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Library Use Policies : Public Use of Childrens Areas

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Library Closed Monday, May 29

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.


Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog – May 28 and May 29

The Library will be performing maintenance on our catalog starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28 - 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 29. During this time, you will be able to search the Bibliocommons catalog, but will not be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal), SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.

Public Use of Children's Areas


Children's areas within The Seattle Public Library are special parts of the Library. These areas provide services and house special collections and programs, designed for children. The purpose of these areas is to give children and their caregivers access to special children's materials, programs and services. This policy guides Library staff in regulating access to these areas and informs the public of the intended use of these areas.



Children's areas are available for use by patrons who are accessing the special materials contained in the collection. They are also intended to be used by children and their caregivers when attending children's programs and utilizing other services provided by the children's area staff. Patrons not included in these categories may be required to leave the children's area and instead use other areas of the Library.



This policy applies to all areas in the Central Library and all branch Libraries specifically designated for the use of children.



Board Policy, Rules of Conduct.

Administrative Procedure, Management and Supervision of Children's Areas.



Reviewed and wording clarified on June 24, 2015.


ADOPTED:  June 18, 2003