MCDL Conduct Policy
Approved July 2012
In order to foster an atmosphere that is welcoming and comfortable for all library users, it is necessary that each person act in a manner which is respectful of library functions and considerate of other members and library staff.
People have a right to expect:
- Courteous behavior
- Reasonable noise levels
- Appropriate language
- Respect for people and property
- A clean environment
- Quiet use of cell phones and other electronics
Conduct Regulated by MCDL Guidelines
- Any behavior which disrupts the use of the library, normal library operations, or the staff’s ability to provide service to the public is prohibited. Prohibited behaviors include, but are not limited to, those listed below.
- Loud, abusive, aggressive, threatening, defiant, harassing or inappropriate language and/or contact
- Defacing, damaging, or theft of library materials, furniture or other property
- Tampering with, altering, editing, or damaging computer hardware and/or software
- Blocking entrances, exits or aisles
- Violence, sexual misconduct, theft, arson or public intoxication, substance abuse or any other conduct prohibited by federal, state or local law
- Weapons of any type, whether or not the weapon is visible
- Using skateboards on library premises
- Animals are not permitted in the library except for those assisting people with disabilities and those involved in library-sponsored programs
- Soliciting for money or donations
- Parking vehicles on library property for purposes other than library use
- Entering the library with bare feet or without a shirt
- While in the library members must comply with the following rules.
- Cell phones should be set to vibrate and calls taken at a volume or in an area where others will not be disturbed.
- In the event of an emergency, members shall comply with instructions from library personnel.
- Bags, briefcases and other personal belongings are subject to inspection upon entering or leaving.
- Parents/Guardians are responsible for the behavior of their minor children. The library is not responsible for the safety or security of minors left unattended on library property. Disruptive minors may be asked to disperse or leave the library at staff discretion.
- Individuals whose behavior is disruptive or in violation of library behavior guidelines may be asked to leave library property and may lose library privileges.
- The library will work with law enforcement authorities to prosecute actions for criminal behavior against the library, its members and staff.
- Staff will call the police for a member who is willing to give name/ address to police and staff and to wait for their arrival or when any situation arises which poses potential danger to members, staff or library property.
- Police may be called when a child’s parent or caregiver cannot be located. (See Unattended Children Policy)
Enforcement of MCDL Conduct Policy
It is the intention of MCDL to enforce behavior guidelines in a consistent manner. The library will follow these procedures when enforcing behavior guidelines:
- Unless safety is an issue, staff will communicate behavior guidelines and consequences and give members a choice to comply with guidelines or leave library property.
- Suspension of library privileges as a result of behavior in the library will be based on an evaluation of the nature and extent of the violation, previous conduct and extenuating circumstances.
- Consequences may range from being asked to leave library property to immediate suspension of all library privileges for a period of time ranging from one week to one year or longer. Repeated violations will result in increasingly severe consequences.
- Suspensions may be communicated verbally. When feasible, written notice will be given/sent confirming the suspension. An individual may be required to contact library management to apply for reinstatement of privileges at the end of a suspension. Parents or guardians of a minor may be required to contact library management to apply for reinstatement of a child’s privileges.
- Individuals whose library privileges have been suspended may contact the library director to request reconsideration of the suspension.
- Individuals who commit crimes on library property, whose actions pose a danger to members, staff or library property will be reported to the police.
- Unless special circumstances warrant immediate action, the following consequences will be enforced:
- First infraction: Verbal warning, written notice of policy and one day suspension if behavior continues
- Second infraction: up to 7 day suspension
- Third infraction: up to 30 day suspension
- Repeated offenses by a minor will result in notification of parent/guardian and will require contact with library management to reinstate privileges. Parent or guardian may be required to accompany minor to the library after reinstatement.
- Repeated offenses by an adult may result in additional 30 day or longer suspensions and may be reported to police for further action. An individual may be required to contact library management to apply for reinstatement of privileges at the end of a suspension.
- The library will keep a record of infractions and suspensions as necessary to enforce behavior guidelines.