Library Conduct

 

Conduct in the Library

The Clearview Library District offers a full range of library services to all residents of the community, regardless of age, disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, ancestry, or economic status.

Our patrons have certain expectations of the library. These include an outstanding collection of library materials; pleasant, attractive surroundings; and courteous, efficient, and effective service provided by a well-trained staff.

Library users have a right to visit the library free from harassment, physical discomfort, danger, and psychological stress. The staff should be able to work free from harassment, abuse, discomfort, and psychological stress.

Severe Misconduct

The following behaviors are prohibited and will be cause for immediate removal from the library and a suspension of library privileges for one year. The incident will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

  • Open carrying of firearms and weapons; carrying a concealed firearm without a concealed firearm permit issued by the State of Colorado or a permit to carry a concealed handgun or a concealed weapon that is issued by a state that recognizes the validity of permits issued pursuant to the laws of Colorado.
  • Sexual misconduct, such as exposure, offensive touching, verbal comments or unwanted sexual advances to patrons, volunteers or staff.
  • Possessing, using, or being under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol.
  • Stealing, damaging, or altering any library property including any computer equipment, systems or software. The library reserves the right to inspect all bags, purses, briefcases, packs, computer bags, and coats.
  • Identity theft.
  • Verbally or physically harassing, abusing, or threatening other patrons, volunteers or staff.
  • Any behavior which is prohibited by law.

Serious Misconduct

While in the Library, please be courteous to others and refrain from the following:

  • Behavior which is unsafe or disturbing to other patrons, volunteers or staff such as loud talking, shouting, screaming, or making other loud noises, excessive public displays of affection, pushing, running, shoving or throwing things.
  • Using obscene or abusive language.
  • Smoking of any kind. This includes the use of tobacco or tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco, electronic or e-cigarettes and vaporing or vaping as well as marijuana cigarettes or pipes within 30 feet of the entrance.
  • Blocking or in any way interfering with the free movement of others.
  • Following staff or patrons around the building or otherwise harassing staff and patrons.
  • Using radios, CD players or any other electronic players without headphones.
  • Bringing animals other than those certified to assist the disabled into library facilities except those participating in library programs.
  • Soliciting or selling of any kind, unless approved by the Library Director.
  • Distributing any type of print material or posting of posters, ads or notices not authorized by the Director or other member of the Management Team.
  • Misuse of restrooms.
  • Not wearing a shirt or shoes.
  • Sleeping, loitering or displaying other behaviors inappropriate in a public setting.
  • Tampering with the arrangement of library materials, which makes locating or using them difficult.
  • Riding a bicycle, scooter or skateboard inside the library. Wearing rollerblades inside the library. Bringing a bicycle or scooter into the library.

Engaging in serious misconduct will result in the following steps:

  • A staff member will give the person(s) a verbal warning.
  • A staff member will issue a second verbal warning, with the statement that the person(s) will be told to leave if the behavior in question does not cease.
  • If the disruptive behavior continues after the second verbal warning, the staff member will ask the person(s) to leave the building and the grounds.
  • If the person does not leave the building and the grounds, the staff member will call the police to remove such person.

Library District Staff is empowered to exercise reasonable judgment in assessing and enforcing the items listed above. This list is not all inclusive and other behaviors judged inappropriate by Library Staff may be cause for consequences.

All instances of verbal warning, eviction, and notification of police will be documented and logged by the staff and reported to the Director. Repeated offenses may result in suspension of library privileges.

A minor who has been evicted from the building more than twice or whose disruptive behavior has resulted in the police being called, will not be allowed to use the library again unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. When possible, a letter will be sent to the parent or guardian stating this policy. The minor will be allowed to use the library again without parental supervision only after the parent/guardian has spoken with the Library Director or Manager where the offense occurred; and, then only at the discretion of that Manager or the Library Director.

A patron may appeal a suspension decision to the Library Director by filing a written appeal within 10 days of the incident. The Director has the discretion to reduce a suspension. A final appeal may be made to the District’s Board of Trustees in writing.

09/25/2014