Iron River Public Library

Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library

Mission Statement

The mission of the Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library is to provide quality materials and services that fulfill the educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the entire community in a manner that is fiscally responsible and with an atmosphere that is welcoming and respectful.

Goal Statement

The general goals of the Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library are:

   1. To serve all residents of the community and surrounding region.
   2. To acquire and make available to all residents of the above area materials and services which will address their needs to become well informed, locate answers to important questions, cultivate the imagination and creative expression, develop skills for career and vocational advancement, and enjoy leisure by means of reading and other media services.
   3. To establish and maintain clear, accurate communication with the municipality, organizations, and residents of the library community.
   4. To acquire the means to provide the most frequently requested material locally and upon demand.
   5. To maintain a program of service which locates information, guides reading, organizes and interprets material for people of various backgrounds, and stimulates thinking and intellectual development in individuals of any age.
   6. To strive consistently to discover new methods and improvements for better service for the library's customers.
   7. To review regularly these goals of the Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library and, if necessary, revise them in light of new developments.


Holiday Closings

The Iron River Public Library is closed each year on the following days. These holidays are set in conjunction with the official holiday dates of Bayfield County.

New Year's Day (January 1st)
Spring Holiday (Friday before Easter)
Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
Independence Day (July 4th)
Labor Day (first Monday in September)
Veterans' Day (November 11th)
Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday in November and day after)
Christmas Eve and Day (December 24th and 25th)

New Year's Eve (December 31st)

Donation Policy



We WILL accept:


  • Fiction and non-fiction books in clean condition
  • DVD and Blu-Ray discs
  • Books-on-tape and books-on-CD
  • Music CDs
  • Magazines


We WILL NOT accept:


  • Books NOT in clean condition (dirty, torn/bent, smelly, stained, scribbled in, have been wet)
  • Hardcover books that are missing their dust jackets
  • Encyclopedias (either in sets or individually)
  • Textbooks
  • Old medical books (older than 10 years ago)
  • VHS tapes


Please sort all donations prior to bringing them to the library to remove unacceptable items.  If you have any items you are not sure about, please ask the library director before bringing them to the library.


The library reserves the right to refuse items.

Internet Access

Policy on Public Use of the Internet
and Acceptable Internet Standards


To fulfill its mission of providing quality materials and services that fulfill the educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the entire community, the Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library provides access to Internet resources. The Internet offers access to many valuable local, national and international sources of information. However, some information found on the Internet may be inaccurate, incomplete, dated, or offensive to some individuals. A good information consumer must evaluate the validity and appropriateness of information found.

Choosing and Evaluating Sources

The Internet is a series of communication linkages leading to a highly diverse array of information content. Library patrons use it at their own risk. In choosing sources to link to from its home pages, the Library follows its materials selection guidelines. Beyond this, the Library is not responsible for the content of the Internet, changes in content of the sources to which the Library home pages link, or for the content of sources accessed through secondary links. In an effort to assist its users, the Library will be creating Web sites for the general population, for teens and for children to help guide them to sources that are accurate, complete and current and that provide them with a wealth of information on the local, national and global level. In addition, the Library will eventually provide training for members of the public to assist them in using the Internet in a safe, effective and efficient manner.

Access by Minors

Parents or legal guardians must assume responsibility for deciding which library resources are appropriate for their own children. Parents or legal guardians should guide their children in use of the Internet and inform them about materials they should not use. Parents or legal guardians of minor children and children are encouraged to read Child Safety on the Information Highway and My Rules for Online Safety.

While the Library affirms and acknowledges the rights and responsibilities of parents and guardians to monitor and determine their children's access to Library materials and resources, including those available through the Internet, the Library has taken certain measures designed to assist in the safe and effective use of these resources by all minors.

a. To address the issue of access by minors to inappropriate material on the Internet, including material that is harmful to minors, the Library is planning to:

i. Develop and maintain special web sites for children and teens;
ii. Develop and provide training programs on safe and effective Internet use;
iii. Encourage staff to guide minors away from materials that may be inappropriate; and,
iv. Distribute a handout entitled "The Internet: A Parent's Guide."

b. To address the issue of the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications, as well as the unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors, the Library will be providing handouts and training programs. The Library also urges minors to keep in mind the following safety guidelines:

i. Use chat rooms only with parental permission and guidance.
ii. Never give out identifying information such as home address, school name, or telephone number.
iii. Let parents or guardians decide whether personal information such as age, marital status, or financial information should be revealed.
iv. Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone via the computer without parents' or guardians' approval.
v. Never respond to messages that are suggestive, obscene, threatening, or make one uncomfortable.
vi. Have parents or guardians report an incident to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 if one becomes aware of the transmission of child pornography.
vii. Remember that people online may not be who they say they are.
viii. Remember that everything one reads may not be true.

c. To address the issue of unauthorized access, including so-called "hacking," and other unlawful activities by minors online, minors and all other Library users are hereby advised that use of the Library's computers for hacking or any other unlawful activity is strictly prohibited.

Public Users' Security

Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users' activities. However, The Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library will not release information on the use of specific Internet resources by members of the public except as required by law or necessary for the proper operation of the Library.

Software exists on library workstations that erases users’ activities when the workstation is restarted or when users log off. Therefore, for minors’ safety and users’ security, users must log off from workstations when they complete their work.


The Library reserves the right to take appropriate action to insure compliance with this policy.

Guidelines on Access to Information
The Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library is guided by the following American Library Association statements on access to information:
• The Library Bill of Rights
• Freedom to Read Statement
• Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights: Free Access to Libraries for Minors and Access to Electronic Information Services and Resources

In general, the Library is guided by a commitment to access to information policies that provide appropriate protections to its patrons while being consistent with the Library's longstanding commitment to the principles of free expression as set forth in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Acceptable Use Standards for Internet and IMCPL Computers
All electronic traffic originating from the Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library Internet Connection shall be in accordance with these Acceptable Use Standards. Failure to abide by these standards may result in the loss of Internet, computer, and Library privileges.

Acceptable Use

Use of the Library's computers shall be guided by the following principles:
1. Respect for the privacy of others.
2. Attention to the legal protection provided by copyright and license to programs and data.
3. Consideration for the security and functioning of computers, computer networks, and systems.
4. Library staff may limit PC access time if other library patrons are waiting for access to PCs.
5. Library staff may extend PC access time to accommodate specific needs.

Unacceptable Use

1. It is not acceptable to use the Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library Computers for any purposes that violate U.S. or state laws, to transmit threatening, obscene or harassing materials, or to interfere with or disrupt network users, services or equipment. Disruptions include, but are not limited to: distribution of unsolicited advertising, propagation of computer worms and viruses, tampering with computer or network security, and using the network to make unauthorized entry into any systems accessible via Library computers. Illegal acts involving the Library's computers may be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.
2. Users may not represent themselves as another person.
3. Users shall not develop programs that harass other users or cause harm to other computer systems. Examples of such programs are computer "viruses" and "worms."
4. It is assumed that information and resources accessible via the Library's computers are private to the individuals and organizations that own or hold rights to those resources and information, unless specifically stated otherwise by the owners or holders of those rights. It is therefore not acceptable for an individual to use the Library's computers to access information or resources unless permission to do so has been granted by the owner or holder of rights to those resources or information.
5. Malicious use is not acceptable. Use of the Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library Internet Connection and any attached network in a manner that precludes or significantly hampers its use by others is not allowed.
6. Unsolicited advertising is not acceptable.
7. Computing resources shall not be used to access pornographic materials.
8. No purchase may be made via the Internet Connection. There is no security for credit card numbers or account numbers in the Library's software.

Violations may result in loss of access. Unlawful activities will be dealt with in an appropriate manner. The Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from access to or use of information obtained through its electronic information systems, or any consequences thereof.

Policy Subject to Revision

The Library's "Policy on Public Use of the Internet" may be revised from time to time.


This Internet Policy was developed from several existing policies in place at public libraries in the United States. The Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library thanks the Northern Waters Library Service, the New York Public Library and the Marion County Library for their pioneering efforts in preparing Internet Policies.

Revised 5/1/2003

Approved and adopted August 14, 2001, Board of Trustees


Patron Confidentiality Policy

Data Privacy & Confidentiality of Records

Privacy Policy Statement

The Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library respects the right of privacy of all its customers regarding the use of this Library. The Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library is committed to protecting the privacy of its staff, donors, patrons, and other contacts. The Library’s privacy policy is clear: The Library will collect no personal information about you when you visit the library website or register for a program or a library card unless you choose to provide that information. Any information you choose to provide will only be used to provide or improve library services.

This confidentiality extends to information sought or received. Information includes, but is not limited to: materials consulted, borrowed, and acquired; database search records, circulation records, and interlibrary loan records; and other personally identifiable uses of library materials, facilities or services. The Library supports the principle of freedom of inquiry for all its customers, and has adopted this policy to protect against unwarranted invasion of customers’ personal privacy.

The Library secures library account information by placing it on the secure portion of the Library’s website. That is why customers have to enter a unique barcode number each time they want to access their account information.
Sign-Up Lists & Checking out Computer Workstations

Sign-up lists are maintained on paper locally to manage access to computer workstations. Those lists are thrown away at the end of each day. Electronic tracking of workstation use is done for statistical purposes only. When workstation use is tracked, that workstation is not tied to a customer’s record in the library’s system. The Library’s system does not retain information on what workstation was used by whom. There is no electronic tracking of workstation use that would enable the library to determine who a customer is or what they did on a library computer after the customer logs off properly.
Information Collected and Stored Automatically

During your visit as you browse through the web site, read pages, or download information, the Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library will not automatically gather and store information about you or your visit. Northern Waters Library Service may automatically collect and store information about your visit as follows:

1. The Internet domain (for example, "" if a private Internet access account, or "" if connected from a university) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to a computer whenever it is surfing the Web) from which access to our web site is gained;

2. The type of browser and operating system used to access the Library’s site;

3. The date and time of access to the Library’s site;

4. The pages visited and for how long; and

5. The address of the website from which the initial visit to was launched, if any.

Northern Waters Library Service uses this information to help make the library’s site more useful to visitors and to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. The data that is collected is not connected to your personal information or identity.
Links to Other Sites

The Library’s Website contains links to other sites. The Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites, which may be different from the privacy practices described in this policy. We encourage you to become familiar with privacy practices of other sites you visit, including linked sites.

Customer Circulation Records

The Library does not use a paper process to collect and track customer circulation records. It is done electronically. The Library maintains information provided by our customers from the information they provide when they register for a library card. When an item is checked out, that item is then tied to that customer’s record in the library’s system. After that library material is returned to the library, the link between the customer and the material is broken – the Library’s system does not retain information on what materials were taken out by whom unless it is necessary to contact customers who have returned items that are damaged or missing parts.

The Library’s computer system has a logger file for technical purposes that logs every transaction in the system to ensure that if there is a data corruption or a system problem, the Library can rebuild the data from the logger file. All of that data is purged through the Library’s data processing back up process on a 60-day cycle.

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, Northern Waters Library Service uses software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage.

Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1001 and 1030. Except for the above purposes, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits.

Confidentiality of Library Records Policy

The relevant Wisconsin laws concerning the confidentiality of library records are Wisconsin Statutes Section 43.30, Wisconsin Statutes Section 43.40, the Wisconsin Personal Information Practices Act (Sections 19.62 to 19.80), and Assembly Bill 169 which relates to the disclosure of public library records.

Under Section 43.30, library records that indicate the identity of any individual who borrows or uses the library's documents or other materials, resources or services may only be disclosed:

(1)   with the consent of the individual library user

(2)   by court order

(3)   to persons acting within the scope of their duties in the administration of the library or library system, or

(4)   to other libraries (under certain circumstances) for interlibrary loan purposes [see ss. 43.30(2) and (3)].

Under Section 43.40, upon the request of a custodial parent or guardian of a child under the age of 16, the library will disclose to that custodial parent or guardian all library records relating to the use of the library’s documents or other materials, resources, or services by that child. In accordance with that State law and in order to keep policies consistent for parents of minor children, the library will disclose all library records relating to the use of the library’s documents or other materials, resources, or services by any child under age 18 upon a custodial parent’s request.

Under AB-169, Wisconsin’s Personal Information Practices Act (Sections 19.62 to 19.80) all state and local government organizations (including public libraries) are required to develop procedures to protect the privacy of personal information kept by the organization. Libraries (and all other government organizations) are required to develop rules of conduct for employees involved in collecting, maintaining, using, and providing access to personally identifiable information.

Under AB-169, libraries are also required to ensure that employees handling such records "know their duties and responsibilities relating to protecting personal privacy, including applicable state and federal laws." Therefore, access to The Library’s customer database and circulation records is limited to qualified staff and trained volunteers, who must read and agree (by signature) to follow The Library’s Confidentiality of Library Records Policy and not divulge circulation, registration, information retrieval records, or any other information, including borrowing needs of customers, which may be requested by a third party for whatever reason.

The Evelyn Goldberg Briggs Memorial Library recognizes that law enforcement agencies and officers may occasionally believe that library records contain information which may be helpful to the investigation of criminal activity. If there is a reasonable basis to believe such records are necessary to the progress of an investigation or prosecution, the American judicial system provides the mechanism for seeking release of such confidential records. Library staff will resist the issuance of any such process, order, or subpoena until such time as a proper showing of good cause has been made in a court of competent jurisdiction. Library records will not be made available to any agency of state, federal or local government except pursuant to such process, order or subpoena as may be authorized under the authority of, and pursuant to, federal, state, or local law relating to civil, criminal, or administrative discovery procedures or legislative investigatory power. The exception to this is for federal agents with an appropriate warrant per Public Law 107-56 “USA Patriot Act.” In such a case, no delay is possible and library staff is prohibited from informing the customer in question.

Records indicating the identity of library users include a library users name, library card number, social security number, telephone number, street address, post-office box number or 9-digit extended zip code.

Records held by the library that include personally identifiable information about library users may also contain information that must be provided to those who request that information, as required by Wisconsin’s public records law. Personally identifiable information about library users must be redacted from any records that are publicly disclosed, except as the records are disclosed under one of the four exceptions provided by Section 43.30 (see above). 

The Library reserves the right to change or modify this privacy statement at any time. If the Library revises this privacy statement, changes will be posted on the Library’s homepage.

Revised 10/1/2006

Approved and adopted April 19, 2004, Board of Trustees
Adapted from the American Library Association's Privacy Statement