Fort Bend County Libraries' policies are currently being edited.
The mission of Fort Bend County Libraries is to bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives, expand minds, and strengthen our diverse community.
Policies and Procedures for the use of meeting rooms in the Fort Bend County Libraries have been developed in accordance with its mission and are hereby established. Responsibility for implementing the policy rests with the Administrative Secretary at George Memorial Library or with the Manager in charge of a branch library. The County Librarian retains authority for enforcing this policy.
1. General Rules
- Library activities and programs are given first priority for scheduling of meeting rooms.
- All meetings must be open to the public and to the media.
- Smoking is not permitted.
- No lighted candles or open flames may be used.
- No items may be affixed to the walls (e.g., banners, posters, decorations).
- No animals will be allowed in meeting rooms unless they are an integral part of a scheduled program or are in the service of a disabled person. Such animals must be leashed or caged at all times.
- The length of time that a meeting room is reserved must include time for setting up and for returning the room to good order.
- Groups of high school age and under must be sponsored by and their meetings attended by an adult.
2. Meeting rooms may not be used by:
- Groups whose use of a meeting room would interfere with regular library functions; or
- Groups whose activities involve more than normal wear and tear on meeting rooms; or
- Groups meeting for private and/or social activities such as showers, birthday parties, weddings, and recitals; or
- Groups that have flagrantly or repeatedly violated library meeting room policies.
3. Publicity must neither state nor imply that the library is either sponsoring or endorsing a program or meeting unless such is the case; neither shall publicity state or imply that attendance is limited to group members. (Publicity must NOT give out the library's phone number as information contact.)
4. No admission fees are allowed.
5. Applications for use of meeting rooms
- Applications for meeting-room use at George Memorial Library are to be received from and returned to the Administrative Secretary. Applications for meetings at branches are to be returned to the Branch Manager. Application forms may be returned in person, by mail, or by fax. The person responsible for making a meeting-room application will be considered the official contact person for the group.
- A completed Application for Use of Meeting Room form must be received by the Administrative Secretary or Branch Manager at least one week prior to the meeting date. Rooms may be scheduled up to three months in advance. Applications will be accepted and scheduled in the order received. In order to encourage the most-equitable use of meeting rooms, only one meeting at a time may be scheduled; following a meeting a group may schedule another, if the room is available at the desired time.
6. The library reserves the right to change or cancel reservations if an emergency occurs, or if a special library program intervenes. In such case, 48 hours notice will be given. In either case, the group may be assigned to another location, or, if no other accommodation is available, the meeting room commitment will be canceled. A guest group may postpone or cancel a scheduled meeting, but must notify the Administrative Secretary or Branch Manager at least 48 hours in advance. The meeting may be rescheduled if a room is available.
7. Choice of hours
- Meeting rooms may be used, as available, during regular library duty hours (i.e., when library staff is on duty). Evening meetings must be concluded 30 minutes prior to regular library closing time, and the room must be vacated by closing time.
- Any group that fails to vacate library premises at closing may be denied future use of meeting room.
8. Room set-up
- The number in attendance at a meeting must not exceed the seating capacity of the meeting room. Open aisles must be maintained within the seating arrangements to provide clear access to exits.
- Set-up for the meeting room (tables, chairs, etc.) is the responsibility of the group reserving the room.
9. Library-owned equipment: Use of library owned equipment must be requested at the time of application. Changes in requirements can be requested no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting and are subject to availability of the equipment. At the time of the meeting, no additional equipment may be requested, nor will library staff be available to assist with equipment. An individual, to be named by the group, must be instructed in the use of library owned equipment (e.g., audiovisual equipment) prior to the meeting by the Audiovisual Services Department or by branch library staff. Groups failing to abide by library-equipment policies may be denied future use of meeting rooms.
10. Group-owned equipment
- Groups providing their own equipment or display materials are responsible for transportation to and from the meeting rooms. Library staff should not be asked to assist.
- The library is not responsible for equipment, supplies, or other materials owned by a guest group and used in the library. The library cannot supply storage for equipment and/or materials and supplies belonging to guest groups.
11. The person reserving a room will be responsible for maintenance of order. This person must:
- Be responsible for the group's compliance with library rules and protection of library property.
- Notify the building manager when the meeting room has been cleared.
- Assure that the room is left in good order.
12. If refreshments are served, sack lunches and finger foods are suggested, but catered meals may be permitted if special arrangements are made when a room is reserved. Alcoholic beverages may not be served. Food is to be served only in the scheduled room, and group members must not carry food or drink throughout the building.
Original version Approved by Commissioners Court February 11, 1997
Revised version Approved by Commissioners Court March 8, 2005
Procedures for the use of the 3rd-floor event area (The Pointe) at the Missouri City Branch Library are herein established in order to ensure maximum and equitable use of the county’s facility. This application and all procedures herein, provide guidance to the library staff in implementing the rental and use of The Pointe. Elected officials and Department Heads of Fort Bend County using The Pointe for County business will be exempt from rental fees, but must pay for security and follow procedures. Responsibility for accepting applications for The Pointe lies with the Library Administrative Assistant (281-633-4702) at the Library Administration Building in Richmond, TX. The County Librarian retains authority for applying this procedure and reserves the right to change or adjust as needed.
All individuals using The Pointe must follow Fort Bend County Libraries’ Rules of Conduct Policy at all times while on library premises.
EVENT SPACE RESTRICTIONS
No “coming-of-age” parties permitted.
No sales of products and/or services.
No animals allowed, with the exception of Service Animals.
No one under the age of 18 is allowed on the balcony unless accompanied by an adult.
No noise or ambient sound permitted during hours the library is open to the public.
No smoking of any kind, including vaping.
No gambling allowed.
No weapons allowed.
RESERVATIONS, APPLICATIONS, AND RENTAL FEES
- Applicants must be 21 years of age or older.
- Library reservations will occur on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Rental must occur between the hours of 8 am to closing OR after hours from closing to 12 am (midnight). Rental may not overlap between the library’s open hours and after hours. No exceptions.
- The room can only be rented by one party per day to allow time for room inspection and cleaning between rentals. This ensures your party will not be held accountable for problems from a previous rental.
- Rental must include time for set-up, break-down, emptying trash, and returning the room to original status. During library’s open hours, rental use must be concluded 30 minutes prior to regular library closing time, and the room must be vacated by closing time. Applicants and/or the designated representative are responsible for set-up and break-down; library staff are not available to assist.
- Payment for use of The Pointe shall be made by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover card ONLY), personal check, or cash at the time an application is accepted by the library, at least 30 days in advance of using the room. No partial payments shall be accepted; applicants must pay for an entire interval of use prior to using the room. No money orders or cashier’s checks. No exceptions.
- Applicants shall familiarize themselves with the facility before applying. Fort Bend County provides only the tables and chairs that are listed on page three (3). At no time shall a reserving party sublease or assign its reservation to another group or organization, nor shall use of the library be for any purpose other than what was stated on the application.
- Applicants renting The Pointe are limited to the hours specified on the application. No exceptions.
- Application forms may be obtained online on the library’s website at www.fortbend.lib.tx.us
- Completed applications must be brought in person to the Library Administration Building (office of the Administrative Assistant) in Richmond, TX, between the hours of 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday, by the person signing the application, or another person designated to handle all transactions involving the application and use of The Pointe.
- Applicants must submit, on their application, at least two other representatives (with names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses) with the authority to inquire about or change reservations on behalf of the applicant. Representatives are responsible for understanding the contents of this agreement.
- Renters will be charged a deposit of $125.00 and a $50.00 per-hour fee (see Application Form) by Fort Bend County Libraries, for a minimum of two (2) hours of use. Parts of an hour will be charged as one hour.
- A peace officer is required if The Pointe is rented during after hours. Renters will hire and pay a peace officer for a minimum of two (2) hours of work and for the entire period the room is in use after hours. All peace officer arrangements must be made with the Fort Bend County Pct. 2 Constable’s Office, at 281-403-8022. Officers will be provided by the Fort Bend County Pct. 2 Constable’s Office at their current contract rate, and the fee must be paid in full to the officer at the time of the event. The officer on duty will be given the keys to the building by the library staff and will be in charge of opening and closing the library at the requested time and for providing law enforcement during the rental period.
- Applicants using The Pointe shall comply with all County ordinances and Federal and State laws. As in accordance with County fire codes, all exits and doorways must remain clear and unlocked during functions, and access to all hallways and fire extinguishers shall remain clear. All marked fire lanes will be kept open at all times. Applicants agree to abide by the designated room capacity of 60 occupants.
- The applicant, or her/his designated representative, is required to be present in The Pointe and available to County personnel during the entire course of the event for which the applicant made a reservation.
Rental of The Pointe applies only to the 3rd floor space. Use of the 1st or 2nd floor areas is strictly prohibited. You are not permitted to move or utilize furniture or equipment on the 1st or 2nd floors.
No outside furniture may be brought on library property. Linens are the responsibility of the renter. The library provides the following furniture in The Pointe:
|Round tables, 60" round (Seat 6) (10)|
|Café tables, 31" round / 43" high (8)|
|Rectangular tables, 72"X30" (4)|
|Flatbed dolly (1)|
In the event of an emergency or extreme situation beyond the control of the County, a confirmed reservation may have to be cancelled. All groups should be aware of this possibility.
If a reservation is cancelled, it may be rescheduled or monies will be refunded.
In the event that a group or organization using a room wishes to cancel their reservation, the library must be notified in writing at least 30 days in advance in order to give others an
opportunity to use The Pointe. If a reservation is cancelled, monies will be refunded according to Fort Bend County policy and procedures. Applicants should be aware that the refund process may not be immediate.
All decorations must be approved by Library Administration in advance. Prohibited items include: glitter, bird seed, rice, confetti, staples, tape, tacks, nails, or any other materials used to attach items to the walls, ceiling, floor, furniture, or include open flames, candles, sparklers, etc. Decorations must not damage walls, ceiling, flooring, furniture, or equipment.
Publicity generated by the applicant using The Pointe must neither state nor imply that the library is either sponsoring or endorsing a program or meeting. Publicity must not give out the library's phone number as an information contact.
Photography is allowed at events inside The Pointe.
No signage advertising the event may be placed on library property and may only be placed inside the library in The Pointe during the event.
Home cooked meals or catering are allowed. Chafing dishes and fuel may be used and must be monitored at all times. Fuel must rest on a shelf designed for this purpose.
No items, food, or equipment may be stored on-site or brought into the building before the time listed on the application. Items for events cannot be stored before or after the rental period.
Renters using the building while it is open must be mindful of library patrons and limit the noise and disruptive activity.
Fort Bend County will not be responsible for any equipment or personal property that is not the property of the county.
Limited audio-visual equipment is available and will require the applicant to come into the location for training at least one week prior to scheduled rental. Staff will not be available to assist before, during, or after scheduled rentals.
ENTRY AND EXIT
During hours that library staff are in the building, access to The Pointe is available through the main public entrance of the library ONLY. There is no access through the first-floor entrance on the east side of the building; an alarm will sound if this door is opened.
During after-hours, when library staff are not in the building, access to The Pointe will be available through the first-floor entrance on the east side of the building ONLY. This is where the peace officer the applicant has hired will be stationed. Attendees will not have access to any other area of the building and will not be able to enter through the main public entrance.
Facilities must be clean, free of trash, and returned to original status before vacating the premises. No items may be left on premises. All trash must be properly bagged and removed from the building. Trash may be placed in the library dumpster. Trash bags will be provided.
Applicant will be charged for any damage to library property and any cleaning required to return property to original status.
Fees for damages and/or cleaning will be evaluated and assessed after the event is completed.
If the library staff is called out to respond to an emergency that is not the fault or responsibility of the County (including the pulling of fire alarms in a non-emergency situation), the applicant
will be billed for any charges incurred by the library. In case of building emergencies during the use of The Pointe, including, but not limited to, plumbing problems, power failure, or
air-conditioning problems, the user shall call the Library Maintenance Manager at 713-545-0785 (cell phone) or the people listed on the emergency contact sheet to be provided
at the time of application. In case of security-related emergencies, contact the Constable on duty or call 911.
The mission of Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) is to bring people, information, and ideas together to enrich lives, expand minds, and strengthen our diverse community. Within this context, FBCL offers free access to the Internet. Public use of the Internet in the library provides both expanded access to global resources and an opportunity to become familiar with state-of-the-art information technology.
Internet use in the library shall be consistent with our mission, policies and procedures, and with applicable local, state, federal, and international laws. Websites that present material of a questionable or unethical nature exist; Fort Bend County, its officials and its employees are not responsible for material displayed on the Web. Illegal use of the Internet, including – but not limited to – viewing obscenity or child pornography and infringement of copyright laws, is prohibited and can be grounds for loss of library privileges and/or criminal prosecution. The Internet offers a wealth of information that is enriching to individuals of all ages. Because it is an unregulated medium that changes rapidly and unpredictably, information may not always be accurate, complete, or current. Library users must accept responsibility for determining the validity and suitability of content.
The library’s WiFi access is an open, public-access network. For protection, patrons should always make sure that they are on SSL-encrypted web pages before sending or receiving confidential data, and should keep their antivirus software up to date. Fort Bend County, its officials, and its employees are not responsible for Internet-borne viruses or other dangerous software patrons may have downloaded to their personal wireless devices.
FBCL does not guarantee patrons a connection, nor upload or download speeds to the Internet. Connection availability as well as the speed of the connection is based on the number of devices already connected to the wireless access point (WAP) and current data traffic loads.
FBCL staff cannot provide assistance with patrons’ wireless devices.
To gain access to the Internet, patrons must accept the terms and conditions of this WiFi and Internet Use Policy statement.
7 Jan 2020
Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service that allows patrons of Fort Bend County Libraries to borrow from other public, academic, or special libraries throughout Texas and the United States, library materials that are not owned or circulated by our system. Fort Bend County Libraries also serves as a lender to other institutions in the United States.
Patrons using this service must have a valid unexpired Fort Bend County Libraries card that does not have fines or fees exceeding $5. The interlibrary-loan borrowing privileges of patrons with fines/fees over $5 will be suspended until sufficient payments are made to reduce the overdue balance to $5 or less. Failure to return interlibrary loan items on time or pick up items requested may result in the suspension of interlibrary-loan services for the patron.
Materials Available Through Interlibrary Loan
Fort Bend County Libraries will attempt to borrow print books, journal articles, musical scores, and microfilm not owned or circulated by our library system. Note however, that some libraries will not lend specific materials, and access to certain collections may be limited.
Each patron will be permitted to maintain a maximum of 10 active ILL requests on their library card. If a patron submits more than that number, the requests will be held until a sufficient number of items have been returned to reduce the items out to 10 or under. Electronic books, serials, and all formats of audio/visual materials are not available for borrowing through ILL. Materials restricted by the lending library as “For In-Library-Use Only” are not available through ILL. Because of copyright restrictions, Fort Bend County Libraries is limited to borrowing five (5) copies of articles from the current five (5) years of a periodical title during a calendar year. Beginning January 1 of the New Year, up to five (5) more requests can be ordered from the same title.
Interlibrary loan requests may be submitted at any Fort Bend County library in person, online, by telephone, or by email. Materials may take up to three (3) weeks to arrive after the request is made. Patrons will be notified by telephone, email, or text message when materials have arrived.
Loan Period and Renewals
The loan period and any renewals are set by the lending library and will vary by institution. To request a renewal, patrons must call Interlibrary Loan at 281-633-4721 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charges and Fees
There is no charge for requesting an ILL at Fort Bend County Libraries. However, some lending libraries may have additional charges for borrowing or photocopying materials, and that cost is the responsibility of the patron. Patrons may choose not to pay the additional charges, but must say so when making the ILL request; under this circumstance, FBCL may not be able to fill the request. Patrons will be charged $1.00 per day for overdue items and are responsible for all costs for lost or damaged materials.
As a Lender
Fort Bend County Libraries, as a lender to other institutions, will not lend any non-circulating materials or any audio/visual materials, nor will it lend popular, high-demand materials that have been published or purchased in the last six (6) months.
It is the goal of Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) for all patrons to expect and receive quality library service from a friendly and helpful staff. Every patron of FBCL should receive service in an atmosphere that is safe and with minimal disturbances from other patrons. In return, the staff of FBCL should be able to provide services without fear of abuse or threatening behavior from patrons.
The purpose of this policy is to provide the highest level of service and safety to library patrons, to provide a pleasant and safe environment for FBCL staff, and to protect library materials and property. This policy applies to all FBCL buildings, interior and exterior; to all grounds controlled and operated by FBCL; and to all persons of any age entering into or onto FBCL premises.
FBCL has adopted the following rules for patron rules of conduct. FBCL staff are authorized to enforce these rules and may ask a patron to leave FBCL premises for failing to comply with them. Non-compliance with these rules may lead to a request for assistance from the local police department, to legal action, or to criminal prosecution.
The following actions by any FBCL patron are not permitted:
- The violation of any federal, state, or local laws;
- Displaying or concealing guns, stun guns, tasers, knives, explosive devices, dangerous substances or materials, or other weapons;
- Any threats of violence (whether an imminent threat or a threat of future violence) and/or any action endangering library staff, patrons or others; any actions that may appear to be a danger to life or to the safety of one’s self or others, including any acts of violence or the threat or attempt to commit such crimes;
- Physical or verbal harassment, or harassment of any other kind, of patrons or staff, or other harassing behaviors such as, but not limited to, spitting, staring at or following another person, or using offensive, vulgar or abusive language or gestures. Harassment may also include any deliberate and/or repeated behavior that makes another person uncomfortable;
- Failing to wear shirts and shoes or other footwear; poor personal hygiene; bathing, washing hair, shaving, or washing clothes in library restrooms;
- Smoking of any kind (including E-Cigarettes) and the use of tobacco products in the library or within 25 feet of public entrances;
- Eating or drinking on FBCL premises, except covered drinks and vending machine type snacks, or as part of a pre-approved program or reception;
- Disorderly conduct or disruptive behavior that interferes with the normal operation of the library or that disturbs patrons or staff, including but not limited to the following: running, horseplay, throwing books or other items, climbing on furniture or shelving, moving furniture, dialing 911, or pulling fire alarms when no emergency exists;
- Possession of alcohol, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, or appearing to be intoxicated or under the influence of illegal drugs;
- Exhibitionism (indecent exposure), voyeurism (peeping), and crimes of obscenity, sexual activity, or excessive displays of affection, including any physical contact deemed inappropriate for a public setting;
- Theft and vandalism, including graffiti; FBCL reserves the right to inspect all bags, purses, briefcases, backpacks, etc., when there is a reasonable suspicion that they might contain library material that has not been properly checked out;
- Littering, loitering, selling, soliciting, panhandling, exchanging funds or fees (cash, checks, etc.) for services or products, proselytizing, or gambling;
- Loud talking, the creation of other loud noises, cellular telephone use, the audible use of music or other electronic devices, constant and incessant crying;
- Refusing to comply with a request of FBCL staff;
- Entering non-public work areas or public areas that have been temporarily restricted, using library business telephones without permission, or remaining in the library after closing time;
- Refusing to return to the circulation desk when the library security gates sound an alarm;
- Bringing in shopping or other carts, bedrolls, blankets, excessively large bags or items; placing personal belongings so that they interfere with the free passage of library patrons or staff, or leaving personal belongings in the library. FBCL is not responsible for personal belongings left unattended in the library;
- Operating skates, skateboards, scooters, or other similar devices in buildings or on walkways; bringing bicycles into the library, or parking bicycles in a manner that interferes with the free passage of others;
- Polling, campaigning, or petitioning, except during elections when voting takes place at the library, and only then with prior approval by the Library Director;
- Conducting surveys, interviewing, photographing or filming on library premises without prior permission from the Library Director or the Marketing & Communications Manager;
- Bringing animals into the library, except animals trained to assist individuals with disabilities and animals allowed at a library-approved event or program;
- Sitting on tables, rocking or tilting back in chairs, or putting feet on tables or chairs;
- Sleeping in the library;
- Violating FBCL’s Public Internet Access Policy or other library regulations.
FBCL does not act in loco parentis (in the place of a parent). The parent, guardian or caregiver is responsible for the behavior and supervision of any child under age 12 in their care while at the library and, therefore, must be in the immediate vicinity of and in visual contact with the child during the length of the library visit. Disruptive children are subject to the rules listed in this policy, and may also be asked to leave the premises for any violations. (See also Unattended Children Policy.)
FBCL staff may restrict adult use of children’s or young adult areas within the library.
Any person violating these rules will be given a warning, in most cases. If violating actions continue, the patron will be asked to leave the FBCL premises. FBCL staff may, at their sole discretion and without warning, expel any patron whose violation of this policy results in situations that create a threatening atmosphere or an emergency.
The library privileges of frequent offenders of these rules may be suspended. Any patron who has been asked to leave the premises for violating this policy and who refuses to do so, or anyone whose library privileges have been suspended but who returns to the library, shall be considered to be trespassing. FBCL staff will contact the local authorities in all such cases.
Approved by Commissioners Court May 24, 2016
The library is a public building, and as in all public places, it is not safe for young children to be left alone. Although children and adults are equally welcome at Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL), responsibility for the safety, well-being and behavior of children while on the premises of the library rests with the parent, guardian or caregiver, and not with the library staff. Neither the library nor library staff assumes the role of a parent, known as in loco parentis, nor do they assume the role of a daycare or childcare provider.
Many materials, programs, and services are offered to make the library enjoyable for children and to help them develop a love of books, reading, and libraries. However, when children are left unattended at the library, any number of problems may arise. Young children may become frightened, tired, bored, or disruptive. Children who are left unattended in the building may encounter potential hazards such as stairs, electrical outlets, or automatic doors, to name a few. If an unattended child has a medical emergency, the library staff cannot take legal responsibility, other than to call 911.
There may be times when the library must close due to an emergency such as a storm or power outage. In such instances, library staff will be on the alert for any child in need of assistance and will make every effort to contact a responsible adult. However, staff members are prohibited from transporting children in their vehicles. Additionally, “Stranger Danger” is a serious concern in any public setting, including the library. Library staff have no way of knowing if a child is interacting with or leaving the building with a stranger.
It is the intention of this policy to enlist the cooperation of parents and other adults responsible for children, to ensure that Fort Bend County Libraries provides a safe and pleasant experience for all who use it. To that end, Fort Bend County Libraries has adopted the following policy:
- Library staff members are not responsible for the care or supervision of children at any time.
- Children under age 12 may not be left alone or unattended in the library at any time.
- A parent, guardian, or caregiver aged 14 or older must accompany a child under the age of 12 at all times, while in the library.
- The parent, guardian, or caregiver is responsible for the behavior and supervision of any child under age 12 in their care while at the library and, therefore, must be in the immediate vicinity of and in visual contact with the child during the length of the library visit.
- An exception to this policy may be allowed when children attend a library program without a parent/caregiver in the room. In this situation, parents, guardians, and caregivers are expected to remain in the library building and immediately reunite with the child when the child leaves the program.
- Children 12 years old and older may use the library without being accompanied by an adult. Parents, however, are still responsible for the actions and safety of their children under the age of 18. Parents who wish to limit or restrict the reading, viewing, or listening of their own children must personally oversee their children’s selections.
- All children are subject to the rules listed in the Rules of Conduct Policy. The failure of any patron, including children, to comply with FBCL policies will result in their removal from the library.
- In the event library staff becomes aware of any child under age 12 left unattended while on library premises, staff will attempt to contact the parent, guardian or caregiver. If contact cannot be made, library staff may report the situation to the police and/or the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Approved by Commissioners Court May 24, 2016
The mission of Fort Bend County Libraries is to bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives, expand minds, and strengthen our diverse community.
Fort Bend County Libraries is a public forum, where ideas and information are freely communicated, where a broad spectrum of opinion and a variety of viewpoints is presented in displays and exhibits. The existence of a particular viewpoint in a display, leaflet, or exhibit is an expression of the library's policy of intellectual freedom, not an endorsement of the particular point of view. Partisan politics and matters applying to only one faith, sect, or political viewpoint are strictly avoided in displays, exhibits, and flyers.
The responsibility for approval of exhibits, displays, and postings rests with the Library Director or appointed designee(s). In most instances, such designees will be the Public Information Officer, Department Manager at George Memorial Library, or Branch Manager at library branches.
Decisions will be based on availability of space, relationship of the material to the mission of the library, size and/or quantity. Priority is given to the library, followed by not-for-profit groups. Profit-making organizations may display materials only for the following: (1) community-service events such as fingerprinting of children; (2) events which are in support of not-for-profit organizations.
The Libraries will not act as agent for the sale of any displayed items.
Merchandising activities are permitted to library Friends groups and Staff Association.
- The designated staff member must have approved all materials posted.
- Only library-related or Friends-related items will be displayed on specified bulletin boards near circulation desks at George Memorial Library and some branches.
- Notices of meetings, not-for-profit sales, and cultural activities may be posted on other bulletin boards, space permitting, with the following exceptions:
- political materials promoting the candidacy of a particular person or persons or a particular political issue;
- materials of profit-making groups or individuals advertising products or services for sale (except for posters used to promote the use of libraries and/or library materials).
- Posters and notices should not be submitted more than 30 days before an event; they will be removed after the event. Notices for ongoing events will be displayed for no longer than 90 days.
- Items no larger than 8 1/2 " x 14" are preferred. Larger notices will be accepted on a space-available basis.
Fort Bend County Libraries offers test proctoring to the public at no charge, by appointment only. While staff may proctor several tests for an individual during the year, each test must be scheduled individually. Library staff may not be able to meet all requests for proctoring dates and times, and no guarantee or promise is either given or implied. Fort Bend County Libraries reserves the right to deny any request that does not meet the requirements stated in this policy or that interferes with the day-to-day operations of the library. Tests not taken by the expiration date will be returned to the institution if a postage paid envelope is provided; otherwise, they will be shredded. Any extension for taking the test after the expiration date must be granted by the institution, not by the library. Library staff must receive official notification that an extension has been granted.
The library will proctor written, electronic, open-book or closed-book tests. It is the student’s responsibility to assure that tests are delivered to the library. Students must call at least one week in advance to schedule the date and time of the test, and must allow sufficient time for the test to be mailed back to the institution before the deadline. Students are responsible for supplying all materials necessary to complete the test, including pens and pencils, and they are responsible for any charges or fees incidental to completing the test. These materials/fees may include, but are not limited to, postage, envelopes, sending or receiving facsimiles, and/or printing costs. All tests must be completed 30 minutes before the library closes. The library staff will not extend library hours for a student who has not completed testing. The use of cell phones or visiting with other patrons while a test is being proctored will not be permitted. Young children may not be left unattended in the library while a student completes a test. Library staff will not assume responsibility for young students who are having a test proctored. A picture ID must be presented prior to taking all tests. Some institutions may require a photocopy of the ID.
Students will have a 15-minute grace period after a scheduled appointment, to arrive at the library and take the test. After that grace period, study rooms and computers will be released to other patrons. Individuals who repeatedly miss appointments for testing may lose their use of the library’s proctoring service. Unless requested and agreed to in advance, the librarian who proctors the test will be the librarian on duty—not necessarily the librarian who scheduled the appointment. Proctors will not monitor a student continuously during a test, but will check periodically to assure requirements are met.
Library staff will not copy tests for students, nor will the staff grade or review tests. All proctored tests in electronic format must be taken on the library’s computers. Staff will not proctor an exam taken on a personal laptop. Fort Bend County Libraries will not allow the installation of any software that may be needed to complete tests on a library computer. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that test-taking requirements can be met on the library’s computers as the computers are currently configured. The library will not be responsible for completed tests after they are mailed or otherwise submitted back to the institution.