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Patron Conduct Policy

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So that all patrons may freely use and enjoy the library, it is a patron’s responsibility to maintain proper standards of behavior.  If a patron’s conduct is disruptive to library operations and other patrons’ use of the library may have their privilege of using the library denied until the problem is resolved. 

Any conduct which disrupts the library is prohibited.  Examples of conduct that may lead to denial of library privileges includes but is not limited to the following.

  • Damaging library property
  • Threatening of harassing patrons or library staff
  • Bringing animals into the library except for assistance animals
  • Eating or drinking
  • Smoking
  • Talking loudly enough to disturb others
  • Use of inappropriate language
  • Use of a cell phone in a manner that disturbs others; when talking on a cell phone persons should talk in a low voice or move to the foyer; ringers should be silent or turned off
  • Anything which may result in injury to self or others
  • Any illegal activity

Patrons displaying improper conduct will be asked to cease the conduct or leave the library.  Minor problems should be dealt with by the staff member observing it; serious or recurring problems will be handled by the library director.  Only the director may bar a patron indefinitely from the use of the library.  Law enforcement will be called when conduct is illegal, when it poses a threat to the library or an individual, or when a patron refuses to leave the library when asked.

After a serious incident or one in which a patron is asked to leave the library a written account will be prepared by the end of the next working day.