Behavior in the Library

Patron Code of Conduct

It is a patron’s responsibility to maintain necessary and proper standards of behavior in order to protect his/her individual rights and the rights and privileges of other patrons. Patrons are expected to adhere to the social norms and customs associated with public places.

If a patron creates a public nuisance, that patron may be restricted from the Library and from the use of the library facilities.  Limited privileges may be instated for the following reasons:

  1. Damaging library property
  2. Stealing library materials
  3. Physically or verbally threatening staff or patrons
  4. Being disruptive
  5. Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  6. Failing to abide by the computer/internet policies
  7. Not wearing appropriate attire; i.e., shoes and shirts
  8. Leaving a child under the age of six unattended

An individual who violates these standards of conduct will be requested by library staff to abide by the rules.  If the individual refuses to comply with the request, he/she will be asked to leave the library premises.  Those who are unwilling to leave or do not leave within a reasonable amount of time, after being instructed to do so by the staff, will be considered to be trespassing and the staff will phone “911” for assistance.

The amount of time for restriction will be determined by the director, assistant director and/or the library board on the basis of the severity of the violation.