Library Board Approves Hotspot, Weather Policies

The Kendallville Public Library Board of Trustees approved adjustments to two library policies at its meeting on March 14.

Under the new mobile hotspot policy, patrons who return the item late three times in a six-month period, which result in overdue fees, will be prevented from checking out and/or placing a hold on the device for 60 days.

The library’s 12 mobile hotspots can be checked out to patrons age 13 and up for 7 days and may be renewed 1 time if there are no holds. Checkout is limited to 1 device per patron and once the device is returned the patron may be placed on the hold list at their request. Overdue hotspots will incur a fee of $2.00 per day, with no grace period, up to $10.00. Devices that are more than 1 day overdue will be deactivated and fines will accumulate until the device is returned.

Patrons may also request that staff schedule a hotspot reservation, handy for vacations or any other pre-planned event. Reservations are limited to 1 per month for a period of up to 12 days, with staff approved exceptions. Two hotspots are now available for advance reservations.
The board adjusted the library’s inclement weather policy, as well, so that the library is more likely to be open in the event of bad weather.
When a “Warning” local travel advisory is in effect, all library facilities will close. Under a “Watch” local travel advisory, the library will open at noon if the travel advisory is issued prior to the library’s normal hours of operation. If this level is issued after the library is open, the director will make the call on whether the libraries should close or remain open. When an “Advisory” local travel advisory issued, the libraries will operate as normal.

The library makes every effort to notify patrons of changes in its schedule due to inclement weather. The library’s Facebook and Twitter pages and website at are updated with new information (as long as power outages are not an issue). The library also contacts local radio station 95.5 FM The Hawk, and Fort Wayne TV stations ABC21 and NewsChannel 15.

Complete details on these policies, and all library policies, are available online at or can be requested at the library.