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    Question on detecting public libraries

    There's a 1907 public library that I want to detect. Is it legal to metal detect the public library and if so, should I ask and risk them saying no, or should I show up at 6 AM?


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    You'd better ask. Better to hear no then wind up in a police car LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by relic lover View Post
    You'd better ask. Better to hear no then wind up in a police car LOL

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    Yeah but isn't a public library legal?


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    Hope you get permission! If you do, remember that you have to be absolutely quiet while you're detecting!

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    If it's public property, there are published rules about it's use. I'd look it up myself. If I do't find anything prohibiting it, I'd detect it. They're not going to put you in jail or confiscate your equipment if there isn't a hard and fast rule. I'd still hunt at off hours though, just to avoid the complainers.
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    Don't know where you're located, but I've searched two in Calif. Never had a problem. Common sense is a must. Give the buildings a wide berth, go after say 8pm and leave by 10pm. Any later than that you really stand out to the bored cops looking for something to do. If you can work without a light on your head do it. Lights just draw attention you don't want. And the obvious leave you holes invisible. You're probably the first to think of detecting there, so have fun with it.
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    I'd suggest reading the attached.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD51 View Post
    Hope you get permission! If you do, remember that you have to be absolutely quiet while you're detecting!
    Lmao!! That was funny


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shambler View Post
    I'd suggest reading the attached.
    I totally agree I'm going early way before they open. Case closed.


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    Go early, don't ask, enjoy your public land.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarBaby View Post
    Go early, don't ask, enjoy your public land.
    Lol yeah you right WarBay


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    Do not detect the library after hours when no workers are there...... (Unless you stay outside the building.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by releventchair View Post
    Do not detect the library after hours when no workers are there...... (Unless you stay outside the building.)
    I was gonna hid in the bathroom until everyone left and metal detect around the dewey decimal system.


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    Most public libraries are going to be local municipal or county owned & operated.

    I won't hurt to ask first - as the person at the desk is likely to be the only one to call the police if you haven't.

    And don't forget - there are probably more good resources inside for great hunting sites than the library grounds themselves. Who digs around in their pockets before entering a library?

    Where where the fair grounds, circus lots, airshow fields, picnic grounds?
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    I disagree about asking permission first. It is a lot easiest for those in power to say no then yes. Good hunting and good luck.

 

 
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