Policies and FAQs
The S. Verna Fowler Library is open to all, but there are a handful of best practices that will help everyone enjoy their time at the library. Below, you'll find a series of policies and frequently asked questions.
If you have a question not covered in the following sections, we encourage you to use our Contact form at the bottom of this page.
- Food & Drink
- Noise & Cell Phones
- Children & Youth
- Filming, Recording, & Photography
- Proctoring Exams
- Reference Assistance
- Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials
- Exhibit & Display Guidelines
Food and drink is allowed in the Library, however, due to the safety of the Library collections and equipment, certain areas are off-limits. Food and drink is allowed in the Library Foyer, the Second Floor, and the Lower Level, but not on the Main Floor. Food and drink in these areas must adhere to the 'Leave No Trace' policy: dispose of waste properly by trash cans and recycling bins and to leave what you find of library resources, furnishings, and equipment in same or better condition that what you found it.
Areas in the Library are available for more open conversation. However, the Second and Main Floors are usually for quieter areas, meant for study and independent work. Cell phones should be turned off or silent upon entering the Library. If you must answer a call, please move to the foyer. When a patron or group of patrons gets loud to the point of disturbing others, library staff will talk to the patron asking them to be quiet. Options will be offered such as the use of study room for group work, headphones if they are listening to audio, or moving to the foyer in the event they are using their cell phone in the library.
It is Library policy that children under the age of 14 (fourteen) be accompanied by an adult. The Library is not responsible for items a child view, listen to, or borrow. In the event that a minor is in the Library and being disruptive, Library Staff may contact a parent or guardian. Parents and responsible caregivers are solely responsible for educating and monitoring the activities of a minor in their legal custody and are responsible for all activity that a minor undertakes during use of library/computer resources. The CMN Library staff does not monitor the use of library and computer resources, including the Internet, with the purpose of determining whether the use of such resources is appropriate for minors.
Gifts to the library are encouraged. However, gifts will be added to the collection only after the items have been evaluated to determine if they meet collection development guidelines. Donors should call the library if they have materials they wish to donate, or if they have any questions about the appropriateness /condition of their gifts.
It is customary for donors to bring their gifts to the CMN library. Pickup of donated items must be discussed with the Library Director.
All gifts will be acknowledged with a letter from the Library that indicates the number of volumes/issues/monetary amount given. The library cannot legally provide an appraisal or estimate of the value of the donated material.
Materials that are not added to our collection may be stored for potential use, sold, or discarded.
When a patron or group of patrons gets loud to the point of disturbing others, library staff will talk to the patron asking them to be quiet. Options will be offered such as the use of study room for group work, headphones if they are listening to audio, or moving to the foyer in the event they are using their cell phone in the library.
S. Verna Fowler Academic / Menominee Public Library staff provides knowledgeable, personalized assistance to help patrons find information and select and use library resources.
Library staff treats all requests, and the patrons who make them, with respect. Appropriate assistance is provided courteously and impartially to all, regardless of age, background, disability, origin or views.
Staff uses information based on accurate and authoritative print and online sources, or acquired from a reliable authority.
No two reference questions are the same. Simple queries are usually answered quickly and fully. More complex questions may require the patron’s participation in the information search, with staff providing professional assistance and instruction. Staff can serve as a research consultant, providing guidance and advice on the search strategy and process.
In some instances, staff may need to limit the amount of time and level of response provided to a patron.
- For those people seeking recommendations for books or other library materials to suit their particular tastes and interests, staff will suggest a selection of specific titles. In addition to relying on their professional knowledge and experience, staff may consult print, on-line and other sources.
- Formal and informal instruction in the use of information resources is provided.
- Patrons make their requests by telephone, on-line, fax, letter, or in person at the CMN Library. Responses are provided in the most expedient and convenient way possible to the patron.
- All library transactions are confidential under Wisconsin Statute 43§30.
- The Library follows the standards set by the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association.
Our library has unique exhibit opportunities. Displays (or exhibits) should complement the mission and service philosophy of the Library.
We accept displays from individual artists and groups of artists. The requirements are somewhat different.
Both groups and individuals are asked to submit a display proposal, including information about the nature (theme) of the show, the medium, and information about the group or (for an individual) a resume. In addition, individuals are asked to provide a letter of reference from where they have exhibited before. Photos of potential works are helpful; however we do not currently have a jury system.
We remind potential artists/exhibitors of the following:
The Library is used by students, families, and children. This should be considered when choosing works to exhibit
The Library is not intended to be a commercial venue and prices are not posted. A price list can be made up and kept at the circulation desk with artist contact information.
The artist/exhibitor is responsible for hanging and taking down the display. The Library will provide a ladder. The Library will not be responsible for any damages or injuries incurred during this process.
Artists/exhibitors may create and post an artist’s statement or other description of the display.
The Library does not insure artworks/exhibits and assumes no liability in case of damage or theft.
Displays are one month in duration, and can be installed the first of the month and must be removed by the last day of the month that the Library is open.
We ask that each artist/exhibitor sign a contract three weeks before the arrival of the display. The contract includes information we may use for a press release or information to be posted on our website.
- How do I get a library card?
- To get a card, please come to the Library's front desk. You will need a photo ID and proof of address (a piece of mail that has been mailed within the last 30 days). For a child's card (under 18), the child must come with an adult with the above items and have a card or be able to get a card.
- What can I check out once I have a library card?
- Checkouts are based on the type of card you have.
|Card Type||Books||Audio-visual items (CDs, DVDS, movies, etc)||magazines|
|CMN Student||15 Items, 30 Days||5 Items, 5 Days||5 Items, 2 Weeks|
|CMN Faculty||30 Items, 30 Days||10 Items, 10 Days||5 Items, 2 weeks|
|CMN Staff||20 Items, 30 Days||10 Items, 5 Days||5 Items, 2 Weeks|
|Community Adult||15 Items, 30 Days||5 Items, 5 Days||5 Items, 2 Weeks|
|Community Child||10 Items, 30 Days||5 Items, 5 Days||3 Items, 2 Weeks|
- Does the Library do faxes?
- What are Inter Library Loans (ILL)?
- Inter Library Loans, or ILLs, are items that are requested by Library staff from other libraries. This allows for patrons to have access to materials that the S. Verna Fowler Academic Library/Menominee Public Library does not own.
- How do I request an ILL?
- To request an item that this Library does not own, a patron must have a Library card that is in good standing (no overdues/fines over $30) and be over 18 years old (patrons under 18 may ask their parent/guardian to order the item and that parent/guardian would be the requesting patron), as well as working contact information (phone/email).
- When requesting an item, please use the ILL Form and fill out as much information as possible to help Library staff order the correct item.
- Library staff will contact the patron when the requested item has been delivered. Please be aware that this Library has only a once-a-week delivery date. Library staff appreciate your patience and cooperation with this program.
- Can I rent a room at the Library?
- We have many rooms at the Library available. These rooms are free of charge to College of Menominee Nation faulty, staff, and students; please contact the receptionist for room availability and sign-up. For those in the community and beyond, room requests must be sent through the College of Menominee Nation at 715-799-5600, and will require a fee.
- What are eBooks?
- eBooks are digital books that you can read through a variety of ways, including: smart phone, tablet, Amazon Kindle, Kindle app, Barnes & Noble Nook, Overdrive, Browser readers, and more!
- At CMN Library, we offer free access to eBooks through Overdrive. To use, go to the website, sign in using the Infosoup - Menominee Tribal/County Library option in the drop-down Select Your Library menu. Use your Library Card number in both the Library Card field and the password. You are now signed in and can start borrowing eBooks, eAudiobooks, and streaming videos! If you need help navigating or troubleshooting, try out Overdrive's Help Page or talk to a Library Staff Member.
- Can I donate items to the Library?
- Yes! The Library welcomes the support from its community, both local and far away. Donations from those willing to help the Library meet the needs of the community it serves are always a happy addition.
- What type of items can I donate to the library?
- The Library allows for a variety of donations, however there are a few items we do not take.
- How do I donate items to the Library?
- To donate items to the Library, please make sure it meets the requirements of types of items the Library allows for donation. If you are unsure, please speak with Library staff to verify.
- To drop off items, if you need a cart, please ask Library staff.
- When donating items, please fill out the Donation Form (this is a fillable PDF - to use, please download and open in Adobe; hand-filled forms are also accepted). This form changes ownership of the items to the Library. Please be aware that not all donations will be added to the Library's collection, however they will still benefit the Library whichever decision is made.