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Patron Behavior Policy
To better serve all library patrons, the Library Board of Trustees has established certain standards of acceptable behavior to maintain an atmosphere which promotes the use and enjoyment of the Library and protects the rights and safety of the public, the staff, and the materials of the Library. Any activity which interferes with the rights of other patrons to use the Library or could result in damage to the facilities, equipment, or materials is considered disruptive and unacceptable. The Library reserves the right to require anyone who violates these rules of conduct to leave the premises and to restrict library privileges for this individual.
Information regarding and examples of disruptive behavior are included below.
Refusal to comply with reasonable requests of the Library staff will be construed as a violation of this policy. Failure to comply with this policy will result in the following:
First offense: Verbal warning.
Second offense: Violator will be escorted to the door and not allowed on library property for a term of one month (30 days). A letter with a description of the infraction and a copy of the library’s Patron Behavior Policy will be sent to parent or guardian of juveniles.
A meeting with the juvenile, their parent or guardian, and the Library’s Director or member of the library staff must occur in order to reinstate library privileges.
Further infraction of this policy by this same offender will result in law enforcement interaction.
Creating noise or other disturbances that bother Library patrons will not be tolerated.
Language that is offensive to other patrons or staff because it is abusive or obscene is considered unacceptable.
Harassment, such as physical, sexual, or verbal abuse of staff or patrons is unacceptable.
Abuse or vandalism of library facilities, equipment, or materials is forbidden.
Alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drug use and intoxication are not permitted on any library property.
Pets are not allowed in the Library except for those involved in special programs. Service animals that are assisting those with disabilities are allowed.
Use of bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, and scooters in the Library or on the outside front entry is not allowed. A bicycle rack is provided.
Patrons who are using their cell phones are encouraged to move to the front entrance area or outside in order to provide privacy both for those on the telephone and for other Library patrons.
Consumption of food and beverages is not allowed in the Library except during designated programs or in the café area.
Violation of the Library’s Internet/Computer Use Policy, which includes but is not limited to exceeding patron time limits, cyber-bullying, or viewing obscene sites, cannot be tolerated.
The wearing of appropriate attire is expected. Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times.
Sleeping, except among young children, in the Library is prohibited.
Soliciting, such as selling items, begging, circulating petitions, distributing catalogs or brochures, posting flyers, or conducting surveys which are not in support of sanctioned library activities is not allowed. Political rallies or religious meetings are not allowed.
Children age 5 and younger must be supervised by an adult while in the Library.
When any of these behaviors are observed, Library staff may ask the person(s) to discontinue the behavior or leave the premises. Any patron who violates these rules of behavior may be denied the privilege of access to the Library and materials by the Library Board of Trustees on the recommendation of the Library Director. The Library Director, in consultation with the President of the Board of Trustees, may deny the privilege of access to the Library until the full Board can consider the matter.
Law enforcement personnel may be notified at any given time for any repeated policy violations.
Approved 11/10/2005 Revised 2/10/2011 Revised and Approved 3/10/2016