Patron Responsibilities and Conduct

Library Use by the Public

The Library will serve all residents of the community and the Winding Rivers Library System area.  Service will not be denied or abridged because of religious, racial, social, economic, or political status; or because of mental, emotional, or physical condition; age; or sexual orientation.

The use of the library may be denied for due cause.  Such cause may be failure to return library materials or to pay penalties, destruction of library property, disturbance of other patrons, or any other illegal, disruptive, or objectionable conduct on library premises.

It is the policy of the Board of trustees that patrons of the McIntosh Memorial Library have the right to use Library materials and services without being unduly disturbed or impeded by other library users, and that patrons and staff have the right to a secure and congenial environment.

GUIDELINES

By using the Library you agree to the following guidelines.  Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in the loss of Library use privileges. 

  1. It is a patron’s responsibility to maintain necessary and proper standards of behavior in order to protect his/her individual rights and the rights and privileges of other patrons.  If a patron creates a public nuisance, that patron may be restricted from the Library and from the use of the library facilities. Those who are unwilling to leave or do not leave within a reasonable amount of time, after being instructed to do so by the staff, will be subject to the law.
  2. All children under age six must be accompanied by a parent or designated responsible person while in the library.  If a young child is attending a preschool library program, we require the parent or person responsible for the wellbeing of the child remain in the library throughout the program.
  3. Children (whether with parents or not) who are being continually disruptive or disrespectful (per incident) will be given a warning that he/she must settle down or will be asked to leave the library.  If after a second warning the child continues to be disruptive or disrespectful, he/she will be asked to leave the library.  If the child needs to contact a parent, they may do so and then wait with a staff person until the parent arrives.
  4. Smoking and the use of any form of nicotine delivery product are prohibited, including but not limited to chewing tobacco, dipping snuff, or e-cigarettes.  Smoking is defined as the holding, carrying, lighting, inhaling and exhaling of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or other lit tobacco products or of smoke or vapor from an electronic smoking device or nicotine delivery system.
  5. Covered beverages are permitted on library premises, except near library computers.
  6. Shoes must be worn in the library at all times.
  7. Bicycles are not permitted in any Library public area or entryway. Roller-skating and skateboarding are not permitted in the Library. Wagons and strollers may not be left obstructing a corridor, hallway, aisle, entry or exit.
  8. Selling products or services, or soliciting donations is not permitted in the Library, except as part of a Library-sponsored program, or approved by the Library Administration.
  9. Taking surveys, circulating petitions, distributing leaflets, and other similar activities are permitted in the Library only when authorized by the Library Administration.
  10. Animals, except those used to aid persons with disabilities, are not permitted in the Library, except as part of a Library-sponsored program.
  11. The violation of federal or state laws or local ordinances will not be permitted on Library property. Theft, vandalism, and mutilation of library property are criminal offenses and may be prosecuted. The Library reserves the right to inspect all bags, briefcases, backpacks, and other such items when the staff has reason to believe this rule has been violated. The Library is not responsible for personal belongings left unattended.

Children left in the library at closing:

The library staff assumes no responsibility for children left alone at closing time.  The procedures outlined below are to serve as guidelines.  Every situation will be unique.

The staff is not required to stay with unaccompanied children and must never offer transportation home. (Staff may transport relatives)  Staff members should notify the Children’s Library staff of any child(ren) under 16 years of age left after closing.

 Procedures:

10 – 15 minutes before closing, look for unaccompanied children.  Inform them of our closing time and ask if they need to use the phone to call for a ride.  Let them use the phone to call someone to pick them up.

Every attempt will be made to contact the child’s parent(s) or guardian.  In the event that the parent has not arrived 5 minutes prior to closing time or the child is unable to make contact with a parent/guardian or other adult relative that the child identifies as being someone s/he is comfortable with and/or has stayed with before, the sheriff’s office will be contacted in order to report the child as unattended.

Before telephoning the police department or sheriff’s office, get as much information as possible from the child: name, age, phone number & parent’s name, and the plan that was supposed to occur regarding pick up of the child.  Ask the child if they have relatives in town, a Sunday school teacher, or friend that may be contacted.

When library staff contacts the sheriff’s office, they will ask to speak with the social worker on call, who will respond with options and suggestions for action that may be requested from law enforcement or the child.  Staff will leave a note on the door of the library to notify the parent of the child’s location and who to contact (with a phone number).

If a child, regardless of age, is in the building at closing, a staff member will stay with the child in the building or in the west entry until an appropriate authority arrives. (it is preferred that two staff members stay with the child, although this may not be possible)  Under no circumstances will a staff member take a child from the premises, unless the child is a relative, and the staff member has permission from the parent(s) or guardian(s).

Adopted: 12/08/08

Revised: 2/21/11