Some general restrictions exist in regard to the conduct of library users. This Code of Conduct will be posted in the Library. Library privileges may be limited for the following reasons.
1. Damaging library property
2. Stealing library materials
3. Physically threatening staff or library users
4. Disrupting the study or recreation of library users
5. Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs
6. Failing to abide by computer an/or Internet policies
7. Not wearing appropriate attire, such as shoes and shirts
8. Body odor which is physically nauseating to other library users or staff
An individual who violates these standards of conduct will be requested by the
Librarian or library staff to abide by the standards of conduct. If the individual refuses to comply with the request, he or she will be asked to leave the library premises. If the
individual refuses to leave when requested by the Library Director or library staff, such refusal will be considered criminal trespassing on the part of the individual and the Library Director or library staff will call “911” for assistance in removing the individual.
The following specific activities are not allowed in the library:
• Playing of audio equipment so that others may hear it
• Smoking, eating or drinking. We offer coffee in the Reading Room. Any outside drinks or food may be left at the desk while the patron is in the library.
• Carrying a weapon into the library unless authorized by law
• Bringing animals into the library except those needed to assist a
Library user with a disability or for use in a library-sponsored
program that has been authorized by the Library Director. Service animals should be properly attired. Library staff are permitted to ask if an animal is a service animal if it does not have the appropriate vest. Emotional support animals are not considered service animals under ADA though psychiatric support animals are service animals.
• Misusing or defacing library materials, restrooms, furnishings or equipment
• Leaving a child under the age of 6 unattended in the library.
When the Code of Conduct is violated by a library user, the individual’s library privileges may be restricted for a period of time determined by the Library Director or Library Board on the basis of the seriousness of the violation or until the individual agrees in writing to abide by the Code of Conduct.
An individual who believes he or she has been wrongfully or unfairly treated in any of the above instances of the Code of Conduct or who wishes to have his or her privileges reinstated may file a written complaint with the Library Board. The Library Board will consider the written complaint at its next regularly scheduled meeting and determine the outcome of the complaint. The individual will be informed in writing of the Board’s decision by the Library Director within three business days of the board meeting.