Library Borrowing Policy

Dallas County Library Circulation Policy
Parents / Legal Guardians are responsible for lost or damaged materials on children’s card.

Applications Requirements:    Children must be 10 years or older for individual card.
Drivers License or State issue Photo ID (School ID’s not accepted)

     1.     Proof of Address & Drivers/Non-Driver License.
     2.     Children age 10-17 must have a Parent/Guardian sign the application.
     3.     The Parent/Legal Guardian thereby assumes responsibility for any library material lost
             or damaged by that individual or anyone using their library card.
     4.     Parent/Guardian's Identification Number required on minor's card.
     5.     Out of County residents yearly fee is $10.00.
     6.     Replacement cards $4.00.
     7.     Internet Access:  Parent/Guardian must sign Acceptable Use Policy for minors 17 and younger.Borrowing Material: All material is due back by closing time on date due. (Patrons may check out 3 items at the time of application)
1.      Limit of Twenty (20) items to each household including videos, no matter how many cards.
2.      Seven (7) videos total each household.
3.      Books, Audio Books, Magazines have a two (2) week loan period.
4.      One Renewal limit on Books, Magazines, Audio & CD Books, Paperbacks.
5.      Videos and DVD’s one (1) week loan period.
6.      No Renewal on Video or DVD’s.
7.      Children 13 and younger must have an adult present to borrow videos, or parent/guardian may contact Library Director.
8.      No limit on Mass Market Paperback Books. Paperbacks must be returned.
9.      Limit of three (3) items in set, series or by same author.
Card Catalog – Internet access from home – instructions on web site
(ID) 100226041 (password) DCLPATRONS
Overdue Materials Policy and Charges – Internet Computers and Material Privileges Suspended until all material is returned, paid for and fines cleared. 
Overdue Notifications
1.      Customers will receive Two (2) notices requesting return of materials. 
2.      If customer does not respond, library privileges terminated until fines, cost of material, processing fee, and $5.00 re-instatement fee is paid.
3.      Inter-Library Loan items are special cases. These items are loaned to the Dallas County Library from another library. Therefore, the customer with overdue ILL materials will be contacted daily. Charges for late inter-Library Loan items will be $1.00 (one dollar) per item per day.
If no response is received at the last notice, library privileges will be canceled. No additional materials will be loaned until all over-due material is returned or paid for, all fines paid and re-instatement fee of $5.00 is paid. Household Members, Parents, Legal Guardians of minors whose cards are delinquent will have their borrowing privileges suspended until the minor’s fines and/or fees are resolved. Minors will not be issued a card if parents/guardians have overdue materials, fines and/or fees.
Household Member (considered member if address is the same).
Spouses will not be issued cards if one or the other has overdue materials, fines or fees. When someone has overdue or billed items, they may NOT use the card of a spouse, sibling, child, parent or other resident of the same household to check out material or computers.
Cost of Lost or Damaged Material + ($5.00) Processing Fee each material item, book, video, audio,
1.      Library Cards $4.00
2.      Internet Only Cards $1.00
3.      Audio Cases $2.50
4.      Video Cases $2.50
5.      Video case bottoms ($1.00)
6.      Double Cases $3.50
7.      Magazines (news stand cost)
8.      Bags for children’s audio ($2.50 each)
9.      Audio Cassette from Juvenile or Youth Section (Replacement cost)
10. Books or other Material (Replacement Cost), plus ($5.00) processing fee each item, book, video, audio.
11. Material out of print $20.00
12. Inter-Library Loan material – Lending Library required replacement fee.+ $5.00 processing fee
13. REFUNDS if material is returned within thirty (30) days with receipt and in good condition.
Lost or Stolen Cards
To protect your library record report lost/stolen cards immediately. Until reported, patrons are responsible for all materials and fines incurred.
Your records are confidential. For your protection, you must present your library card for all transactions. You will also be asked for your library card number in cases of telephone access, so you will want to have your card in hand when calling to renew or check your record.

Computer Policy

 Public Access Computer Usage

Anyone using the library Internet computers must read and sign the Acceptable Use Agreement and have a Library or Internet Card.

Library staff cannot entertain or supervise your children while you use the library resources. Supervision must be provided for young children

1.      Valid Library or Non-Resident Internet Card

2.      Sign Acceptable Use Agreement

3.      Minors 17 and under; Parent/Guardian signature on Acceptable Use Agreement.

4.      Minors 13 and younger; Parent/Guardian must be in library building

5.    Non-Resident customers requesting Internet access are required to sign Acceptable Use Agreement and provide required Identification.

6.    No Chat Rooms or Instant Messengers.

 Only one person at a computer at a time.

The Dallas County Library provides Internet access as an extension of its commitment to meeting the informational needs of the community.
The Library has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. The Internet is a worldwide community with a highly diverse user population and it is the public's responsibility to use this resource wisely. Through its homepage, the Library provides a guide to Internet sites that are frequently used to assist with informational needs.
The Internet computers must be used in a responsible manner, respecting the rights of others, and taking care with use of the equipment. Computer and Internet settings may not be changed. Computers may not be used for any fraudulent or unlawful purpose, including any activities prohibited under any applicable federal, Missouri, or local laws. Violation of current Missouri law (Missouri Revised Statutes 573.010 and 573.060) in regards to accessing and displaying pornography and/or obscene materials will result in suspension of computer privileges. All users must abide by MoreNet's & Library’s Acceptable Use Policy.
All computers within the Library, including staff computers, are filtered for pornographic and sexually explicit web sites in accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act.  This does not mean that these sites will never appear there is always the possibility.
Access to chat is not allowed at any of computer stations.
Access to e-mail is allowed on all computers
Computer use by patrons is limited to a total of 1 hour per day. Extension of the time limit may be granted at the librarian's discretion and only if the computer is not reserved for another patron.
Patrons owing fines and fees will be blocked from using the Library's Internet computers. Patrons are encouraged to return overdue items or work out a payment plan with Circulation Department staff.
Patrons are responsible for all printing from computers. 15 cents per page letter and legal size.  Ledger size copies are 20 cents per page.
Library cards or computer day passes are required to use an Internet station. Patrons are required to use their own library or computer card. Using multiple cards in order to increase the length of time on a computer is against policy and can lead to a loss of computer privileges.
Those who live outside of DallasCounty and wish to use the Library's computers must sign and Acceptable Use Agreement. Proper identification is required
One verbal warning is given before a patron is prohibited from using the computers for six months. After the first six-month ban, patrons may request reinstatement from the Manager, who may discuss the reinstatement with other Library personnel. A second violation of policy after reinstatement will result in an immediate ban, and may not be appealed. Date of warnings or ban is to be documented on customers card information.
Patrons may lose computer privileges for violating any Internet Access Policies.
Internet Safety Policy
Parents or guardians, not the Library or its staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Maintaining the physical safety and well being of children is the role of the parent/guardian or assigned chaperone. The library staff cannot take legal responsibility for the care of the unattended child. The Library filters access to pornographic and sexually explicit web sites from all computers as required by Missouri Revised Statute 182.827 and the Children's Internet Protection Act. Filtering software is not guaranteed to protect a child from access to information that a parent/guardian finds inappropriate.
The Library’s web site attempts to help guide children and young adults to Internet sites appropriate for these age levels. Web sites about Internet safety are available on the Library’s homepage. These guides give safety tips for minors when using the Internet including the use of email, chat, and personal identification. Minors should use caution in their use of electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications, as these forms of communication can expose minors to dangerous situations. Minors should never disclose personal information, such as name, school, address, and telephone number to strangers on the Internet.
In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act and Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act, the Library has subscribed to blocking/filtering technology on all computers with Internet access. Blocking/Filtering subscription is based through MORENET. To protect minors from harmful & inappropriate material the following Internet (AUP) guidelines were compiled using policies from libraries across the state of Missouri.
The Dallas County Library does not monitor and has no control over materials obtained on the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content. The Library cannot control access to materials or protect patrons from materials they may find offensive. The Library Staff has no control over the information accessed and cannot be held responsible for its contents. It is the individual user's responsibility to use this resource wisely; not all resources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information.
To be more specific: The Dallas County Library and Library Staff do not censor your access to materials or protect you from information you find offensive. There is sexually explicit material and other information that you may find controversial, inappropriate and that may be illegal.
Confidentiality/Security: Users of electronic mail systems should be aware that electronic mail in its present form cannot be secured and is vulnerable to unauthorized access and modification. The ultimate responsibility for resolution of problems related to the invasion of the user privacy or loss of data rests with the user. The Library and staff assume no liability for loss or damage to user's data or for any damage or injury arising from invasion of the user's privacy. The Internet is a public medium. Users are advised that there can be no expectation of privacy for any transmission or transaction.
Parents or Legal Guardians, not the Library or its staff is responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children. Parents/Guardians may restrict their children and only their children from access to Internet resources accessible through the Library. Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) approval must be provided by a parent/guardian before a child will be allowed to use the Internet computers.
Parent/Guardian must sign a Parental Permission Agreement AND be present for children ages 13 and under to use the Internet. Users 14 to 17 years of age must have a parental agreement form signed and verified by library staff. Parents/Guardians are advised to supervise their children's Internet session.
Adult Care Facility Residents 
Legal guardian must sign Internet usage policy.
Staff Assistance
Library staff cannot provide in-depth training concerning Internet computer language or personal computer use. As time permits we can get you started and may be able to offer assistance on search strategies and answer general questions. The Library and/or staff will not be liable for your failure to get the information you wish.
Virus Protection
Although we use a virus-checker, this will not completely protect you from the chance of getting a virus. Software downloaded from the Internet may contain a virus and you need to have virus-checking software on you home computer. The Dallas County Library is not responsible for damage to a patron's disk or computer, or for any loss of data, damage, or liability that may occur from patron usage of the library’s computers.
You may not be able to always go to the Internet sites you wish to access. There are many reasons, among them:
1.      There are too many Internet visitors and the host computer has limited access.
2.      The database or resource licensed to a specific institution, in which case you would need to be affiliated with the institution in order to gain access.
3.      The Host computer has changed its address or has closed down.
4.      Technical difficulties or periodic maintenance.
5.      The Library's Internet connection may be temporarily inoperable due to technical difficulties.
Have fun exploring the Internet but please remember that many times you can obtain the specific information you require in books, periodicals and other resources faster.
Legal and Ethical Use
Misuse or abuse of library computers or the Internet will result in suspension of library privileges as well as possible legal action. Examples of illegal or unethical use include, but not limited to:

  1. Harassing other users.
  2.  Libeling or slandering other users. 
  3. Destroying, damaging or altering equipment, software configurations or data belonging to the Library or other users. (Changing or adding files to the network).
  4. Using computer communications in ways that unnecessarily impedes the activities of others
  5. Sending, receiving, or displaying text or graphics which may be reasonably construed as obscene (Mo. Rev. Statue. 573.010)
  6. Violating another users privacy
  7. Unauthorized access to resources or entities
  8. Unauthorized use of computer accounts, access codes, or network identification numbers assigned to others.
  9. Violating copyright laws or software license restrictions.
  10. Abuse of the privilege of using the Internet by users that compromise the safety and security of minors. When using e-mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications: Minors under age 17: Giving others private information about one’s self or others, including credit card numbers and social security numbers. Arranging a face to face meeting with someone one has “met” on the computer network or Internet without parent’s permission.
  11. Uses that Violate Confidentiality of Information: Personally identifiable information about users may not be disclosed or used in any way, except to law enforcement authorities as provided in the law. Users should be aware, however, that due to the technical difficulties involved in providing absolute security, transactions and files may become public.

Guidelines for use of the Library computer resources continued
Library staff cannot entertain or supervise your children while you use the library resources. Supervision must be provide for young children
1.      Patrons must check in at the circulation desk and show library user card to staff.
2.      If time slot is not reserved, the terminal usage is on a first come first serve basis. (Anyone not signing in will forfeit his or her use of the terminal to the next patron to sign in).
3.      The user may reserve a machine in advance in person or by telephoning 345-2647.  Reservations may be made up to 1 week prior to the time of use.
4.      Reservations are for 30 minutes for any one user, including printing time. Additional time may be used if no other patron is scheduled or waiting to use the terminal, not to exceed one (1) hour’s use per day.
5.      Reserved time is NOT transferable to another person.
6.      Reserved time is forfeited if the user does not arrive within ten (10) minutes of the start time. (Library Time on Circulation Computer).
7.      If you are late and another person has the computer reserved, you may not extend your session to make up for the time lost.
Print Charges
1.      Users who do not pay for printing endanger their computer use privileges.
2.      Some sites do not allow printing.
3.      15 cents for each sheet printed legal and letter size, ledger size .20 cents per sheet.
4.      Staff is not responsible if you print something you do not want. (ALWAYS look at Print Pre-view before actually printing.
Saving Files/Downloading
1.      Customer disk must be scanned for viruses by staff.
2.      Files may be saved to CD or USB Port memory device.
3.      You may not print labels on the library's printers.


Meeting Room Policy

 Small meeting room available at 219 W. Main Street.  Call 417-345-2647 or more information.



Card Catalog and Interlibrary Loans 

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Card Catalog: No Reserves

The Dallas County Library materials may be searched online through FirstSearch (Show Me The World). This is not a complete listing. Some items may not be listed at this time.

To use FirstSearch (Show Me The World) follow the instructions for Inter-Library loans except scroll midway through the search page and place a check mark in the box Limit availability to items in my library. This should say (MR6 Dallas County Public Library). This allows you to search Dallas County Records only.


Click the Card Catalog button to create an interlibrary loan request or browse the catalog. If you need more instruction using Show Me the World, you will find detailed directions at the bottom of this page, You will need a user number and password to place your request from your home computer. Call 417-345-2647 to receive the password and user number..


Borrowing Material from other libraries

If our library does not own a book you want to read, we may be able to borrow it for you from another library.  By using Show Me The World  we may borrow books for you from other libraries. You may place your order by using the Interlibrary Loan button (ILL) in the program.


An interlibrary loan base fee of $2.00 per book is charged to help offset postage. For heavier materials, the charge is the amount postage. Once you have placed an order for a loan, we cannot cancel the order or the fee. Fines on overdue Interlibrary loan books are $1.00 per day. Books on loan are subject to the lending library's regulations. They may assign a shorter or longer lending period than ours. Even though you see a book listed in another library's catalog, it may not be available for interlibrary loan. Some libraries do not lend books marked "new" or books on reserve. Reference materials and any media (video, audio, CD) are not loaned.

On rare occasions, a lending library may charge a fee for a loaned book. We will not order a charged book without consulting you first.

 Instructions for using for Card Catalog or Inter-Library Loan

  1. Use Show Me the World  just like a card catalog, filling in as much information as you know about author and title. You should also limit the language to English and limit the material type to “Books.” (We do not borrow audio and video formats.) 

  2. Dallas County Only Material follow the instructions for Interlibrary loans except scroll midway through the search page and place a check mark in the box Limit availability to items in my library. This should say (MR6 Dallas County Public Library). This allows you to search Dallas County Records only .   

  3. Look at the “Document” line. Some books are large print format or in Braille. Make sure the description matches what you want to receive. Open your chosen result by clicking on the book title you  wish to borrow, click the small  “ILL” button in the shaded blue band near the top and bottom of the screen.
  4. The Interlibrary Loan Request  page will display, you must provide information for the fields named in red. Your patron ID number is the long number under the barcode on your library card. In the maximum cost field, you must enter $2.00 to cover mailing costs. Now click SUBMIT, and we will notify you when your book arrives. 

Acceptable Use Policy / Internet Use Policy


Security Policy


Patron Behavior Policy

Last updated:2/13/2009










Service may be denied a Dallas County Library user who does not return overdue materials, does not pay outstanding fines, removes materials illegally or repeatedly abuses Library policies.


Appeal – Denial of Service

Citizens who have been denied library services for any reasons shall have fifteen (15) days to appeal in writing to the library director and board president. The request shall be responded to in writing concerning the denial ruling within thirty (30) business days.