About the Libraries

Library System Mission

  • To serve Waseca and Le Sueur counties as a safe center of reliable information, cultural enrichment, and entertainment.
  • To provide equal access to ideas and knowledge through our collection, services, and programming in order to promote the joy of lifelong learning, spark curiosity, and encourage the love of reading.

To these ends it is the responsibility of the Library System to assemble and administer information, both print and non-print, in organized collections and to promote its use, through guidance and stimulation, for the development of an enlightened citizenship and enriched personal lives.

The Library System’s responsibility is more than the collection and organization of materials. The Library System also has the responsibility to make a strong and varied collection of materials accessible to all people of the service area. By continuing cooperative ventures with other libraries and through membership in the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative, the Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System makes the resources of libraries throughout Minnesota available to its patrons.

Finally, the Library System has the responsibility to offer cultural enrichment and recreation for the residents of Waseca and LeSueur Counties by sponsoring classes, seminars, trips to cultural events, and local presentations by performing artists.

Policies

Library Cards

All patrons must be registered and must have a valid library card to borrow library materials. Patrons must fill out an application form to register, signing the form to indicate their agreement to be responsible for all library materials including payment for outstanding materials and fees. Applicants under 18 must have a parent’s or guardian’s signature.

Replacement library cards cost $1. Reciprocal borrowing arrangements are honored.

Checkout Periods

Books, magazines, and audiobooks check out for three weeks and can be renewed twice. Only library materials that have not been requested by others can be renewed. At fifteen days overdue, a fine of $2 is charged.

Movies and music check out for seven days and can be renewed once. Only library materials that have not been requested by others can be renewed. At one day overdue, a $1 fine is charged. This increases by 50 cents each day until $2 is reached.

Reference books and equipment are checked out for seven days. At one day overdue, a $1 fine per day is charged for five days.

When library materials are one month overdue, patrons will be billed the replacement cost. When a patron is billed a total of $20 and more, a block is placed on the patron’s library card. To have a block removed, the patron must return the library materials and/or pay the fines. Blocked patrons are not able to use the Internet. Exceptions to this policy would include computer use for:

  1. Working on student homework
  2. Searching for a job
  3. Applying for unemployment benefits

A maximum of three DVDs can be checked out at one time.

Patrons will be billed for lost or damaged library materials.

Renewals
Library materials can be renewed by telephone or on our website.

Library Computers

Public Use
All libraries have computers and wireless internet for use by the public.

Programs
Internet, word processing, and spreadsheet programs are available.

Printing
Printing of black and white pages costs 10¢. Color copies cost 25¢. Not all libraries can make color copies.

Internet Protection Act
Libraries comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act.

Internet Safety Policy
All libraries have an Internet Safety Policy which prohibits any illegal activity, inappropriate behavior and damage to computers. The policy is available at all libraries.

Time Limits
In order to make computers available to as many members of the public as possible, libraries enforce time limits and number of sessions per day per individual based on demand.

Selection Policy

  1. The ultimate legal responsibility for selection of all library materials rests with the Library Board. The Board governs the materials selection of the Library System as set forth in this policy. The Library Director is responsible to the Library Board for implementing this policy.
  2. All library materials will be selected under the direction of the professional staff, whose qualifications are based on education, training, and experience in librarianship. The Board supports the judgment of the staff in the selection process.
  3. A primary goal of the library is to meet the recreational and informational needs of its patrons; therefore suggestions from patrons and staff will be given serious consideration for purchase.
  4. Collection development staff rely on a set of criteria to guide selection decisions. All materials will be evaluated according to one or more of the following criteria. Not all criteria will be applied to each selection decision. General criteria for selection:
    • historical, local, and cultural significance
    • artistic style
    • relevance to current trends and events
    • favorable attention by critics and reviewers
    • public appeal
    • accuracy
    • format
    • content
    • price
    • patron requests
    • suitability of style and subject for intended audience
    • relation to existing collection
  5. The library shall not purchase materials for the exclusive use of individuals or special groups.

Withdrawal of Materials and Collection Maintenance 

  1. Staff relies on a set of criteria to guide ongoing collection maintenance decisions. Based on the evaluation, materials may be kept, replaced, repaired, or withdrawn. Not all criteria will be applied to each withdrawal decision.
  2. General criteria for withdrawals:
    • historical, local, and cultural significance
    • artistic style
    • relevance to current trends and events
    • favorable attention by critics and reviewers
    • public appeal
    • accuracy
    • format
    • content
    • price
    • patron requests
    • suitability of style and subject for intended audience
    • relation to existing collection
  3. Withdrawn library materials may be given to other libraries, sold, donated, or discarded.

Behavior Policy

The purpose of this policy is to make the library a safe and pleasant facility for patrons and staff. Staff will deal with problem behaviors with courtesy, tact, calmness, and, most of all, common sense. Staff must use their best judgment in situations not discussed.

Library branches will be familiar with any behavior policies that their cities may have, especially when they are located in a municipal building.

To ensure a safe, comfortable environment for all people to use the Library, the following behaviors are not acceptable on Library property:

  1. Use of tobacco products
  2. Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  3. Engaging in any illegal activity
  4. Disruptive or unsafe behavior such as loud talking, loud audio equipment, running, throwing things, hitting, pushing, or shoving
  5. Interfering with the use of the Library by other patrons, or with library staff’s duties
  6. Defacing, stealing, or marring library materials, furnishings, walls, machines, or other library property
  7. Bare feet or lack of upper-body covering
  8. Leaving young or vulnerable children unsupervised in the Library. Parents or authorities may be contacted if children under the age of eight (8), or vulnerable children of any age are in the library unsupervised
  9. Animals, except assistance animals, or animals which are part of library-sponsored or municipal-sponsored activities
  10. Threats or harassment of another person, including following a person, threatening, taunting, bullying, or inflicting physical or verbal abuse
  11. Poor personal hygiene that is offensive or constitutes a nuisance to others
  12. Excessive displays of public affection
  13. Soliciting or panhandling
  14. Brandishing of any weapon

The Library Board bans any individual from Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System who makes a direct threat to staff or patrons or commits a misdemeanor or felony, while on library premises.

Library System Mission

  • To serve Waseca and Le Sueur counties as a safe center of reliable information, cultural enrichment, and entertainment.
  • To provide equal access to ideas and knowledge through our collection, services, and programming in order to promote the joy of lifelong learning, spark curiosity, and encourage the love of reading.

To these ends, it is the responsibility of the Library System to assemble and administer information, both print and non-print, in organized collections and to promote its use, through guidance and stimulation, for the development of an enlightened citizenship and enriched personal lives.

The Library System’s responsibility is more than the collection and organization of materials. The Library System also has the responsibility to make a strong and varied collection of materials accessible to all people of the service area. By continuing cooperative ventures with other libraries and through membership in the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative, the Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System makes the resources of libraries throughout Minnesota available to its patrons.

Finally, the Library System has the responsibility to offer cultural enrichment and recreation for the residents of Waseca and LeSueur Counties by sponsoring classes, seminars, trips to cultural events, and local presentations by performing artists.

Policies

Library Cards

All patrons must be registered and must have a valid library card to borrow library materials. Patrons must fill out an application form to register, signing the form to indicate their agreement to be responsible for all library materials including payment for outstanding materials and fees. Applicants under 18 must have a parent’s or guardian’s signature.

Replacement library cards cost $1. Reciprocal borrowing arrangements are honored.

Checkout Periods

Books, magazines, and audiobooks check out for three weeks and can be renewed twice. Only library materials that have not been requested by others can be renewed. At fifteen days overdue, a fine of $2 is charged.

Movies and music check out for seven days and can be renewed once. Only library materials that have not been requested by others can be renewed. At one day overdue, a $1 fine is charged. This increases by 50 cents each day until $2 is reached.

Reference books and equipment are checked out for seven days. At one day overdue, a $1 fine per day is charged for five days.

When library materials are one month overdue, patrons will be billed the replacement cost. When a patron is billed a total of $20 and more, a block is placed on the patron’s library card. To have a block removed, the patron must return the library materials and/or pay the fines. Blocked patrons are not able to use the Internet. Exceptions to this policy would include computer use for:

  1. Working on student homework
  2. Searching for a job
  3. Applying for unemployment benefits

A maximum of three DVDs can be checked out at one time.

Patrons will be billed for lost or damaged library materials.

Renewals
Library materials can be renewed by telephone or on our website.

Library Computers

Public Use
All libraries have computers and wireless internet for use by the public.

Programs
Internet, word processing, and spreadsheet programs are available.

Printing
Printing of black and white pages costs 10¢. Color copies cost 25¢. Not all libraries can make color copies.

Internet Protection Act
Libraries comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act.

Internet Safety Policy
All libraries have an Internet Safety Policy which prohibits any illegal activity, inappropriate behavior and damage to computers. The policy is available at all libraries.

Time Limits
In order to make computers available to as many members of the public as possible, libraries enforce time limits and number of sessions per day per individual based on demand.

Selection Policy

  1. The ultimate legal responsibility for selection of all library materials rests with the Library Board. The Board governs the materials selection of the Library System as set forth in this policy. The Library Director is responsible to the Library Board for implementing this policy.
  2. All library materials will be selected under the direction of the professional staff, whose qualifications are based on education, training, and experience in librarianship. The Board supports the judgment of the staff in the selection process.
  3. A primary goal of the library is to meet the recreational and informational needs of its patrons; therefore suggestions from patrons and staff will be given serious consideration for purchase.
  4. Collection development staff rely on a set of criteria to guide selection decisions. All materials will be evaluated according to one or more of the following criteria. Not all criteria will be applied to each selection decision. General criteria for selection:
    • historical, local, and cultural significance
    • artistic style
    • relevance to current trends and events
    • favorable attention by critics and reviewers
    • public appeal
    • accuracy
    • format
    • content
    • price
    • patron requests
    • suitability of style and subject for intended audience
    • relation to existing collection
  5. The library shall not purchase materials for the exclusive use of individuals or special groups.

Withdrawal of Materials and Collection Maintenance 

  1. Staff relies on a set of criteria to guide ongoing collection maintenance decisions. Based on the evaluation, materials may be kept, replaced, repaired, or withdrawn. Not all criteria will be applied to each withdrawal decision.
  2. General criteria for withdrawals:
    • historical, local, and cultural significance
    • artistic style
    • relevance to current trends and events
    • favorable attention by critics and reviewers
    • public appeal
    • accuracy
    • format
    • content
    • price
    • patron requests
    • suitability of style and subject for intended audience
    • relation to existing collection
  3. Withdrawn library materials may be given to other libraries, sold, donated, or discarded.

Behavior Policy

The purpose of this policy is to make the library a safe and pleasant facility for patrons and staff. Staff will deal with problem behaviors with courtesy, tact, calmness, and, most of all, common sense. Staff must use their best judgment in situations not discussed.

Library branches will be familiar with any behavior policies that their cities may have, especially when they are located in a municipal building.

To ensure a safe, comfortable environment for all people to use the Library, the following behaviors are not acceptable on Library property:

  1. Use of tobacco products
  2. Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  3. Engaging in any illegal activity
  4. Disruptive or unsafe behavior such as loud talking, loud audio equipment, running, throwing things, hitting, pushing, or shoving
  5. Interfering with the use of the Library by other patrons, or with library staff’s duties
  6. Defacing, stealing, or marring library materials, furnishings, walls, machines, or other library property
  7. Bare feet or lack of upper-body covering
  8. Leaving young or vulnerable children unsupervised in the Library. Parents or authorities may be contacted if children under the age of eight (8), or vulnerable children of any age are in the library unsupervised
  9. Animals, except assistance animals, or animals which are part of library-sponsored or municipal-sponsored activities
  10. Threats or harassment of another person, including following a person, threatening, taunting, bullying, or inflicting physical or verbal abuse
  11. Poor personal hygiene that is offensive or constitutes a nuisance to others
  12. Excessive displays of public affection
  13. Soliciting or panhandling
  14. Brandishing of any weapon

The Library Board bans any individual from Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System who makes a direct threat to staff or patrons or commits a misdemeanor or felony, while on library premises.