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Behavior Policy

                                     Disruptive Behavior Policy


          It is the policy of the Carnegie-Evans Public Library to provide a safe, comfortable environment that is
          conducive to the use of library facilities, resources, and equipment either by individuals or small groups.
          The library is designed for the use of all members of the public. Patrons are expected to observe the rights
          of other patrons and staff members and to use the library for its intended purposes.

          Behavior Not Allowed in the Library:

            • Any behavior that endangers the safety or health of others

            • Violation of any local, state or federal law

            • Vandalism or deliberate destruction of library properties

          Note: Patrons will be financially responsible for any destruction of library property.

            • Theft of library materials or the personal property of other patrons or staff members

            • Deliberate disruption of library procedures (including the work of the staff)

            • Use of abusive language

            • Loud Talking or laughing that disturbs or could disturb other patrons

            • Sleeping as well as smoking, eating or drinking in areas not designated for these activities

            • Loitering in the building or on the grounds

            • Inappropriate dress (shirts and shoes must be worn at all times)

            • Roller blades or skate boards (etc.) in the building, entry or parking area)

            • Personal stereos (unless given specific permission by a staff person)

            • Entry into PERSONNEL ONLY areas

            • Use of cell phones that is disruptive to other patrons


          In most cases, patrons who are behaving inappropriately in the library will be given one warning by library
          staff and asked to behave in an appropriate manner. Patrons who refuse to behave more appropriately after
          one warning will be asked to leave the library. Serious violations which include behaviors that are
          absolutely unacceptable, do not require a warning, but can result in the loss oflibrary privileges for as long
          and the director deems necessary.

          In the cases in which a patron poses a clear danger to her/himself or others, deliberately violates the law, or
          refuses to leave the library after being asked to leave, the police will be called to handle the situation.

          In extreme cases where a patron is consistently disruptive every time he/she visits the library, the Director
          will bring the matter to the attention of the Board of Trustees who shall decide on any further action.

          Policy Reviews:

          The Carnegie-Evans Public Library Director, Staff and Board of Trustees will regularly review the policy.
          Public notice will be made of any policy changes and patrons will be expected to abide by the terms of any
          updated policy.

          Adopted by the Board of Trustees


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