Sitka Public Library welcomes people of all ages, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and socio-economic levels to use its collection, resources and services.
Sitka Public Library is a limited public forum open to everyone. While each person has the privilege to use the Library facilities, services and resources, everyone is expected to be courteous and not interfere with the ability of others to use and enjoy the Library. As a courtesy for the enjoyment of everybody in the Library, staff request firearms not be brought into the building. Refer to Code of Conduct.
Borrowing privileges are free to all permanent residents of the City and Borough of Sitka. Identification and official proof of local residency are required to qualify for a permanent Library card. Short-term residents may apply for limited borrowing privileges as visitors.
To ensure the Sitka Public Library provides the highest level of access to information through multiple avenues while maintaining strong stewardship of library materials and services.
Permanent Resident Account (2 Year Expiration) - full borrower privileges for:
Unverified Temporary Account (1 Year Expiration) - limited borrow privileges for:
Non-Permanent Visitor Account (6 Month Expiration) - limited borrower privileges for:
Sitka Public Library will checkout to any member in good standing of the Alaska Library Catalog (ALC).
Permanent Resident Account requires:
Unverified Temporary Account requires:
Non-Permanent Visitor Account requires:
Procedures will be established for what are acceptable forms for proof of address.
The signature of a parent or guardian is required for minors (persons under the age of 18) to acquire borrowing privileges. The signing adult must also meet the same registration requirements to get a library card. Parents or guardians who sign for a minor's library card accept financial responsibility for items borrowed with that card, as well as any fines or fees incurred with in.
Minors may acquire limited borrowing privileges without a parent or guardian signature if they can provide the required information. See Unverified Temporary Account.
Circulation Policy – Borrowing
The Sitka Public Library strives to provide patrons with the fullest possible access to library materials and services. The intent of this policy is to enhance access for our public and to clarify loan periods.
Checkout Loan Periods
Borrowing Privileges with Alaska Library Catalog
A registered borrow agrees to:
Lost, Damaged, or Overdue Materials and Equipment
To ensure that the quality and size of the collection is maintained in accordance with the library's mission and in concert with the Collection Development policy.
When a library item has been lost, stolen or irreparably damaged, it is the responsibility of the account holder (or the parent or legal guardian in the case of a minor) to pay the replacement fee.
The library does not accept substitute items for lost, stolen, or irreparably damaged materials.
Code of Conduct
To ensure the Library is a safe and welcoming space to everyone, the following rules of conduct have been established.
Everyone in the Library is expected to:
The following categories are identified as unacceptable behaviors that disrupt Library operations:
Category 1. Immediate Eviction
No one shall:
Category 2. Unacceptable Behavior
No one shall:
Library staff is authorized and responsible for enforcing patron conduct in the Library. Category 1 offenses will result in immediate eviction for the day. Patrons violating Category 2 offenses will be informed of the policy and warned that continued violation of the policy may result in eviction for the day. Patrons may be evicted for the day if instructions from staff are disregarded. Failure to leave the Library after being asked to do so is considered trespassing and will result in police intervention. Category 1 violations or repeated evictions for Category 2 violations may result in suspension of Library privileges or permanent exclusion from the premises.
Children are welcome in the Library, and we are concerned about their welfare and safety. Parents, guardians and care givers are responsible for monitoring the activities and behavior of their children while they are in the Library. If an unattended child is being disruptive, is left unattended for a long period of time or appears to be at risk, staff shall try to locate a parent, guardian or care giver. If necessary, law enforcement or child protective authorities will be notified to take custody of the child.
Public Relations Policy
We wish to ensure that the public receives consistent and accurate information about Library policy, procedures, programs and services. Contacts to the media initiated by the Library will be handled by the person in charge of the specific program, service or policy being addressed. Contacts initiated by the media should be directed to the Library Director. Speaking engagements will be scheduled with the Library Director.
Internet Safety and Use Policy
Sitka Public Library provides access to a broad range of informational resources, including those available through the Internet. The Library makes this service available in support of its mission to provide free and equal access to all types of information in a variety of formats for library users of all backgrounds and ages. Consistent with its mission, the Library is guided by a commitment to safeguard the principles of intellectual freedom, equity of access, First Amendment rights, individual responsibility, and confidentiality of information about users and their use of library resources.
Choosing and Evaluating Sources
The Internet is a vast repository of information providing unprecedented access to a wealth of information which can be personally, professionally and culturally enriching. The Internet is a vast, unregulated information network. It enables access to ideas, information, images and commentary beyond the Library’s collection, mission, selection criteria and collection development policies. Because of this access, the Library cannot protect users from information and images which they might find disturbing or offensive. Some sources provide information that is inaccurate, incomplete, or outdated. As with print information, users are encouraged to use critical judgment when evaluating the validity and appropriateness of information found electronically. The Library cannot control the information available over the Internet and assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, arising from connections to the Internet. The Library makes no guarantees, either expressed or implied, with respect to the quality or content of information available on the Internet. Providing access does not mean or imply that the Library sanctions or endorses the point of view or content of any information which may be found on the Internet.
When using a Library computer, complete privacy cannot be guaranteed. Users are cautioned that public access computers are located in public areas which must be shared by Library users of all backgrounds, sensibilities and ages. Individuals are asked to consider this and to respect the sensibilities of others when accessing potentially offensive information and images. Users are cautioned that because security in an electronic environment such as the Internet cannot be guaranteed, all transactions, files and communications are vulnerable to unauthorized access and use, and, therefore, should be considered public.
Access by Minors
Sitka Public Library currently uses no technology protection measures to block or filter the Internet or other forms of electronic communications. Library staff does not censor or deny access to inappropriate information. We uphold the right of each individual to have access to constitutionally protected materials and affirm the right and responsibility of parents and legal guardians to determine and monitor their children in the use of library materials and resources. We encourage parents and guardians to guide their children in the use of the Internet and inform them of materials they should not use.
The Library cautions minors to keep in mind the following safety guidelines when using electronic mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications. We also recommend that patrons refrain from the unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal information regarding minors by urging them to observe the following procedures:
Children’s Internet Protection Act
It is the library’s policy to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)] as it is currently applied to public libraries.
This Internet Safety Policy was adapted by the Sitka Public Library Board Commission at a public meeting, following normal public notice, on June 26, 2002. It was revised and adopted on January 29, 2003.
Library Policy and Guidelines
To make the Internet available to as many people as possible and to ensure that it is used in a manner consistent with Library policies, the Library has adopted rules regarding acceptable use of electronic resources. All Internet users are asked to respect the privacy and rights of others. Compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws, including laws governing the transmission and dissemination of information while accessing the Internet, is required. Internet users must make reservations, check-in and pay for copies with personnel at the front desk. Violation or attempted violation of any laws, regulations or policies may result in loss of library privileges and possible civil or criminal penalties. Internet users may not:
Supervision and Monitoring
The Library endeavors to provide Internet access in an inviting, healthy learning environment in which individuals are encouraged to safely access, explore and discover the world. The Library staff neither supervises nor monitors Internet access for the public.
Guidelines on Access to Information
Sitka Public Library is guided by the following American Library Association statements on access to information:
Policies Regarding Law Enforcement Requests for Patron Information
Sitka Public Library has certain legal obligations that come from the "USA Patriot Act" as well as professional concerns for privacy and information in a free society. The Library Board Commission has established guidelines for responding to requests from law enforcement authorities for Library records involving patron data, while keeping in mind the American Library Association Code of Ethics which recognizes that we protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality.
Application of the Law
The "USA Patriot Act" supersedes state laws that control access to patron records.
Should an individual or individuals representing themselves as law enforcement agents approach the Library staff requesting access to records involving patron data or information about library users with or without any form of written authorization, staff shall inform them that they are not authorized to provide the information and immediately notify the Library Director or Acting Library Director and the City Attorney.
The existence of an information request, the nature of the request and the names of the library patrons are to be treated in the strictest confidence and are not to be discussed or revealed, as required by the USA Patriot Act.
Patron Data Retention
Library Records, which may be the focus of law enforcement requests, include electronic, print, and other forms of patron information. Archives of information that reveal identities of individuals should be kept only when clearly necessary for the regular operation of library business.
Sitka Public Library displays are prepared or approved by staff, based on topics of community interest. The Library welcomes exhibits and displays of interest, information and enlightenment to the community. Application for and scheduling of displays should be directed to the Library Director. The Library Director shall have the final decision on all exhibits or displays.
In developing library exhibits, staff presents a broad spectrum of ideas and viewpoints. Just as libraries do not endorse the beliefs or affiliations of those whose work is represented in their collections, libraries do not endorse the beliefs or viewpoints of topics which may be the subject of library exhibits and displays. Patrons concerned about topics or materials are encouraged to discuss those concerns with the Library Director. Patrons who wish to have the library reconsider exhibit or display topics may submit a Library Comment Form. The Library Director will decide what action is appropriate and notify the patron in writing. If the patron is unsatisfied with the Library Director’s decision, they may submit a written appeal to the Library Commission, which will review the appeal during its next meeting, and inform the patron of its decision. If the patron is unsatisfied with the Commission’s decision, they may appeal to the City Administrator.
The Library assumes no responsibility for any item exhibited or displayed. All items placed in the library are done so at the owner’s risk.