2. Patron Code of Conduct
In order to ensure constructive use of Library facilities, materials, and services, as well as the personal comfort of all patrons, the Board of Trustees has established the following code of conduct.
2.1. Reasonably quiet and reserved behavior is expected on Library property. No patron may disturb or harass other patrons or staff. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to, sleeping, running, horse play, solicitation, and committing any act that would violate any State, Federal or local law, ordinance, or regulation.
2.2. Patrons shall be engaged in activities associated with the use of a public Library while on the property. Use of bicycles, roller-blades, scooters, skateboards, or other sports equipment in the Library or on Library property is strictly prohibited.
2.3. Patrons are required to wear acceptable clothing, including shirts and footwear. Patrons shall maintain a generally acceptable standard of personal hygiene. Unpleasant body odor, which may offend other Library patrons or staff, is considered unacceptable. Library bathrooms are not for personal bathing.
2.4. Damage to Library property or disruption of service including, but not limited to, borrowed material, building, grounds, and media equipment is prohibited.
2.5. Smoking, eating, drinking of alcoholic beverages, and the use of illegal substances is not permitted on Library grounds. Eating is only allowed during designated Library programs. Non- alcoholic beverages in resealable containers may be consumed on the property. However, all beverages must be clearly visible and identifiable at all times.
2.6. Noise will be maintained at levels that ensure a quiet environment for reading and study. Normal conversational noise levels are permitted within reason, including during cell phone conversations, as long as others’ use of the Library is not disrupted. Headphones and laptop computers may be used in the Library; however, noise from headphones and laptop computers must not be audible to others. Cell phones should be set to vibrate during Library visits.
2.7. To prevent possible damage to Library property and possible injury to Library users and staff, animals are not permitted on any Library property, with the exception service animals and animals that are part of scheduled programs.
2.8. Patrons are expected to leave the Library upon designated closing time.
2.9. Patrons are expected to adhere to this, all additional Library policies, and any directions given to them by Library staff.
2.10. Individuals of all ages are expected to follow these rules. Individuals who violate the Code of Conduct may be banned from the Library properties and/or prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If a patron should witness any behavior which breaks these rules, he or she should report these events to staff. Police will be called if necessary.
Updated by the Library Board of Trustees October 11, 2018