Special Loan Policies

VIII. Special Loan Policies

Video and DVD Lending Policy

  • The Des Moines Public Library offers VHS videotapes and DVDs for home use only. Under no circumstances shall any video checked out from the library be electronically duplicated or otherwise copied, in part or in whole. The borrower will be solely responsible for any legal action by the video's producer or distributor regarding such copyright infringement.
  • The videos borrowed may not be used for commercial or theatrical distribution, and may not be broadcast or cable-cast without prior written consent of the producer. Some videos in the collection have been licensed for public performance
  • A person must be at least eighteen years old or have written permission from a parent or legal guardian and have a valid Des Moines Public Library library card to use this service.
  • A two-dollar fee is charged for each video title borrowed from the library, payable when the videos are checked-out. The money is used to replace worn videos and add new titles to the collection.
  • Videos may be borrowed for a seven-day period. All videos are due by library closing time on the day they are due.
  • A fine of 50 cents per day per title will be charged for all overdue videos up to a maximum of $8.00.
  • Videos may be picked up at or returned to any of the public libraries of Des Moines. Videos may be returned in a book drop.
  • The library is not responsible for any damage to personal video players or videos.

Deposit Collections

  • Nursing homes, retirement centers, daycare centers, and other similar agencies within the city limits of Des Moines are eligible to receive deposit collections.
  • A contact person is designated for each deposit site and this person assumes responsibility for library materials delivered to the agency and works with library personnel in determining the quantity and type of materials sent to each deposit site.
  • Overdue notices will be sent to the contact persons so they can locate these materials and return them with the next deposit.
  • Agencies receiving deposit collections are not charged overdue fines. However, if more than $100 worth of materials is missing, the agency will be asked to pay for the lost items.
  • Deposit deliveries may be stopped if a high loss rate occurs.

Homebound Services Guidelines

The purpose of the homebound Card is to provide home delivery of library materials, through the use of volunteers, to Des Moines library patrons who are unable to visit the library facilities due to a long term physical disability or illness. Homebound service is a free service, relying on volunteers to do the delivery and pickup and library staff to select materials. Once a patron is signed up for Homebound Service, he or she contacts the library when materials are needed. This is usually on a monthly basis. The homebound librarian will select the materials or obtain the requested materials and contact the volunteer. The volunteer will then contact the homebound patron to arrange a pickup/delivery time. In some cases, a family member or friend may do the selection of materials and transport them to the homebound patron.

  • Items are checked out for four weeks.
  • No fines are assessed.
  • Patrons must be Des Moines residents.
  • Cards are made in the name of the homebound patron who will be interviewed by library staff.
  • The cardholder is responsible for lost materials.
  • Normally cards are kept on file in the library branch nearest the homebound patron’s home. Borrowers may be issued only one Homebound card.
  • Books in large print, books in regular print, books on audiotape, books on compact disc, music compact discs, and magazines are available for homebound service. Borrowing fees are assessed for audiobooks.
  • Videocassettes and DVDs may not be borrowed as they involve a shorter checkout period.
  • No one providing homebound service may have a blocked personal card.

Books by the Box/Educator Card

Books by the Box and Educator Cards are both entered into Horizon using the “BOX” (4-week) Btype code. Also, the words “BOOKS BY THE BOX” or “EDUCATOR” are entered after the Borrower’s name.

Educator Card Guidelines

The purpose of the Educator Card is to allow teachers to check out books (of the students’ choosing) for the students in their classes. This program is designed for teachers in public schools, private schools, preschools, daycare centers, and home day care providers within the city limits of Des Moines, Windsor Heights, and Rural Polk County. Books are checked out for one month and no fines are assessed. Lost books must be paid for.

  • Cards are made in the name of an individual teacher or caregiver.
  • The cardholder is responsible for lost materials.
  • Borrowers must use a regular library card with standard borrowing privileges for their personal library transactions.
  • Book collections are limited to a maximum of thirty items.
  • The loan period is four weeks.
  • Teachers are encouraged to keep all books in the classroom.
  • Audio CDs, videos, DVDs and Audio books are not to be included in a box collection.
  • Failure to follow these guidelines may result in loss of borrowing privileges

Books by the Box Guidelines

The purpose of Books by the Box is to provide a varied selection of books for classroom use. This program is designed for teachers in public schools, private schools, preschools, daycare centers, home school providers, and home day care providers within the city limits of Des Moines, Windsor Heights, and Rural Polk County. Books are checked out for one month and no fines are assessed. Lost books must be paid for.

  • Cards are made in the name of an individual teacher or caregiver.
  • The cardholder is responsible for lost materials.
  • Normally cards are kept on file in the library branch where materials are borrowed and may be used only at that library branch. Borrowers may be issued only one Books by the Box card.
  • Borrowers will be issued a regular library card with standard borrowing privileges for their personal library transactions.
  • Home-school parents who are residents of Des Moines or the Des Moines metro area, may receive books by the box for curriculum related materials only. Materials for other members of the household and recreational reading materials must be borrowed on a personal library card.
  • Book collections are limited to a maximum of thirty items.
  • The loan period is four weeks.
  • A DMPL librarian or library assistant usually selects books.
  • Audio CDs,Audio books, videos and DVDs are not to be included in a box collection.The library cannot provide multiple copies of a single title.
  • The library cannot provide collections of nonfiction books on a single topic.
  • The library reserves the right to limit the number of books borrowed on a single topic.
  • Collections of materials on various topics are available through the Heartland AEA Media Center and should be requested directly from that agency.
  • The library reserves the right to restrict or limit the inclusion of high-demand items such as new fiction, Audio books, and books on popular topics.
  • Failure to follow these guidelines may result in loss of borrowing privileges

Vacation Loans

 

A customer may charge items out for a sixty-day vacation loan period with permission from a librarian. Items charged should not be high demand items. Fees for vacation loans of audio-books must be paid in advance at the rate of $1.00 for every three weeks.

InterIibrary Loans

  • A fee of $3.00 will be charged for each interlibrary loan request.
  • The fee will be charged whether or not the book is received.
  • Unpaid fees are posted to the customers Horizon account.
  • Borrowers are responsible for paying any additional fees imposed by the lending library. Normal postage and shipping fees are paid by the libraries involved in the loan.
  • Borrowers are responsible for paying lost and damaged materials charges assessed by the lending library.
  • Customers are limited to five active interlibrary loan requests at a time.
  • Interlibrary loans must comply with the copyright law.
  • Library does not request sound media, standard reference materials, or videos on interlibrary loan.
  • Non-resident borrowers, other than residents of Windsor Heights and Rural Polk County, must use their home library for interlibrary loan borrowing.

Staff Loans

Library employees must check out all materials being used inside or outside the library for professional or personal use. Items used briefly to answer reference questions do not need to be checked out but items taken to use for an hour or more must be checked out. Items used for displays must be charged to a display card. or set to display status .