Madrid Public Library
Registered Sex Offenders Policy
- The purpose of this policy is to ensure that the Library is in compliance with the Iowa Code Chapter 692A that excludes registered sex offenders convicted of offenses against minors from public libraries. Sex offenders convicted of a sex offense against a minor shall not be present upon the real property of a public library and they shall not loiter within three hundred feet of the property boundary of a public library. The Code provides an exception to this prohibition if the library director provides written permission.
- The library director may or may not give written permission. If the library director denies written permission for a registered sex offender convicted of sex offenses against minors to be in the library, this decision can be appealed to the Library Board of Trustees.
- Persons barred from library property under the law remain entitled to library service. It is the responsibility of the library user to arrange for a courier to select, check out, and return materials to the library through possession of the library user’s card. They also may receive information via telephone or online. They may register for a card directly with the director via telephone or online. They may also access the library’s online materials or databases.
- The issuance of a library card to individuals who have been convicted of a sex offense involving a minor does not grant those individuals permission to enter the library or to be present on library property. Individuals convicted of a sex offense against a minor must follow proper library procedures and policies to request and obtain written permission to be on library property, regardless of whether or not they possess a valid library card.
- Persons barred from library property under the law will not be served by the library’s homebound delivery service.
- Suspicious persons who appear to be “loitering” will be reported to the police.
- Background checks may be performed using the Sex Offender Registry on employees, potential employees, and volunteers who are or will be working on library property.
- Violations of this policy will be immediately reported to law enforcement, and violators will lose all library privileges. Violators will be subject to prosecution for violation of the Iowa Code.
- If the library is the designated polling location for prohibited persons, they will be allowed on libraryproperty solely for the period of time reasonably necessary to exercise theright to vote in a public election.
- Privileges may be restored to any offender whose name has been removed from the Sex Offender Registry upon written proof of said removal. Upon verification all rights will be reinstated.
Adopted September 2009
Reviewed and adopted September 2013
Reviewed and amended September 2017
Revised and amended December 2018