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Sex Offenders in the Library Policy

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816      Library Access for Sex Offenders Convicted Of Sex Offenses Against Minors


See also related policy Conduct in the Library (809), Iowa Code (692A)


816.1   The purpose of this policy is to ensure that the Library is in compliance with Iowa State law that excludes sex offenders (defined as a person who is required to be registered in the Iowa Sex Offender Registry) convicted of sex offenses against minors from public libraries. This policy adopts the definitions of Iowa Code Chapter 692A, as amended.


816.2    The Library Director acts as “library administrator” for purposes of Iowa Chapter 692A. The Library Director will not give the written permission required by Iowa Code Section 692A.113(f) for sex offenders convicted of sex offenses against minors to be  present on library property Issuance of a library card to a sex offender convicted of sex offenses against minors does not constitute written permission from the library administrator for that offender to be present on library property. Individuals may appeal this decision, as it relates to them, to the Library Board of Trustees.


816.3    Sex offenders convicted of sex offenses against minors may be eligible for library service, depending on their residence address. They may register for a card directly via telephone or online with the Circulation Services Coordinator, or designee, and make arrangements for a person of their choosing to select, check out, and return materials using that card. Under any of these circumstances, the sex offender convicted of sex offenses against minors will remain responsible for all activity on their card. They may access information resources via telephone or online. If eligible they may participate in the At Home program.


816.4   Sex offenders convicted of sex offenses against minors may not loiter, as defined under Iowa Code Section 692A.101(17), as amended, within three hundred (300) feet of library property.


816.5   Violations of this policy will be immediately reported to law enforcement, and violators will lose all library privileges.





Adopted 7/23/09

Revised 9/24/09








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