Article IIX:  Patron Conduct Policy

 

The Leon Valley Public Library is available to residents of all ages.  While everyone has an equal right to access library services and facilities, no person has the right to interfere with the ability of others to use and enjoy library resources, services, and facilities.

The Leon Valley Public Library maintains the right to expel from the Library facility any individual who contributes to a disruptive, unsafe, or unwelcoming environment. 

Sec. 8.01                              Expected Behavior

To create a welcoming environment, patrons are expected to:

  1. Attend to their personal belongings. The Leon Valley Public Library is not responsible for lost, stolen, or misplaced personal items. By leaving items unattended, you run the risk of theft.

  2. Wear shoes and appropriate clothing for public health reasons.

  3. Use public restrooms for intended purpose only.

  4. Maintain acceptable bodily hygiene. If body odor or perfume is strong enough to constitute a nuisance to others, the customer may be asked to leave the building.

  5. Stay out of non-public areas, such as offices, workrooms, and storage areas, unless authorized by staff to enter.

 

Sec. 8.02                              Inappropriate Behavior

The following actions and behaviors are considered inappropriate on library property and thus prohibited:

  1. Disruptive, uncontrolled, or unsafe behavior.

  2. Possession of alcohol or any illegal substance.

  3. Receiving or making cell phone calls inside the Library.

  4. Intentional physical damage to library property or to the personal property of any other patron.

  5. Consuming food inside the Library unless authorized by staff.Drinks in covered containers ARE permitted, except at computers.

  6. Sleeping in the library.

  7. Smoking in the library.

  8. Solicitation of business.

  9. Bringing animals other than service animals into the library.

  10. Harassment of Library staff or customers.

  11. Violation of any federal, state, or local laws.

 

Section 8.03       Library Response to Policy Violations

Any person violating the Patron Conduct Policy will:

  1. Be presented with a copy of the Policy and be asked to stop.

  2. If the violation continues, the individual will be asked to leave the Library for the rest of the day.

  3. Failure to comply may result in the arrest or prosecution of a criminal offense.

  4. Any person who commits repeat violations of the Patron Conduct Policy or a serious violation of any of the prohibited actions, or who poses a threat to the public health and safety of others in the library may be expelled permanently from the Library by the City Manager.

  5. The Library Director shall provide written notice to the person who has been expelled.

  6. The City Manager has the authority to suspend a patron from the Library for a designated period of time relevant to the offense based on the Library Director’s recommendation.If a person who has been suspended returns to the Library before the defined time period has expired, the Police will be summoned to have the patron removed and prosecuted for the offense, including but not limited to criminal trespass or disorderly conduct.

update 6.6.2017