Library Policies

Circulation Policies

The Bowman Regional Public Library offers a free library card to all Bowman City and County residents. A library card includes borrowing privileges including up to six (6) books, DVDs, VHS tapes, or books on CD, plus access to OverDrive, our downloadable ebook/audiobook service, and the Online Library Resources as well as Inter Library Loan privileges. A local mailing address and current picture ID are required to apply for a card. To download and print a library card application, click here.

Living within Bowman County but do not have a permanent address? Don’t have a picture ID with your current address? We have Temporary Borrower cards too. The temporary card will allow you to access all of the same services at Bowman Regional Public Library locations, but a total of only two items may be checked out on your card at any time. Temporary cards expire after three (3) months.

Children under 18 need parental permission to obtain a library card.

Please have your card on hand for all Library services as its unique barcode guarantees accurate and private access to your record in the statewide library system. A Personal Identification Number (PIN) will be assigned to your new card to provide access to research databases, downloadable books & audiobooks, and your library card account via the Internet.

No library card is needed to use our Wireless internet access, one of our Public Access Computers, or borrow to 10 Honor System books or back-issue magazines.

Loan Periods

3 weeks for books, books on CD and non-fiction DVDs.
1 week for fiction DVDs.
Reference books and current issues of periodicals do not circulate.
Up to 10 Honor System books may be borrowed and returned when the patron is finished with the items.
Library user may check out up to six items at one time.

Fines

$.25/day for books, books on CD and non-fiction DVDs.
$1.00/day for fiction DVDs.
If the material is not returned within a designated period, a bill will be sent for the material with the cost of replacement of the material and a service charge for processing, cataloging and postage. Users who have been sent an overdue notice shall be denied borrowing privileges until those overdue materials are returned or paid for if lost and/or damaged.

Renewals

Most Library materials may be renewed once, providing there are no outstanding requests for the items. You will need your library card to renew items in person, by phone or by using the online catalog.

Lost/Damaged Materials

If materials are damaged so as to be judged by the library as being unsuitable for the collection, the user must pay the replacement cost of the item.

Meeting Rooms

Learn about the meeting rooms here.

Internet and Computer Policies

The Bowman Regional Public Library is providing access to the Internet as a means to enhance the information and learning opportunities for the citizens of the library’s service area. The Board of Trustees has established the Internet use policy to ensure appropriate and effective use of this resource.

Access to the Internet is available to all patrons; however, this service may be restricted at any time for use not consistent with the guidelines. Parents of minor children must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the library’s Internet service; prior to being granted access to the Internet, anyone under 18 years of age, along with a parent or guardian, must sign the Internet Use Agreement. All
users must sign the log-in chart prior to beginning their session.

Expectations: Users should be aware that the inappropriate use of electronic information resources can be a violation of local, state, and federal laws and can lead to prosecution. The user will be held responsible for his/her actions using the Internet. Users are expected to abide by the policies below which include generally accepted rules of network etiquette. Unacceptable uses of the service will result in the suspension or revocation of Internet use privileges.

Warnings: As required by the Children’s Internet Protective Act (CIPA) in order to remain eligible for certain funding, the Bowman Regional Public Library has implemented filtering software on all its Internet accessible computer terminals in an attempt to block access to sites that are illegal and to sites that some patrons find offensive. Patrons are advised that filters are not perfect and often fail to block
sites that some find objectionable while denying access to others that are inoffensive and useful.

The Internet is a decentralized, un-moderated global network; the Bowman Regional Public Library has no control over the content found there. The library is not responsible for the availability and accuracy of information found on the Internet. The use of the Internet and e-mail is not guaranteed to be private. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the proper
authorities.

Guidelines: Users may use the Internet for research and the acquisition of information to address their educational, vocational, cultural, and recreational needs Users may use the Internet for the receipt and transmission of electronic mail (e-mail) as long as they use a free e-mail service which will establish and maintain an account for them; the library is unable to manage e-mail accounts for any organizations or individuals.

Internet use is offered in thirty (30) minute sessions on a first-come, firstserved basis; each user is allowed one session–if there is no patron waiting for the service at the end of a session, the user can have another session, but once having had the service for 30 minutes the user must abandon use of the Internet if another patron requests use of the service

Users will respect and uphold copyright laws and all other applicable laws and regulations; they will not use it for illegal purposes.
Users will respect the rights and privacy of others by not accessing private files.
Users agree not to incur any costs for the library through their use of the Internet service.
Users shall not create and/or distribute computer viruses over the Internet.
Users shall not deliberately or willfully cause damage to computer equipment, programs, or parameters.

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