General Policies

Library Cards

A free library card will be issued to any resident of the library district, for non-residents a fee of $1.00 will apply.

Borrowing Materials

Patrons must have a valid library card to check out materials. Anyone holding a valid Illinois library card may check out any available item. Items available for checkout include: books, magazines, VHS tapes, DVDs, audio books, and music CDs.

Check-out Period

Books and audio books are available for a two week checkout period.  Magazines, VHS tapes, DVDs and music CDs are available for a one week checkout period. All materials are renewable once unless on reserve. Materials can be renewed in person or over the phone.

Charges and Fines

Overdue materials of any kind that have been borrowed from the Atkinson Public Library District - e.g. books, magazines, DVDs - will result in a fine of 5 cents per day. Overdue interlibrary loan materials shall be assessed a fine according to board policy.

Public Computer Use Policies

Patron Assistance and Instruction

The Atkinson Public Library District's staff may provide assistance to patrons in the use of electronic information networks as time and staff knowledge permits. Printed and online documentation and instructions are available at or near points of service. Formal instruction in particular aspects of electronic information network use may be available.

Computer Workstation Limitations

Due to limited disk drive space and/or printing capabilities, the library does not allow users to download files onto a computer's hard drive; documents may be saved to a personal storage device instead. Furthermore, the library does not provide e-mail accounts and encryption is not available on the library's Internet terminals. Due to this limitation - and because computers are in public view - patrons are discouraged from using these terminals as a means to send sensitive information, including, but not limited to: credit card or social security numbers.

Use of Equipment and Networks

The Atkinson Public Library District requires that library patrons using electronic information networks such as the Internet do so within the guidelines of acceptable use. 


The following activities have been deemed unacceptable by the Atkinson Public Library District:

  • Use of electronic information networks for any purpose which results in the harassment of other users.
  • Destruction of, damage to, or unauthorized alteration of the library's computer equipment software or network security procedures.
  • Use of electronic information networks in any way which violates Federal or State law.
  • Use of electronic information networks in any way that violates licensing and payment agreements between the library and network/database providers. 
  • Unauthorized duplication of copy-protected software or violation of software license agreements.
  • Violation of system security.
  • Behaving in a manner that is disruptive to others, including but not limited to: overuse of computer equipment which serves to deny access to other users.

Supervision of Children

The responsibility for supervision of children's use of any library materials, including computer access, belongs to the parents or guardians of the child.  The Atkinson Public Library's Unattended Child Policy states no child under the age of 13 may be left unattended while using the Internet or library Wi-Fi without either the knowledge or supervision of a parent or guardian. Some material available on the Internet may be deemed inappropriate for children by their parents or guardians; therefore, parents or guardians - not the library staff - are responsible for the information accessed by children while on library computers or Wi-Fi.

Procedures for Use

The library reserves the right to establish procedures for use of public computer workstations in order to make access available to all persons in a timely manner. Copies of the public use computer procedures are available at the library's Information Services Desk.

Wi-Fi Policy

The Atkinson Public Library offers wireless network (Wi-Fi) access to the library's Internet service for properly equipped laptops. Use of the Internet in the library constitutes acceptance of the library's Internet Use Policy. Please read the policy before accessing the network or see a librarian for a written copy of the full policy.

In order to use the wireless network, users will need to bring their Wi-Fi enabled device and ask for the password at the Service Desk.

The library's wireless network is not secure and is an open network. The library cannot guarantee the safety of traffic across its wireless network. The library assumes no responsibility for the configurations, security or files on laptops resulting from connecting to the library's network.

Information sent to or from a laptop can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and appropriate software, within the range of the access point.

The library is not able to provide technical assistance, and there is no guarantee that patrons will be able to make a wireless connection. If assistance is needed, contact the manufacturer of the laptop or software. The library is not responsible for any changes made to a computer's settings.

The library does not support printing through the wireless network.