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Just for Parents - A Guide to Your Child's Use of Broward County Library

Public Computers | Materials | Programs | Tips for Parents | BCL Code of Conduct - for Students

A room of public computers are used to capacity within a library.Public Computers

Library computers offer your child a wealth of resources and activities that will help with success in school.

Computers provide:

  • Access to the Internet
  • Online databases (including magazine and newspaper indexes, encyclopedias, almanacs, science and geographical resources, etc.)
  • Word processing and other computer programs to prepare reports.

We encourage you to guide your child’s Internet experiences in the same manner that you guide his/her television viewing and reading material.

Please be aware:

  • Children may use computers in any section of the library.
  • The Internet is not regulated in any way, and it may expose your child to inaccurate material as well as questionable content.
  • Parents are responsible for monitoring their child’s use of library computers.A stack of library books and cds.

Materials

Materials selected for Broward County Libraries are intended
to meet the informational, educational, cultural, and
recreational needs of the entire community. Some materials
may be controversial.

To ensure your child’s library visit is a pleasant one for both of you, please:

  • Be aware that your child will have access to all materials in the library
    (not just those in the children‘s section), and
  • Monitor your child’s use of the library and its resources.

Our libraries endorse the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights. Services, materials, and facilities are open to everyone. Because libraries are public places, the well-being and safety of unattended children are a serious concern. Library staff cannot assume responsibility for supervising unattended children in or on the grounds of the library. Parents or caregivers are responsible for ensuring the safety of their children and monitoring their use of library resources.

If your child does not follow library rules, staff may not necessarily contact you to report this. Instead, the following may occur:

  1. The child may be asked to leave the library for the day,
    or
  2. Library privileges may be suspended completely for a period of time.

A mocko jumbie entertains a couple young girls during a library program.Programs

Programs for children include activities that emphasize the fun and importance of reading. Many of the programs also promote literacy, school readiness, school achievement and success, and lifelong library use. Libraries design and schedule programs to specifically address the interest and needs of their immediate community. Therefore, the number, type and structure of library programs vary from library to library. Some require pre-registration or the presence of a caregiver. Find out about the wide variety of programs offered by visiting Broward County Library’s website at www.broward.org/library. You may also call your local library.

Tips for Parents

Parents can help make a child’s library visit a safe and positive experience by observing the following guidelines:

  1. Teach your child your address and telephone number at home and at work so you can be reached in case of an emergency.
  2. When possible, accompany and stay with your child at the library, or send the child with an adult caregiver who will do likewise.
  3. Pick up your child before library closing time. Library staff are not permitted to stay with your child after closing. Local law enforcement may be called if this occurs, and this agency may in turn notify the Florida Department of Children and Families.

caution lineNote: If your child is injured at the library and you are not available, or reachable by phone, staff will contact emergency services. Their procedures may require them to contact the Florida Department of Children and Families. 

The Broward County Library
Code of Conduct - Information for Students

Broward County Library welcomes you and wishes you the best of success during this school year.

You need to have a library card to use library resources and computers, so be sure to have one or get one. Ask a library staff member for assistance or an application. Library cards are free of charge.

Broward County Library has established a Code of Conduct. Violation of our rules may result in a suspension or a permanent ban from the library.

With these rules in mind, library staff members look forward to working with you, helping you meet your academic needs and achieve your personal goals. The rules have been set so that all library customers, as well as staff, can have a safe, rewarding and productive library experience.

If you would like a copy of the complete Code of Conduct, please ask a library staff member for assistance.

  • Abusive, profane, loud, obscene and threatening language or acts directed at staff or other customers will result in immediate suspension or permanent ban from the library.
  • Personal items must fit under chairs and cannot block aisles and walkways.
  • Cell phones must be on vibrate and used only in designated areas.
  • Defacing, cutting, destroying or stealing library property will result in a permanent ban.
  • Damage to the restrooms will result in a permanent ban.
  • No verbal or physical fights allowed.
  • No eating or drinking (except where permitted), smoking, sleeping, or running allowed.
  • Taking library materials into the restrooms is prohibited.
  • Misuse of computers, furniture and equipment is prohibited.
  • Use of bicycles, skates, skate-boards, or items of similar nature on library property is prohibited.
  • No loitering or solicitation allowed.
  • The use of multiple library cards to make computer reservations is prohibited.

We look forward to welcoming your family to Broward County Library and to assisting your child in discovering all that the library has to offer.