Adopted by the City Public Library (2015)
I. General Library Policy
The American Library Association has officially adopted two statements that express library aims and principles: Freedom to Read and the Library Bill Of Rights. The City Public Library endorses these statements and herewith adopts basic to the policy of the Bella Vista Library.
II. General Library Objectives
A. To assemble, preserve and administer in organized collections, books and related material in order to meet the personal needs of its users; to encourage and support lifelong learning; to improve organizations and professional groups and to provide information for an effective self-governing society.
B. To serve members as a center of reliable information.
C. To provide patron access to the Internet and some computer services.
D. To seek continually to identify user needs.
E. To provide opportunity for recreation through the use of literature, music, film and other art forms.
IV. Resources and Services of the Library
A. The Library will select from available materials those books and materials which best meet the needs of its patrons.
B. Periodic review will be made of Library services to determine whether the needs of its patrons are properly met.
C. As funding is available, the Library will provide any materials which will help meet its objectives
D. The Library will initiate programs, exhibits, book lists, etc. to stimulate the use of Library materials
E. The Library will cooperate with other community agencies and organizations to determine and meet the needs of the community.
F. The Library will lend to other libraries materials which are requested for patrons.
G. Patrons of this Library have priority in the use of materials.
V. Principles for Materials Selection
A. The Director is responsible for selection of all Library materials.
B. The Library collection is intended to meet the needs and interests of patrons with widely differing tastes, interests and reading levels.
C. Books will be chosen on the basis of favorable reviews, reputations of authors, personal and/or reliable recommendations and personal examination by the Director. With not-so-favorable reviews, the book may be purchased if requested by several patrons or obtained through interlibrary loan.
D. The Library collects video media that represent the recreational, educational and cultural interests and needs of the community. The video collection emphasizes classic films, outstanding and award-winning titles.
E. Audiobooks are chosen with the same guidelines as books.
F. Periodical selection is based on the needs and interests of the community. The Library strives to maintain a broad, balanced representation of views.
G. Materials which are no longer in acceptable condition or useful in the light of stated objectives will be systematically weeded from the collection according to acceptable library practice.
VI. Reconsideration of Materials
A. An item will not be removed at the request of persons or groups until a specified reconsideration process has taken place. Challenged materials will not be removed from the shelves during the reconsideration process.
B. A Request for Reconsideration form will be provided the complainant.
C. The completed request must be submitted to the Director who, after consultation with Library Board, will provide a written response within thirty (30) days.
D. If the Request for Reconsideration is denied, the complainant may request further consideration by the Library Board.
E. The Board of Trustees must review the request and make a decision within ninety days. The complainant is welcome to attend the Library Board meeting.
A. Books and/or other materials will be accepted on the condition that the Director has the authority to make whatever disposition he or she deems advisable.
B. Personal property, art objects, portraits, antiques, and other museum objects will be accepted only with approval of the Library Director in consultation with the Library Advisory Board.
VIII. Internet Use Policy
A. The internet is available for Bella Vista Public Library patrons to use for information retrieval.
B. Library use of Internet access may not be used to break any federal, state, or local laws. If content is encountered which may be in violation of the law, the URL should be reported to law enforcement.
C. Users are responsible for using discretion in both accessing and evaluation of information that is available on the internet. Information is not filtered, evaluated, approved, monitored or supervised by the Library staff members. Information on the internet may be erroneous and/or biased.
D. Library patrons may not use computers to view obscenity, child pornography, or to print this content.
E. Supervision of a minor’s use of the internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. This restriction shall be deemed the system required by Arkansas state law to prevent a minor from gaining computer access to materials harmful to minors as defined by Ark. Code Ann §5-68-501.
F. Library staff members may assist patrons in accessing the internet; however, training in computer usage is the responsibility of the patron.
G. The Library staff reserves the right to end an internet session if the internet search is causing a disruption of library services or if the behavior of the patron becomes inappropriate for a library setting.
H. In accordance with Arkansas state law, users of library computers shall be required to sign a computer-use agreement form outlining proper and improper use of public access computers prior to the user being allowed to access computer equipment.
IX. Photo Policy
Photographs and videos of the outside of the Bella Vista Library may be taken and used, commercially or otherwise, without restrictions. Absent of signage to the contrary, photographs/videos of the public access areas inside the Bella Vista Library may be taken with the permission of the Library Director or designee. Photographing may not disrupt library patrons’ use of the library. If photographs/videos include images of identifiable people, permission must be obtained from the subject(s), by a written consent form, authorizing the use of the images by the library in any future public relations, marketing, promotional or other commercial publications. If the subject is under the age of 18, permission must be granted by a parent or guardian. Exception: Permission is not required for photographs appearing in the Bella Vista library newsletter, either in print or on-line, when supporting a library news story. Newsletter photo images should be kept online no longer than 5 weeks.
X. Political Positions
While the Bella Vista Public Library may provide general information to inform and educate patrons by means of common sources regarding political issues and candidates, it will not advocate the election or non-election of any individual running for any public office. Additionally, the Library will not engage in any expenditure for political purposes including remuneration to any candidate, or for payment on their behalf. The Library will neither make lobbying expenditures, nor permit usage of the Library for political purposes except for those issues affecting the Library.
XI. Inclement Weather Closure Policy
The Library treasures its volunteers, staff, and patrons. Therefore, in inclement weather or when conditions make travel to or from the Library unsafe, the Library will close. Often, if the Bentonville Schools are closed, the Library will also close. However, recognizing that conditions in Bella Vista may not be the same as those in Bentonville, the Director may close the Library any time she or he deems conditions unsafe for travel to or from the Library after consultation with the Mayor and in accord with established personnel policies of the City of Bella Vista.
XII. Policy for Children Visiting the Bella Vista Library
The Bella Vista Library is open to the public and offers services to a wide range of citizens. Children of all ages are welcome. There is no age requirement for obtaining a library card, and parents are encouraged to register children for library cards at an early age. Parents of minors are required to sign a statement of responsibility for the child’s use of the library and for the use of materials.
Children utilizing the library are expected to behave in an appropriate manner. Parents, guardians, or assigned chaperones are responsible for the behavior of their children while in the library. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
Because the library is open to all, it cannot be considered a safe place for unattended children. The responsibility for the safety and behavior of children in the library rests with the parents, legal guardians, or assigned chaperones. Library staff is not responsible for the care and safety of unattended children in the library.
Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or assigned chaperone.
Children age 10 and older may use the library without a parent, legal guardian, or assigned chaperone present, but must be able to reach the parent, legal guardian, or assigned chaperone by phone. The library shall not be used as a substitute for daycare or babysitting services for children.
Children age 10 and older who have not been picked up at closing time will be given the opportunity to call a parent. Children not picked up within fifteen minutes after closing will be left in the care of local law enforcement. Under no circumstances will library staff take a child out of the building or transport children to another location.