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 undue psychological stress.

While in the library please be courteous to others and refrain from -

• Loud conversations or laughing or making noises that is disturbing to others.

• Using obscene or abusive language.

• Willfully destroying or damaging library property.

• Blocking or in any way interfering with the free movement of others.

• Possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs.

• Removing any library property from the building without authorization through established lending procedures.

• Following staff or users around the building or otherwise harassing staff and users.

• Engaging in disorderly conduct, committing a nuisance, or unreasonably disturbing and offending library users.

• Carrying weapons of any sort except by law enforcement officers.

• Using tobacco products on library grounds.

• Using radios, CD players or any other electronic players without headphones.

• Bringing animals other than those certified to assist the handicapped into library facilities.

• 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.

• Using the restrooms for bathing or washing clothes.

• Not wearing a shirt or shoes.

• Sleeping, loitering or displaying other behaviors inappropriate in a public setting.

Engaging in the above behaviors will be cause for removal from the library. Criminal behavior will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Procedure for Disruptive Behavior

The library seeks to provide a safe environment both within the library building and on library grounds to facilitate the public’s use of the library’s services and resources. When the behavior of a patron constitutes a disruption which interferes with the use of the library by other patrons, or which interferes with a staff member’s completion of his or her duties, the following progressive steps will be taken:

• The staff member will give the person(s) a verbal warning.

• The 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/tell 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.

All instances of verbal warning, eviction, and notification of police will be documented and logged by the staff and reported to the Director.

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 Head of the department where the offense occurred; and, then only at the discretion of the Head of the department or the Library Director.

June, 2012