Library Policies

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Webb Shadle Memorial Library is to provide materials and services to help residents of the community obtain information to meet their personal, educational and professional needs. The library has a special mission to encourage a love of reading and learning for children and adults. It also provides a community room for use by local individuals, organizations and non-profit groups.

Bad Weather

PURPOSE:  This policy will assure that patrons have safe access to the building and that the library will be adequately staffed during the hours the public expects it to be open.

BUILDING SAFETY:  The library side and front walk must be kept free of snow and ice to maintain safe access to the library building. Under bad weather conditions, library Front Desk staff should monitor accessibility to entrances and sidewalk. Please contact front desk with any concerns and the correct measures will be done to provide building safety.

CLOSINGS AND CANCELLATIONS:  The library will be closed to the public by the library director when safe access to the building cannot be maintained or when the director closes the library in response to a weather warning. Library programs will be cancelled in the event of a closing.

Cancellations of library closings will be posted on the libraries web site, Facebook page and signs will be posted on the front library door.

Cell Phone Policy

In order to provide a favorable environment, patrons are asked to turn cell phones, audible pagers and similar devices to the lowest noise level when entering the library.

Patrons are asked to please respect others by keeping conversations at low levels.

If such calls or conversations take place, patrons will be asked to go in the East Room or outside the building.

Child Safety

Children are always welcome in the Webb Shadle Memorial Library.

We care about the safety and well-being of our young patrons.

Children age 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Parents and caregivers, not library staff, are responsible for the actions and safety of children visiting the library. If a child is left alone for a period of time deemed necessary to research an assignment, complete a homework task, attend a library program, or for a period of time to select books and read in the library, the child must know how to reach an adult in case of an emergency.  Both child and adult should be aware of library hours. While library staff is always working to create a safe environment for all, it is necessary for parents and caregivers to do their part to insure that their children are safe.

Donations of Library Materials

The library accepts gifts of books and audio visual materials. Gifts are accepted by the donor with the full understanding that all gifts become the property of the library. Donations that are not placed within the collection may be given or sold for fund-raising purposes to benefit the library.

The library does not appraise the value of donated material for tax purposes.  A receipt clarifying the number of items given may be provided upon request to the donor.

The library does accept donations to purchase books in honor of individuals/memorial. The library director will work with the donor to purchase materials which are meaningful to the family and the donor. In honor of those individuals a memorial book plate will be placed in the material in their honor.

Collection Maintenance

The weeding of library materials is a continuing process and one that is essential to maintain a quality collection. Material no longer deemed useful in the library will be disposed of according to accepted professional practices at the discretion of the Library Director. Criteria such as obsolete information, insufficient use, excessive wear and tear, space availability and changing user interests are considered in the weeding process.

New Patrons

Adults must fill out their own applications. If someone wishes to apply for someone other than himself/herself, send the application home to be signed by the responsible party who is applying for the card.

Applications for minor children to age 17 must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.


The fine is $.25 a day on all overdue library materials including books, DVDs, and audiobooks. The computer calculates these fines. A patron will be restricted and may not check out materials if the fines total $2.00 or more.  The computer notifies patrons by text or email when items are overdue.

Materials more than two months overdue shall be considered lost, and the patron shall be charged the full cost of the material so a replacement copy may be purchased. Materials damaged or deliberately vandalized must be paid for at the price of the item.

Problems should be referred to the Director, as should any grievance concerning the library.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) will be offered if the patron has a current library card and no overdue books, fines or lost books. Interlibrary loan requests will be made through the SILO system whenever possible. If the material cannot be found through SILO, then we will search OCLC to fill the request.

There is a fee of $3.00 per item when the material is picked up.  This fee is to help cover the cost of postage.

The East Room

The use of the east room is available to the public.

Please contact the director to reserve a time.

There is no charge to use the meeting room.

Any tables and chairs set up by the party making the reservation shall be broke down and put away by the same party.  Floors shall be swept, kitchenette counters and sink wiped down, and trash removed by same party.

Library programs and activities will take priority over outside organizations and groups.

Neither the library nor their employees are liable for any claims arising out of the use of the room.

No smoking or alcoholic beverages are permitted.


Books, magazines and audio-books shall be checked out for a two-week period. Material may be renewed twice either at the circulation desk, by telephone, or by an Internet connection.

Reference materials are not checked out unless the Director authorizes approval.

Computers are available for patron use.

A copy machine is available for patron use. All copies are $.25 per a copy. This charge is applicable even if the patron uses his/her own paper, as the toner is quite expensive. Patrons are responsible for complying with the copyright law.

Faxing is available.

The patron must fill out a form to verify information. Faxes are $1.00 a page.

Fax cover sheets are available for $.25 a piece at the front desk.

Contact the Library

Webb Shadle Memorial Library
301 W. Dallas, Box 338
Pleasantville, IA 50225

Phone: 515-848-5617
Fax: 515-481-9078

Director: JoEllen Collins

Library Hours

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

9 a.m. to Noon


closed daily for lunch, Noon to 1 p.m.