Unclaimed Property and Lost and Found (Policy)
The Fauquier County Public Library is not responsible for the security of personal items brought into any library facility. Patrons are expected to keep their belongings, especially valuables such as wallets, purses, cell phones, and laptops, within their sight at all times.
Reasonable attempts will be made to reunite an owner with a lost item. In some instances, the library may presume that an abandoned item may present a risk and will take appropriate measures to ensure the safety and security of patrons and staff.
Perishable items such as food, personal care, baby bottles or water bottles, etc. will be thrown out. Other lost and found items will be dated and stored at central sites in all library facilities.
If an owner satisfactorily identifies his/her lost item, it will be returned to him/her. Items such as wallets, purses, cell phones, and laptops, etc. will be turned over to the Fauquier Sheriff’s Department if not claimed within 2 business days. All other items not claimed within four weeks become library property.
Unclaimed books will be added to the collection or sold with proceeds benefiting the library.
Unclaimed money will be donated to the Friends of the Fauquier Library.
Clothing will be disposed of or donated to a charity as appropriate. Bicycles that are chained to the bike rack for longer than five days will be removed and turned over to the Sheriff’s Department.
Other unclaimed items will be disposed of in a manner to be determined by the Library Director.