It is the responsibility of the Library to maintain and provide a collection of
materials to meet the informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs of the
community. Theft, and vandalism, of Library materials is a serious offense, preventing
Library customers and staff from accessing resources that should be available to all.
Theft, or attempted theft, of Library materials is against California State Law (Penal
Code Title 13, Chapter 5, Section 490.5). Library staff, as authorized by state law, may
detain customers who are suspected of committing library theft. Customers who trigger the
Library’s theft detection system may be required to open any bags or pocketbooks for
inspection. Upon discovery of a Library item suspected of being stolen, staff will request
surrender of the item and inform customer of the violation of California State Law. Any
incident of attempted theft of Library materials will be recorded by Library staff on an
Incident Report form.
Vandalism, including willful damage or defacement of Library materials, is against
California State Law (Education Code Title I, Part 11, Chapter 11, Article 2, Section
19910). Library staff, as authorized by state law, may detain customers who are suspected
of unlawfully defacing library material.
Any incident of damage or defacement of Library materials, which is not clearly and
completely accidental, will be recorded by Library staff on an Incident Report form. A fee
for damaged items will be assessed as specified in Board Policy 125.
DISCRETION OF LIBRARY DIRECTOR IN HANDLING ATTEMPTED THEFT OR VANDALISM
The Library Director or designated representative maintains the authority to modify the
application of the terms of this policy as appropriate, based on the specific
circumstances of an incident, and recommendations by staff.