Code of User Conduct

This Code of Conduct has been adopted to ensure the safety, comfort, and access to Library resources and facilities for everyone. Failure to cooperate with Library staff or engaging in any behavior which is inappropriate in a library setting interferes with this goal.
Those willing to modify inappropriate behavior are always welcome to stay. Library users who continue to display inappropriate behavior after warnings by staff may have their library privileges suspended by the library director. After warnings from staff, a first incident will normally result in a one day ban. If necessary, the police may be called to remove the offender from the library.
Various banning periods of up to one year may be issued in response to continual and/or escalating problems. The length of time will match the severity of behavior. Longer banning periods can be instituted when the problem is particularly egregious, or the inappropriate behavior escalates in severity and reoccurs despite prior warnings and shorter bans. Serious misconduct or illegal activities may lead to legal action, criminal prosecution, and immediate one year or longer bans.
Children exhibiting inappropriate behavior in the library may require special consideration. The age of the child and the severity of the behavior are factors to weigh when dealing with the inappropriate behavior of a child.
The following are examples of inappropriate behavior: Offenders will be warned.
1. Abusive language, disrupting or harassing library staff or other library users.
2. Solicitation of any kind without library approval.
3. Bringing animals and pets into the library, with the exception of service animals.
4. Loitering on library property.
5. Blocking or interfering with the movement of individuals or bringing in items that take up an excessive amount of space, present a potential danger, or have no usefulness in the library.
6. Monopolizing library equipment, materials, or facilities preventing others from using them.
7. Loud talking and other noise-producing activities that disturb other customers including use of cell phones. Cell phones should be placed on silent or vibrate mode.
8. Violating the Internet Use Policy.
9. Underage smoking on library property.
The following are examples of illegal behavior: No warnings are necessary when the behavior breaks the law. The police will be called if illegal behaviors are observed.
1. Sexual misconduct of any kind.
2. Consumption or open possession of alcohol or illegal drugs or being disruptively under the influence on library property.
3. Carrying illegal weapons of any type.
4. Intentionally damaging, destroying, or stealing any customer's, employee's, or the library’s property.
5. Physical violence or assault of any kind.
6. Viewing child pornography on any library computer or network.