Library Policies

Library Policies

Important Information About Your Library Card and Account

It is the policy of the Contra Costa County Library to assess charges on long overdue / lost and damaged library materials to encourage their timely return, thereby making returned material available to others.

  • Important Information About Your Library Account: Loan Periods, Charges and Fees, Overdues, Materials Recovery, and Notifications.
  • Important information about your Privacy

Patron Conduct Policies

It is the policy of the Contra Costa County Library to provide a safe, welcoming environment that will support the goal of bringing people and ideas together.

Patron Conduct Policy
Patron Conduct Policy (Spanish)
Children and Teen Areas Policy
Children and Teen Area Policy (Spanish)
Children Unattended Policy
Children Unattended Policy (Spanish)
Suspension Policy
Suspension Policy (Spanish)

Collection Development and Access

It is the policy of the Contra Costa County Library to meet the informational, educational, recreational, and cultural needs of the community by providing a variety of library resources. Professional judgment and ongoing community analysis guide the selection process.

Collection Development Policy
Collection Development Plan

Electronic Resources and Access

Consistent with the library's mission, "Bringing People and Ideas together," the Contra Costa County Library provides collections, resources, and services to meet the cultural, informational, recreational, and educational needs of Contra Costa County's diverse community.

In response to advances in technology and the changing needs of the community, the Contra Costa County Library provides access to electronic information resources, including the Internet. This policy affirms the safeguarding of the library users' First Amendment rights, intellectual freedom, equity of access and confidentiality.

The Contra Costa County Library provides public access to the Internet. Access is limited by the number of workstations available at any given time. Therefore, the Library must impose some time and usage limits on each individual in order to be fair to all.

Access to and Use of Library Electronic Resources Policy
Rules for Internet Use
Library Computer Security and Privacy

Use of Meeting Rooms in Libraries

Contra Costa County Library encourages the use of library meeting rooms for educational, cultural and community related meetings, programs, and activities. Group Study Rooms are also available at some locations.

Use of Meeting Rooms in Libraries Policy
List of Meeting Rooms and the Rules for their Use, opens a new window

Exhibits and Displays

It is the policy of the Contra Costa County Library to encourage the use of library exhibit cases and the display and distribution of non-library materials for cultural, educational, or civic purposes. Space is available for use by community groups and individuals. Such exhibits, displays, and materials are not intended to express the views of Contra Costa County or the Library of its staff. They represent the views of the group or individual preparing the exhibit or providing the display and distribution.

Exhibits and Displays Policy
Rules for Display & Distribution of Non-Library Materials
Application and Permit for Use of Exhibit Case.

Local History Connection Copyright Notice and Reproduction Guidelines

Please read the following copyright notice and reproduction policy before using images from Contra Costa County Library’s (CCCL) Local History Connection database. Your use of these images for any purpose acknowledges your understanding of and compliance with the terms and conditions outlined below.

Local History Connection Copyright Notice and Reproduction Guidelines

Designation of Agent to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement

A notification of claimed copyright infringement must be provided in writing to the Contra Costa County Library's designated agent. The designated agent to receive notification of claimed infringement under Title II of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. § 512) is: Alison McKee, County Librarian.

For more information on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, visit the United States Copyright Office web site.

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