Membership and Circulation Policy



The Sidney Public Library will make its resources available to all people in the area it serves, regardless of age, background or views. 



Membership/Library Card


Residents of Sidney, Iowa and the surrounding rural areas not serviced by other public libraries are eligible for a free library card at the Sidney Public Library.  In addition, through the library's Open Access program, individuals that live in Iowa in areas serviced by other libraries may be eligible to borrow from the Sidney Public Library if their own library is a participating member of the Open Access program. 


Prior to borrowing items, new members will be required to complete a new member application form, providing personal information needed to determine eligibility and provide ongoing service to the member.  All information provided will be kept confidential.  New members must also provide proof of residency.  Valid proof is a bank statement, utility statement or driver's license.  If the new member is a minor, the parent or guardian that they live with must show proof. 


New member applicants under the age of 12 must have a parent or guardian sign the registration form for them.  Such accounts will be associated with the parent or guardian's account.


Parents or guardians may check out books for younger children on their own card up to the age of 5.  Children 5 or older need to have their own card.



Circulation Rules


Members in good standing (no overdue books or unpaid fines) may borrow:

               DVD's for 4 days

               Books for 14 days

               All other items for 14 days


The library may place restrictions on the number of items an individual may borrow.  Generally an individual may borrow up to three items.  There is a 5-DVD limit per family.  New members under the age of 12 are limited to 1 book and 1 DVD.  New members 12 and older are limited to 2 books and 1 DVD.  After returning their first borrowed items on time, new members are subject to the same limits as all members.


Books and audiobooks may be renewed twice.  Other items may be renewed once.  Items may be renewed in person, over the phone or online.


Items may be returned to the circulation desk during library hours or to the drop box when the library is closed.


In the event a desired item is checked out, it may be reserved in person, over the phone or online.  Reserved items will be held for 3 days after the member is contacted about its availability.


If borrowed materials are not returned by the due date, the following fines apply:

               DVD:  50 cents per day

               Books:  10 cents per day

               Everything else: 10 cents per day

In the event that any Sidney Library material is lost, destroyed, or damaged before returning, the borrower or parent/guardian of the borrower will be required to pay the replacement cost.

Further borrowing and/or computer use will not be allowed until all fines or replacement costs are met.


The Sidney Public Library does not restrict access to any materials based on age.  Parents or guardians, not the library or its staff, are responsible for overseeing the use of the library and its materials by their children. 


The Sidney Public Library participates in the state library Interlibrary Loan (ILL) program.  If a member seeks an item that is not available in our library collection, that item may be borrowed from another library.  A $3.00 fee per item is charged to offset administrative costs.  Interlibrary loan service is available to members in good standing with an established 3-month or more record of borrowing items and returning them on a timely basis.  A member with outstanding overdue materials or fines will not be allowed to request an ILL until that member is in good standing.  The length of time the item can be borrowed depends upon the lending library.  The book will be checked out for two weeks and if the lending library allows it, can be renewed for two more weeks.


The Sidney Public Library will also lend books at no charge to members of other libraries through the Interlibrary Loan program.   Some of the cost of postage is offset by reimbursement from the State Library.


The Sidney Public Library will provide, upon request, delivery of materials to homebound patrons.




Adopted: 10/28/1999

Revised:  December 2012

Revised:  February 2013

Revised:  August 2018

Revised:  August 2019

Revised: February 2021