Library Policies

Please review this important information when using our library system.

Our policies create an enjoyable experience for all of our patrons and staff. Keep these policies in mind and share them with your children when visiting our library locations.

Library Card Information

Library cards are provided free of charge to any person who wishes to borrow library materials. Applicants for library cards are required to show a valid Nevada driver's license or I. D. A card can be used to check out material in any library in our system. This card must be presented whenever the borrower wishes to check out library material. Borrowers are responsible for the return of all materials checked out on their cards. The borrower must notify the library at once if the card is lost or stolen. There is a small charge for a replacement card.

Children under 18 but older than 6 may apply in person accompanied by their parent or legal guardian, who must sign the application and show a valid Nevada driver's license or Nevada I.D.

Fines & Fees

Overdue items $0.15 per day
Replacement library card $1.50 per card
Copy machine $0.15 per copy, enlargements $0.20
Microfiche/Microfilm copy $0.15 per copy
Typewriter, Word Processor $2.00 per hour
Lost, stolen or damaged items Full replacement cost + $5.00 processing fee

Loans Periods and Limits

Loan Periods

Books 2 weeks
Interlibrary loan 2 weeks
CDs, Audiobooks/Music* 2 weeks
Launchpads* 2 weeks
DVDs* 1 week


  • Books may be renewed at the library or by telephone, provided there are no reserve orders waiting. Have your library card and books available when you phone.
  • No renewals on videos or DVDs.
  • No renewals on Launchpads

Limits on Borrowing

  • No more than 20 items are permitted to be checked out on a library card at any time.
  • No more than 3 total audio cassette programs and/or music CDs.
  • No more than 3 total videocassettes and/or DVDs.

Loss of Borrowing Privileges

  • The borrowing limit of 20 has been reached.
  • There are overdue materials charged to the borrower.


  • As a courtesy reminder, the library sends an overdue notice listing all materials.
  • A billing for overdue materials is sent five weeks after the due date.

Lost or Damaged

Lost, stolen or damaged items require full replacement cost + $5.00 processing fee

Internet Use Policy and Guidelines

This policy applies to all users of the Library system's computers or networks. If you have any questions about the policy or what it means, please contact a librarian for more information.

The Internet is a global collection of computer networks that connect thousands of computers all over the world. The Elko-Lander-Eureka System cannot monitor all information on the Internet, and therefore cannot be held responsible for its content or accuracy. The Internet is an unregulated medium and may contain inaccurate, obsolete, and/or offensive material. Violations of NRS 201.730, NRS 201.235 and/or NRS 201.257 will be considered inappropriate use of the Internet resource.

NRS 200.730 Possession of visual presentation depicting sexual conduct of person under 16 years of age unlawful; penalties. A person who knowingly and willfully has in his possession for any purpose any film, photograph or other visual presentation depicting a person under the age of 16 years as the subject of a sexual portrayal or engaging in or simulating, or assisting others to engage in or simulate, sexual conduct:

  1. For the first offense, is guilty of a category B felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a minimum term of not less than 1 year and a maximum term of not more than 6 years, and may be further punished by a fine of not more than $5,000.
  2. For any subsequent offense, is guilty of a category A felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a minimum term of not less than 1 year and a maximum term of life with the possibility of parole, and may be further punished by a fine of not more than $5,000.

(Added to NRS by 1983, 814; A 1985, 1412; 1987, 846; 1995, 951, 1196, 1337; 2005, 2876)

NRS 201.235 Definitions. In NRS 201.235 to 201.254, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires:

  1. "Community" means the area from which a jury is or would be selected for the court in which the action is tried.

  2. "Item" includes any book, leaflet, pamphlet, magazine, booklet, picture, drawing, photograph, film, negative, slide, motion picture, figure, object, article, novelty device, recording, transcription, phonograph record or tape recording, videotape or videodisc, with or without music, or other similar items.

  3. "Material" means anything tangible which is capable of being used or adapted to arouse interest, whether through the medium of reading, observation, sound or in any other manner.

  4. "Obscene" means any item, material or performance which:

    1. An average person applying contemporary community standards would find, taken as a whole, appeals to prurient interest;

    2. Taken as a whole lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value; and

    3. Does one of the following:

      1. Depicts or describes in a patently offensive way ultimate sexual acts, normal or perverted, actual or simulated.

      2. Depicts or describes in a patently offensive way masturbation, excretory functions, sadism or masochism.

      3. Lewdly exhibits the genitals.

      Appeal shall be judged with reference to ordinary adults, unless it appears, from the character of the material or the circumstances of its dissemination, to be designed for children or a clearly defined deviant group.

    4. "Performance" means any play, motion picture, dance or other exhibition performed before an audience.

[1911 C&P ยง 196; A 1955, 907]-(NRS A 1963, 1171; 1965, 584; 1971, 205, 493; 1979, 364)-(Substituted in revision for NRS 201.250)

NRS 201.257 "Harmful to minors" defined. "Harmful to minors" means that quality of any description or representation, whether constituting all or a part of the material considered, in whatever form, of nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement or sado-masochistic abuse which predominantly appeals to the prurient, shameful or morbid interest of minors, is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community with respect to what is suitable material for minors, and is without serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.

(Added to NRS by 1969, 513; A 1981, 1689)

Patrons agree to hold the Elko-Lander-Eureka County Library System harmless and indemnify it against any and all claims or liabilities, directly or indirectly relating to their use of the Internet. All Internet users will be expected to use this resource responsibly and in a way consistent with informational and educational purposes.


The Elko-Lander-Eureka County Library System's mission is to provide the community with access to collections, resources and services that enhance educational, cultural and informational needs.


  1. All Internet users must read and sign an Internet use agreement prior to obtaining an Internet Use card. Children under the age of 8 should have a responsible computer user accompany them during their use of the Internet. As with all materials in the Library, any restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian. For further information on guiding usage refer to "Child Safety on the Information Highway" . Print copies are available at the Library. The Elko-Lander-Eureka County Library System can neither verify the accuracy nor control the content of sources found on the Internet.

  2. Library staff will assist patrons with Internet use as time permits, but cannot offer individual instruction. Library staff may not always be familiar with the specific program being used. The responsibility for successful computing lies with the user.

  3. The Library cannot guarantee privacy for Internet users. Sites visited on the Internet by any user remain in the browser history for at least twenty-four hours. A patron's right to privacy and confidentiality is difficult to maintain due to public location of the Internet terminals.

  4. The Library's Internet connection may be periodically and temporarily inoperable due to technical difficulties. Computing speed may also be affected by a variety of factors beyond the Library's control. The Library cannot be held responsible for technical difficulties.

  5. Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Any inappropriate use in violation of this policy will result in cancellation of your Internet privileges.

  6. The Elko-Lander-Eureka County Library system retains the right to change the provisions contained in this policy at any time.


  • Use is made available on a first come, first served basis. There is a time limit of 60 minutes per session. Users may continue their session if no one else is waiting to use the resource. Users are expected to terminate sessions in the allotted time.

  • The library's computing resources are designed for informational and educational use and not communication. Personal use of e-mail may not infringe on use of the resource for information and research.

  • Users may not use Library computers to install, run, or access their own software or programs not already installed on the Library's computers.

  • Use of the system for any commercial, illegal or criminal purpose is not permissible.

  • Printing costs are $0.15 per page.

  • Use of games, chat rooms or newsgroups is not permitted.

  • Materials on the network may be subject to copyright laws. Any responsibility for any consequences of copyright infringement lies with the user.

  • Users may not turn on or reboot computers without staff assistance.

Revised September 16, 2008
Elko County Library Board of Trustees

Policy on Disruptive Behavior in the Library

The library is a public institution, and it must provide open access for all members of the community, however, the comfort of the majority of the patrons and staff must be given due consideration.

The library will make every effort for children to use the library without disrupting service to others. When disruptive behavior occurs the staff member will determine if the child's parent or guardian is in the building. Once supervision has been determined, the following procedures will be taken:

  1. For children (older than 6) who come to the library WITHOUT adult supervision and are disruptive:
    1. Staff will politely, but firmly tell them they must stop the disruptive behavior (running, loudness, destruction, etc.) or they will be asked to leave.
    2. If disruptive behavior does not stop, the staff will attempt to contact the parent or guardian, and will require the child leave the building.
    3. If behavior is repeated, they may be asked to not return to the library for a specified amount of time.
  2. For children who come to the library with an adult but are NOT effectively supervised:
    1. Staff will politely, but firmly tell the adult that disruptive behavior must stop or they will not be permitted to use the library.
    2. If disruptive behavior continues staff may require the adult to remove child(ren) from the library.
  3. Adults accompanying young children who cry for an unreasonably long time may be asked to remove children until they have quieted down.

This policy is displayed at the front desk and is available upon request. The policy is designed to insure the right of every individual to use the library UNLESS his or her behavior, or those in their care, impinges on the right of other patrons to use the library.

Adopted 1995, Revised April 1997, Reviewed May 15, 2007 with no revisions.
Elko County Library Board of Trustees

Policy on Unattended Children in the Library

No child, age six or under, may be left in the library unattended or without appropriate supervision. Exceptions may be made in individual instances. Neither the County nor the staff of the Library System has custodial responsibility of unattended children. The County and the Library System assume no liability for unattended children.

If a child is left for more than one hour in the library, staff have the option of trying to reach the child's parents or calling the police. If the staff cannot locate the parents, the police will be notified.

If a minor is left at the Library at closing, the Library staff have the option of trying to locate the child's parents or calling the police. If the parents cannot be located, the police will be notified.

When a child is left at the Library and the police are notified, the police will take the child into protective custody and the child will be placed in the County shelter until the parents are notified.

Reviewed May 15, 2007 with no revisions.
Elko County Library Board of Trustees

Meeting Room Policy

Agreement for Use of Public Meeting Room

The meeting rooms of the Elko County Library and its branch libraries (where applicable) are available for use by legal profit or non-profit groups or organizations.

  1. Legal activities may be conducted in the meeting room by these groups or organizations.

  2. Any activity in the meeting room which is not an official library function shall be managed by the organization or group using the room.

  3. All meetings of non-profit groups must be announced and advertised locally as open to the public.

  4. Keys to the library meeting room are to remain in the possession of the library and/or staff at all times.

  5. The library will not be responsible for lost, stolen or damaged exhibits or other property. Exhibitors will be required to sign a waiver of responsibility prior to setting up an exhibit.

  6. Granting permission to use the library facilities does not constitute an endorsement by the library staff or trustees of the users or their beliefs.

  7. The library reserves the right to determine that the use of the room may be only during regular scheduled library hours. The room must be vacated 15 minutes prior to closing.

  8. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis when the room is not being used by the library. The library reserves the right to use the meeting room for library purposes such as programs or board meetings at any time. There will be no regular scheduled meetings. All requests for the use of the room must be made to Circulation Supervisor, Library Director, or Reference Librarian no more than 60 days in advance.

  9. Approval for use of the meeting room must be obtained by signing the library's agreements concerning the use of the room.