patron rights & obligations

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to ensure the maximum constructive use of the library facilities, materials and services, as well as to ensure the personal comfort and safety of all patrons and staff.

Policy

Respect for the rights, obligations and needs of all library users and staff shall be maintained at all times.  All persons on library property will conduct themselves in an appropriate manner so as not to interfere with the constructive use of the library facilities, materials and services or the personal comfort and safety of all patrons and staff.
Conduct that violates this policy is best described in general terms and by category.  The following list is not intended to be a complete list of conduct that violates this policy, but rather a list to provide guidance and examples:

  • Any behavior that interferes with the use of the library, including physical conduct or verbal conduct that is threatening, abusive or loud.
  • Any misuse of the library materials, equipment or building.
  • With respect to young readers/children, the library assumes no responsibility.  Parents (or guardian, caregiver, etc.) must supervise children at all times while on library property.  If needed, based upon the circumstances, library staff will attempt to contact a parent of an unattended child.  If the library staff is unable to contact a parent, the library staff will contact the police department.  Children will not be transported by library staff.
  • Any conduct that violates any local, state or federal law.

Violation

Library Director and/or library staff will make a determination with regard to whether any particular conduct violates this policy.  If needed or necessary under the circumstances, the Board of Trustees will be consulted and make a determination.

Upon a determination that a person has violated this policy and when appropriate based upon the circumstances, the Library Director along with the Board of Trustees by review and vote, shall

  • Issue a warning to stop the violating conduct, and/or
  • Immediately expel the offender from library property, either permanently or for a defined temporary period, and/or
  • Advise the offender of the immediate loss of library privileges either permanently or for a defined temporary period, and/or
  • Take any other action or impose any penalty deemed to be appropriate as determined upon review of the circumstances.