Public libraries in Louisiana have new rules in place for sex offenders. The Louisiana Library Sex Offender ban took effect Jan. 1, 2013. It applies to sex offenders whose victim is under the age of 13.
Each library board was instructed to create a policy to restrict sex offenders' library access, and ban them from the library altogehter if necessary.
According to the Bossier Parish Library Policy, sex offenders are banned from the children's and teen area. Sex offenders are able to visit most of the libraries in the system on Mondays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon. They are prohibited from entering the Haughton and Koran Branch Libraries, since those branches have a combined area for children and adults. They are also prohibited from visiting the library when there are children or teen programs scheduled. They are not allowed to work for the library, and they are banned from loitering outside the property within 1,000 feet.
The policy states a sex offender can elect a surrogate to check out library materials on their behalf.