Library behavior

The Library and its services are available to all members of the public.  Any activity which interferes with the rights of other patrons to use the library, which could result in injury to oneself or others, or which could cause damage to the building, grounds, materials, or equipment is considered disruptive and unacceptable.  
No weapons including guns and knives are allowed in the Library building or grounds.
 
Patrons are expected to wear appropriate clothing which includes wearing shirts and shoes while in the library.

Patrons whose bodily hygiene is offensive so as to cause a nuisance to others shall be required to leave the building.

Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Any illegal activity
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Soliciting
  • Intoxication
  • Running and roaming
  • Throwing objects
  • Making loud or prolonged conversation /noises whether in person or on the phone.  Cell phone calls should be moved to a non service area, such as the stairwell or hallway, unless the call lasts less than thirty seconds.
  • Using profane or abusive language
  • Paying unwelcome attention to library staff or patrons
  • Loitering or blocking the entrances or stairs
  • Skateboarding anywhere on library property
  • Playing audio equipment at a level that can be heard by others
  • Bringing animals other than assistance dogs into the library


Any person who causes repeated disruption in the Library will be warned that his or her Library privileges will be revoked and he or she will not be allowed to enter the building if the behavior continues. If this person continues to cause disturbances, he or she will be banned from the Library for a period of time. When Library privileges are reinstated, and if the disturbances continue, the Library will take action to bar the individual from Library property for a longer period of time. Library staff has the authority to exclude any disruptive patron and may summon the police if necessary.

Parents are responsible for their children’s behavior while on Library property. Disruptive children, as well as adults, will be asked to leave the building after receiving one verbal warning. Police may be called to provide assistance. More than one such occurrence, or the inability of the parent to provide immediate assistance, may result in suspension of Library privileges by the child and his or her parent(s) at the discretion of the Library Director.



Adopted October 20, 2003
Reviewed and approved December 15, 2003, November 13, 2007
Revised and approved July 18, 2011, September 15, 2014

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.