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BRUNSWICK LIBRARY RENTAL POLICIES AND RULES


1) The library reserves the right in the exercise of its sole discretion to terminate, without notice,
use of the Brunswick Library by any organization or individual that violates these policies and
procedures.
2) The library shall not be used for any unlawful activity or any activity which may be disruptive,
divisive, unlawful, or demeaning to the community or any members of the community.
3) The use of the library shall be restricted to purposes that offer community benefits and family
events. Community events shall include business meetings, training classes, seminars, concerts,
banquets, author events, and similar gatherings deemed appropriate by the Executive Director
and the Board of Trustees.
4) Organizations or individuals seeking to rent the library space shall be required to demonstrate
sound financial status (any person, group, or organization with unpaid rentals at any Glynn
County facility will be required to bring all Glynn County accounts to current paid status before
they may rent the library).
5) Renters of the library space may not use the name of the library, Glynn County, its officials, or
employees in advertising or in advertising or in any other manner that may imply sponsorship or
sanction of any event or activity.
6) No signs or notices of any kind may be used outside the library advertising any event or activity
except signs or notices approved by the library in writing in advance of placement of the sign or
notice.
7) Fire codes shall be adhered to at all times including, but not limited to, seating capacity, lobby
capacity, and other areas of the building. Listed below are the occupant load for each rentable
room or area in the library facility:
Room Occupant Load
Meeting Room 1 TBD
Meeting Room 2 TBD
Conference Room A TBD
Conference Room B TBD
Conference Room C TBD
Conference Room A & B TBD
Conference Room B & C TBD
Conference Room A, B, & C TBD
8) Smoking is prohibited at all times in the library building. Smoking is allowed 25 feet from any
point of the public building.
9) No dried rice, birdseed, fireworks, bubbles, or other material may be used or thrown inside the
library or on library property in relation to an event for which any part of the library is rented.
10) The renter is responsible for all actions of guest’s caterer, florist, and all vendors providing
services to the renter. The renter is responsible for informing these individuals or companies of
the rules and regulations concerning the use of the library and providing written copies of these
polices and rules.
11) If food is to be served, the name of the caterer shall be provided to the library at the time of the
submission of the rental application.
12) No cooking is permitted in the library or on library property. All food preparation must take
place off premises. The caterer shall provide proof of all applicable (paid up-to-date)
occupational taxes, local and state alcohol beverage licenses, local and state health permits, and
any other required certification.
13) The specific use of the library, beverage and items served, audio and/or amplification systems or
devices, and entertainment must be approved by the library. The renter is responsible for
compliance with the Glynn County’s Noise Ordinance and all other County and City of Brunswick
ordinances and laws by all persons attending the event at the library. (60 decibels max)
14) The renter is responsible for clean-up of the catering kitchen and area. All trash to include food
must be placed in heavy-duty plastic garbage bags, secured tightly and disposed of in the trash
cans or other trash receptacles provided by the library. Boxes must be broken down. If this is
not done, an additional full clean-up fee will be charged to the renter, payable within 10 days.
15) The library will not be responsible for food preparations, supplies or food consumed.
16) The library reserves the right in the sole exercise of its discretion to deny and/or limit the use of
the library due to life safety and/or maintenance concerns.
17) The library is not responsible for any rental items such as dance floors, tables, chairs, tablecloths,
etc. Set up and removal of these items is the renter’s responsibility. There is no overnight
storage.
18) Renters are responsible for all set up and take down of the room(s).
19) The library must approve specific room set-up, including furniture placement and decorations. A
set-up drawing must be submitted for approval at least 30 days prior to the scheduled event. All
equipment and artwork owned by the library shall remain in the library at all times with no
exceptions. The library will be responsible for moving or relocating any equipment, if necessary.
20) No permanent features of the library may be changed by any renting party. No decorations are
allowed on the building, walls, or corridors, nor any signs or decorations supported by nails,
tacks, screws, pressure sensitive tape, or double-sided tape be applied on walls, woodwork, etc.
without approval of the library. Any decorations used by the renter shall be non-flammable
materials and shall conform to the regulations and ordinances of Glynn County. Request for
decorations shall be submitted for approval at least 30 days prior to the scheduled event.
21) To protect both parties involved, an equipment and facilities checklist must be completed by the
library before and after each event.
22) The library, Glynn County, and its employees do not assume responsibility for items left after the
rental time. The renter, caterer, florist, and any other providers or individuals are responsible for
the removal of all equipment within 45 minutes following the event.
23) No pyrotechnics may be used at the library.
24) All rentals will be confirmed in writing to the renting person, group or party. It is the
responsibility of the renter to verify all dates and factual information for accuracy.
25) Applications for use of the library may be made up to six months in advance of the event. No
application will be deemed complete, nor a date reserved, until the rental fee, clean-up fee, and
damage deposit are received and any instrument of payment successfully negotiated. All fees
and deposit is returnable for a cancellation of more than 60 days before the day of the event.
26) The library or designee shall be present to open and close the library for all events and activities.
27) The renter shall assume all responsibility for the acts and conduct of all persons admitted to the
premises during the term of the rental period and renter shall comply with all laws, ordinances,
rules and regulations of the State of Georgia and Glynn County and will obtain and pay for all
necessary permits and licenses. If a violation occurs and is not immediately corrected, the library
or its designee will terminate the event and no refund will be made.
28) The renter shall be liable for all damages or injury to the building and to all furniture, fixtures,
and equipment located at the library including all rental items and items brought to the building
by the renter or its agents or representatives, and agrees to indemnify and hold the library and
its designees harmless from claims and suits arising out of injury or death to persons or damage
to either the property or the renter’s property.
29) The library reserves the right, in the sole exercise of its discretion to refuse rental of the library
facilities to any person, group or group organization that in the past has violated any Glynn
County Ordinances, Policies, Procedures, Rules and Regulations; or has shown a disregard for
persons or property; or who in the opinion of the library did not conduct themselves in a
peaceable and appropriate manner.
30) No charge or fee shall be required of any attendee at the event for any food, alcoholic beverage,
or any other thing except that a caterer may charge the renter for such items provided to all
persons at the event.
31) The renter is personally responsible for any violations of rental agreement, State Law, Glynn
County Ordinances, or these regulations. The renter shall remain on the premises of the event
until the event is ended and clean-up that is required preformed.
32) The renter must pay rental, clean-up, and damage deposit at the time the facilities are reserved.
33) A fee may be deducted from the deposit to cover the cost of excessive clean-up and/or damage
to the facility and/or equipment. If the damage deposit is insufficient to cover the excess cleanup
or damage charges, the renter will be billed for the shortfall with payment due within 5 days.
FOR EVENTS THAT WILL INVOLVE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION, the following additional rules are included:
34) Alcoholic beverages are permitted in the library building during special events and activities,
subject to the caterer of the event holding all applicable local and state licenses;
a. Alcoholic beverages may be served Friday and Saturday from 5:00 PM to 11:59 PM.
Other days and times of the week must get written approval from the library at the time
of the application.
b. No alcohol may be consumed outside the library, any public parking area, or on the
public sidewalks at any time.
c. No open containers shall be carried from the library. All alcoholic beverages shall be
consumed within the walls of the rented room(s). Serve/drink no alcohol until the
policeman arrives for the event.
d. Any necessary permits must be secured and a copy is to be provided to the library at
least 72 hours prior to the event.
e. All alcoholic beverages served at the events in the library shall be dispensed into cups
that are 16 ounces or less, approved by the library prior to the event. Glassware may not
be taken out on the front porch (Gloucester Street entrance).
f. The renter shall not permit any person to bring any alcoholic beverages for fewer than all
persons in attendance at the event. No “brown-bagging” or “bring your own bottle”
shall be permitted.
g. No beer kegs may be used on the premises.
35) Events shall last no more than four (4) hours if alcohol is served.
36) Security Requirements: renter must provide at his/her own expense one off-duty Glynn County
Police Officer when serving alcoholic beverages. The Officer must be compensated on-site by the
renter. The library makes the arrangements.
GIVE A COPY OF THIS TO YOUR CATERER/PLANNER/BAR TENDER
 You must pay for all the hours that you will be in the building, including set-up and clean-up
times.
 Renters should check with caterers to make sure they know the rental hours. No staff will be
available to open rooms before the start of the rental time. Clean-up must be done by the time
the rental is over. Excessive clean-up after events means they won’t get all of the deposit back.
 Decorations may be tied up; not taped or attached by anything that leaves a residue.
 The library cannot block any of the doors during the hours the library is open to the public.
Please see the library’s website for hours of operation.
 The library book drops cannot be blocked off at any time, and must be available to the public at
all hours.
 Nothing can be thrown (birdseed, rice, rose petals, fireworks, bubbles etc.).
 No kegs are allowed and no bring your own or brown bagging.
 Alcohol can be served up to four hours while an Officer is present. Alcohol must not be
consumed during set-up and clean-up. The Officer is paid directly, the night of the event at $40
per hour (minimum of $120). The renter may be called by the police contact a few days ahead of
the event.
 There is NO cooking in the building or on the front porch.
 NO FOOD OR GREASE down the kitchen drain.

Library Closures for Hurricane Dorian

September 1, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
In preparation for Hurricane Dorian, the Brunswick and St Simons Island Library will close to the public on Tuesday, September 3, and will reopen to the public on Friday, September 6, if possible. 

All scheduled library programs will be canceled during the closure, and no library fines will be assessed or charged to patron accounts during this period.

We wish everyone a safe week ahead.


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Brunswick Library to Re-open April 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The Brunswick Library will open on Thursday, April 4. The major library renovation is coming to an end, and the library will resume normal business hours. Those are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 5 PM, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 8 PM. The construction crew is still working on a couple of last minute details, so please be aware that there may still be work going on during this time. 

The grand opening celebration is scheduled for Friday, April 5. Ribbon cutting is at 4:30 PM, and the celebration event will start at 5 PM during First Friday in downtown Brunswick. The public is invited to attend. 

Brunswick Library Renovation is almost complete!

PRESS RELEASE:

March 1, 2019

Brunswick Library Renovation is almost complete!

The major renovation that has been taking place since fall 2018 at the Brunswick Library has transitioned into the finishing stages.  During this transition, the Brunswick Library will temporarily close to the public starting on Monday, March 4 to begin installing the refinished shelving and furniture.  

Also on March 4, Glynn County Public Works will be removing plants in the library’s planters on Gloucester Street and preparing the library lawn on Bay Street for new sod. The work will temporarily affect parking along Gloucester Street and Bay Street next to the library.  New plants will go in the planters and new sod put in on Bay Street to complete the landscaping portion of the project.

It is anticipated that the library will reopen with regular hours and services at the end of March or beginning of April 2019.  A grand opening celebration is scheduled for April 5 during First Friday in Downtown Brunswick.  Additional details about the grand opening will follow at a later date.

While the Brunswick Library is closed, patrons will not be able to pick up holds or return checked out materials to the facility.  Overdue fines will not accrue for Brunswick patrons during the closure.  The St. Simons Island Library will be fully operational.  At any time, patrons may check the status of their library account and renew items online. 

Turning The Page, a giving campaign for the Brunswick Library Renovation, is still underway.  Donations will allow the library to acquire needed additional literacy, educational, and technological assets.  If you are interested in donating, please contact Geri Mullis, the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Director, at 912-279-3734 or gmullis@glynncounty-ga.gov, for more details. 

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Final push of the Brunswick Library Renovation

February 5, 2019

Construction is coming to an end for the Brunswick Library Renovation this month.  In March 2019, the project will transition into the finishing stages.

During this transition, the Brunswick Library will temporarily close to the public starting on Monday, March 4 to begin installing the refinished shelving and furniture.  After installation, library staff will move the collection back onto the shelves and make the final preparations to reopen to the public. 

It is anticipated that the library will reopen with regular hours and services at the end of March or beginning of April.  A grand opening celebration is scheduled for April 5 during First Friday in Downtown Brunswick.  Additional details about the grand opening will follow at a later date.

While the Brunswick Library is closed, patrons will not be able to pick up holds or return checked out materials to the facility.  Overdue fines will not accrue for Brunswick patrons during the closure.  The St. Simons Island Library will be fully operational.  At any time, patrons may check the status of their library account and renew items online. 

Turning The Page, a giving campaign for the Brunswick Library Renovation, is still underway.  Donations will allow the library to acquire needed additional literacy, educational, and technological assets.  If you are interested in donating, please contact Geri Mullis, the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Director, at 912-279-3734 or gmullis@glynncounty-ga.gov, for more details. 

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Brunswick Library Reopening December 10

The Brunswick Library Renovation has been going full steam ahead. The project is on schedule, and the next phase is to open a section of the facility to the public on December 10. When reopen, patrons may enter the library from the front porch on Gloucester Street. A temporary wall has been built to route patrons into the Children’s Room, where a temporary library has been set up until the full renovation is complete in spring 2019.

Due to the restricted space, there will be limited library services and hours available. The library will have laptops and printing, popular books for check-out, and audiobooks for check-out. The majority of the collection is still being stored, including the DVD collection, and will not be available until the renovation is complete. The library will also have limited hours, and will only be open Mondays – Fridays from 9:30 AM to 5 PM.

Preschool Storytime, Baby Storytime, and Lunchtime Yoga will still be held offsite in the Recreation Center at Howard Coffin Park. All book clubs will meet at the St. Simons Island Library. The Pop-up Library will continue to “pop up” around Glynn County. Please visit the Marshes of Glynn Libraries website for a complete listing of programs and events at www.moglibraries.org.

As a reminder, during the entire renovation the St. Simons Island Library will be fully operational. And at any time, patrons may check the status of their library account and renew items online.

Turning The Page, a giving campaign for the Brunswick Library Renovation, is still underway. Donations will allow the library to acquire needed additional literacy, educational, and technological assets. If you are interested in donating, please contact Geri Mullis, the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Director, at 912-279-3734 or gmullis@glynncounty-ga.gov, for more details.

Library Closures for Hurricane Michael

Due to inclement weather conditions expected from Hurricane Michael, the St. Simons Island Public Library will observe the following hours of operation on Wednesday, October 10, and Thursday, October 11:
  • Wednesday, October 10 – 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 11 – 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
All library programs scheduled for Wednesday and before 12:00 noon on Thursday are cancelled. This includes:
  • Children’s Storytime at Howard Coffin Park on Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m.
  • Midweek Yoga at the St. Simons library on Wednesday @ 3:00 p.m.
  • Baby Storytime at Howard Coffin Park on Thursday @ 10:30 a.m.
  • Computer Lab at McIntyre Court on Thursday morning
Because the Brunswick-Glynn County Library is already closed to the public until December for renovations, its hours of operation will not be affected.

POP-UP LIBRARY SCHEDULE

pop-up library logo

Everyone is invited to visit our Pop-Up Library events and take home something to read. The Marshes of Glynn Libraries are providing a variety of books for all ages and interests. No library card is necessary to borrow a book from the Pop-Up Library. The schedule features a variety of dates and locations throughout Glynn County this fall.

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Brunswick Library Renovation – August 15 Update

August 15, 2018

If you can believe it – even more information on the upcoming Brunswick Library Renovation

The Friends of the Brunswick Library’s book store is also getting a makeover during the Brunswick Library Renovation.  While the library is closed to the public from August 20 through November 30, 2018, the Friends’ store will be closed, too.  It is not known if the store will reopen when the library reopens on December 3, 2018, since areas of the library will still be under construction.  At this time, please hold any book donations until the Friends are able to accommodate them.  An update will be sent out at a later date, and at any time please visit the Friends’ website for more information.  (www.folbwk.org)

The Brunswick Library staff has been busy preparing the facility for closure on August 20, 2018.  The preconstruction check-list for the upcoming Brunswick Library Renovation is a large task to accomplish.  Besides moving furniture, about 50,000 items in the library’s collection must be moved and stored prior to construction beginning on September 4, 2018.  The renovation is estimated to be complete in spring 2019.

As a reminder, during the entire renovation the St. Simons Island Library will be fully operational.  At any time, patrons may check the status of their library account and renew items online.  Preschool Storytime, Baby Storytime, and Lunchtime Yoga will be held offsite in the Recreation Center at Howard Coffin Park.  All book clubs will meet at the St. Simons Island Library.  Please visit the Marshes of Glynn Libraries website for a complete listing of programs and events at www.moglibraries.org.

A temporary computer lab with printing capabilities will be set up for public use at the Boys & Girls Club at McIntyre Court on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 12 PM from September 11, 2018 through November 15, 2018.  Computers are also available at the St. Simons Island Library for public use, and the library offers free Wi-Fi access for personal devices as well.

On August 22, 2018 the Marshes of Glynn Libraries will commence a giving campaign, Turning the Page.  Donations will allow the library to acquire needed additional literacy, educational, and technological assets.  If you are interested in donating, please contact Geri Mullis, the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Director, at 912-279-3734 or gmullis@glynncounty-ga.gov, for more details.

HOURS

BRUNSWICK
MON, WED, FRI & SAT
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
TUE & THU
9:30 am - 8:00 pm
SUN CLOSED

ST. SIMONS
MON, TUE, THU & FRI
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
WED
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
SAT
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
SUN CLOSED

LOCATIONS

BRUNSWICK-GLYNN COUNTY LIBRARY
208 GLOUCESTER ST.
BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA 31520

ST. SIMONS ISLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
530A BEACHVIEW DR.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA 31522

CONTACTS

BRUNSWICK
912-279-3740
EMAIL

ST. SIMONS
912- 279-3750
EMAIL