McIntosh Memorial Library Use by the Public
The McIntosh Memorial Library will serve the public including 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, political status, 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- If a child is still at the library at closing time, every attempt will be made to contact a responsible adult. If contact is unable to be made, the Viroqua Police Department will be contacted in order to report the child as unattended. The library staff assumes no responsibility for children left alone at closing time.
- A child (whether with parents or not) who is continually being disruptive or disrespectful 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, he/she may do so and then wait with a staff person until the parent arrives.
- Smoking and the use of any form of nicotine delivery product are prohibited on library grounds, 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.
- Covered beverages are permitted on library premises, except near library computers.
- Shoes must be worn in the library at all times.
- 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.
- 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 Director.
- Taking surveys, circulating petitions, distributing leaflets, and other similar activities are permitted in the library only when authorized by the Library Director.
- Animals, except those used to aid persons with disabilities, are not permitted in the library, except as part of a library sponsored program.
- 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 staff 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.
Approved with changes: May 18, 2017