Library Policies

General ACL Policy 

Computer Usage Policy 

Guideline for For Public Serves to Minors Policy 

FAQs about library cards: 

How do I obtain a library card?
Any individual over the age of 18 can obtain a library card at any of the Atchison County Library branches. Anyone 18 years or older applying for a library card must provide photographic proof of identity and current address, such as a driver’s license, identity card, or a passport. If the picture ID does not have the current address, this can be verified with other documentation, such as a utility bill.

What are the requirements of obtaining a library card?
Because the library is primarily funded by the property taxpayers of the county, ACL Adult Full Access cards are issued freely to individuals living or owning property within the county property taxing district. An Adult Full Access card is for any person over the age of 18. To apply, please bring a photo ID or other paperwork (lease, personal check, bill etc.) that shows your current Atchison County address.

Can I get a library card if I don’t live in Atchison County?
For those living outside of Atchison County’s taxing district, the same proof of address is needed, along with a $25 annual fee. That amount is based upon what the library receives in property tax revenue from those living within the county’s taxing district. A Temporary card may be obtained for adults who are residing in the county for a short period of time to help care for family members (elderly or children).  There is no fee for this card but they are only issued for a short time period.  Outage workers may also obtain a temporary card with a twenty-five dollar ($25.00) deposit and two (2) item checkout limit.  This twenty-five dollar ($25.00) deposit is refundable if all items are returned when the cardholder leaves the area.

Can my children (minors) get a library card?
Cards for minors may be obtained.  Minors are considered any person over the age of 5 and under the age of 18. A parent or legal guardian, with an active ACL library card, must come in with the minor at the time of sign up.  The parent or legal guardian will be responsible for all damages and lost items checked out with the minor’s card.  An Informed Consent Of Use Of Library For Minor Child(ren) form must be filled out by the parent or legal guardian at the time a card is issued for the minor child(ren).  This allows the child(ren) full access, check out, view and otherwise utilize all Library resources, except internet usage. 
Parents or legal guardians who wish to allow the child(ren) to check out items on their card must also fill out an Informed Consent Of Use Of Library For Minor Child(ren) form.

How many books can I check out at a time?
DVDs – 5 per address
Books and other items per adult card – 20 items
Books per juvenile and young adult card – 10 items
The Library Director may set limits on materials to be checked-out by individual patrons or families if he/she feels it is necessary in case of abuse of privilege and/or materials.  Discretion
may also be used to set limits in order to facilitate sharing of resources.

How long can I check out books?
Books (includes large print) – 2 weeks
Books on CD – 2 weeks
Magazines – 1 week
Reference – no checkout
Videos – 3 days

Interlibrary loans-No renewals  

Does the library accept donations? 

The library accepts gifts of books and other materials with the understanding that they will be added to the collection only if needed and appropriate.  If they are not needed due to condition,
duplication, or dated information the director will dispose of the items in any way he/she sees fit. The same criteria for selection will be applied to purchased materials with memorial monies.
Specific memorial items can be ordered on the request of a patron, if the request meets the criteria established by the Board.  Book selections will be made by the director if no specific
item is requested.  The Atchison County Library encourages and appreciates gifts and donations.

By law, the library is not allowed to appraise the value of donated materials, though it can
provide an acknowledgement of receipt of items if requested by the donor.