2 items.

Lost or Damaged Materials

  1. Replacement of lost or damaged materials is the responsibility of the borrower. Charges for lost or damaged materials will be the current replacement cost plus a processing fee of no less than $5.00.

Library Hours

  1. Holidays observed by closing: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve.

Emergency Closings

The Library will be closed to the public in the event of an emergency which makes the building unsafe or potentially hazardous to patrons or staff. The most common reasons for closing are weather-related closings and equipment-failure closings.

Library Services

  1. The library makes available a variety of books, periodicals, and other materials on different subjects, level, and interests.
  2. Additional materials are available on a temporary basis through Interlibrary Loan.
  3. Reference services are available by phone or in the library.
  4. Patrons are encouraged to help themselves as much as possible. However, they will be referred to the card catalog, encyclopedias, and other reference tools and instructed in their use. Staff service to a patron on time-consuming research may be interrupted to serve another patron.
  5. The library provides story hours, summer reading programs and other special programs to encourage reading and library use by children.
  6. Films and other programs may be provided for patrons in order to encourage library use and reading.

Copyright Compliance

The Frank Carlson Library complies with all applicable Federal and State copyright laws and restrictions, including those that apply to recorded media. Unauthorized duplication or public showings of videos are forbidden. Videotapes and DVD's without public performance rights are circulated “For Home Use Only”.