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Welcome to the Avoca Public Library!

We are here to serve you.

Here are some things you might like to know about using your library:

Getting a Library Card  | For ParentsConfidentiality of Records
Borrowing Privileges | Returning Materials  | Holds/Reserves
Interlibrary Loan | Overdue, Lost & Damaged Materials  | Notices

Library Cards;

 All persons over 14 years of age will be issued a borrowers card, upon application with proper identification, without fee.  The information will be stored in the computer to be saved  saved to be used upon checkout.   A duplicate card will be issued whenever a card is reported lost.

For Parents:

A child (14 & under) shall be issued a borrower's card if the application for the initial card is signed by his/her parent or guardian.  The Parent or Guardian is considered responsible for any materials checked out by that child.  A card will be given the patron, the patrons information placed in the computer & the information saved for checkout.

Confidentiality Policy: 

Any problems or conditions relating to the privacy of a patron through the records of the Avoca Public Library which are not provided in the policy statement shall be referred to the Library Director, who after study and consultation with the Library Board and legal council, shall issue a written decision whether to heed the request for information. 

The Avoca Public Library will comply with the Open Records law (Chapter 68A of the Code of Iowa). - Search Iowa General Assembly

Borrowing Privileges:  Four items may be checked out per library card or at the discretion of the librarian.  Most books, magazines,  music CDs, and audios can be checked out for 14 days and can be renewed for another 2 week period.   

  Returning Materials:  Materials should be returned to the front desk.  If the library is closed, please deposit items in the book drop located on the north brick wall by the front door.

Holds:  Patrons may have an item put on hold if the item is checked out.  If more than one person is requesting the item, the reserve list will call each person in order requested.

Interlibrary Loan:  A patron requesting an item the library does not own, can be ordered through Interlibrary Loan.  If the material has been published more than 6 months, the Avoca library can request the material from another library.  A charge of $2.oo per item to defray the cost of postage.

Overdue, Lost, Damaged Materials:  Patrons who have overdue library materials will be called.  Four weeks overdue, a notice will be mailed.  Any item more than 2 months overdue is considered theft and proper steps will be taken to retrieve the materials.  Patrons will lose their library privileges until restitution is made.

Charges for lost or damaged items will vary with the extent of the damage, how dated the library material and could range from $1.00 to replacement cost.

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