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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.