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Behavior Policies

Rules of Conduct and Unattended Children Policies

Evergreen Park Public Library aims to insure high quality, professional service to all its customers. The library serves the community most effectively when everyone conforms to the following guidelines.

Rules of Conduct

In order to maintain a pleasant and safe environment for patrons, the library shall enforce the rules of conduct set out below. A summary of these rules is posted on both levels of the library.

Library Patrons Shall

  • Engage in activities associated with the use of a public library. Patrons who are not reading, studying, or using library resources may be required to leave the building.
  • Ensure that children under the age of 10 who visit the library are accompanied at all times by a responsible caregiver of high school age or older.
  • Respect the rights of other patrons and staff members.
  • Reserve a private study room if they need to work together as a group of more than 4 people. Identification is required to use a study room.
  • Use cell phones and pagers only in the designated area. Elsewhere in the library, cell phones and pagers should be on vibrate or off mode, so as to not disturb other patrons.
  • Use photographic equipment of any kind on the library premises only with advance written permission from the Library Director.
  • Park bicycles in the designated rack during a library visit.
  • Wear shoes and clothing that provides appropriate body coverage at all times.
  • Report violation of these rules promptly to a staff member.
  • Comply promptly and courteously with all request by any library staff member.

Library Patrons Shall Not

  • Participate in disruptive or offensive behavior such as swearing, using abusive or threatening language, throwing things, running, fighting, harassing or annoying other patrons through boisterous activities, staring at or following another person about the building with the intent to annoy that person, playing audio equipment at volumes so loud that others can hear it, singing or talking loudly to others or in monologues, or behaving in other ways which can be expected to disturb or interfere with other patrons’ use and enjoyment of the library. These behaviors are provided as examples, and not as a comprehensive list. Disruptive or offensive behavior is determined at the discretion of library staff.
  • Solicit for any cause without written permission from the Library Director.
  • Use tobacco products on library property including: building, walkways, and entryway, parking or landscaped areas.
  • Loiter and/or impede access to the library or any part of the library property.
  • Bring animals to the library, other than service animals needed by people with disabilities or animals permitted by the Library Director for special programming purposes.
  • Use roller skates, roller blades, skateboards or jump ropes on library property including the library building, walkways, entryways, parking or landscaped areas.
  • Eat or drink in the library, with the exception of bottled water, and food items supplied by the library.
  • Be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Be in the library with bodily hygiene so inadequate as to create a nuisance.
  • Use restrooms to shave, bathe, or launder clothes.
  • Leave personal belongings unattended. Unattended items are subject to immediate confiscation.
  • Move furnishings; sit on tables, or place feet on furniture.
  • Deface or damage library resources or property, or remove them from the library without permission. The term “Library resources” includes books, magazines, newspapers, audio or video recordings or other items in the library collection. The term “Library property” includes copy machines, computers, security equipment, and furnishings.
  • Interfere with library employees’ performance of their duties.

Approved by the Evergreen Park Public Library Board of Trustees, 2007
Revised 2009

Enforcement of Rules of Conduct

  • In the event a patron does not comply with one or more of the Library Rules of Conduct, the initial enforcement step will ordinarily talke the form of a verbal warning to the patron by library staff.
  • If a patron's violation of the Conduct Rules continues, staff or security personnel may ask the patron to produce personal identification. If the patron does not comply with this request, he or she may be asked to leave the library premises. Failure to leave the premises upon request may result in the police being summoned.
  • Library staff may also summon police whenever they deem it necessary or advisable to do so to address a person's misconduct.
  • Violations of the Conduct Rules may result in the restriction or termination of library privileges, including use of computers and other library resources. Failure to comply with the Library's Conduct Rules may also result in exclusion from the library for a period of one day to 90 days depending on the nature of the misconduct and whether the patron has been previously cited for violating the Library's Conduct Rules. A patron who has engaged in chronic misconduct or abusive behavior may be excluded from the library permanently. Depending upon the nature of the misconduct, failure to comply with the Conduct Rules may also result in arrest and prosecution.
  • Before a patron is excluded from the library for a period of more than one day, he or she shall be given an opportunity to discuss the basis for the exclusion with the Library Director or the Director's designee.
  • A patron who is excluded from the library for a period of more than one day shall be notified of the exclusion by letter stating the rule violation upon which the exclusion is based. The letter notice of exclusion shall also inform the patron of the procedure for requesting review of and an opportunity to be heard on the exclusion by the Library Director on written request made within 10 days of the date of the exclusion notice. The Library Director's decision on any appeal shall be final.
  • The letter notice of exclusion shall be transmitted by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, or by receipted-for delivery by Library Staff, or by police acting in consultation with the library. A copy of the letter and the patron's receipt for it shall be filed with the library's incident reports documenting the misconduct. The period of exclusion shall begin on the day the letter is signed for or delivered to the patron whichever is earlier.

Approved by the Evergreen Park Public Library Board of Trustees, 2007
Revised 2009

Unattended Children Policy

The library is a place for reading, research, and quiet study. Persons of all ages, including children, are expected to respect the rights of other patrons and staff members by following the Evergreen Park Public Library Behavior Code.

Evergreen Park Public Library encourages parents to consider their children’s safety and well-being and the needs of other library users of all ages, and to talk with their children about appropriate behavior in the library. Children under age 10 must be attended by a parent or other responsible person over the age of 16 who is present at all times in the library.

If at any time a child under 10 is unattended, the following will occur:

  • The parent or other responsible person will be paged to determine if he or she is in the library. If so, he or she will be asked to remain with and supervise this child.
  • If it is determined that the child is in the library without a parent or other responsible person, a staff member will attempt to call the parent and ask the parent to pick up the child. If a parent is not at home, the staff member will ask the child for the name and telephone number of another relative or caretaker. If the parent or caretaker cannot be reached within 30 minutes, Evergreen Park Police will be called to assume responsibility for the child.

This policy has been reviewed and approved by the Board of Trustees of the Evergreen Park Public Library on 6/13/2012.