The Cobb County Public Library exists for all who wish to read and study in peaceful, safe, and attractive surroundings. To ensure the maintenance of such a pleasant environment, and to protect the resources of the Library, the Library Board of Trustees has established the following rules defining appropriate behavior of those who use the library.

In any facility of the Cobb County Public Library the following behaviors are not allowed:rules

  • Using cell phones, pagers, or any electronic device in a manner that disturbs other patrons, (See “Cell Phone and Other Electronic Devices Policy”)
  • Consuming food or beverages in the Library, except for water in closed containers
  • Disturbing or harassing other people by activities including but not limited to loud talking, playing music, making noise, loitering, or offering unsolicited advice
  • Disturbing other people by the display of offensive materials
  • Solicitation
  • Use of abusive or obscene language
  • Leaving children age of 9 and under unattended in the library
  • Leaving children or young adults 16 years of age and under on library property after closing
  • Sleeping or bathing
  • Failure to wear shoes or shirt
  • Bringing animals into the library except service animals that assist the disabled
  • Leaving personal items unattended (Library is not responsible for patrons’ personal items.)
  • Leaving vehicles (cars, trucks, trailers, recreational vehicles, or similar vehicles) unattended on library property overnight without library approval. Abandoned vehicles will be towed at owner’s cost
  • Skateboarding, rollerblading, skating, or bicycling in the parking lot, building or sidewalks
  • Use of tobacco products
  • Leaving animals unattended or tethered in areas that would obstruct public walkways or entrances

The following behaviors in the Library are in violation of the Georgia Code:

  • Defacing, vandalizing, or damaging Library Property (20-5-52)
  • Entering unauthorized areas of the Library or failure to leave the Library when closing is announced (16-7-21)
  • Intoxication (16-11-41)
  • Fighting (16-11-32)
  • Bringing in or possession of explosive compounds, guns, or knives (16-11-127)
  • Public Indecency (16-6-8)

Anyone violating Library Rules will be asked to stop the inappropriate behavior and/or asked to leave the Library premises. Violators who refuse to leave the Library may be arrested and prosecuted for criminal trespass (Official Code of GA 16-7-21). Anyone violating the Georgia Code, or any local laws or ordinances will be reported to the police without prior notice.

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees – February 23, 1998
Revised by the Library Board of Trustees-January 26, 2009; March 28, 2011; and October 28, 2013
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