In support of its mission to provide services for residents, the Library permits tutoring on the premises in accordance with this policy. The intention is not for the Library to be used as a classroom or place of business for tutors to work from, but as a safe and quiet workspace for students to receive instruction. The Library does not sponsor, recommend, or assume liability or responsibility for the work and/or activities of tutors who use Library space.
Tutors, students, and parents are expected to observe the following guidelines:
All arrangements must be made between the tutor, student, and parents. Library staff will not deliver messages or help find a tutor.
Tutors are encouraged to use the Reference Annex and the Media Lab Study areas on the main level.
The Children's Library is intended for the use of children ages birth through 8th grade and their parents or caregivers. If the student falls into that age range, it would be appropriate to use one of the study tables in the Children's Library. Tables can neither be reserved, nor can the expectation be made that others will be asked to move to accommodate a tutoring session.
The main lobby areas (Rotunda and Foyer), Reading Room, Fine Arts Room, Business Room and Reference Room should not be used for tutoring sessions.
Tutors are permitted to use the Library during any of its hours of operation. Failure to leave promptly at closing time may result in restriction or loss of library privileges. Tutors and students must bring their own supplies.
Tutors may not publish or distribute advertisements or letters indicating the Library as their place of doing business or otherwise imply Library sponsorship of their activities. Tutors may not advertise their business in the Library.
Library staff is happy to assist tutors and their students as they would any patron; however, Library staff must be available to all people who come into the Library for help.
Tutors are responsible for the behavior of their student during the session. It is preferred that the caregiver of children under 9 years old remain in the Library while their child is being tutored.
Tutors and students must follow the Library Rules, including ensuring that conversations and instruction are not loud enough to distract other library users, and exercise consideration in the use of cell phones. Additionally, tutor and student belongings and use of space should not interfere with easy access through the Library or other Library users. Students and tutors must be in possession of their belongings at all times.
(Approved by the Library Board January 12, 2016.)