COUNTY MEMORIAL LIBRARY DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR POLICY
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Library users and staff have a right to
assume that visits to the library will be free from harassment: free from
physical discomfort and danger; free from psychological and emotional stress.
The rights of both the public and the staff are sometimes violated by the
attitudes and behavior of a very small minority of persons. It shall therefore
be the policy of the Library Board of Trustees to maintain in the library system
a quiet, pleasant environment conducive to serious study as well as casual
browsing. Any behavior that violates this policy shall be grounds for removal
from the library. The following are examples of what the Board considers to be
- Loud conversations or
laughter that is disturbing others. Talking at a level that can be heard
away from the study tables is considered to be a violation of this rule.
- Smoking in any areas of
- Use of radios or other
equipment that is audible to others.
- Willful destruction of or
damage to library property; removal of library property unless through
established lending procedures.
- Children ten years old or
younger unaccompanied by an adult for the entire time he or she is visiting
- Soliciting or selling of
any kind unless for a library-sponsored project and the distribution of
leaflets or the posting of notices without the specific authorization of the
- Attempts by groups or
individuals to use any part of the library (except the Pender or conference
room) for the presentations of programs or events of any type.
- Sleeping in the library or
on the library grounds.
- Bringing animals other
than lead dogs into the library.
- Use of restrooms for
meeting, consumption of alcoholic beverages, or the illicit use or sale of
- Consumption of food and
beverages in the library.
- Carrying weapons of any
- Following staff or users
around the premises, harassing behavior, or the use of abusive language.
- Loitering on premises.
The library director or his/her
designee is authorized to request the departure of any person violating this
policy. Non-criminal violations of this policy will politely be brought to the
attention of the customer and a verbal warning issued. A second violation of the
policy will result in the customer being asked to leave the building and
grounds. The library director or his/her designee will call the police
immediately if any criminal activity is observed or if a person refuses to leave
the building and grounds after being asked.