Library Board of Trustees


22.01    PUBLIC LIBRARY.  The public library for the City is known as the Center Point Public Library.  It is referred to in this chapter as the Library.

22.02    LIBRARY TRUSTEES.  The Board of Trustees of the Library, hereinafter referred to as the Board, consists of seven resident members.  All members are to be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the Council. 

22.03    QUALIFICATIONS OF TRUSTEES.  All members of the Board shall be bona fide citizens and residents of the City.  Members shall be over the age of eighteen (18) years.

22.04    ORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD.  The organization of the Board shall be as follows:

  1. Term of Office.  All appointments to the Board shall be for six years, except to fill vacancies.  Each term shall commence on July 1.  Appointments shall be made every two years of one-third the total number or as near as possible, to stagger the terms.
  2. Vacancies.  The position of any Trustee shall be vacated if such member moves permanently from the City and shall be deemed vacated if such member is absent from six (6) consecutive regular meetings of the Board, except in the case of sickness or temporary absence from the City.  Vacancies in the Board shall be filled in the same manner as an original appointment except that the new Trustee shall fill out the unexpired term for which the appointment is made. 
  3. Compensation.  Trustees shall receive no compensation for their services. 
  4. Quorum and Voting.  All actions of the Board require a majority vote of the whole number of members appointed to the Board, except the removal of a Library Director requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote, as stated in Section 22.05(5) of this chapter.

22.05    POWERS AND DUTIES.  The Board shall have and exercise the following powers and duties:

  1. Officers.  To meet and elect from its members a President, a Secretary, and such other officers as it deems necessary.  The City Treasurer shall serve as Board Treasurer, but shall not be a member of the Board.
  2. Physical Plant.  To have charge, control and supervision of the Library, its appurtenances, fixtures and rooms containing the same.
  3. Charge of Affairs.  To direct and control all affairs of the Library.
  4. Hiring of Personnel.  To employ a Library Director, and authorize the Library Director to employ such assistants and employees as may be necessary for the proper management of the Library, and fix their compensation.
  5. Removal of Personnel.  To remove the Library Director, by a two-thirds vote of the Board, and provide procedures for the removal of the assistants or employees for misdemeanor, incompetence or inattention to duty, subject however, to the provisions of Chapter 35C of the Code of Iowa.
  6. Purchases.  To select, or authorize the Library Director to select, and make purchases of books, pamphlets, magazines, periodicals, papers, maps, journals, other Library materials, furniture, fixtures, stationery and supplies for the Library within budgetary limits set by the Board.
  7. Use by Nonresidents.  To authorize the use of the Library by nonresidents and to fix charges therefor unless a contract for free service exists.
  8. Rules and Regulations.  To make and adopt, amend, modify or repeal rules and regulations, not inconsistent with this Code of Ordinances and the law, for the care, use, government and management of the Library and the business of the Board, fixing and enforcing penalties for violations.
  9. Expenditures.  To have exclusive control of the expenditure of all funds allocated for Library operations by the Council, to include fines, rentals, service fees, County and State allocations and sharing fees.  Trust funds shall be expended only after approval of a Board resolution and a Council resolution.  Trust funds shall be invested by the City Treasurer only after direction and written notice from the Board.
  10. Gifts.  To accept gifts of real property, personal property, or mixed property, and devises and bequests, including trust funds; to take the title to said property in the name of the Library; to execute deeds and bills of sale for the conveyance of said property; and to expend the funds received by them from such gifts, for the improvement of the Library.
  11. Record of Proceedings.  To keep a record of all proceedings and to make and send to the Mayor and Council, on or before January 15 of each year, an estimate of the amount of funds necessary for the improvement, operation and maintenance of the Library for the coming fiscal year, the amounts expended for like purposes for the preceding year and the amount of income expected for the fiscal year from sources other than taxation.
  12. County Historical Association.  To have authority to make agreements with the local County historical association where such exists, and to set apart the necessary room and to care for such articles as may come into the possession of the association.  The Trustees are further authorized to purchase necessary receptacles and materials for the preservation and protection of such articles as are in their judgment of a historical and educational nature and pay for the same out of funds allocated for Library purposes.

22.06    CONTRACTING WITH OTHER LIBRARIES.  The Board has power to contract with other libraries in accordance with the following:

  1. Contracting.  The Board may contract with any other boards of trustees of free public libraries, with any other city, school corporation, private or semiprivate organization, institution of higher learning, township, or County, or with the trustees of any County library district for the use of the Library by their respective residents.  (Code of Iowa, Sec. 392.5 &Ch.28E)
  2. Termination.  Such a contract may be terminated at any time by mutual consent of the contracting parties.  It also may be terminated by a majority vote of the electors represented by either of the contracting parties.  Such a termination proposition shall be submitted to the electors by the governing body of a contracting party on a written petition of not less than five percent (5%) in number of the electors who voted for governor in the territory of the contracting party at the last general election.  The petition must be presented to the governing body not less than forty (40) days before the election.  The proposition may be submitted at any election provided by law that is held in the territory of the party seeking to terminate the contract. 

22.07    NONRESIDENT USE.  The Board may authorize the use of the Library by persons not residents of the City or County in any one or more of the following ways:

  1. Lending.  By lending the books or other materials of the Library to nonresidents on the same terms and conditions as to residents of the City, or County, or upon payment of a special nonresident Library fee. 
  2. Depository.  By establishing depositories of Library books or other materials to be loaned to nonresidents. 
  3. Bookmobiles.  By establishing bookmobiles or a traveling library so that books or other Library materials may be loaned to nonresidents. 
  4. Branch Library.  By establishing branch libraries for lending books or other Library materials to nonresidents. 

22.08    EXPENDITURES.  All money appropriated in the budget by the Council for the operation and maintenance of the Library shall be set aside on separate line items on the City chart of accounts.  Expenditures shall be made only on approval by the Board except interim claims for payroll and necessary expenses which shall be approved at the next meeting of the Board.  (Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.20 & 392.5)

22.09    ANNUAL REPORT.  At the first Council meeting following the end of the fiscal year, the Board shall make a report to the Council.  This report shall contain statements as to the condition of the Library, the number of books added, the number circulated, the amount of fines collected, and the amount of money expended in the maintenance of the Library during the year, together with such further information as may be required by the Council.

22.10    INJURY TO BOOKS OR PROPERTY.  It is unlawful for a person willfully, maliciously or wantonly to tear, deface, mutilate, injure or destroy, in whole or in part, any newspaper, periodical, book, map, pamphlet, chart, picture or other property belonging to the Library or reading room.  (Code of Iowa, Sec. 716.1)

22.11    THEFT.  No person shall take possession or control of property of the Library with the intent to deprive the Library thereof.  (Code of Iowa, Sec. 714.1)

22.12    NOTICE POSTED.  There shall be posted in clear public view within the Library notices informing the public of the following:

  1. Failure To Return.  Failure to return Library materials for two months or more after the date the person agreed to return the Library materials, or failure to return Library equipment for one month or more after the date the person agreed to return the Library equipment, is evidence of intent to deprive the owner, provided a reasonable attempt, including the mailing by restricted certified mail of notice that such material or equipment is overdue and criminal actions will be taken, has been made to reclaim the materials or equipment.  (Code of Iowa, Sec. 714.5)
  2. Detention and Search.  Persons concealing Library materials may be detained and searched pursuant to law.  (Code of Iowa, Sec. 808.12)
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