About the Library

Reddick Public Library District strives to serve its community's needs for literacy, information, recreation, and culture.

2016-2017 Annual Report to State Library

2016-2017 Annual Report.pdf433.03 KB

Application and Job Descriptions

To view or print a copy of the job application and/or job description/s, please click on the attachment/s below.

All applications are kept on file for 60 days.

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Circulation Assistant Job Description168.17 KB
Page/Shelver Job Description222.92 KB

Dates Closed

2018 Closings

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Monday, January 1, 2018

EASTER SUNDAY – Sunday, April 1, 2018

MOTHERS’ DAY – Sunday, May 13, 2018

ALL SUNDAYS from May 27, 2018 through September 2, 2018

MEMORIAL DAY – Monday, May 28, 2018

INDEPENDENCE DAY – Wednesday, July 4, 2018

LABOR DAY – Monday, September 3, 2018

STAFF TRAINING - Friday, September 28, 2018

THANKSGIVING EVE – Wednesday, November 21, 2018 (close @ 5:00pm)

THANKSGIVING DAY – Thursday, November 22, 2018

CHRISTMAS EVE – Monday, December 24, 2018

CHRISTMAS DAY – Tuesday, December 25, 2018

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Monday, December 31, 2018

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Tuesday, January 1, 2019 (already approved)

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act

I.   A brief description of our public body is as follows:

A.  Our purpose is to provide materials and services to meet the community’s needs for literacy, information, recreation, and culture. See Reddick Public Library District’s website @ www.reddicklibrary.org.

B.  An organizational chart is attached.

C.  The total amount of our operating budget for FY2019 is $1,228,577.01. Funding  sources are property and personal property replacement taxes, state and federal grants, fines, charges, and donations. Tax levies are:
      1. General Fund Tax (for general operating expenditures)
      2. IMRF Fund Tax (provides for employees’ retirement and related expenses)
      3. FICA Fund Tax (provides for employees’ FICA costs and related expenses)
      4. Audit Fund Tax (for annual audit and related expenses)
      5. Building Fund Tax (for maintaining the building)
      6. Insurance Fund Tax (for insurance premiums, risk management, unemployment and worker’s compensation insurance, and relatedexpenses)
      7. Working Cash Fund (for internal loans)

D.  The office is located at this address: 1010 Canal Street, Ottawa, Illinois 61350.

E.  We have approximately the following number of persons employed:
      1. Full-time 6
      2. Part-time 15

F.  The following organization exercises control over our policies and procedures: The Reddick Public Library District Board of Trustees, which meets monthly on the 2nd Monday, 6:00 pm, at the library. Its members are: Neil Reinhardt, President; Jean Batson-Turner, Vice President; Bill Strong Jr., Secretary; Jameson Campaigne, Treasurer; Phyllis Palmer, Melissa Hulse, and James Brusatte.

G.  We are required to report and be answerable for our operations to:
Illinois State Library, Springfield, Illinois. Its members are State Librarian, Jesse White(Secretary of State); Director of State Library, Anne Craig; and various other staff.

II. You may request the information and the records available to the public in the following manner:

A.  Your request can be made by mail, facsimile, e-mail, or personal delivery during regular business hours of the Library.

B.  If utilizing facsimile, your request should be sent to 815.434.2634. If utilizing e-mail your request should be directed to the following Reddick Library FOIA officer:

Molly DeBernardi mdebernardi@reddicklibrary.org.

C.  You must indicate whether you have a “commercial purpose” in your request.

D.  You must specify the records requested to be disclosed for inspection or to be copied. If you desire that any records be certified, you must specify which ones.

E. To reimburse us our actual costs for reproducing and certifying (if requested) the records, you will be charged the following fees:
     There is a $1.00 charge for each certification of records.
     There is no charge for the first fifty (50) pages of black and white text either letter or legal size.
     There is a $0.15 per page charge for copied records in excess of 50 pages.
     The actual copying cost of color copies and other sized copies will be charged.

F.  If the records are kept in electronic format, you may request a specific format and if feasible, they will be so provided, but if not, they will be provided either in the electronic format in which they are kept (and you would be required to pay the actual cost of the medium only; i.e., disc, diskette, tape, etc.) or in paper as you select.

G.  The office will respond to a written request within five (5) working days or sooner if possible. An extension of an additional five (5) working days may be necessary to properly respond.

H.  Records may be inspected or copied. If inspected, an employee must be present throughout the inspection.

I.  The place and times where the records will be available as follows:
     Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
     Reddick Public Library District, Director’s Office

III.  Certain types of information maintained by us are exempt from inspection and copying. However, the following types or categories of records are maintained under our control:
   A. Monthly Financial Statements
   B. Annual Receipts and Disbursements Reports
   C. Budget and Appropriation Ordinances
   D. Levy Ordinances
   E. Operating Budgets
   F. Annual Audits
   G. Minutes of the Board of Library Trustees
   H. Library Policies, including Materials Selection
    I. Adopted Ordinances and Resolutions of the Board
   J. Annual Reports to the Illinois State Library

Adopted by Library Board 12/14/09; updated 5/26/15, 5/25/17, 5/15/18

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Organizational Chart574.55 KB
Staff Compensation551.56 KB


William ReddickOpened to the public on September 19, 1888, the library was a gift to the city by William Reddick. Reddick came to the United States from Ireland in 1816, finally settling in the Ottawa area in 1835. Reddick entered politics and became quite prominent, representing LaSalle County in the state senate from 1847-1851 and again in 1870-1873.

In 1860, he built one of the most impressive Italianate residences in the state. Upon his death in 1885, he willed his fine home to the City of Ottawa, together with a substantial endowment, for use as a public library and reading room "... to be known and called by the name of Reddick's Library."

The library offered its services from the mansion until February 17,1975, when a new facility was built to accommodate the library's growing collections and patronage.

Through a November 2006 referendum, Reddick Library's service area was expanded to include most of the Ottawa Township High School taxing district. Click on the attachment below to view the district map.

Reddick Library offers a broad selection of materials in a variety of formats and an ever-growing array of traditional and non-traditional programs and services for patrons of all ages. With the ongoing support of the public it serves, it seems that William Reddick's wish to have a library that shall "... ever be open to the public" has indeed found expression.

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The following policies have been adopted by the Reddick Library District Board of Trustees:

Circulation Policy

Items with two week check out and two renewals:
Music CDs

Items with two week check out and one renewal:
DVDs - TV series, nonfiction

Items with two week check out and no renewal:
New Books
DVDs - TV series, nonfiction

Items with one week check out and one renewal:
DVDs - feature films

Items with one week check out and no renewal:
New DVDs - feature films

Collection Management Policy


The purpose of the Collection Management Policy of the Reddick Public Library District is to  guide the library staff in their assigned areas of collection management and to inform the public of the principles which govern the management of the Library’s collection.

The responsibility for the policy governing the management of the Library’s collections rests with the Board of Trustees. Responsibility for managing the collections is delegated to the Library Director and her/his designees. However, all members of the staff and patrons may recommend titles for consideration. Recommendations for materials from citizens of the  community should be encouraged. Individuals can complete a Purchase Request form at the  service desk. All requests are given consideration, and patrons will be informed of the Library’s  decision. Interlibrary loan may be utilized for out of print items and for items that do not meet  the criteria for purchase.

Criteria for Selection

Through careful selection, the Library strives to maintain a diverse collection of quality materials, including items of contemporary significance and permanent value, as well as a selection of materials concerning social issues and ephemeral items. Circulating materials are supplemented by a number of reference materials for both in-house and virtual use.
1. Materials are selected to fulfill the roles established by the Reddick Public Library District Board of Trustees. The following criteria serve as guidelines:
a. Literary quality
b. Popular demand
c. Value of information
d. Current or historical interest
e. Relevance to community interests and needs.
2. Selection of materials is made on the basis of the values and interests of all the people in  the community. No material will be excluded because of the race, nationality, religion, or political or social views of the author.
3. Because it is impossible for selectors to examine all items being considered for purchase, they depend on reliable selection aids, which include reviews found in standard sources.  Other selection aids include, but are not limited to, ALA Notable Books lists, Pulitzer  Prize lists, and published lists of bestsellers.
4. Because the Library serves a public that includes a wide range of ages, educational backgrounds, and reading skills, it will seek to select materials of varying complexity. No titles are excluded from the collection solely because the frankness of presentation might be offensive to some nor because the material might not be suitable for all levels. High interest materials of questionable long-term value are included in the collection and may be withdrawn once they have served their purpose. Literary merit is not a nessary criterion for high interest materials.
5. When available, materials that contain a significant amount of information about Ottawa and the district or are written by a resident of the library district, will be acquired.

1. The Board of Trustees believes that censorship in an individual matter and declares that, while anyone is free to reject for themselves materials of which they do not approve, they cannot exercise this right of censorship to restrict the freedom of others.
2. The Library purchases material for collections for each of the following general age groups: adults, preschool-age children, elementary-age children, and junior high-age children. Library selectors choose relevant materials for each of these collections.  However, there are no age restrictions on the borrowing of library materials. Selection of materials for the adult collection will not be limited by the fact that this collection is widely used by high school and junior high students, and increasingly by elementary school students. The responsibility for monitoring library material used by minors rests with the parent or guardian.
3. The Library Board of Trustees defends the principle of Freedom to Read and declares that whenever censorship is involved, no material will be removed from the library except under the orders of a court of competent jurisdiction. The principles of which this policy is based are expressed in the Library Bill of Rights, adopted by the American Library Association (ALA), and as amended by the ALA Council, and the following interpretations by the ALA Council: Challenged materials, Evaluating Library Collections, Exhibit Spaces and Meeting Rooms, Expurgation of Library Materials, Free Access to Libraries for Minors, Restricted Access to Library Materials, and Statement on Labeling, copies of which are attached hereto and incorporated herein.
4. The Library Board of Trustees adopts and declares that it will adhere to and support:
a. The Library Bill of Rights adopted by the American Library Association.
b. The Freedom to Read statement adopted by the American Library Association.
c. The Freedom to View statement adopted by the American Library Association.
(These documents are appended to this policy.)
5. Patrons with complaints concerning specific library materials will be referred to the Director. It is the responsibility of the Director to discuss the complaint with the patron and attempt to clarify any questions regarding the materials. The patron will be provided with a copy of the Collection Management Policy of the Reddick Library.
6. If the patron decides to pursue their complaint, the patron will complete a copy of the Citizen’s Request for Reconsideration of Materials form and return it to the Director. Upon receipt, the Director will review the form and make an appointment with the patron for a consultation regarding the material. Should the consultation not rectify the problem, the Director will bring the matter to the attention of the Library Board of Trustees for their consideration.

1. Gifts of books and other materials will be accepted by the Library with the understanding that these articles are given unconditionally and become the property of the library. The library reserves the right to add the item to its collection, donate it to another institution, or dispose of it in any other manner.
2. Gifts of money, real property, and stocks and bonds are encouraged and are most useful to the library in unrestricted form. Any restrictions or conditions attached to such gifts must apply to the mission and roles of the library and be acceptable to the Board of Trustees.
3. Personal property, art objects, memorial, or commemorative objects, displays or plaques, portraits, artifacts, antiques, museum objects, and similar materials are generally not accepted as gifts by the library. Under certain circumstances the library may accept such a gift if all conditions are approved by the Board of Trustees.
4. The library will not accept any materials which are not outright gifts, nor will the library accept any materials that attach the condition of periodic or permanent display.
5. No valuations or appraisals shall be made by the library staff on any potential or actual gifts to the library.

Withdrawal of Material

Materials, which no longer meet the stated objectives of the Library, will be discarded according to the accepted professional practices as described in the publication, the CREW Manual. Disposition of all library materials will be at the discretion of the Library Director.


Sub-sections of the collection are listed in alphabetical order.

In order to preserve the original integrity of the text, as well as the author's intent, print and audio abridgements are rarely considered for the inclusion. Abridgements or reworking of a plot or character by the original author, or abridgements of classic works intended for children may be considered.

Blind and Physically Handicapped Talking Book Service
Talking book service to patrons with disabilities is provided by the State Library through a system of regional offices. The library will provide referral to the appropriate agency.

Databases, Online
The library purchases online subscriptions items that reflect the reference needs of the general public and the academic needs of students from elementary school through high school. Selection factors include reference value, availability of print equivalent, cost, availability of remote access, and patron demand. Priority will be given to those products that provide a unique service, provide added value to their print equivalents, and which are the equivalent of large paper collections.

The library purchases a collection of e-books and e-audiobooks through the consortium to which the Library belongs as well as a supplemental program for the Library’s own patrons.

Foreign Language Materials
The library collects a variety of basic foreign language materials, including print and recordings for children and adults that reflect the ethnicity of the community. The library will also provided access to materials at other libraries through interlibrary loan.

The library purchases a variety of general guides to help patrons learn how to trace their ancestry. Genealogies of specific families are considered only if the family is of local interest. Staff will provide referral to other libraries and agencies for specific genealogy questions that are beyond the scope of the collection.

Non-book materials
The library purchases non-book materials for in-house use or for circulation, which include audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, microfilm, DVDs, and music CDs.  Selectors utilize the criteria for and methods of selection listed above. Non-book materials are under constant evaluation and are subject to change. Cost of items, budget, patron use, and improved technologies are determining factors in selection.

The Library does not purchase textbooks, but a collection of some textbooks have been donated to the Library by local school districts for in-house use. The library policy is to purchase materials to supplement and complement the curriculum offerings of the schools within the library district.

Review of Policy
Because the needs of the community change, the Collection Management Policy is revised as needed and/or reviewed by the Board of Trustees at least every five years.


THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.
1. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people in the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
2. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
3. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
4. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
5. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
6. Libraries should make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.


1. It is in the public interest for publishers and librarians to make available the widest diversity of views and expressions, including those that are unorthodox, unpopular, or considered dangerous by the majority.
2. Publishers, librarians, and booksellers do not need to endorse every idea or presentation they make available. It would conflict with the public interest for them to establish their own political, moral, or aesthetic views as a standard for determining what should be published or circulated.
3. It is contrary to the public interest for publishers or librarians to bar access to writings on the basis of the personal history or political affiliations of the author.
4. There is no place in our society for efforts to coerce the taste of others, to confine adults to the reading matter deemed suitable for adolescents, or to inhibit the efforts of writers to achieve artistic expression.
5. It is not in the public interest to force a reader to accept the prejudgment of a label characterizing any expression or its author as subversive or dangerous.
6. It is the responsibility of publishers and librarians, as guardians of the people's freedom to read, to contest encroachments upon that freedom by individuals or groups seeking to impose their own standards or tastes upon the community at large; and by the government whenever it seeks to reduce or deny public access to public information.
7. It is the responsibility of publishers and librarians to give full meaning to the freedom to read by providing books that enrich the quality and diversity of thought and expression. By the exercise of this affirmative responsibility, they can demonstrate that the answer to a "bad" book is a good one, the answer to a "bad" idea is a good one.


The freedom to view, along with the freedom to speak, to hear, and to read, is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. In a free society, there is no place of censorship in any medium of expression. Therefore, these principles are affirmed:
1. To provide the broadest possible access to film, video, and other audiovisual materials because they are a means for the communication of ideas. Liberty of circulation is essential to insure the constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression.
2. To protect the confidentiality of all individuals and institutions using film, video, and other audiovisual materials.
3. To provide film, video, and other audiovisual materials which represent a diversity of views and expression. Selection of a work does not constitute or imply agreement with or approval of content.
4. To provide a diversity of viewpoints without the constraint of labeling or prejudging film, video, and other audiovisual materials on the basis of the moral, religious, or political beliefs of the producer or filmmaker or on the basis of controversial content.
5. To contest vigorously, by all lawful means, every encroachment upon the public’s freedom to view.

Adopted by Board 5/12/03
Updated by Board 11/10/08, 2/11/13



Name: ____________________________________ Date: ______________
Address: _______________________________________________________
City: _______________________________ Phone: ______________________

Whom do you represent?
___Organization (Please specify)
___Other (Please specify)

Materials on which you are commenting:
___Book ___CD
___Magazine/Newspaper ___DVD
___Audiobook ___Other

Title: ________________________________________________________________
Author/Producer: ________________________________________________________

1. What brought this title to your attention?
2. Please comment on the resource as a whole as well as being specific on those matters that concern you.
3. What are your specific recommendations to the library regarding this work?

Your Signature

Board meeting date: ____________
Action Taken:

Community Information Bulletin Board Policy




Computer/Internet Use


  • Patrons must use their own library card to access the Internet on Reddick Library computers. Patrons must be in good standing and have no more than $5.00 in fines.
  • All guests must present a valid photo ID. Guests will be charged $1.00 per hour.
  • Each patron or guest is allowed 180 minutes of computer time per day. Anything over the initial 60 minutes may be added if no other patrons are waiting. All computers are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Children under the age of eighteen must have prior parental approval documented by a written agreement.
  • Computers in the Children's Department are reserved for patrons 13 years of age and younger.  Patrons 14 years of age and older are restricted to computers in the Adult area.
  • Black & white printouts cost $0.25 per page; color printouts cost $1.00 per page. Printouts can be paid for and collected at the Print Station. Patrons are responsible for paying for all pages sent to the printer. Ask if you need assistance.
  • Computer usage is limited to two patrons per workstation except in the Children’s Department, where there can be only one patron per workstation.


Actions resulting in the loss of Computer privileges:   

  • Activity which violates state or federal law in any way.
  • Use of electronic information networks with the intent to harass others.
  • Activity resulting in damage to or alteration of the library's property.
  • Activity which violates licensing and/or payment agreements between the library and the network/database provider.
  • Behavior causing an infringement on others' rights to privacy/space, including but not limited to loud, disruptive behavior, and accessing objectionable or inappropriate material.
  • Infringement of any of the aforementioned Requirements and Actions.

The first offense will result in the loss of privileges for 3 months.

The second offense will result in the loss of privileges for one year.


Internet Policy & Suggestions:

Unlike resources the library purchases, the library cannot control the content available through the Internet. Reddick Library is not responsible for direct or indirect damage incurred by patrons while using Internet resources. 

  • Patrons are strongly encouraged to carefully evaluate the accuracy, currency, validity, and authority of information on the Internet.
  • Patrons are discouraged from offering personal information to Internet sites.
  • Patrons are reminded to sign-out completely from any e-mail accounts.


Reddick Library staff will provide assistance as time and staff knowledge permit. Staff will not provide individual instruction.

Patrons have the right to access and read all library service policies and discuss questions with appropriate staff.


Revised by Board of Trustees  07/14/08; 7/8/13



Patrons donate materials with the understanding that they will be added to the collection if they meet the library's needs and fulfill the materials selection policy standards. Items not added to the collection may be disposed of in any suitable manner.


eReader Lending Policy

eReader Lending Policy

The library owns two different eReaders: Barnes & Noble Nook™ and Amazon Kindle. Our goal in starting this service is to offer you an eReader experience so you can make informed decisions should you decide to purchase one. You can decide whether this new technology delivers reading in a way that fits your lifestyle.

To reserve an eReader, call the library at (815) 434-0509 or stop by the Circulation Desk. A preference for one of the brands may be specified. You will then check out up to 4 e-books from the library’s e-book collection. Go to http://omnilibraries.org and follow the directions to place books in your e-cart. A library staff member will then download your book(s) to the eReader prior to checking the eReader out to you.     

  • An eReader can be checked out by any patron age 18 and over with an established Reddick Library card in good standing (no fines or overdue items and no history of a delinquent account.)
  • An eReader circulates for 14 days. There is no renewal.
  • Overdue charges of $5.00 per day will be assessed for late return of an eReader.
  • In order to allow the greatest number of patrons to try out a device, patrons will be limited to one checkout of each brand of eReader until demand is met.
  • eReaders must be returned to a Reddick Public Library District staff member at the Circulation Desk. They may not be returned to any other public library. If the eReader is returned in the book drop box, a $25 minimum fee will be charged to the user. Do not leave the eReader on the Circulation Desk if a staff member is not present.
  •  Do not let anyone else borrow the eReader or allow children to play with the device.
  •  Be cautious with the eReader and keep it safe from water or being dropped.


Acknowledgement of eReader Replacement Cost


I, ______________________________________________________________(print full name), understand that by checking out an eReader from the Reddick Public Library District that I am responsible for the replacement cost of the device and/or its accessories if lost or damaged.  Overdue charges are $5.00 per day. I acknowledge that eReaders are NOT to be returned in the outside book drop but must be returned to the Reddick Public Library District circulation desk when the library is open.


___________________________________________________________     ____________________________

Signature                                                                                                           Date



Check-out date/staff initials



Check-in date/staff initials

Fine and Fee Policy

Print Materials, Music, Audiobooks, and Playaways
One day's grace* and $.10 per day to a maximum of $10.00

Movies and Software
One day's grace* and $0.50 per day to a maximum of $10.00
*Please note that there is no day of grace on items obtained out-of-system. 


Overdue charge of $5.00 per day to a maximum of $50.00
If returned in book drop box, charge of $25.00
Lost or damaged charge of $175.00

Wi-Fi Hotspots
Overdue charge of $5.00 per day to a maximum of $50.00
If returned in book drop box, charge of $25.00
Lost or damaged charge of $105.00

Lost Items

If a patron has misplaced an item, the staff will offer to renew the item 3 times*, giving the patron a chance to continue to search for the item(s).
 -  The replacement fee for a lost or damaged item is the item's retail price at its time of purchase.
 -  Lost and paid items are non-refundable.
 -  If a lost item is out of print, the replacement fee is the current average retail price or retail price of a similar item.
*Renewing an item three times may not be possible for out-of-system materials.

Returned Check Fee
Up to $25.00

Replacement Fees
Missing barcode- $1.00
Book jacket- $2.00
Music CD/DVD case- $3.00/ Multiple- $6.00
Entire case without barcode and artwork- $5.00
Audio CD/ Playaway case- $10.00

Other Fees
Computer usage- $1.00 per hour (or portion thereof) for non-Reddick cardholders
Computer printouts- $0.25 per page (B&W); $1.00 per page (color)
Microfilm reader printouts- $0.25 per page
Copy machine- $.010 per page (B&W)
Ear buds- $1.50
Headphones- $5.00
Library tote bag- $2.00
FAX service (send)- $1.00 per page
FAX service (receive)- $1.00 per page- No international faxing
Material recovery fee- $10.00 per account (if turned over for collection)

Interlibrary Loan Policy


BACKGROUND: Interlibrary loan (ILL) is the term used when a library borrows materials from or lends materials to another library. Reddick Public Library District (RPLD) recognizes its responsibility to develop collections that will meet the needs of its user community. However, given the wide range of patron interests coupled with a limited budget, it is not possible to provide all types of information to every patron. Therefore, interlibrary loan is a service offered to patrons to help meet their recreational, informational and educational needs.
As a member of the PrairieCat and ILLINET, RPLD shares its collections with other libraries in order to uphold its commitment to the ILLINET network.
RPLD subscribes to the rules set forth in the most current ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Code and National Interlibrary Loan Code as a guide to borrowing and lending items.

Interlibrary loan borrowing services are available to RPLD patrons whose library cards are in good standing.
Library responsibilities:

  • Items will be requested in a timely manner and processed upon receipt;
  • Requests will be treated ethically;
  • Patron confidentiality will be maintained at all times;
  • RPLD will adhere to all copyright laws and guidelines; and
  • RPLD will send out overdue reminders and billings if items are not returned.

Patron responsibilities:
A patron whose library card is in good standing may request no more than 50 items at one time. Patrons:

  • are responsible for all fees associated with the request;
  • must abide by the conditions of the loan as set forth by the lending library;
  • are responsible for returning items promptly or asking for a renewal; and
  • are responsible for the safe return of all items to RPLD.

Privileges will be revoked until all overdue interlibrary loan items are returned, fines paid, or bills paid.

Loan of Returnable Items:
All items in the library’s circulating collection will be shared with other libraries with consideration for the needs of local patrons. RPLD reserves the right to determine whether a particular item should or should not be provided, and whether or not the original or a copy should be sent. All loans are made free of charge.
Loan of Non-Returnable Items:
Photocopies of items in its collection are available free of charge to other libraries as condition and length permits. The Reddick Library adheres to copyright laws and guidelines.

This policy is part of the library’s overall policy structure and should be interpreted in conjunction with other existing policies.


Approved by Board of Trustees 4/10/2006; updated 10/14/2013

Investment of Public Funds

Investment of Public Funds          

1.0 PURPOSE AND SCOPE.  The purpose of this policy statement is to outline the responsibilities, general objectives, and specific guidelines for management of public funds by the Reddick Public Library District. Its scope includes all funds governed by the Library Board of Trustees. 

2.0 RESPONSIBILITIES.  All investment policies and procedures of the Reddick Public Library District will be in accordance with Illinois law. The authority of the Library Board of Library Trustees to control and invest public funds is defined in the Illinois Public Funds Investment Act, and the investments permitted are described therein. Administration and execution of these policies are the responsibility of the Treasurer, and, by designation, the Library Director acting under the authority of the Library Board of Trustees. Investments, fund balances, and the status of such accounts will be reported at each regularly scheduled meetings of the Library Board.

3.0  OBJECTIVES AND GUIDELINES. The primary objective in the investment of District funds is to ensure the safety of principal, while managing liquidity to pay the financial obligations of the District and providing the highest investment return using authorized instruments.In selecting financial institutions and investment instruments to be used, the following general objectives should be considered:

A.   Safety:  Investments shall be undertaken in a manner that seeks to ensure the preservation of capital in the portfolio. 

B.   Maintenance of sufficient liquidity to meet current obligations:  In general, investments should be managed to meet liquidity needs for the current month plus one month (based on forecasted needs). 

C.   Return on investment:  Within the constraints of Illinois law and this investment policy, every effort should be made to maximize return on investments made. All available funds will be placed in investments or kept in interest-bearing deposit accounts at all times.

D.   Simplicity of management:  The time required by library administrative staff to manage investments shall be kept to a minimum.


4.0  PRUDENCE.  Investments shall be made with the judgment and care under the circumstances then prevailing which persons of prudence, discretion and intelligence exercise in the management of their own affairs, not for speculation, but for investment, considering the probable preservation of their capital as well as the probable income to be derived.  This “prudent person” standard shall be used by all investment officers of the district and shall be followed in making investments for the district and in managing those investments.

5.0  ETHICS AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST:  Officers and employees involved in the investment process shall refrain from personal business activities that might conflict with the proper execution and management of this investment program, or that could impair their ability to make impartial decisions, or that could give the appearance of impropriety.  Officers and employees shall disclose any material interests in financial institutions with which the Library conducts business.  They shall further disclose any personal or business financial/investment positions that could be related to the performance of the Library’s investment portfolio.

6.0  DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY:  The Board of Library Trustees may employ one or more investment advisor(s) possessing superior capabilities in the management of assets of governmental bodies. The Board shall require the investment advisor(s) selected to meet the following conditions:

A.   To take actions in the exercise of its discretion which in its best professional judgment are in the best interests of the district and in accordance with this Policy.

B.   To execute all investment transactions on behalf of the District at the best net price, utilizing such approved brokers and dealers as it deems appropriate to obtain the best execution capabilities and/or valuable information with respect to the economy, at the lowest cost to the District.

C.   Such additional responsibilities as are set forth in such investment advisor’s written contract with the District.

The District’s investment advisor(s) shall be responsible for establishing the internal controls in written procedures for the operation of the District’s investment program as set forth in this Policy.

Until the Board of Library Trustees appoints one or more investment advisor(s), management responsibility for the investment program set forth in this Policy is delegated to the Treasurer, and, by designation, the Library Director acting under the authority of the Library Board of Trustees.

7.0  AUTHORIZED BROKERS/DEALERS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS:  All financial institutions and brokers/dealers who want to qualify to bid for investment transactions must initially, and on a periodic basis upon request, provide to the District’s authorized investment officers the following, where applicable:

A.   Audited financial statements;

B.   Trading resolution;

C.   Proof of State of Illinois registration;

D.   Certification of notice and knowledge of the District’s Investment Policy;

E.   Published reports for brokers from rating agencies with investment grade ratings; and

F.   Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income.

An annual review of the financial condition and registration of qualified bidders will be conducted by the District’s authorized investment officers. More frequent reviews may be conducted if warranted.

A current audited financial statement is required to be on file for each financial institution and broker/dealer with which the District has established a depository, trading, or safekeeping relationship.  Qualified bidders shall submit annual audited financial statements and shall submit financial statements when a material change occurs in the financial condition or registration of qualified bidders.

8.0  AUTHORIZED AND SUITABLE INVESTMENTS:  The list of authorized investments shall include those authorized by Section 2 of the Public Funds Investment Act (30 ILCS 235/2). 


A.   Authorized investment officers shall not invest in tri-party repurchase agreements of derivative products, and will not leverage assets through reverse repurchase agreements.

B.   Except for repurchase agreements of government securities which are subject to the Government Securities Act of 1986, the District shall not purchase or invest in instruments which constitute repurchase agreements, and no financial institution may enter into such an agreement with or on behalf of the district unless the instruments and the transaction meet the requirements of Section 2(h) of the Illinois Public Funds Investment Act (30 ILCS 235/2(h)).

C.   Repurchase agreements may be executed only with approved financial institutions or brokers/dealers meeting the District’s established standards, which shall include a mutual execution of a Master Repurchase Agreement adopted by the District.


Adopted by the Library Board of Trustees 11/09/09; Amended 02/13/12

Meeting Room Use

Reddick Library's Meeting Room Policy and Meeting Room Application can be accessed below. 

Please contact Library Director, Molly DeBernardi, for more information.


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Photo and Video Policy

Photo and Video Policy

Attendance at programs and events at the Reddick Public Library District constitutes consent to be photographed or videotaped for publication on the library’s website, social media pages, and/or additional uses the library deems necessary.  The Library does not tag photos on social media and does not use children’s names in photos.

If you or your child do not wish to be photographed or videotaped, please notify Library staff.

Reference Service Policy



The Reddick Public Library District serves a diverse public with unique individual needs and levels of ability to conduct research independently. Providing reference service is one of the roles of the library. Providing both a trained staff and materials to meet users’ needs for timely, accurate, and useful information are goals of the library. The Library encourages all patrons to seek the assistance of staff to meet their information needs. 


Effort is made to answer all types of questions with no distinction made about the purpose of the inquiry or use of the information. All questions are handled in confidence and with impartiality. The Reddick Public Library District subscribes to the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics and the most recent standards document, Serving Our Public 2.0: Standards for Public Libraries, for both reference and reader’s advisory services.


Reference service and materials are available to all persons. Reference service and materials are available during all hours the library is open and are provided in response to all forms of inquiry including, but not limited to, patrons in the library, telephone, and electronic means. The reference questions of patrons visiting the library are given the highest priority.


Staff will complete a search of in-house and electronic sources to answer a question. Patrons are given the source of the information as well as the answer.  If determining the answer requires reading and evaluating an extensive amount of text, the staff will direct the patron to the appropriate sources. The patron will be responsible for completing the necessary synthesis.  A staff member’s personal opinion will not be given as fact.  In the instance of legal, medical, investment, or tax reference questions, the staff may only guide the patron to the material available on the topic of interest. Staff may not evaluate or interpret the information provided nor may the staff define the meaning of terms, offer investment advice, select income tax forms, or serve as a surrogate for a professional in any of the fields listed above. If all materials within the library are beyond the understanding of the patron, the patron will be advised to consult with their professional from the above listed field for additional information or advice.


If information appropriate to a patron’s need is not available in the Library, a referral will be made. Staff will make every attempt to answer a patron’s question during the patron’s visit or telephone call. Otherwise, questions usually will be answered within 24 hours. When a library patron cannot come to the library  due to a disability or unusual circumstances, staff will mail materials, excluding tax forms. Patrons will be charged fees related to requests. Non-Reddick Public Library District cardholders must request materials from their home library. Genealogy information unique to Reddick Public Library District will be provided for a fee.


Reference and reader’s advisory services comply with copyright and other applicable restrictions in the use of library materials.               

Reference materials, regardless of format, may not be removed from the library.


Approved 2/14/05

Amended by Board 10/12/09 

Security Camera Policy


Reddick Public Library District uses security cameras to enhance the safety and security of Library users, staff, and property. The security camera system is intended to complement and not replace other library security procedures. The security camera installation consists of dedicated cameras which allow for real-time surveillance through a video management system. The primary purpose of security cameras is to discourage inappropriate and illegal behavior and activities and, when necessary, to provide assistance to law enforcement in the prosecution of criminal activity, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local law regarding the confidentiality of library records and the protection of individual privacy.

Public Notice

The Library shall post and maintain signs at public entrances giving notice of the use of security cameras for monitoring and recording activity in public areas of the Library property.

Camera Location

Cameras are positioned to monitor public areas of the Library property such as entrances, hallways, parking lots, and areas prone to activity that violates Library policy or criminal law. Under no circumstances shall cameras be located in areas where Library users and/or staff have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as restrooms.

Cameras will not be installed for the purpose of monitoring circulation activity.

Cameras will not be installed for the purpose of monitoring staff performance.

Access to Digital Images

Video data is recorded and stored digitally. Recorded data is considered confidential and secure.

Access to live feeds of images and recorded video data is limited to authorized Library staff as designated by the Library Director. Live feed activities are randomly monitored. Because the cameras will not be continuously monitored, the public and staff should take appropriate precautions for their safety and the security of their personal property. The Library is not responsible for the loss of property or personal injury.


Recordings shall be kept for no more than thirty days with the exception of appropriate still shots or selected portions of the recorded data relating to specific incidents. Storage media shall be kept in a secure area. In situation involving patron bans, stored still images may be shared with staff library-wide.

Unauthorized Access and/or Disclosure

Confidentiality and privacy issues may limit the general public from viewing the security camera footage that contains personally identifying information about Library users. All requests for disclosure of recorded images, except as stated above for law enforcement, shall be made in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The FIOA officer(s) shall review the requested images and determine if the images contain any information protected by the Library Records Confidentiality Act. As permitted by Section 7(1) of the Freedom of Information Act, when a request is made to inspect or copy recorded images that are exempt from disclosure under the Library Records Confidentiality Act, and also contain some images that are not exempt, the Library shall attempt to redact the exempt images and make the remaining images available for inspection or copying.

Patron Privacy

Video surveillance records are not to be used directly or indirectly to identify the activities of individual Library patrons except as viewed in relation to a specific event or suspected criminal activity, suspected violation of Library policy or incidents where there is reasonable basis to believe a claim may be made against the Library for civil liability.

Authorized individuals may use a still shot or selected portions of recorded data to request law enforcement review for assessing the security risk of a specific individual or for investigating a crime on Library property.

Law enforcement officials or agencies may be provided access to the recorded data pursuant to a subpoena, court order or as permitted by law.

Recorded data will be accorded the same level of confidentiality and protection provided to Library users by Illinois state law and the Library’s policies.

Disclaimer of Liability

A copy of this policy will be shared with any patron or staff member upon request.

The policy is posted on the Reddick Public Library District’s official website.

The Library disclaims any liability for use of the video data in accordance with the terms of this policy, given that the Library is a public facility and the security cameras shall be limited to those areas where patrons and/or staff have no reasonable expectation of privacy.

Damages and Liability

Any individual using the Library shall be held responsible for willful or accidental damage to the Library’s building and collections caused by the individual in accordance with Reddick Public Library District’s User Conduct Policy.

Approved by Board of Trustees 9/11/2017

Study Room Policy


Reddick Public Library District provides 4 study rooms for individual quiet study and for small groups to work together without disturbing other library users. The library's User Conduct Policy is posted in each study room. Users are expected to follow these behavior standards. Failure to abide by library policies may result in denial of future use of study rooms.


  • Study rooms are available for all ages. Individuals or groups 6th grade and under must have adult supervision.
  • The room is not available for persons operating a business or selling merchandise or services, except for tutors who are compensated for academic tutoring.
  • A valid Reddick Library card or reciprocal libray card is required. Alternatively, a non-resident must present a valid photo ID. Users will check in at the circulation desk upon arrival and before departure.
  • A study room can be reserved up to 2 business days in advance on a first come, first served basis. Study room capacity is 4.
  • A time slot is 2 hours in length. A patron may request the time be extended if the room is available. A limit of 3 hours per day will be enforced.
  • A reservation will be cancelled within 15 minutes of a no-show. Repeated unused reservations may result in denial of study room use.
  • Study rooms are available for use when the library is open and continue until 15 minutes before closing.
  • The library reserves the right to request that an individual or group change an approved reservation to another date when a study room is necessary for a library-sponsored activity. Appropriate notice will be given to the contact person.
  • In the event of an emergency closing of the library,  all study room reservations are automatically cancelled. Library staff will attempt to inform  the contact person of the closing. Study room users may also call the library or visit the library web site for closing announcements.


  • Study rooms may not be used for recreational use or purely social gatherings.
  • No food or open beverages are allowed in study rooms.
  • Personal articles in the study rooms are the responsibilty of the user.
  • The study room must be left in a clean and orderly condition. Failure to leave the room in its original condition may result in a cleaning fee.
  • The individual who secures the study room is accountable for the actions of guests and for adherence to all guidelines set forth in this policy and other applicable library policies.
  • Failure to comply with the above guidelines will result in the loss of study room privileges.


Adopted by Library Board 4/14/2014; updated 8/8/2016; updated 11/13/2017

Temporary Library Cards

Reddick Public Library District extends limited borrowing privileges to persons who are living in temporary residences, shelters, or hotels/motels within the library district. "Temporary residence" is defined as a short-term stay (typically more than one month but less than one year) at an address in the Reddick Public Library District. Valid photo identification is required as well as one of the following forms of verification of residence:

  • a letter on stationery from an official of the temporary residence/shelter that indicates the duration of stay; or
  • a rental agreement or a letter from an employer that indicates the duration of and physical location of stay.

An appropriate expiration date for the temporary library card will be entered in the database. The temporary library card is restricted to a checkout of one item. The card may be renewed for an additional period following verification of identification and residence as above. This library card is for local use only; no holds may be placed. All other library fine and fee policies apply.

 Adopted by Library Board 2/13/2017

Unattended Children

Reddick Library welcomes and encourages children to use its services and facilities. The Staff is committed to helping children find materials to meet their needs, providing a welcoming environment, and programs that enrich, inform, and entertain. Library staff cannot, nor is it their responsibility, to serve as babysitters, teachers, or disciplinarians. 

Any public place can be dangerous for a child who is left unattended, even for brief periods of time. Staff members can not know or be responsible if children leave the building with responsible caregivers or with strangers. When a child is left at the library without a parent or adult, the child's boredom, fatigue, or fear may lead to behavior that disrupts the service that library staff provides. The library encourages parents and adults to consider the safety and well-being of their children and the needs of other library users of all ages. 

Please help keep your children safe by following our Unattended Children Policy, which is highlighted below. Violations of this policy are grounds for suspension of Library privileges.

  • Parents are responsible for their children in the library, whether or not the parent is present.
  • A parent or another responsible adult caregiver (age 14 or older) must attend to children under the age of 8 at all times in the library.
  • Children whose behavior is disruptive may be asked to leave the building.  Children under age 8 who are unattended will be handled according to the unattended children procedures.

User Conduct Policy

The Reddick Public Library District welcomes all individuals to use resources made available to the community. In order to provide a safe, comfortable experience for everyone in the library, the following forms of conduct are not permitted and are representative of actions that may result in the loss of library privileges:

  • Behavior that disturbs or interferes with others' use of library services and facilities. Examples include (but are not limited to) fighting; throwing; swearing; using abusive or threatening language; exceeding acceptable noise levels; harassing patrons or staff; or attempting to engage them in unwanted discussion. Disruptive or offensive behavior is determined at the discretion of the library staff.
  • Possessing alcohol, any illegal substance, or drug paraphernalia; or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Carrying or displaying simulated or real weapons, or any other object that can reasonably be considered a weapon, except by authorized law enforcement officials. 
  • Using tobacco products on Library property, which includes the building, walkways, entryways, parking lot, and landscaped areas.
  • Leaving children under the age of 8 unaccompanied at any time.
  • Impeding access to the Library or any part of the Library property.
  • Stealing, destroying, or defacing library or personal property.
  • Occupying areas of the library that are age-inappropriate.
  • Trespassing in non-public areas.
  • Making unauthorized or inappropriate use of library equipment, including the telephone.
  • Using library facilities for purposes other than intended - including bathing, sleeping, and inappropriate use of library furniture.
  • Eating in the library or drinking from open containers.
  • Leaving personal belongings unattended.
  • Entering the library barefoot or without a shirt.
  • Having strong, pervasive odor or personal hygiene that unreasonably disturbs others.
  • Soliciting for any cause on Library property.
  • Using roller skates/blades, skateboards, or jump ropes on Library property.
  • Bringing animals into the library, other than service animals or animals permitted by the Library director (or designee) for special programming purposes, or leaving animals unattended on any part of the Library property.

Anyone violating the regulations of the Reddick Public Library District may be asked to leave the premises. Staff will notify the Police Department if an individual fails to heed staff requests. In cases of severe or repeated violations of the Library's regulations, the Library Director may suspend library privileges for 1 day up to 6 months. Written notification shall be made when possible whenever actions concerning severe or repeated violations occur. An individual wishing to file an appeal shall submit it in writing to the Library Director, who will respond in writing.

Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending Policy

In an effort to expand Internet access and promote digital literacy, Reddick Public Library District offers a limited number of Wi-Fi hotspots as a part of its circulating collection. A Wi-Fi hotspot is a small, portable device that can be used almost anywhere to create a wireless network. Reddick Public Library District’s hotspot lending service allows RPLD cardholders ages 18 and over to check out a hotspot device, capable of providing high-speed internet access for up to ten (10) Wi-Fi enabled devices.  

To reserve a Wi-Fi hotspot, please call the library at (815) 434-0509, or stop by the Circulation Desk.

Borrowing Guidelines

  • A Wi-Fi hotspot can be checked out by any patron age 18 and over with an established Reddick Library card in good standing (no fines or overdue items and no history of a delinquent account.)
  • A Wi-Fi hotspot circulates for seven (7) days. There is no renewal.
  • Check out is limited to one (1) device per library account at a time.
  • Overdue charges of $5.00 per day will be assessed for late return of a Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • The Wi-Fi hotspot must be returned to a Reddick Public Library District staff member at the Circulation Desk. It may not be returned to any other public library. If the Wi-Fi hotspot is returned in the book drop box, a $25 minimum fee will be charged to the user. Do not leave the Wi-Fi hotspot on the Circulation Desk if a staff member is not present.
  • Once a device is ten (10) days overdue, the Wi-Fi hotspot will be deactivated. The replacement cost of the Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as all reactivation fees, will be billed to the patron. 
  • If any part of the Wi-Fi hotspot kit is not returned, the user must pay the complete replacement cost of the missing item.








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Tag & Instructions




Internet Use:

Reddick Public Library District is not responsible for any information accessed or action taken by a patron while using a Wi-Fi hotspot. Hotspot users are encouraged to use safe Internet practices. Using the hotspot to access any online content determined to be illegal or obscene according to federal, state, or municipal law will result in revocation of hotspot borrowing privileges and potentially criminal prosecution.


Acknowledgement of Wi-Fi Hotspot Policy & Replacement Cost

I, ____________________________________________________________ (print full name), understand that by checking out a Wi-Fi hotspot from Reddick Public Library District that I am responsible for the replacement cost of the device and/or its accessories if lost or damaged. Overdue charges are $5.00 per day. I acknowledge that a Wi-Fi hotspot is NOT to be returned in the outside book drop, but must be returned to the Library Circulation Desk during business hours.

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