In accordance with Chapter 692A.113 of the Code of Iowa, the Library Board of Trustees prohibits the presence of sex offenders convicted of offenses against minors upon or within 300 feet of library property without written permission of the library director.
The library director may only give written permission for use of the library following a thorough review by the police department, including a background check relative to the applicant’s offender status.
The issuance of a library card to individuals who have been convicted of a sex offense involving a minor does not grant those individuals permission to enter the library or to be present on library property. Individuals convicted of a sex offense against a minor must follow proper library procedures and policies to request and obtain written permission to be on library property, regardless of whether or not they possess a valid library card.
Offenders barred from library property under the law remain entitled to library service. It is the responsibility of the offender to arrange for a courier to select, check out, and return materials to the library through possession of the offender’s card.
Offenders barred from library property under the law will not be served by the library’s homebound delivery service.
If an offender disagrees with the decision of the library director, which involves the interpretation or administration of the policy, the offender may appeal the decision in writing to the library board. Such appeal may only be at a meeting in which a quorum is present. Violations of this policy will be immediately reported to law enforcement.