Patron Behavior Policy
The Hubbard Memorial Library Board of Trustees encourages all members of the community to use the library. It is the Board’s hope that patrons of all ages see the library as a warm, inviting, and secure place to be. To insure that all library users are able to utilize the library without unnecessary distractions, each patron must behave in a manner that respects the rights of all users.
Library patrons are asked to respect and follow the policies listed below. The library reserves the right to require anyone who engages in disruptive behavior to leave the premises, the right to restrict privileges for a specified period of time, and the right to ban the individual from the library for a specified period of time or permanently. Patrons who violate the Behavior Policy will receive 2 verbal warnings as notice they are in violation and will be asked to leave the library with the 3rd violation.
Disruptive behavior is defined as any patron behavior that interferes with the normal operation of the library, or which unreasonably interferes with another patron’s ability to use the library. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
Disruptive behavior includes but is not limited to the following:
- Shouting, talking, or making noise loud enough to disturb others. If one person or group is heard above the general noise level in the building at a particular time, this person or group will be asked to lower their voices.
- Fighting. Includes any type of fighting, including pretend.
- Loud or boisterous behavior. Includes running, horseplay, playing on the elevator or in stairwells, and annoying other patrons.
- Abusive, obscene or threatening language or gestures. Includes language or gestures that convey a sexually explicit message or are conveyed in a coarse or crude manner. Any language that verbally abuses another individual. Includes harassing, stalking, staring, or offensive touching.
- Eating and drinking. Non-alcoholic beverages in containers designed to prevent spills are permitted in all areas of the library except at computer workstations.
- Smoking. No smoking, including the smoking of e-cigarettes is permitted in the building, or within 30 feet of the exterior doors.
- Sleeping. Habitual sleepers, noisy sleepers and those who are sprawled on furniture or the floor in a manner disturbing to other persons will not be tolerated. Library users who simply doze for a short time should ordinarily be left alone. Discretion should be used when approaching a sleeping patron. Do not touch or shake them. Tell them they must remain awake or they may be asked to leave.
- Solicitation. Soliciting patrons and staff for donations or for the purpose of obtaining signatures on petitions is not allowed in the library.
- Improper attire. Patrons must wear shirts and shoes in the building.
- Cell phones. Not to be used in a way that disturbs other patrons.
- Loitering. Defined as a person who wanders around the building without apparent legitimate reason and disturbs other patrons.
- Animals. Service animals are welcome in the library. No other animals of any kind are permitted, unless part of a library-sponsored program.
- Unattended children. A parent, guardian, or other responsible adult must accompany children under age 10 at all times in the library.
- Excessive displays of affection. Includes any sexual conduct or physical contact deemed inappropriate for a public place.
- Abuse of library equipment, furniture, and materials. Includes placing feet on tables and chairs, standing on furniture, mutilating or defacing books or periodicals, and mistreating equipment or computers.
- Rest rooms. Misusing the rest rooms (using them as a laundry or bathing facility) is not allowed.
- Skateboards, roller blades, and scooters. Must not be ridden anywhere in the library building.
Weapons. Carrying weapons of any type on library property is not allowed, except by law enforcement officers.
Any staff member who witnesses illegal behavior will notify the director who will contact the police when necessary. Illegal behavior includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Assault. Intentional or reckless conduct that causes injury to another person.
- Criminal mischief. Intentional damage to the property of another. This includes vandalism and mutilating library materials.
- Drunk and/or disorderly conduct. Causes public inconvenience by fighting, unreasonable noise, abusive or obscene language or gestures, threatening behavior, hazardous or physically offensive
- Harassment. Threatens or annoys another person by physical contact or abusive or obscene language or follows a person in or about a public building.
- Public lewdness. Intentionally exposes the private parts of the body in a lewd manner in a public place.
- Theft. Wrongfully takes, obtains, or withholds the property of another.
- Trespass. Knowingly enters or remains unlawfully on the premises.
- Controlled substances. Includes using, selling, or possessing controlled substances on library property, and entering library property while intoxicated or under the influence of illegal controlled substances. The use of alcohol is prohibited on library property.
The Board of Library Trustees will review the Behavior Policy periodically, and reserves the right to amend the policy at any time.
Amended by the Board of Library Trustees November 3, 2015