The Salem City Library respects the privacy of all library patrons, including minors, and will treat all library patrons, transactions, and records non-judgmentally and confidentially.
The Library will not disclose any circulation records.
Patron Registration Records
The Library will not disclose patron registration information.
All residents of Salem City over the age of 8 are eligible for borrowing privileges at the Public Library. For all residents, there are no fees required to receive a library card. For Nonresidents there is a fee of $25.00 per year or $12.50 for six months per family.
In order to receive a library card patrons must complete a Membership Application, providing name, mailing address, street address, telephone number, date of birth, and email address. In addition to providing the above information, applicant 17 or younger must provide a signature of the parent or guardian accepting responsibility for the child’s use of the library card.
Proof of Address
The person accepting responsibility for use of the library card (the adult applicant or the parent/guardian signing a minor’s application) must provide proof of current address. Acceptable forms of proof include: valid driver’s license or state ID card, utility bill, rent receipt, lease or mortgage agreement, or imprinted check, postmarked piece of mail delivered to the street address.
Card Expiration and Renewal
All library cards, with the exception of Nonresident cards, are valid for a period of two years from the date of application and may be renewed by verifying that application is current. Otherwise see terms of eligibility.
“Card in Hand” Requirement and Exceptions
To perform a transaction, a valid library card must be presented.
Loan Periods and Renewals
The loan period for all circulating materials, except videos and videogames, is three weeks. Videos and videogames check out for one week.
Patrons may renew materials by contacting the Library in person, by phone, or online. An item will not be renewed if another person is waiting for it, or if it has already been renewed two times, or if it is more than seven days overdue.
Ready holds will expire in 3 days. Ready holds for ILL’s will expire 3 days before they are due to the lending library.
Item and Transaction Limits
To help optimize availability of the collection to the public, the Library applies the following limits on items that can be concurrently charged to a patron’s card:
Fines and Fees
The Library collects fees for the following: materials returned after their due date, interlibrary loans, replacement cards, non-resident cards, lost or irreparably damaged materials, photocopies printing, and faxing. The following are fines and fees assigned to the above items:
The Library makes a printer and copy machine available for public use. The Library will collect a fee of $0.10 per side of page.
The library has a fax machine available for public use. The fee is $2.00 per fax. For receiving faxes, the fee is the same.
Overdue and Billing Notification
Patrons will be notified about overdue materials either by email or mail. If a patron fails to return overdue materials within 90 days after a third notice has been made, the materials will be considered lost and the patron will be billed for the replacement cost. If lost materials are not paid for within 14 days of being marked lost, the bill will be turned over to the Bonneville Collections for collection. Patrons will pay up to 40% if sent to a collection agency for the collection fee. A late interest of 1.5% may be added to my fines after a 3 month period of nonpayment.
The Library will not check out materials to any patron with outstanding fines or fees above $5.00. Borrowing privileges will be restored when materials are returned or outstanding fees are brought under the established amount.
The Library will attempt to meet the needs of its patrons by developing a well-rounded collection. However, in the event that the Library’s materials are inadequate to meet a particular need, the
Library will, upon patron request, attempt to borrow desired materials from other libraries. The Library will honor other lending institutions’ policies, including loan periods, replacement charges, etc.
To help defray the cost of delivery, a $3.00 fee per item will be charged to the patron.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services allow patrons to obtain materials from participating libraries throughout the United States. The Library is able to request many types of materials from these libraries, which can be checked out for use at home. In rare cases materials provided through ILL will be restricted to in-library use only. Users of the ILL service must hold a valid Salem City Library card. The following paragraphs describe the ILL policy.
ILL is a transaction in which the Library borrows materials through the Utah State Library. In accordance with Utah State Library (USL) ILL policy, the Library checks availability in the USL’s online catalog before submitting an ILL request and the USL serves an intermediary between the Library and other libraries when requesting ILL materials.
Otherwise see Internet Use Policy
If someone violates Internet use policy, they will be banned from computers for one month. If it happens a second time, they will be banned for 6 month. A third time, they will be banned for one year.
WiFi is only open during library hours and is password protected.