Teen Center Policy


Statement of Policy & Text

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Library Teen Center is located on the mezzanine in an area specifically designed and reserved for use by teens ages 12 to 18 and their caregivers, or customers using the Teen collection or seeking assistance from Library staff. The Teen Center is divided into two spaces: a reading area with a Teen collection of Library materials, and an activity area with specialized resources specifically for teens, including computers and gaming equipment, a group study area, a Recording Studio, a Makerspace, and regular and special programs targeting the needs of teens. All programs in the activity area are designed solely for teens : other programming or customer use must be approved by Library staff.

Need for the Policy

The King Library is committed to providing an inviting, safe, and separate space for teens to engage in individual and group activities responsive to their needs. The social nature and unique characteristics of this age group require a separate space designed for their needs, and the Teen Center has been established to provide an appropriate space for this particular age group.

Requirements & Guidelines

  • The Teen Center is open according to the posted schedule.
  • Adult customers and children under 12 are restricted from use of the activity area of the Teen Center unless use is approved by library staff. Adult customers and children under 12 unaccompanied by a teen are restricted from use of the reading area of the Teen Center unless using the Teen collection of Library materials or seeking assistance from Library staff.
  • Library users should respect the educational needs, rights, and privacy of those using the Teen Center. Library staff monitors and resolves behavior problems. (See References below.)

Applicable Personnel/Departments





Reviewed and approved by: Signature/Name Date of Approval
KMT         11/20/02      

History & Dates

Category of Policy :Administrative Sewrvices
Author(s): SJPL Youth Coordinator, Deborah Erwin
Authorized by: Core Team, 11/20/02
Date Written: 9/5/02
Date Effective: 8/1/03
Date(s) of Revision(s): 9/25/03; 05/12/04dk,4/4/05, 7/29/16


A. Quiet and/or Silent PL-222

B. Food & Drink PL-226

C. Customer Conduct Policy PL-249

D. Recording Studio Policy

E. Makerspace Policy