Policy Regarding the Availability of Service in Fairfax County and City


The entire resources of the Fairfax County Public Library are available to all borrowers. Collections are developed for the reading abilities and special interests of children and young people, as well as adults, and Library personnel are available to provide guidance if requested. Parents are responsible for supervising the children's reading.

  1. State law, Code of Virginia 42.1-55 requires that "The service of books in Library systems and Libraries receiving state aid shall be free and shall be made available to all persons living in the County . . . "
    1. To borrow free from Fairfax County Public Library, a person must either reside, work, attend school, own property in the County or City of Fairfax, or be a registered borrower with any public library system participating with Fairfax County Public Library in a local, regional, or multi-state program of reciprocal borrowing privileges.
    2. A fee may be charged directly to a jurisdiction for Library service via a contract.
    3. Nonresidents and transient borrowers shall be charged a fee or deposit for Library privileges according to a schedule determined by the Library Director.
  2. As determined by the Director, acting in accordance with Trustee Policy, the use of the Library or its service shall be limited when excessive demands of groups or individuals tend to curtail service to the general public. Such demands may include those made by students, puzzle contestants, and others whose demands for staff time, available materials, or space would prohibit attention and service to other individuals or groups.
  3. As determined by the Director, acting in accordance with Trustee Policy, the use of the Library or its services may be denied for due cause. Such cause may be failure to return materials or to pay penalties, destruction of Library property, disturbance of other patrons, or other objectionable conduct on Library premises.

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