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Patron Behavior

The Edith Wheeler Memorial Library’s Patron Behavior Policy has been established in order to:
1. create an environment that is welcoming and comfortable for all
2. protect the rights and safety of patrons and staff
3. safeguard the building, equipment, furniture, and collection
4. maintain an atmosphere that promotes the use and enjoyment of the library’s resources, services, and programs.
The library trustees and staff recognize the right of all individuals to use the library. However, they also recognize that, at times, decisions must be made in order to protect persons and/or property. Therefore,
under certain circumstances, the Library Director is authorized to remove and/or exclude individuals, with or without warning. The following conduct, not intended to be exclusive, shall constitute just cause for removal from library premises and suspension and/or termination of library privileges:
1. being under the influence of alcohol or other substances in the library or on library grounds
2. sleeping in the library or on library grounds
3. breaching the peace of patrons or staff
4. engaging in theft, vandalism, or other criminal acts
5. viewing and/or displaying information or images that are obscene, pornographic, or harmful to minors (consistent with state laws and/or local standards) via the library’s public-access computers or through any other methods
6. engaging in any other behavior that interferes with the proper and established functioning of a public library, that threatens the safety and/or welfare of individuals, or that interferes with the quiet enjoyment of the library by other individuals.
Any person removed or excluded from library privileges on the basis of these activities (or, in the case of a minor child, the parent or legal guardian of said child) may request a meeting with the Library Director to discuss the situation and to request reinstatement of library privileges. Determination of reinstatement
will be made as quickly as possible following said meeting, and the person involved will be notified in writing of such decision.

Incidents involving permanent removal will be reported to and reviewed by the Library Board of Trustees.

Adopted by the Library Board of Trustees: November 18, 2004
Amended by the Library Board of Trustees: February 17, 2005