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Library

Patron Deportment

It is the policy of the Franklin County Library Board to maintain in the Franklin County Libraries and on the property thereof a quiet, pleasant environment conducive to serious study, as well as casual use. To assure the successful implementation of this policy, the Board considers the following to be unacceptable behavior:

  1. Loud conversation or laughter, which is disturbing to other users.  Obscene or abusive language.
  2. Smoking in the library or on the grounds of library property other than in designated areas.
  3. Use of radios, record players, etc., if not using headphones so that the sound is not transmitted to others.  Library property should be considered by the public to be a “Quiet Zone”.  Unduly loud radios, or other similar devices in automobiles on library property are not acceptable and the owner or driver of vehicles playing those devices will be asked to turn them down.  On the second offense, the operator of the vehicle will be asked to leave the property.   A third offense will merit a call to the police and prosecution for disturbing the peace.
  4. Willful destruction of or damage to any library property.
  5. Blocking, or in any way interfering with the free movement of any person or persons, or any form of harassment.
  6. Harassment of or threats communicated to library staff members.
  7. Consumption of food, beverages or illicit drugs.
  8. Removal of any library property from the building without authorization through established lending procedures.
  9. Soliciting or selling of any kind, if disruptive to the normal use of the library.
  10. Distribution of leaflets or posting of notices in areas not authorized for this purpose.
  11. Unauthorized use of library telephones by any person other than library personnel.
  12. Entering designated staff-only areas of the building without permission.
  13. Rearrangement of any library furniture or equipment from one location to another.
  14. Engaging in disorderly conduct, committing a nuisance, or unreasonably disturbing and offending library users or staff members.
  15. Carrying unauthorized weapons of any sort.
  16. Cellular phone use is allowed but the ringer must be turned off.
  17. Bringing animals, other than lead dogs or program animals, into the library.

Library personnel are authorized by the Franklin County Commissioners to see that persons whom commit any of the above acts be removed from the library.  Staff members are expected to respond to problem patrons as politely and calmly as possible, but also to call on law enforcement officials for assistance as necessary.

Unattended Children Policy

Franklin County Public Library welcomes visitors of all ages to use its materials, programs and resources. However, caregivers must be mindful of the fact that the library is an open, public building. The well-being and safety of young children left alone raises serious concerns. Caregivers are responsible for the safety, behavior, and supervision of children at all times in the library and on library property. Library staff cannot assume responsibility for any child, even for a very short period of time.

Children under 11 years old may not be left alone in the library. Parents, guardians, or caregivers must remain within sight or sound range of their children at all times to ensure safety and appropriate behavior. Caregivers must be 13 or older, able to effectively supervise young children, and must be willing and able to provide contact information for a parent or guardian upon request.

Caregivers must remain in the library at all times during the programs and must be available to meet children in the program room at the conclusion of the programs. Library staff may use their judgment to determine if a child of any age needs the assistance of a caregiver during a program.

If library staff deems a child of any age to be in need of supervision and no parent or guardian can be located or contacted, law enforcement will be called.

If a child under 11 is left unattended after the library closes, staff will attempt to contact a parent or guardian, and if unable to do so, they will call law enforcement in accordance with library procedures. The library will make no determination as to the suitability or authority of anyone arriving or being contacted to transport a minor from library grounds or for minors leaving library grounds. Library staff members are not permitted to transport any minor to another location.

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees 9/26/16

 

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