Poplar Bluff Municipal Library District

Code of Conduct

March 2013

Revised December 3, 2018

This policy shall be retroactive to January 1, 2013

Approved 3-4-13; Approved 3-7-16; Approved 3-6-17;
Approved 8-7-17; Approved 8-6-18; Approved 12-3-18

Purpose: To insure 1) all library patrons have a fair and equitable opportunity to the quiet use and enjoyment of the Library's services, materials and facilities without being subjected to unreasonable interference or disturbance by others; (2) all Library patrons enjoy a safe and secure facility in which to use the Library's materials and services; (3) the Library's materials are protected from theft and damage; and (4) all Library employees enjoy a safe and secure workplace.

Any behavior that does not support a welcoming environment and/or violates the Rules of Conduct may result in cost-recovery charges, suspension of library privileges, exclusion from the Library and/or prosecution.

Posted at all library entrances and selected handouts:

Be respectful of all. Show care for your fellow library users and library staff. Provide an atmosphere supporting the wellbeing of all including protecting the rights, safety, and enjoyment of all enhancing the use of library services. Those who are unwilling to follow the library's Code of Conduct may be asked to leave the library.

Patrons shall adhere to the library’s “Acceptable Use Policy” for all computer access including WiFi.

Patrons shall not:

  1. Interfere with another person's use of the Library or with Library personnel's performance of their duties.
  2. Bring in animals unless intended as service or comfort animals or a part of library programming.
  3. Consume food or beverages in the library unless intended for pre-arranged and approved meetings in Board room and theater including children’s story time events and movie days. Food and beverages may be consumed in the Sensory Garden.
  4. Lie or lounge on the floor, or sleep anywhere in the library. (Children and babies in arms, carriers, or strollers are exempt.)
  5. Lie down on furniture, put feet up on furniture, or move furniture. Those needing accommodation may ask library staff for assistance.
  6. Obstruct entrances and exits, aisles, stairs, or elevator.
  7. Store or leave personal items (including bags, luggage, backpacks, strollers, etc.) unattended or ask library staff to care for or watch these items.
  8. Use tobacco or smoking products anywhere on the library campus.
  9. Possess or consume alcohol on library property. Alcoholic beverages are allowed on library premises for special events with the express permission of the Library Board of Trustees.
  10. Use cell phones in restricted areas.
  11. Play audio equipment so others can hear it. The use of headsets is permitted as long as such use does not disturb other library patrons.
  12. Talk loudly, make noise, use profane, abusive, or threatening language, or engage in other disruptive conduct.
  13. Engage in public displays of affection or harassing or hostile behavior.
  14. Use the library as laundry facilities, bathing facilities, or gathering places.
  15. Leave children unattended (Please see Unattended Child Policy).
  16. Solicit anywhere in the library.
  17. Use roller skates, roller blades, or skateboards on library property. Bicycles and scooters must be left in designated spaces outside.
  18. Use the library parking lot as a riding or skating park.
  19. Go without shoes or shirts inside the building.
  20. Engage in any indecent or obscene conduct or exposure his or her body including midriff.
  21. Bring to library premises or events weapons such as explosives, firearms, knives, look-alike weapons, or any other objects that can reasonably be considered as weapons unless patrons are sworn officers of the law or exempt under the Revised Statutes of Missouri.

Depending upon the offense and the particular circumstances of the case, violators of the foregoing Code of Conduct may be barred from use of the Library, either temporarily or permanently.  Library staff is authorized to ask disruptive patrons to leave the library and ban them for a 24-hour period.  Library staff at their discretion may call law enforcement for assistance. Library staff must report all incidents in a timely manner. The Library Director must receive written notification within one working day of infractions of the Code of Conduct involving patron bans and law enforcement intervention. Notification must include actions taken by staff member at time of incident. Staff are empowered to call police if a patron who is asked to leave does not comply.

Depending upon the severity of the offense the following guidelines for banning patrons are as follows:

1. Minor infractions: First offense one-day ban; Second offense – One-week ban; Third offense – One-month ban;

2. Infractions involving threats, property damage, computer offenses (see Acceptable Use Policy), weapons, threats or harm to other patrons, unauthorized solicitation, drug or alcohol use, and illegal activity may result in one month, six month, or permanent bans depending upon the frequency of such activity and perceived threat to library patrons, staff, and service. Library staff have the discretion to call the police when serious incidents such as these occur. 

3. Administration will send certified letters to the patron’s home informing them of the violation of the Code of Conduct and the consequences of the infraction.  Parents and guardians will be notified if the patron is a minor.

In addition to barring persons, temporarily or permanently, from use of the Library for violations of the foregoing Code of Conduct, the Library may, in its sole discretion, bring criminal charges against any persons suspected of criminal acts toward library staff or patrons, including theft or vandalism of Library property or materials or of any violations on Library property of federal, state or local laws and ordinances.



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