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Cell Phones

Cell phones are permitted. As a courtesy to others, all audible ringers must be turned off, and users should speak quietly.

Child Safety

The Jefferson Parish Library is providing the following information as an introduction to Child Safety and the Internet. As with all library materials, parents, guardians, and caregivers are responsible for their children's use of the Internet. Remember, if your child is going to use the Internet, you, as a parent, should take time to learn more about it. To assist you, we have listed several websites about child safety on the Internet. 


The Internet is an unregulated worldwide computer network which provides easy access to a massive body of information. It is used by a wide variety of people, mirroring our society. While most Internet users are well-mannered and respectful, some are not. Children can come in contact with all types of people while using the Internet. You would never allow your young children to play near a busy road without supervision nor would you want them "playing" on the Internet without your guidance.

 

Helpful links

Center for Democracy and Technology  www.cdt.org/privacy
Electronic Privacy Information Center www.epic.org
Learn about Cookies    www.cookiecentral.com
Child Safety on the Information Highway www.safekids.com
CyberAngels www.cyberangels.org
Disney's CyberNetiquette Comix  www.cybernetiquette.disney.com
EduHound Schools on the Web www.eduhoundschoolsontheweb.com
Online Safety www.safekids.com
Parents Guide to the information Superhighway www.childrenspartnership.org
Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace www.familyguidebook.com
Safe Teens www.safeteens.com
WiredSafety www.wiredsafery.org

 

Library Display/Distribution Policy

The Jefferson Parish Library maintains in many of its facilities bulletin boards for the posting of materials and designated areas (such as literature racks and spaces on countertops and tables) for the passive distribution of information. Distribution or posting of materials by the Library does not necessarily indicate the Library’s endorsement of the issues or events promoted by those materials.

Priority

The Library strives to provide this service within the space limitations of each branch and observing the following guidelines.

  • Our first priority for our public forum space is for materials about library services, programs, and events;
  • Our second priority for our public forum space is for materials from the Friends of The Jefferson Public Library;
  • Our third priority for our public forum space is for materials from other governmental entities such as the parish, state and federal governments;
  • Our final priority for available space is for information from other groups which must meet guidelines as stated below.

 

Guidelines for public forum materials

A limited number of bulletin board and distribution areas are available within the Library system for the posting and passive distribution of materials from other entities. In each facility, the branch or department manager (or designee) of a library facility may designate specific areas as available for these purposes. A branch or department manager (or designee) must authorize all posting and distribution before it occurs.

The following types of posters and items will be considered for display as space permits:

  • Items from nonprofit organizations;
  • Non-commercial, non-partisan, non-doctrinal items as determined by branch manager (or designee);
  • Items announcing educational or cultural events, such as plays, lectures, concerts;
  • Items announcing local events of a non-commercial, non-partisan, non-doctrinal nature as determined by branch manager (or designee).* An event of a purely neighborhood interest need only be posted at the neighborhood branch;
  • Items relating to books, reading, and literacy;
  • Local newspapers and magazines of a non-commercial, non-partisan, and non-doctrinal nature as determined by branch manager (or designee).

*Events having an admission charge are acceptable if they meet the above criteria.

 

General Prohibitions

  • Materials that mention events that are not open to the general public;
  • Materials that support or oppose any current or pending ballot measure or political candidate. The Library is not intended to be a forum for the support or opposition of political candidates or ballot measures. Official election information, such as the League of Women Voters’ Pamphlets, is made available in the Library;
  • Materials that advocate the beliefs, views, or doctrines of any denomination, sect, or group over those of any other;
  • Materials asking Library visitors to sign a petition or letter are not permitted.

 

Terms for Use

All materials posted or distributed must comply with this policy and any other applicable Library regulations or guidelines. No other materials may be posted or distributed.

To ensure equitable access to limited display space available at each facility, a branch or department manager (or designee) may establish criteria for that facility regarding posting and distribution of material including:

  • the maximum size of material to be posted or distributed;
  • the maximum number of materials to be posted or distributed;
  • the maximum length of time materials may remain posted or displayed;
  • the maximum amount of time before or after an event a posting may occur;
  • the frequency with which material may be posted or displayed by the same non-profit organization; and
  • consistent methods for allocating space should the amount of material exceed the space available for posting or distribution.

All posting and placement of materials in distribution areas shall be done by personnel from the Jefferson Parish Library. Individuals requesting posting or distribution shall not themselves post or leave materials in distribution areas.

Materials left for posting or distribution without authorization from the Library will be discarded.

The Library assumes no responsibility for the preservation or protection of materials posted or distributed. Materials will not be returned.

The Library Director, or his/her designee, is responsible for the administration of this policy on a system-wide basis. Branch managers are responsible for the administration of this policy within their facilities.

Donations

Jefferson Parish Library welcomes donations of art, artwork and collectibles from community groups, organizations, or individuals. Items of historical and community-wide interest are preferred.  

Donations are accepted with the understanding that they become the sole property of the Jefferson Parish Library. The Library will make all decisions regarding their retention and location and all considerations relating to their use, display, or disposition. It is the Library’s expectation that the items will be added to the collection. Every effort is made to accept only items appropriate for use or display in the Library; however, all gifts are accepted with the understanding that they could be exchanged, given away, or sold by the Friends of the Jefferson Public Library.

Exhibits

The Jefferson Parish Library has a number of exhibit cases that are available for exhibits by and for the Library’s patrons. Exhibits may also be placed in free-space areas of Jefferson Parish Library locations. The following policies apply to placing any exhibits in a Jefferson Parish library.

  1. Application for any exhibit must be submitted and approved at least one week in advance of the desired date. The application and waiver forms must be signed and returned before approval will be considered. No publicity or arrangements regarding the event are to be made until the exhibit has been approved.
  2. Exhibits placed or sponsored by the Library itself will have first priority.
  3. The manager or library staff member in charge may determine the length of time a exhibit may be exhibited. Exhibits planned for longer than one month must be approved by the Director. Exhibits intended to be left for longer than two months should be maintained (i.e., dusted, rearranged, etc., as appropriate) by the individual or group placing the exhibit.
  4. The individual or group placing the exhibit assumes responsibility for the arranging and removing of all exhibit items. (Exhibits should be identified by the sponsoring individual or group).
  5. All exhibits are placed at the owner’s responsibility. The Library will take reasonable care that deposited items are not broken or vandalized by the viewing public; however, Jefferson Parish and the Jefferson Parish Library does not assume liability for any loss or damage to these items provided that reasonable care is exercised.
  6. Exhibits must be appropriate and in keeping with the Library’s Mission & Vision statements which follow. Final approval of the exhibit rests with the Library administration.

    Mission Statement
    The mission of the Jefferson Parish Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens and to supply the tools needed for information, enrichment and enjoyment.

    Vision Statement
    The vision of the Jefferson Parish Library is to make a positive difference in our community and to keep our citizens moving toward the future with the knowledge and skills needed for the next century.

  7. Suitable types of exhibits include hobby collections, artifacts, handicrafts, photographs, art objects, and other items of general interest. Exhibit materials that advocate any specific political, philosophical, or religious viewpoint are not allowed in Jefferson Parish libraries.
  8. Any exhibit placed in a Library must be non-commercial and may not contain any reference to sales, donations, or solicitation of products or services.
Library Fines & Fees

 

Fines for overdue materials: per day / maximum

Books: 15¢ / $5.00 per item
Magazines: 15¢ / $3.00 per item
7-day and 14-day books: 15¢ / $5.00 per item
Interlibrary loans: $1.00 / $5.00 per item
CD's: 50¢ / $5.00 per title
DVD's: $1.00 / $5.00 per title


Other library fees:

Copies, letter or legal size paper, black-and-white, per page: 15¢
Copies, letter or legal size paper, color, per page: 50¢
Copies, 11" x 17" paper, black-and-white, per page: 25¢
Copies, 11" x 17" paper, color, per page: 75¢
Library card replacement: $1.00
A-V case replacement: $2.00
Handling and replacement fee for lost items: $5.00
Damaged book: $1.00 minimum, up to cost of book
Interlibrary loan FAX/photocopy, per printed page: 15¢ + an extra fee if the lending library charges one with a $3.00 non-refundable deposit
Interlibrary loan materials, excluding microfilm: free unless a fee is set by lending library
Interlibrary loan microfilm: $3.50 minimum, but it could be more if a higher fee is set by lending library


Patrons are delinquent for:

More than 3 books overdue
More than $5.00 owed for overdue items returned and items returned lost
More than $25.00 owed for items billed
Three Active Claims Returned

Electronic Use Policy for the Jefferson Parish Library
 Mission

The mission of the Jefferson Parish Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens and to supply the tools needed for information, enrichment and enjoyment.

 

 Internet Use Policy for Jefferson Parish Libraries

 

Section 1. PURPOSE FOR PROVIDING INTERNET USE:

The Jefferson Parish Library provides limited access to the Internet as a service to our patrons. The Internet is a resource that enables Library patrons to connect to information beyond that contained in the Library's collection. The Library is not a commercial Internet service provider. It is the Library's policy to provide Internet access to the public within the limits of available space, equipment, time, personnel, and other resources. The Library cannot guarantee access to the Internet at any given time. The Library is not open to the public for all forms of expressive activity. In offering Internet access, it is not the intent of the Library to create a public forum with respect to the receipt and communication of information through the Internet.

The Library may recommend interesting, useful and legal Internet destinations and resources for Library patrons to access and explore. However, the Internet is currently an ungoverned and unregulated source of both verified and unverified information. While the Internet does contain a wealth of useful material, it also provides access to sites containing material that some patrons may find offensive or objectionable as well as access to sites that may be illegal, unlawful, or obscene.

This Internet Policy is intended to affirm and serve to advance the following governmental interests:

(A) The protection of children from exposure to obscene material, child pornography, material harmful to them; and

(B) The aid and support of parents and/or the guardians of children in the discharge of their primary responsibility for their children's well-being; and

(C) The prevention of the creation of a sexually hostile work environment for the library patrons and employees, and the prevention of discriminatory conduct; and

(D) The maintenance of discipline and order, and the limitation of disruptions in the study or work environment of the Library; and

(E) The minimization of providing access to illegal pornography; and

(F) The aid and support of Federal and State criminal and civil laws designed to deter and punish trafficking in obscenity, child pornography, stalking, and harassment by means of computer; and

(G) With respect to minors, the exclusion of material which is "pervasively vulgar" or "educationally unsuitable" for the respective recipient age group.

In providing computer access as an information resource, such as the use of or providing access to or through the Internet, World Wide Web, or an interactive computer service (as defined in 47 U.S.C. § 230 (e) (1) and (2) and § 231 (e) (1) and (3)), the Library realizes that electronic display is more public in nature than other print media. It also recognizes that while it is impossible to monitor totally all the information or images that can be accessed on the Internet, some amount of control can be exercised. The Library will seek to facilitate, provide, and encourage Internet use in its facilities that is in accord with general community standards. The public dissemination of obscene material or child pornography is not necessary nor required under the Library's mission and is inconsistent with public policy and community standards. The Library also seeks to avoid and minimize the opportunity that unrestricted access to the Internet would result in exposure and exhibition of offensive sexual materials that could contribute to hostile work place or other sexual harassment or discipline problems with the Library environment.

 

Section 2. PROHIBITED ACCESS CRITERIA:

(A) Obscene. The policy of the Jefferson Parish Library prohibits the utilization of any library computer to access to sources of information or images that are obscene, including hard-core pornography depicting sexual conduct where penetration of the genitals is clearly visible and other explicitly sexual pornographic representations of sexual conduct ("Ultimate sexual acts, normal or perverted, actual or simulated, masturbation, excretory functions, and lewd exhibition of the genitals" ) within the scope of federal, state, and parish obscenity laws, including but not limited to La. R.S. 14:106, and Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances Sec. 20-75 et seq., and the constitutional test for obscenity provided by the United States Supreme Court in the "Miller Test" announced in Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15, 37 L.Ed.2d.419, 93 S.CT. 2607 (1973), Smith v. United States, 431 U.S. 291, 300-02, 309, 52 L.Ed. 324, 97 S.Ct. 1756 (1977), Pope v. Illinois, 481 U.S. 497, 500-01, 95 L.Ed. 439, 107 S.Ct. 1918 (1987), etc.

(B) Child Pornography. The policy of the Jefferson Parish Library prohibits the utilization of any library computer to access images that are considered Child Pornography, containing a visual representation of a minor under 18 years of age engaging in sexually explicit conduct, as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 2256, La. R.S. 14:81.1 and Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances Sec. 20-75 et seq.

(1) There is an inference, which may be rebutted, that a participant in sexual activity, depicted as a minor through its title, text, visual representation, or otherwise, is a minor.

(2) As used herein, sexual activity includes sexual acts by minors such as intercourse, oral sex, and includes "lascivious exhibition of the genitals or pubic area." In determining when genital or pubic area exhibitions are "lascivious," guidance shall be drawn by the following factors discussed in United States v. Dost, 636 F. Supp. 828, 832 (S.D. Cal. 1986), affirmed, sub nom, United States v. Wiegund, 812 F.2d 1239, 1244 (9th Cir 1987), cert. Denied, 484 U.S. 856 (1987):

(a) Examples of sexually suggestive or lewd photographs of children would be those in which the child is depicted as half or partially clothed, posed in such a way as to depict or suggest a willingness to engage in sexual activity or a sexually coy attitude.

(b) In determining whether a visual depiction of a minor constitutes a lewd or lascivious exhibition of the genitals or pubic area, the following factors, among any others, may be relevant in the particular case:

(i) whether the focal point of the visual depiction is on the child's genitalia or pubic area;

(ii) whether the setting of the visual depiction is sexually suggestive, i.e., in a place or pose generally associated with sexual activity;

(iii) whether the child is depicted in an unnatural pose, or in inappropriate attire, considering the age of the child;

(iv) the child is fully or partially clothed, or nude;

(v) whether the visual depiction suggests sexual coyness or a willingness to engage in sexual activity;

(vi) the visual depiction is intended or designed to elicit a sexual response in the viewer.

A visual depiction need not involve all of these factors to be a lewd or lascivious exhibition of a minor's genitals or pubic area. A determination may be made based on the overall content of the visual depiction, taking into account the age of the minor and the nature of the work and its context, promotions, or marketing. 

(C) Material Harmful to Minors. It is the Policy of the Jefferson Parish Library to limit or restrict access to images that could be believed to be "obscene as to minors" or "Harmful to Minors," as that term is used in 47 U.S.C. § 231 (e) (6), La. R.S. 14:91.11 and Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances Sec. 20-75 et seq., for the age groups of minors who may be exposed to such materials whenever any computer providing access to the Internet or other interactive computer service is being used by a minor, who does not have on file with the Library written permission from a parent or guardian for use of such unrestricted computer terminal. 

 

Section 3. UNBLOCKING PROCEDURE - ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW: 

(A) Any library patron who finds himself or herself blocked from an Internet site he or she believes contains material that does not meet the Criteria listed in Sections 2 (A), (B), or (C), above, and desires to access said Internet site, may make a request that the Library unblock the specified site. If the Library determines that the site does not fall within the Criteria listed in Sections 2 (A), (B), or (C), the Library shall unblock said Internet site.

(B) When a request is received for a determination that a site does not fall within the Criteria listed in Section 2(A) or 2(B), the Library must make its decision as soon as possible, but not later than the close of the following working day. If a decision is not made by such time, the request shall be granted pending review. The Library shall bear the burden of proof that the websites the patron seeks access to falls within the Criteria listed in Section 2(A) or 2(B) or otherwise falls outside of the protection of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article 1 § 7 of the Louisiana Constitution.

 

Section 4. NOTICE TO PARENTS AND GUARDIANS:

Because the Internet includes some information which parents and guardians may deem to be unsuitable for their children, parents and guardians must provide the necessary guidance and oversight of their children. They are the primary ones who may make decisions regarding whether to permit their children to have Internet access at the Library. Parents and guardians must ensure that they take all appropriate parental and guardian actions in respect to the use of the Internet at the Library by their minor children. The Library and its staff cannot act in the place of a parent or guardian.

 

Section 5. DISCLAIMERS REGARDING INTERNET USE:

The Library has no control over the information contained on the Internet and is not responsible for its contents.

The Library cannot verify or be held responsible for the accuracy, reliability, quality, timeliness, or legality of information found on the Internet. The Library cannot be held liable for the conduct of Internet users. The Library may not be able to control access to materials or protect patrons from materials they may find offensive. Library users access the Internet at their own discretion and risk, and they are responsible for evaluating the validity and appropriateness of information accessed.

 

Section 6. WARNINGS AND CONDITIONS REGARDING INTERNET USE:

Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure or private medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding user activities. However, the Library will not release information on the use of specific Internet resources by any users except required by law or as legally permitted and necessary for the proper operation of the Library.

As a condition of the Internet use at the Library, each user must agree to comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, including without limitation, all rules and regulations which may be established from time to time by the Library. Further, each user must agree to take no action on the Internet which could cause the Library to incur any expense beyond the general access fees. By initiating use, the user agrees to the fullest extent permitted by law to hold the Library harmless from any liability for any wrongful conduct of the user, including without limitation, any such unauthorized expense, costs, and attorney's fees.

The Library reserves the right to refuse access to the Internet to any person for the violation of this or any other policy of the Library, in accordance with applicable law.

The following rules for the use of all Library Internet Computers are adopted and established as an integral part of this policy:

RULES OF USE FOR THE INTERNET

(1) Each user shall be deemed to agree, by advancing beyond the initial computer screens, to abide by the Jefferson Parish Library Internet Use Policy.

(2) Copyright: U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of "fair use." Subject to fair use, users may neither reproduce copyrighted materials (text, images, programs, and/or data) nor distribute such materials by any means (including electronic mail) without the explicit written permission of the copyright holder. Responsibility for any consequences for copyright infringement lies with the user. The Library expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility or responsibility resulting from such use. 

(3) Only Library staff may reboot, restart, or log onto the Library's Internet computers.

(4) Users may not make unauthorized entry into other computational, informational, or communication services or resources.

(5) Users may not present themselves or the Library by using computer accounts, access codes, numbers, passwords, signatures, or network identification assigned to others. This includes using someone else's personal library card to utilize the computers.

(6) Users may not invade the privacy of others at any time or in any way.

(7) Users may not send, receive, or display obscene materials, child pornography, and/or other materials prohibited under applicable local, state, and federal laws.

(8) Users may not use the Internet for illegal activities, including the violation of the rights of third parties.

(9) Users may not make any attempt to damage or alter the Library's computer equipment, software, or data and/or the equipment, software, or data of others.

(10) Due to the danger of a computer virus affecting the Library computer system, users may not download any materials to the computer's hard drive or any floppy drive.

(11) Public access computers may be monitored remotely.

Violation of the Library's Internet Use Policy and of any other rules and regulations may result in a loss of access to the Internet (including the World Wide Web) through the Library's Internet connection and/or loss of other Library privileges. Unlawful activities may result in prosecution by local, state, and/or federal authorities. 

 

Section 7. SEVERABILITY:

To the extent any provision of this policy or the application thereof to any circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of the policy and the application of such provisions to other persons and circumstances shall not be affected thereby.

If any section, sub-section, sentence, clause, or any part of this Policy is for any reason, held or declared to be unconstitutional, inoperative or void, such holding or invalidity shall not affect the remaining portions of this Policy; and it shall be construed to have been the Library's intent to adopt this Policy without such unconstitutional, inoperative, or invalid part therein; and, the remainder of this Policy, after the exclusion of such part or parts, shall be held and deemed to be valid as if such excluded parts had not been included herein.

Jefferson Parish reserves the right to make any changes in this policy at any time!

 

Obtaining a Library Card

Library cards are available free of charge to all Jefferson Parish residents.

Any type of library card that is issued requires a valid address.

People can meet the library’s ID and proof of Jefferson Parish address requirements by providing one of the following:

To qualify for a resident Jefferson Parish Library borrower's card, a person must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  1. Louisiana driver’s license with current Jefferson Parish address on front (or an official change of address on back of the license)
  2. Louisiana ID card with current Jefferson Parish address on front (or an official change of address on back of the card)
  3. Military or other photo ID with current Jefferson Parish address
  4. Consular ID or international driver’s license with current Jefferson Parish address

 

Alternatively, the library will accept two of the following (one must show current Jefferson Parish address):

  1. Louisiana driver’s license without current address; out-of-state driver’s license
  2. State, military or other government photo ID without current address
  3. Current rent receipt or rental/lease agreement dated within the last 60 days; mortgage document; tax bill; title to property
  4. Utility bill (electric, cable, phone, water) issued within last 30 days showing current address
  5. Official mail addressed to current address with a current postmark (within 30 days) - bank statement, insurance bill, credit card statement, etc.
  6. Business or other mail with an imprinted name, current address, and current postmark (within 60 days) - P.O. Box numbers not acceptable
  7. Check imprinted with name and current address
  8. Birth certificate; U.S. or foreign passport
  9. Social Security card; Medicare/Medicaid card
  10. Voter identification/registration card
  11. Resident alien card; temporary resident card
  12. Vehicle registration or proof of insurance
  13. University, college, or school ID
  14. Employment or work ID; current payroll stub issued within the last 30 days
  15. Social services identification; prison release document or letter from probation officer
  16. Anyone without a fixed address may use a letter certifying their Jefferson Parish resident status by the social service agency where he or she receives mail

The library also provides free library cards to people who own property in Jefferson Parish and pay Jefferson Parish property taxes. An individual must provide one of the following to prove s/he owns property in the parish: 1) property tax receipt; 2) title of property; 3) mortgage; or 4) An individual who does not live in Jefferson Parish but has a valid ID with current address may obtain a Guest card with limited privileges. Guest cards are valid for 6 months and are available for a fee.

A Guest Computer Card is also available for $2.00. The card is valid until midnight of the day purchased.

The library extends reciprocal library privileges (with some restrictions) to people who have valid New Orleans Public Library cards.

 

To renew an expired card, the person whose name is on the account must go to an Jefferson Parish Library location and present the card, a valid/acceptable photo ID and proof of current residence address in their name. Library cards expire every two years from the initial date/or renewal date.

All patrons renewing/replacing their library card, will need to pay all fines owed on the account.

 

Click here to get a library card online.

Meeting Room Policy

Meeting Rooms can now be booked online. Click here for more information.

Download the Meeting Room Information Packet (PDF)


 
Resolution No. 111105 adopted by the Jefferson Parish Council on October 8, 2008, amended the Jefferson Parish Meeting Room Procedures and Policies (adopted August 19, 1998) to provide a more uniform set of procedures and policies and to update both the rooms available and their cost and to provide for related matters.

The Library's meeting rooms are available for use by all government agencies, community organizations, and businesses in accordance with the amended Jefferson Parish Meeting Room Procedures and Policies and the
following guidelines: 
  

  1. Meeting rooms are booked without regard to any group's creed, point of view, or beliefs.
     
  2. The booking of a Jefferson Parish Library meeting room does not constitute any endorsement, sponsorship or support by the Library or Jefferson Parish nor the beliefs or views of the groups presenting the events.
     
  3. The Library's logo should not be used by any group to advertise meetings or events. There can be no indication in publicity issued by groups using a meeting room that its function is sponsored by the Library or Jefferson Parish.
     
  4. No offerings or donations can be solicited in any Jefferson Parish Library meeting room. No solicitation for dues to join an organization.
     
  5. Political activities are not allowed in any Jefferson Parish Library meeting room. Political activities include: Any activities in which the purpose is to support or oppose any political party; any activities in which the purpose is to support or oppose any candidate for public office; any activities requiring an individual or group to file a campaign financial disclosure report under state or federal law; or any activities requiring an individual or group to file a lobby report under state or federal law.
     
  6. The rental fees are: $150 per hour for meeting rooms Jefferson and Napoleon (combined) at East Bank Regional Library; $100 per hour at West Bank Regional Library; $75 per hour for meeting room Jefferson or Napoleon at East Bank Regional Library; $50 per hour at the branch libraries; and $40 per hour for the A/V conference room at East Bank Regional Library.
     
  7. The rental fees will be waived for Jefferson Parish agencies, schools, and other state and federal agencies. Rental fees will also be waived for Friends of the Jefferson Public Library, Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful, Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson Dollars for Scholars, Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission, LSU AgCenter, Jefferson Dollars for Scholars, Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission, LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Master Gardener Program and other library sponsored programs (i.e. Authors’ Group, Author Program, Musical presentations etc.) as long as they are not promoting any services for commercial gain but given as an educational or quality of life presentation to the library’s patrons. Any violation of this policy will halt any sponsorship by the library.
     
  8. The Library does not assume any responsibility to publicize or promote any outside group meeting (not sponsored by the library), and will not publicize outside groups’ meetings on the Library’s website or social media. All confirmed and finalized meetings will appear on the library’s calendar. Reserving groups may not post signage on library property.
     
  9. All other non-profit community organizations which promote programs to enhance the “quality of life” in Jefferson Parish are eligible to use the “premium” rooms at East Bank Regional Library and West Bank Regional Library at 50% off the regular rental fees, e.g. $75 per hour for meeting rooms Jefferson and Napoleon (combined) at East Bank Regional; $50 per hour at West Bank Regional; and $37.50 per hour for meeting room Jefferson or Napoleon at East Bank Regional. These organizations can also use the small conference room (A/V) at East Bank Regional and the meeting rooms at the branch libraries, that have meeting rooms, without charge.
     
  10. Non-profit organizations must provide their IRS Determination Letter, as evidence of their 501(c)(3) status in order to be eligible for the free and reduced rates at any facility.
     
  11. Reservations must be made two weeks in advance and booked no more than six (6) months in advance. Full payment in the form of cash, check, or credit/debit card (A 2.09% convenience fee will be added to all credit/debit card transactions.) is required within one (1) week from the date the reservation being made. If payment is not received after one (1) week, the reservation will be cancelled. Reservations and payments are to be made between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Confirmation of reservation will be sent via email. All cancellations must be made in writing at least ten (10) calendar days in advance in order to receive a refund (no refunds for cancellations within the ten (10) day period). A $20 cancellation fee will be assessed. Library events and activities take precedence and the library reserves the right to cancel confirmed bookings if a room is needed by the library and to refund the full rental fee to the organization.
     
  12. The Library reserves the right to cancel meeting room reservations due to unforeseen circumstances. In such event, fees will not automatically be refunded. The following will be adhered to.
    1. If the weather on the reservation date is so severe to cause widespread cancellation to all groups using the facilities on that day, Jefferson Parish will do the following:
      1. Allow group to book another date at the same facility or one similar at no charge or,
      2. Refund 80% of the rental fees.
         
  13. An audio/visual technician is available to operate the sound board and other equipment at East Bank Regional Library. An additional charge of $50/hour must be paid at the time meeting room reservation is made. This charge is not waived for groups that pay no or reduced rental fees. Groups will be provided instructions on how to use the microphones and overhead projector. However, only designated library employees may operate or touch the library's permanent technology equipment located in the back.
     
  14. The Jefferson Parish Library does not supply laptops. If laptops are needed, patrons/organizations are to bring their own laptops or they can pay a $50/hour audio/visual technician fee and resources can be provided. If assistance is required to connect a laptop to the meeting room's audio/visual equipment, the group/organization will need to contact the Library 48 hours in advance of the reservation to schedule an appointment so that special instructions can be provided prior to the meeting/presentation.
     
  15. All groups will be held financially responsible for not returning lavaliere microphones or other equipment, damages sustained during an event (including cleaning of the carpet because of food or beverage spills), etc. Grease, food, etc. are not to be put down the drains or toilets.
     
  16. Library meeting rooms cannot be used for showers, parties, weddings, graduation parties, or social events. Light refreshments (sandwiches, pastries, covered drinks) may be served in the meeting rooms with the exception of the upstairs A/V Meeting Room at East Bank Regional. Only covered drinks are allowed in the A/V Meeting Room. A kitchen is available, by the Jefferson & Napoleon Rooms, at East Bank Regional Library, which is available only by advance request. The reserving group is free to bring food from anywhere. The group or person having the meeting is responsible for cleanup of the meeting room if food and drinks are involved. Chafing dishes and other cooking equipment are not allowed. Additional sound systems are not allowed due to meetings in an adjacent room or due to the noise in the library setting.
     
  17. Alcohol is not allowed on Library premises.
     
  18. Meeting rooms may be used only during a library's regular business hours, Monday-Saturday. Groups must vacate the meeting room 30 minutes prior to the closing of the library. The reservation system automatically provides 30 minutes without charge prior to the event time to enable groups to set-up chairs, attendees to arrive, etc. Groups cannot access the “premium” meeting rooms at East Bank Regional Library prior to 8:30 a.m. (these rooms cannot be reserved or entered prior to 8:30 a.m.) or the opening time at the other libraries.
     
  19. All events and meetings must be free and open to the public – no admission or registration charges; no fees to cover expenses for speakers, supplies, etc. This requirement applies to all groups, including groups that do not pay or have reduced rental fees.
     
  20. The Friends of the Jefferson Public Library is authorized to sell books/merchandise at all Library facilities.
     
  21. All commercial activities are prohibited – No actual selling, contracting to sell, or soliciting information for future sales may take place upon Jefferson Parish premises. This includes the sale of materials/books and fees of any kind including refreshments or food. Any commercial activity must clearly be reported on the reservation form. A list of attendees with their names/addresses/phone numbers or emails is strictly prohibited.
     
  22. Set-up is provided only for East Bank Regional Library meeting rooms (Jefferson and/or Napoleon) in accordance with the specifications provided on the reservation form. Groups are responsible for making any physical changes in the set-up and for providing any additional equipment, etc. Groups are responsible for setting-up all of the other meeting rooms and putting items back when the meetings end.
     
  23. The grand piano located in the Napoleon meeting room at the East Bank Regional Library is available to be used by musicians and bands at Library-sponsored programs. Reservation must be made in advance.
     
  24. The capacity of each meeting room is posted (also available when a room is reserved) in each meeting room facility. Groups are responsible for not allowing additional people to enter the meeting room once the capacity has been reached and for assuring the capacity is not exceeded.
     
  25. The Library reserves the right to cancel confirmed bookings and/or reject future reservations for any person(s) or group(s) not complying with the “Jefferson Parish Library's Meeting Rooms Policies and Procedures”.
     
  26. Since individual library branches are unable to schedule reservations, all reservations and inquiries should be directed to the Receptionist/Meeting Room Coordinator at the Library's administrative office (4747 West Napoleon Avenue, Metairie, LA 70001; phone 504-849-8817).
     
  27. Library sponsored programs are handled through the Adult Program Manager. All reservations and inquiries in regard to this type of program should be directed to the Adult Program Manager at the Library's administrative office (4747 West Napoleon Avenue, Metairie, LA 70001; 504-889-8143; wcsmith@jplibrary.net).

*All library sponsored educational and quality of life programs shall be sent to and approved by the library’s administration (Assistant Director; Patron Services Head) before they are booked by the Adult Programmer and will need a 30-day advancement notice (838-1100)

 

Rules of Conduct

Welcome to Jefferson Parish Library. This library is supported by millages paid by the residents of Jefferson Parish. Accordingly, as we are publicly funded, our facilities should be clean, comfortable, and safe. To this end, the following rules of conduct shall apply uniformly to all patrons, volunteers and staff at this and other Jefferson Parish Library facilities:

Patrons, volunteers and staff shall be treated with courtesy and respect.
Library materials and property shall be treated with respect.
Library facilities shall be used safely and appropriately in the manner for which they were/are intended.

These rules of conduct shall be consistently and uniformly enforced in a fair and equitable manner. Library staff and/or local law enforcement officers will intervene to curb prohibited activities and behaviors. Failure to comply with the library's established rules, regulations, and policies may result in physical removal from the premises and may include arrest and prosecution. Repeated violations may also result in restricted or terminated library privileges, including the use of library computers and other library equipment.

 

For the comfort and safety of our patrons, volunteers, and staff, and the protection of library property, the following are not allowed on library property:

Engaging in any activity in violation of federal, state, local, or other applicable law, or library policy.
Carrying firearms and dangerous weapons of any type, except by law enforcement officers (Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances, Sec 20-151.1).
Being under the influence of alcohol/illegal drugs, and selling, using, or possessing alcohol/illegal drugs (Louisiana Revised Statutes 14:103; RS 40:966).
Verbally or physically threatening or harassing patrons, volunteers, or staff, stalking, offensive touching, obscene or lewd acts including acts of a sexual nature, exhibitionism (indecent exposure), and voyeurism (peeping). Such acts shall be reported to local law enforcement officials (Louisiana Revised Statutes 14:103, RS 40:106).
Using abusive, vulgar or obscene language (Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances, Sec 20-30); spitting on the floor or furniture.
Soliciting, panhandling or proselytizing, engaging in commercial activities, and conducting surveys not authorized by the library.
Failing to provide proper supervision of children. Adults are responsible for the conduct and safety of minors under their care while on library property.
Stealing, damaging, altering, or inappropriate use of library property in library facilities or on library grounds, including computer hardware and software, printers, copiers, phones, and other equipment. Thievery and vandalism will be reported to local law enforcement agency (Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances, Sec 20-43).
Fighting or challenging to fight, running, pushing, shoving, or throwing objects (Louisiana Revised Statutes 14:103). Fighting will be reported to the local law enforcement officials.
Creating disruption through noises, loud talking, singing, screaming, or using audible devices without headphones, or with the volume set high enough to be disruptive even with headphones, using cell phones, pagers, and other communication devices in a manner that disturbs others. Audible cell phone and pager ringers shall be turned off while in the library.
Using restrooms for bathing, shampooing, shaving, doing laundry, changing clothes, or for any other purpose for which they were not intended. Library materials may not be taken into restrooms.
Smoking, chewing, and other tobacco use in library facilities or within 100 feet of library entrances (Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances, Sec 20-122). This includes e-cigarettes.
Entering the library barefoot, without a shirt or being otherwise attired so as to be disruptive to the library environment.
Bringing in articles that are too large to fit under one library chair.
Using wheeled devices on library property or on library grounds, except in designated areas, including skateboarding, roller-skating, bicycling, scooters, and shopping carts (wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers excepted).
Sleeping or lying down on any couch, table, seat, or floor in the library or restrooms, blocking aisles, exits, or entrances by sitting or lying down in them (Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances, Sec 20-101).
Littering.
Bringing pets or animals, other than service animals necessary for disabilities, into the library, except as authorized by the library director.
Gambling and other group activities which are disruptive to the library environment.
Moving library furniture from where it is placed by library staff.
Trespassing in nonpublic areas, being in the library without permission of an authorized library employee before or after library operating hours, refusal to leave the library at designated closing times, disregard of fire regulations, or camping on library grounds (Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances, Sec 20-45).
Failing to comply with reasonable staff requests.
Eating outside designated areas or consuming beverages from non-lidded containers.

As authorized by the library, food and non-alcoholic beverages may be consumed in library meeting rooms and at special events. Food consumption is further permitted within the refreshment area at East Bank Regional Library. Consuming beverages from lidded containers is permitted in the library. Lidded containers include covered coffee, water, soda, and juice cups, glass and plastic beverage bottles, and beverage cans. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on library premises. Babies may be nursed in the library.

Patrons are asked not to leave their possessions unattended. The library is not responsible for the loss of unattended property.

 

Adopted June 21, 2005
Revised December 17, 2013 
Jefferson Parish Library Board

Study Room Policy

Jefferson Parish Library has a number of small study rooms at the East Bank Regional (EBR), North Kenner, Old Metairie, Wagner, and West Bank Regional (WBR) libraries. Larger study rooms are also available at the EBR (4 rooms), River Ridge (2 rooms), WBR (1 room), and Westwego (1 room) libraries. All of the rooms are available to individuals for study and/or conferencing during regular library hours on a first come/first serve basis. No fees are charged. The small study rooms can be used by one (1) person or a maximum of two (2) people, depending on the room. Scheduling is done by staff at the circulation desk and in special collections at EBR, the information desk and children’s desks at WBR, and the service desks at the other libraries. In the larger study rooms, there should be no more than four (4) individuals in the room at River Ridge and Westwego, six (6) individuals at EBR, and eight (8) individuals at WBR. There should be at least two (2) people at River Ridge and Westwego and three (3) at WBR and EBR. These aforementioned amounts are but guidelines. The staff at the information desk at WBR and in reference at EBR is responsible for scheduling the use of these rooms and they must obtain all of the information requested on the form.

 

Other Guidelines

 

  1. The rooms are available during regular library hours for individuals and/or small groups to use for studying and conferencing. They cannot be used as a primary meeting place for groups or individuals or a place to conduct business. Rooms can be used for tutoring as long as it is not for paid services. It should not be used for any other activities for which fees are charged in advance, off site, or on site.
     
  2. No advance reservations are allowed, and usage is on a first come/first serve basis. The user will inform the staff of the time needed. The time frame will be marked on the study room sheet. The user(s) should inform the staff when they are finished with the study room.
     
  3. No fees are charged for the use of these rooms. The user should have a valid Jefferson Parish Library card or Jefferson Parish Driver’s License or State of Louisiana ID card.
     
  4. Users must observe the Library’s Rules of Conduct. Failure to do so may result in denial of future use. No food is allowed. Users are also responsible for any damages in the rooms and are expected to leave rooms in neat condition with all scrap paper or any sort of debris removed and discarded in the trash. The staff will go by the time the user indicated they will be finished.
     
  5. Louisiana Revised Statutes 14.59 provides, “Whoever commits the crime of criminal mischief shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or be imprisoned for not more than six months in the parish jail, or both.” Criminal mischief includes the intentional performance of “placing graffiti upon immovable or movable property, whether publicly or privately owned, without the consent of the owner, by the means of the use of spray paint, ink, marking pens containing a non-water soluble fluid, brushes, applicators, or other materials for marking, scratching, or etching. Graffiti includes but is not limited to any sign, inscription, design, drawing, diagram, etching, sketch, symbol, lettering, name or marking placed upon immovable or movable property in such a manner and in such a location as to deface the property and be visible to the general public.”
     
  6. The user is responsible for any items left in the rooms including purses, wallets, phones, laptops and any other materials.
Library Policy for Unattended Children

The Jefferson Parish Library welcomes children of all ages and is dedicated to providing an exciting and safe environment for users of all ages. Many services and programs are offered to make the library enticing to children and to help them develop a love of books, reading and libraries. Sharing this environment with other users requires that everyone follow the Library's "Rules of Conduct" adopted by the Jefferson Parish Library Board on June 21, 2005 & revised on December 17, 2013 and posted in each library facility and on the library website.

The Library encourages children to use its facilities and services, but they should always be accompanied by a parent/guardian or assigned caregiver whenever in the library. The library is a public building, and as such, is not a safe place to leave a child unattended. Young children, left unattended, often become frightened, anxious and cry. Even though older children may be able to occupy their time for a short period, they often become bored, hungry, and disruptive, disturbing the enjoyment of other users and interfering with library operations. The responsibility for the safety and behavior of children in the library rests with the parent/guardian or assigned caregiver and not with library staff. Library staff cannot be responsible for children who are unattended or who demonstrate inappropriate behavior. 

Children eleven (11) years old and younger should not be left unattended in the library, and they should be under the authority of and accompanied by a parent/guardian or assigned caregiver. This also applies when children are attending programs in the Library. Children twelve (12) years of age and older may use the library unattended; however, the parent/guardian is responsible for the behavior of his/her child while in the library. It is also the responsibility of the parent/guardian to know the hours of the library and to pick up his/her child before the library closes. 

DEFINITION OF UNATTENDED CHILD:  A child age eleven (11) or younger who is not under the authority of a parent/guardian or assigned caregiver for extended periods of time on a regular basis, or a child of any age who is not picked up at closing time.

Wireless Access Policy

wifi logoThe Jefferson Parish Library provides FREE wireless access (aka "hot spots" & "WiFi") at all library locations for library customers to use with their own personal notebooks, laptops and other mobile devices. These access points are unsecured, accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and filtered to comply with CIPA regulations.

 

  1. Wireless access is provided to the public as a service free of charge on an "as is" basis with no guarantee or warranty.
  2. Users of our wireless service must agree to abide by the Jefferson Parish Library Internet Use Policy prohibiting sending, receiving, or displaying obscene or pornographic material.
  3. It is the user's sole responsibility to protect his/her information from all risks associated with using the Internet, including any damage, loss, or theft that may occur as a result of the use of the Library's wireless access.
  4. As with most public wireless "hot spots," the Library's wireless connection is not secure. There can be untrusted parties between you and anybody with whom you communicate with, and any information being transmitted could potentially be intercepted by another wireless user. Cautious and informed wireless users should choose not to transmit personal information (credit card numbers, passwords and any other sensitive information) while using any wireless "hot spot." Please take appropriate precautions when using this service.
  5. Library staff can provide general information connecting your device to the wireless network but cannot troubleshoot problems related to your wireless device, assist in making changes to your device's network settings and/or hardware configuration, or install wireless cards. The Library cannot guarantee that your device will work with the Library's wireless access points.
  6. The library assumes no responsibility for any alterations or interference with a laptop's configuration, operation, or data files resulting from connection to the wireless network.
  7. The library cannot guarantee that the service will be available at any specific time nor can the library accept reservations for wireless access.
  8. Virus and security protection is the user’s responsibility.
  9. The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment. Users must keep their equipment with them at all times and may only use electrical outlets in the study rooms, the study carrels or other outlets in the library as long as they do not create a safety hazard or interfere with library operations and/or other customers use of the Library.
  10. In using this free Internet access, the user agrees and hereby releases, indemnifies, and holds harmless the Jefferson Parish Library and its employees from any damage to his/her own equipment that may result from the use of this wireless access.
  11. Printing is not available via the wireless connection at this time.
  12. Wireless access is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  13. Any attempt to circumvent library procedures or any unauthorized attempt to access or manipulate library equipment will result in permanent disconnection from the library's wireless network.
  14. The library filters all Internet access. This filter blocks those sites that violate the Federal Children's Internet Protection Act and/or the Jefferson Parish Library's Internet Use Policy. Filter Removal Requests will not be honored on laptop computers.

 

WIRELESS FAQS:

What do I need to access the wireless network?
To access the Library's wireless network, you need a laptop (or suitable PDA or other portable device) equipped with an 802.11 b/g/n compatible wireless card. Some portable devices have wireless cards built-in while others may require you to purchase a compatible card to plug into it. Installation of the card and its associated software will vary depending upon specific device, card and operating system. Your device must be configured DHCP and you cannot have a proxy configured on your browser. Library staff cannot assist you in making changes to the devices network settings and/or hardware configuration, nor can the Library provide network cards for your use.

How do I connect?
In most cases, you should be able to connect with the wireless network by simply scanning for the network and opening up a browser to start surfing. Details on configuring your portal device for a wireless network may vary depending upon specific models, operating system, and wireless card. For specific information on how to configure or troubleshoot your wireless connection, you will need to refer to your device's documentation.

What is the SSID?
Connect to PUBLIC

Can I print from the wireless network?
No, there are no printers configured on the wireless network. To print, you will need to use one of the Library's public access computers.

Is the wireless network secured?
All wireless access users should have up-to-date virus protection on their laptop computers or wireless devices to assist in protecting them from harm.

Can I access the Library's catalog and electronic databases through the Wireless Network?
Yes, access to both the Library catalog and electronic databases are available through the Jefferson Parish website www.jplibrary.net. Due to varying network configurations at locations, you may or may not be required to enter your library card number for access.

What if I have problems? Can Library staff assist?
Library staff can not provide you technical assistance in configuring your device or troubleshooting wireless access problems. There is no guarantee that your wireless device will work with network. The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety or security of a patron's personal equipment resulting from the connection to the Library's wireless network.