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The Carbondale Public Library is dedicated to providing access to knowledge and information through reading, writing and quiet contemplation, providing patrons the right to use materials and services without being disturbed or impeded, and providing patrons and employees a secure and comfortable environment. The Public Library Act provides the Board of Library Trustees with the general power to carry out the spirit and intent of the Act in establishing and maintaining the library and providing library services and the specific power to "exclude from the use of the library any person who willfully violates an ordinance or regulation prescribed."

The Board of Library Trustees of the Carbondale Public Library establishes its conduct policy as follows:

  1.  A patron who engages in any activity which materially disrupts the use of library facilities, collections, or services by patrons or materially disrupts the ability of the staff to perform its duties shall cease such activity immediately upon request by library personnel.
  2. In such instances involving minors, identification will be requested and the incident may be reported to the parent of guardian.
  3. If, following a request, the patron fails or refuses to comply or responds to the request in an abusive fashion, he or she will be required to leave the library premises immediately  for the balance of that calendar day. If he or she fails to leave, the police will be summoned.
  4. Library personnel will record instances in which patrons are required to leave the library in a file maintained by the library for that purpose. Upon the second recorded instance in which a patron is required to leave the library premises within a thirty-day period, the Director shall bar the patron from use of the library premises for a period of one year. Parents or guardians of minors will be notified in writing after the second recorded instance in which a minor is required to leave the library and advised of the consequences of any further recorded instances.
  5. Parents wishing to appeal such action may do so upon written request to the Board of Library Trustees.
  6. In the event  a patron barred from the use of the library attempts entry to the library during any such period of exclusion, the police will be summoned and informed of the prior action.
  7. In the event the patron persists in abusive conduct or disruptive behavior following such a period of exclusion, the Director shall report to the Board of Library Trustees such conduct following prior exclusion and the Board will consider long-term exclusion of that patron.
  8. This policy shall take effect immediately upon enactment and approval according to law and be in full force and effect thereafter. A copy shall be posted within three days of enactment at the library and the secretary shall maintain a certified copy in the official records of the library available for public inspection.

To insure that all patrons may have comfortable use of the Carbondale Public Library, appropriate behavior is expected. Violation of any of the following rules will result in a warning and/or expulsion from the property. Whenever necessary, police will be contacted. The director and supervisory staff have authority to carry out all provisions of this policy.

The Carbondale Public Library Board of Trustees establishes its conduct policy as follows:

  1. The upper level of the library is reserved as a Quiet Study area.
  2. The lower level of the library allows quiet, occasional talking.
  3. Patrons are expected to respect the rights of other library users and may not annoy or harass others by noisy, boisterous activities or behave in a manner which can reasonably be expected to disturb others.
  4. The use of cellular telephones by patrons is NOT permitted in the building.
  5. Due to space limitations and the general mission of the library, purely social gatherings are not permitted. Patrons are expected to be engaged in activities associated with the use of a public library while they are in the building.
  6. Solicitation is not permitted. Solicitation includes, but is not limited to verbal solicitation or printed literature that is not approved for posting or distribution in the library.
  7. The library is not responsible for personal belongings left unattended, inside or outside, the building. Do not deposit personal belongings in the library and then leave the building. The library reserves the right to remove items left on furnishings if the owners leave the building. Personal items left anywhere on the premises, inside or outside, may be removed.
  8. Library furniture, such as tables and chairs, may not be moved without permission of the staff. Furnishings are to be used for their intended purposes only (i.e. do not stand on chairs, do not put feet on tables, do not sit on tables).
  9. Patrons may not occupy the area under the steps.
  10. Food and drinks are NOT permitted in the public service areas of the library.
  11. Smoking is NOT permitted anywhere in the building.
  12. Patrons who cause severe or repeated disturbance in the library may be asked to leave and not return to the library for an extended period of time.
  13. Patrons who fail to abide by these policies may be asked to leave the building.
  14. Bicycles must be parked in the bicycle rack provided on the west side of the parking lot.

The library may change, modify, alter or rescind any part of the policy or adopt a new policy, at any time without notice.

Adopted 2/95    Revised 6/97    Revised 7/99    Revised 9/00    Revised 2/02    Revised 8/03

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