Fauquier County Public Library

Suspension of Library Privileges (Policy)

The Fauquier County Public Library encourages people of all ages to visit its libraries. Those using the library and its resources have the right to expect a safe, comfortable environment that supports appropriate library services. Patrons exhibiting inappropriate behavior in a Fauquier County Public Library facility may be asked to leave or may be suspended. The Library Board of Trustees has stated that the length of the suspension should match the seriousness of the behavior. Longer suspension periods will be instituted if the problem is particularly egregious, or the inappropriate behavior escalates in severity and reoccurs despite warnings and repeated suspensions. Criminal behavior will result in an indefinite suspension of library privileges. Suspended patrons may not use any branch of the library.

Children exhibiting inappropriate behavior in the library may require special consideration. The age of the child and the seriousness of the behavior are factors to weigh when dealing with the inappropriate behavior of a child.

A patron who has been suspended for six-months or more must appeal in writing to the Library Board for reinstatement of privileges.

Adopted: 3/8/07