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Guidelines For Library Use

See also: Internet Use Policy

Purpose

The San Francisco Public Library welcomes all residents and visitors of the City and County of San Francisco and is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community. The San Francisco Public Library seeks to provide its patrons with a safe and pleasant library experience in an atmosphere conducive to study, reading, learning and appropriate use of materials and services. The Library recognizes its unique position and responsibility to educate, inform, and enlighten the community through the sharing of a vast collection of free resources that enable all to participate fully in our democratic society as members of a knowledgeable and educated citizenry. With public service as the highest priority, San Francisco Public Library Commission has established the rules and regulations governing use of the library, such that all persons may enjoy the benefits of the Library. Individuals visiting or using the Library's facilities or services must comply with the following Patron Code of Conduct.

To ensure access to Library Services and for the safety of all users, the following behaviors are prohibited on Library property:

Trespassing: Individuals who interfere with Library employees in the performance of their duties and/or who fail to follow any reasonable instruction by a staff member to correct inappropriate behavior will be subject to a suspension of library service and/or exclusion from library property. Individuals refusing to leave after such request will be subject to arrest for trespassing and prosecution under California Penal Code Section 602.1(b).

Illegal activity, as well as any willful or repeated violations of this Patron Code of Conduct or other posted Library regulations (e.g. computer use rules), may result in removal from the facility and/or suspension of Library privileges. In addition, where authorized by Federal, State or local law, violations of this Patron Code of Conduct may also result in arrest. For repeated violations, the length of suspension of library service and/or exclusion from library property will be determined by Library Administration. Library Administration reserves the right to modify the length of a term for suspension of library privileges based on administrative review and/or the outcome of the formal appeal process. Library users who wish to request a reasonable modification of this Patron Code of Conduct because of a disability or health problem may contact Library staff or may call the Library's Access Services Manager at 415-557-4557.

STATE LAW PERMITS LIBRARY STAFF TO SEARCH PURSES, BAGS, PARCELS, BRIEFCASES AND OTHER PACKAGES. IN ORDER TO PREVENT THE THEFT OF BOOKS AND LIBRARY MATERIALS, STATE LAW AUTHORIZES THE DETENTION FOR A REASONABLE PERIOD OF ANY PERSON USING THESE FACILITIES SUSPECTED OF COMMITTING "LIBRARY THEFT." (CALIFORNIA PENAL CODE SECTION 490.5) Patron Conduct Policy: Guidelines for Library Use - Policy #201

Approved by Library Commission on August 7, 2001. Amended by Library Commission on August 16, 2007. Amended by Library Commission on September 18, 2014.