Library Policies

The following policies of the Olathe Public Library, reflect the actions taken by the Olathe Public Library Advisory Board, which regulates the library’s services and business operations. Library staff base procedures on the policies listed here.


Library Code of Behavior

It is the intent of the library that a positive atmosphere for use of the library is maintained. The library employs security guards for the safety of the customers and staff during evening library hours. The security guards and staff shall enforce standards of acceptable behavior on library property. The security guards and library staff will apply all local ordinances and state laws which govern behavior in public places. Specific rules regarding behavior can be found in the full Library Code of Behavior


Library as a Forum for Free Expression

As the library is a forum for expressive activities, see the Olathe Public Library Outdoor Area Statement as to Freedom of Speech Rights for the regulations enforced by the library to make sure that such events and activities are a positive experience for both the library and local organizations.

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Can I, or a group I am affiliated with, gather signatures for a petition at the library?

  • Can my group fundraise in front of or in the library?


Library Safety

As a public place open to all who would visit and use the library, it is necessary to establish a Library Security Policy to govern proper and reasonable use and behavior that balances the rights of all users in the library. To assist in the maintenance of a safe and secure environment for customers and staff the library is equipped with Library Security Cameras.

In addition, the library has an Internet Safety Policy and a Public Computer Policy which outline acceptable and unacceptable use of public library computers. The library encourages parents to be familiar with the guidelines for use of the Children’s Game Computers.

Occasionally the library must deny or restrict library use because of violations of these or other policies.


Other Frequently Asked Questions

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Does the library share my information with other businesses?

  • How do I get and what can I do with an Olathe Library card?

  • Is it ok to copy a CD I checked out from the library?

  • Is it ok to pay my fines and fees online?

  • What happens if I have items overdue or lose an item?

  • How long can I checkout an item?

  • Why did the library buy that book/CD/movie?

  • My group would like to put a flyer on the library’s lobby bulletin board.

  • Does the library have a room where my group can meet?

  • Can I distribute my newsletter, brochure, magazine or newspaper at the library?

  • I’m in a wheelchair. Is the library accessible to me?

  • I know smoking is prohibited at the library, but what about electronic cigarettes?

  • I live outside the KC metro area, is there someone at the library who can do some research for me?