It is the responsibility of the Caroline County Public Library to maintain a healthy and clean environment for all library users and to protect the County’s investment in library collections, equipment and property.
- When roaches, bed bugs, or other insects are brought into the library, this constitutes a hazard to the collection and to customers. Any materials that show evidence of insect presence or damage may result in a specific library customer or family/other household members having their library facilities and materials access suspended. The suspension and notification will be made at the discretion of the Executive Director.
- Examples of situations where access may be suspended include, but are not limited to:
• Evidence that items on loan to a customer may have been returned with insects that are known to be damaging to library materials, e.g. roaches, termites, silverfish, and some types of beetles
• Evidence that items on loan to a customer may have been returned with insects that can result in pest infestations in library facilities, e.g. bed bugs, ants, or roaches
• Evidence that items on loan to customers may have been returned with fungi that can be damaging to library materials, e.g. black mold
• Customers or customer possessions with visible fleas, lice, or bed bugs
• Customers with clothing or other possessions that contain urine or feces
- Customers may request reinstatement of access only when providing documented evidence that the address in question has been inspected and treated by a licensed pest control company, or that the address in question has no signs of infestation.
- Other acceptable documentation includes a written statement from the owner or property manager of a multi-family residence and in some cases, proof of a change of residential address may also be accepted. All decisions will be made at the discretion of the Executive Director.