Library Use by Sex Offenders Against Minors
In accordance with Chapter 692A.113(g) of the Code of Iowa, the presence of a sex offender (defined as a person who is required to be registered in the Iowa Sex Offender Registry) convicted of a sex offense against a minor is prohibited from being present upon the real property of a public library without the written permission of the library administrator, nor may they loiter within three hundred feet of the real property boundary of a public library.
The Library Director acts as “library administrator” for purposes of Iowa Code Chapter 692A. The Library Director will not give the written permission required by Iowa Code (Section 692A.113(f)) for sex offenders convicted of sex offenses against minors to be present on library property. Individuals may appeal this decision, as it relates to them, to the Library Board of Trustees.
Sex offenders convicted of sex offenses against minors may be eligible for library service, depending on their residence address. They may register for a card directly via telephone or email with the Circulation Coordinator or via USPS mail. They will choose a designee, making arrangements for that person to select, check out, and return materials using that card. Under any circumstances a sex offender convicted of sex offenses against minors will remain responsible for all activity on their card, as is the case with any other library user. They may access information resources via telephone or online.
Issuance of a library card to a sex offender convicted of sex offenses against minors does not constitute written permission from the library director for that offender to be present on library property.
Violations of this policy will be immediately reported to law enforcement, and violators will automatically lose all library privileges.