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POLICIES

Internet Use Policy

The Milton Public Library is dedicated to providing a wide range of materials and access to other materials that will enrich, enhance, promote, and strengthen the community. As part of the overall collection development policy, the Library includes access to information on the Internet.

The Internet automatically shuts down 15 minutes prior to the library closing.

All users on any public access Internet workstation are expected to use these resources in a responsible, ethical manner consistent with the education and informational purpose of the Library. All users are expected to follow these basic rules and regulations.

  1. Responsible, ethical use includes:
    1. Using the workstation for educational, informational, and recreational purposes only; not for unauthorized, illegal, or unethical purposes.
    2. Respecting the privacy of others by not misrepresenting oneself as another user; by not attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords, or other data belonging to others; by not seeking unauthorized access to any computer system or damaging or altering software components of any network or database.
    3. Respecting the privacy of others using the Library by not interfering with their work by your presence or noise.
    4. Making only authorized copies of copyrighted or licensed software of data.
    5. Not sending, receiving, or displaying text or graphics with violate either current state or federal obscenity laws or offend the sensibilities of library patrons.
  2. Children under the age of 18 must have parental permission to use the Internet
  3. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian the entire time they are using the Internet. Children under 14 without parental supervision may use only the Children’s computers.
  4. The Milton Public Library assumes no responsibility for Internet use by children. It is not possible for Library staff to control specific information which children and youth may locate on the Internet. Just as libraries do not vouch for or endorse the viewpoints of written materials in the collection, they do not do so for electronic information. Selection policies, which serve to govern the library’s purchase of written materials, may not apply to materials accessed electronically. It is the responsibility of the user or parent to determine what is appropriate.
  5. Misuse or abuse of computer or Internet access will result in suspension of Internet access privileges. Persons using this equipment agree not to make any changes to the setup or configuration of the hardware or software.
  6. Library staff can demonstrate the basic use of the Library catalog, but because of the many Internet applications, library staff cannot provide technical support of sites on the Internet.
  7. Internet users must show a Milton Library card in good standing (or a card from another Arrowhead Library). Internet use by an adult is limited to two (2) passes per day.
  8. The Milton Public Library Behavior Policy states that only two (2) patrons are allowed on one computer at a time.

Study Room Policy

Study rooms and the second floor conference room are available for use to an individual or organized group at the Milton Public Library. Scheduling will be limited, when necessary, to ensure equitable access to the facilities for the entire community. 

  • The fact that a group is permitted to meet at the library does not in any way constitute an endorsement of the group’s policies or beliefs by the library staff or board.
  • A room may be reserved up to two months in advance.
  • Individuals wishing to use a room must register with a staff member at the desk before using the room.
  • Library programming has first priority in room use.
  • Rooms are available only during the library’s normal hours of operation. Users must vacate the meeting room five (5) minutes prior to closing.
  • Rooms may be used for 3 hours, provided there is no previous reservation. May be used longer if no one is waiting for the room.
  • There will be no charge for the use of a room. Donations are always accepted.
  • A group may not charge admission for their meeting or event.
  • Tutors, who charge for services, may use a study room on a limited basis, to allow availability for other users. The limit will be up to 6 hours a week. Paid tutors may not publish or distribute letters indicating the library as their place of doing business or otherwise imply library sponsorship of their activities.
  • The library will not provide any public space for conducting private business by individuals in the library. This private business includes presentations to prospective clients for paid services and/or solicitation of goods.
  • The people using the room shall leave it in a neat, clean, orderly condition.  If not, the group/individual will be given notice that continued offense will result in denied access to the meeting room.
  • The library is not responsible for any equipment, supplies, materials, clothing, or other items brought to the library by any group or individual. Storage of personal items is not allowed. Anything left behind will be placed in Lost & Found.
  • Chairs and tables will be provided, but must be set up by each group. Users are responsible for returning furniture and equipment to the proper locations within the room.
  • Users are responsible for cleaning up after themselves, and for any damage resulting from their use.
  • The library board and staff do not assume any liability for groups or individuals attending a meeting at the library.
  • Room users are expected to comply with all other library policies while using the room, including the patron code of conduct. Use of a room may not disrupt normal library operations.

Circulation Policy

The Milton Public Library (MPL) is a member of the Arrowhead Library System (ALS), which serves seven public libraries in Rock County, Wisconsin. The Library maintains a Circulation Policy and applicable procedures to ensure that all patrons are provided with consistent and equitable services from Library staff members and that every patron has clear expectations of their rights.

A. ELIGIBILITY
1.1 Residents of the City of Milton
Any resident or property owner of the City who has not abused library privileges may obtain a library card.
1.2 Residents of Rock County outside the city limits
Township property owners and those township residents living outside the city limits who have not abused library privileges may obtain a library card. Furthermore, Rock County residents who have not yet registered with their home library within ALS may obtain a card with proper identification and proof of address.
1.3 Residents of Lakeshore Library System (LLS)
Residents of the Lakeshores Library System may use their library cards at Milton Public Library. Those who have not yet registered with their home library may be issued Milton Public Library card with proper identification and proof of address.
1.4 Transient Situations
Adults and children who are in transient situations, such as shelters or temporary housing, are eligible for a temporary library card. Temporary cards are set to expire in three months. When the card expires, they will be asked to update all information including an address and phone number. For patrons without a permanent address, staff will accept a letter from a shelter or a piece of mail for verification purposes. Patrons may check out a total of eight items at one time.
1.5 Summer Residents
Summer residents owning property who are paying taxes in the county may obtain a library card under the same guidelines as year-round residents.
1.6 Others
Residents from library systems outside of ALS and LLS may be issued a library card with approval from the Library Director.

B. REGISTRATION AND BORROWING PRIVILEGES
All borrowers must be registered and have a library card in good standing to borrow library materials. Materials cannot be checked out until a library card is issued.
Patrons must fill out an application form to register for a new library card in person, at the library. Exceptions can be made for people who are disabled and unable to come to the library. The following statement will be printed on the registration form for the patron’s information and acceptance:

I agree to be responsible for borrowed materials under their name, to pay fines for overdue items, and to pay for the replacement of lost or stolen items. The Milton Public Library assumes no responsibility for internet use by children. It is the right and responsibility of the parent or guardian.

Your Signature ____________

Identification is required for card registration. A valid government issued photo is mandatory. Valid forms of ID include: driver’s license, state identification card, student identification card, child safety card, military identification card, social service card, and passport. If no current address is available, a recent non-personal piece of mail may be acceptable.
All patrons, adult and juvenile, are expected to bring their library cards with them if they intend to check out items. A valid government issued photo ID is also acceptable. An individual without a library card or photo ID will be denied the privilege of checking out materials until they present their card at the library.
A patron may allow another person (i.e., spouse or children) in good standing with the library to use his/her library card to check out materials, but the library card holder will be held responsible for all items charged to his/her card regardless of who the borrower is.
A patron will not be allowed to use another person’s library card to avoid paying fines assessed against his/her own card. Furthermore, if an adult patron has fines over $10.00, he or she cannot use their child’s card to check out adult materials. Only children’s materials may be checked out under the child’s card.
1.1 Youth Registration (0-15)
A parent or guardian may obtain a library card for their child by providing a valid form of identification and proof of current address and signing the registration card. The parent/guardian assumes responsibility for all materials and any fines incurred through the use of the child’s card. The child must be present at the time of registration. If the parent/guardian indicates that they do not wish their child to have a library card, the card will be made inactive with notation in the child’s account.
The Library Director retains the right to modify the registration process for youths in situations where the above policy does not apply.
1.2 Organizations
City of Milton community organizations, schools, and local businesses may be issued organizational borrowers’ cards for use by authorized individuals. The head of the organization must sign the application form and supply acceptable identification for the organization and a list of authorized individuals. The organization, school, or business assumes responsibility for any library materials checked out on the card. All rights and responsibilities held by individual card holders will be assumed by organizational card holders.

C. LOST/FORGOTTEN CARDS
If a patron loses his/her library card, he should notify the library as soon as possible and request a replacement. The cost for a replacement card is $1.00. To replace a lost or stolen card, library staff will require documentation sufficient to establish the patron’s identity and place of residence.

D. LOAN PERIODS AND RENEWALS
 Books, audiobooks, magazines and music CDs circulate for 3 weeks.
 Current issues of periodicals do not circulate.
 Jackpot, The SPARK Mini Makers, and Battle Book collections circulate for 2 weeks. Jackpot items cannot be renewed.
 Generally, DVDs containing 1-2 discs circulate for 1 week while DVDs containing 3 or more discs circulate for 3 weeks.
 Generally, reference books do not circulate. Upon request, some reference materials may be checked out overnight.
 Interlibrary Loans (or items obtained from outside the ALS and LLS systems) are due the date indicated by the lending library. Patrons must make any renewal requests at least 2 days in advance of due date, so that owning library may be contacted.
With the exception of DVD checkouts, there is no limit on the number of items a patron can borrow at one time. A cardholder may have up to 8 Milton DVDs checked out at one time. and a total of 15 from all ALS libraries. Different rules may apply to library cards issued to organizations.
Items may be renewed three times unless a hold has been placed on the item. Items can be renewed in person, by phone, or online. Renewals are granted for the length of the item’s loan period based on the calendar date on which the item is renewed. Loan periods may be extended for special circumstances at the discretion of Library staff.
The Library Director may establish the loan period for special collections or materials which are temporarily in great demand.
The library reserves the right to limit checkouts at any time.

E. FINES AND CHARGES
To encourage the prompt return of materials, Milton Public Library has established a schedule of fines and fees:
 All DVDs (including children’s DVDs) have a fine of 25 cents a day.
 All adult materials have a fine of 25 cents a day.
 All children and young adult materials have a fine of 10 cents a day.
 Milton Public Library items do not have a grace period.
Maximum fine accrual for an individual item is $5.00.
A first overdue notice is sent 7 days after the material is due. A second noticed is sent 14 days after the due date, and a third notice is sent 21 days after the due date. After 28 days, a bill is sent by mail for the replacement cost of the material. The first, second, and third notices are sent by email or automated phone call, as designated by patron.
Patrons who have over $10.00 in fines or fees shall be denied borrowing privileges until those fines are paid for, overdue materials are returned or paid for, and/or if lost and/or damaged items are paid for.
Patrons who pay for a lost item are not required to pay the late fees accrued for the item.
No refunds will be issued if a lost item is found after a replacement cost is paid.
Patrons may, with the permission of Library Director, be allowed to work off overdue fines at the library.

F. RESERVES/HOLDS
Reserves may be placed by patrons either in person, over the phone, or online. Patrons will be notified by email, automated telephone message, or text message when the materials are available. There is no charge to the patron for placing a reserve or for interlibrary loan services.
Patrons are allowed to pick up holds for other patrons, after library staff has been notified. However, patrons will not be allowed to utilize this service when their own card has a block due to unreturned materials and/or excessive fines.
If a patron cannot pick up their holds during regular library hours, they may use the Book Lockers available in the Library’s lobby. Please see the Book Locker Policy.

G. DAMAGED MATERIALS
A patron must pay for the replacement cost for any damaged or lost item. The Library Director will assess the extent of the damage and determine whether a replacement copy is needed. The patron will be charged the current list price of the book. The library will not accept a replacement copy from the patron for the damage item.

H. THIEF OF LIBRARY MATERIALS
As specified in Wisconsin State Statute 943.61, “Whoever intentionally takes and carries away, transfers, conceals or retains possession of any library material without the consent of a library official, agent or employee and with intent to deprive the library of possession of the material may be penalized as provided in sub. (5). The Milton Public Library adheres strictly to all sections of this Statue regarding the thief of library materials.

I. CONFIDENTIALITY
As specified in Wisconsin Statutes 43.30, “records of any library which is in whole or in part supported by public funds, including the records of a public library system, indicating the identity of any individual who borrows or uses the library’s documents or other materials, resources or services may not be disclosed except by court order or to persons acting within the scope of their duties in the administration of the library or library system, to persons authorized by the individual to inspect such records, or to libraries authorized under subs. (2) and (3).”
The Milton Public Library adheres strictly to all sections of this Statute regarding the protection of the confidentiality of its users.

Reviewed and Approved: 7/15/07
Reviewed and Approved: 1/21/2009
Amended: 2/16/2011
Amended: 1/18/2012
Amended: 1/23/2013
Amended: 12/3/2018

Renewal Options

  • Call the library to renew at 608-868-7462
  • Log in to your account on SHARE and renew online 
  • Download the BookMyne app, log in, and renew

Fines & Fees

  • No grace periods
  • Adult: books, magazines, audiobooks, and music CDs … 25¢ per day
  • All DVDs … 25¢ per day
  • Children, juvenile, and young adult: books, audiobooks, and music CDs … 10¢ per day 

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Wednesday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Mission

The Milton Public Library opens doors for curious minds, nurtures learning and creativity, creates opportunities and enriches lives by bringing people and ideas together!