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MORLEY LIBRARY
BEHAVIOR AND CONDUCT POLICY


Having a library card is a privilege, not a right. In order to protect that privilege, Library Patrons must conduct themselves in an acceptable manner. To maintain an atmosphere appropriate for work, study and enjoyment for all Library Patrons and Staff, the Board of Trustees has established the following policy on behavior and conduct in the Library and on Library property.  This policy will be courteously, but firmly, enforced by Library Staff and Library Security Guards.

Morley Library welcomes children to use its facilities and services. However, responsibility for the behavior and well-being of children using the Library rests with the Parent / Guardian or assigned caregiver, not with the Library’s personnel. Library Staff Members cannot supervise the children in the Library.  The proper authorities will be notified if children are abandoned.

Adults must be accompanied by a child or a teen to spend time in the areas specifically set aside for these age groups.

Appropriate library activities include doing homework, writing reports, researching, browsing for materials, reading, attending programs, and using library equipment such as computers and copiers. These activities are to be conducted in a manner so as not to disturb others.  Group study by four at one table and quiet tutoring of one or two students is permitted. Group study by, or tutoring of, more students at one time, or any group work which creates enough noise to disrupt other Patrons will not be permitted. The Library offers the use of two Study Rooms on the Third Floor for small group activities.  However, not all areas of the Library are open to the public.

Inappropriate activities include, but are not limited to, running, throwing, loud or abusive talking, swearing, playing cards, eating, fighting, moving furniture, putting feet on the furniture, sleeping, loitering, excessive socializing, flirting, petting, soliciting, selling, distributing leaflets, proselytizing, any dangerous activities (including, but not limited to, any act which threatens the safety of oneself or others, damages library facilities or materials, involves drunkenness or other conditions created by the use of controlled substances, or any illegal acts), and any other activities which disrupt acceptable use of the library.  Electronic Cigarettes or use of tobacco of any type is not permitted in the library or on library property, or any property of which the Library is in control.  Vandalism will not be tolerated.

Disruptive behavior is defined as any noisy, boisterous, acting-out, or abusive behavior, which is inappropriate in a setting where business is conducted.  This behavior may represent a physical danger to people or property, or may interfere with the legitimate library business of other Patrons or Staff.

Morley Library reserves the right to inspect an individual's belongings, including but not limited to purses, backpacks, bags, parcels, sleeping bags, briefcases, and other items to detect  unauthorized removal of library materials and equipment, for for the health and safety of Staff and other Patrons.

Patrons shall not be permitted to enter with building without shirts or other coverings of the upper bodies, or without shoes or other soled footwear.  Patrons whose bodily hygiene is offensive so as to constitute a nuisance to other persons shall be required to leave the building.

All cell phones, beepers, and other communication devices should be silenced before entering the building.  Use of the Library's electricity to charge cell phones or other electronic equipment is not permitted.

This policy will be courteously, but firmly, enforced by Library Staff and Library off-duty Police Officers.

Failure to comply with the direction of a Staff Member or Off-Duty Police Officers will result in a person's privilege to remain in the Library, on its premises, or on property of which the Library is in control being temporarily or permanently revoked.

Patrons who are behaving inappropriately or disruptively will be warned that the behavior must stop.  If the behavior is not corrected, the person will be told to leave the premises.  Anyone who does not leave after being told to do so will be considered a trespasser and will be treated accordingly.   However, if any behavior or activity is deemed dangerous or illegal, eviction will be immediate and the proper authorities contacted.  Habitual abusers of library rules may be banned from the premises.  A juvenile who creates chronic problems may be required to bring a responsible adult who will remain with him or her at all times.  Barred parties may have their photographs or videos captured by Morley Library to aid in no-trespass enforcement.  While appeals may be made to the Library Directory, all no-trespass letters are considered permanent.


Approved by the Morley Library Board of Trustees, February 21, 2007; Adapted February 17, 2010.
Revised March 19, 2014.



LIBRARY RULES AND BEHAVIORAL GUIDELINES

The Morley Library welcomes and encourages the Community to visit the Library for both pleasure and research and to participate in its programs. To insure that your visit is productive and pleasant for you and other Patrons, please observe the following guidelines.

1. There is no public area for eating in this building.  All food is to be consumed outside the building.  Non-alcoholic beverages, such as water, with a closable lid or top may be brought into the building if handled carefully.  No beverages may be consumed in the Genealogy Room or the Computer Center.  In addition, the use of electronic cigarettes, tobacco of any type, or any illegal substances are not permitted in the library or on library property.

2. Please use soft voices when talking to other Patrons and Library Staff. Loud talking disturbs others.  Please use courtesy when using library equipment such as the copiers and computers.  Absolute silence will be maintained in the 3rd Floor Quiet Study Room.

3. Rowdy and boisterous behavior is annoying to other Patrons and a danger too. Running, shoving, cursing, and fighting are not acceptable behaviors. Inappropriate use of the elevators will not be tolerated.

4. The responsibility for the behavior and well-being of children rests with the Parent/ Guardian/ Caregiver.  Children 8 years or younger need to be in the care of an adult.  Conversely, Adults must be accompanied by a child or teen to spend time in areas specifically set aside for these age groups.

5. Space and furniture in the Library should be used for their intended purposes.  Please don't move the furniture or put your feet on it.  Seating at tables is limited to four people.  Keep in mind that not all areas of the Library are open to the public.

6. Using restrooms for bathing or shampooing, doing laundry, or changing clothes is prohibited.

7. Shoes and shirts must be worn in the building.  Patrons whose bodily hygiene is offensive as to continue a nuisance to other persons shall be required to leave the building.

8. Soliciting, selling, and proselytizing are not permitted.

9. Radios, MP3s, IPods, and other listening devices may be operated with headphones but must be inaudible to surrounding people. All cell phones, pagers and other communication devices should be silenced before entering the building.

10.  Electrical outlets may not be used to charge cell phones, televisions, or other personal use electronic devices.  However, patrons may use electrical outlets to operate personal computers while in the Library.  Due to safety concerns, running power cords across traffic areas is not permitted.

11. Lying down, sleeping, appeared to sleep, playing cards and other games, remaining in the building but not using the library materials, excessive socialization, interfering with the free passage of Library Patrons or Staff, pan handling, congregating, and smoking are considered loitering, and those doing so will be asked to the the Library, its premises, and property of which the Library is in control.

12. Service animals with proper identification, such as guide dogs or other animals individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability are welcome.  Other pets need to remain under human supervision outside the building.

13. The Library is not responsible for personal belongings left unattended.

14. Patrons are to exit the building at closing time.  Please make transportation arrangements prior to closing.  Children unattended after closing will be considered abandoned and the police will be notified.


Approved by the Morley Library Board of Trustees, February 21, 2007.
Adapted February 17, 2010.
Revised March 19, 2014.

 


Thank you for your co-operation.  Additional copies of the Library’s Policy on Behavior and Conduct may be obtained at the Reference Desk or the Morley Library website at www.morleylibrary.org.