LIBRARY PATRON BEHAVIOR POLICY
The Alfred Baumann Public Library encourages people of all ages to visit the library and use its facilities. People using the library and its resources have a right to expect a safe, comfortable environment that is conducive to the library’s mission.
Abusive language and behavior will not be tolerated.
Patrons demonstrating disruptive behavior may be required to leave the library after a warning from library staff. Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to:
• noisy, boisterous actions including loud talking, uncontrollable laughter, and the use of profanity, playing of audio equipment or mobile devices so that others can hear;
• inappropriate behavior, including eating, smoking, running, staring at another person with the intent to annoy that person or following another person around with the intent to annoy;
• misuse of library property including destroying and marring library materials, damage of library furnishing, equipment or other library property, taking library materials without checking out items.
• actions that deliberately annoy others or prevent the legitimate use of the library and it resources;
• refusing to identify yourself to Library staff, when requested;
• panhandling or soliciting;
• leaving unattended personal items in the building. The Library assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, or unattended personal items. Items left longer than 30 minutes may be removed.
• willful destruction of or damage to any library property;
• engage in any type of sport in or outside of the library building;
• entering non-public areas within a library building without staff approval;
• blocking or in any way interfering with the free movement of any person or persons in or outside of the library building.
Behavior designed to interfere with library employees in the performance of their duties is prohibited.
Clothing - Hygiene
Patrons must be covered on their upper and lower body and wear shoes or other footwear.
Patrons whose bodily hygiene is offensive so as to constitute a nuisance that patrons or staff are unable to use the library may be required to leave the library.
Pets - Animals
Animals and/pets are prohibited except those service animals covered by the ADA or therapy dogs as part of designated library programs.
Parents, guardians, or assigned chaperones are responsible for the behavior of their children in the library. Young children may not be safe when left unattended in the library. Library staff is not responsible for children in the library. Older children who are disruptive will be asked to leave the library. If the child cannot safely leave the library on his or her own, staff will call a parent or guardian. Please refer to Unattended Children’s Policy for details.
Cell Phone/Device Use
Talking on cell phones is prohibited in the library, unless special permission is given by the staff or in the event of an emergency where safety is at risk. Use of Facetime, Skype, or other Social Media outlets that violate the Photography, Video/Audio Recording policy is strictly prohibited [see Photography, Video/Audio Recording Policy for details.] Violation of the policy will result in a warning first; second offense patron will be asked to leave the library. Multiple violations may result in suspension from the library for 24 hours as determined by the Director.
Visitors who do not follow these Rules and Regulations shall be subject to the following sanctions:
1. The patron may be asked to refrain from the offending activity. If the patron persists in the offending activity, or if the activity involves any illegal activity, viewing pornography, threatening patrons or staff, or intoxication, the patron will be asked to leave the library for the day. The Director or designee may ask a minor to return with a parent.
2.If a patron continues to violate these rules and regulations or if the offending activity includes any illegal activity, viewing pornography, threatening patrons or staff, or intoxication, the patron’s Library privileges will be suspended by the Library Director or her designee. Further, the patron’s Library privileges may be revoked by the Library Board of Trustees upon notice and an opportunity to be heard by the patron.
3. A patron who has had his Library privileges suspended or revoked may appeal to the Library’s Board of Trustees requesting that the privileges be reinstated.
4. If a patron’s privileges are suspended, the patron may not enter the library during the term of the suspension. If the suspended patron does enter the library they will be asked to leave. If the patron refuses to leave the police will be contacted.
In addition, law enforcement may also be notified in situations that warrant it.
Photography, Video/Audio Recording Policy
Photography, video, and audio recording in the library is generally permitted if it is for library promotion, an assigned student project, or strictly for personal use. In order to protect the rights of individual patrons and to reduce distractions, photographing, video or audio recording; including but not limited to all forms of Social Media outlets, Skype, and Facetime, on library property is restricted as follows:
- Under no circumstances may the public or members of the media take photographs or record video or audio without the express permission of any library patron or staff member who would be prominently included within the composition or recording. Taking photographs or videotaping of a minor, an individual under the age of 18, requires the permission of the minor’s parent or guardian. The library undertakes no responsibility for obtaining these releases.
- Photography or video recording for commercial purposes is not permitted without approval by the director or the director’s designee; such approval must be requested in writing and in advance.
- Community organizations holding scheduled events or meetings in the library study or meeting rooms may arrange for their own photography or videotaping/recording of their event. Such photography and videotaping is restricted to the space reserved by the group, the people in the group, and the group is responsible for any necessary releases and permissions.
- Library staff often takes pictures or records videos at library events to use in library publicity materials and on the library’s website or other social media outlets. The library reserves the right to document its services and the public’s use of the library. Official representatives of the library may take photographs, videotape or use other recording devices within the library and at library-related events and activities for library purposes. These photographs and video may be copied, displayed, published (including on the library’s website or other social media outlets), and telecast for such purposes as promotion, publicity, and news to inform the public about the library. All such photography/videotaping will be in accordance with library procedures.
- This policy extends to photographs and filming by library staff at Friends of the Library events and at library booths and programs at public events in the community.
- Photography, videotaping or use of other recording devices may not interfere with the provision of library services. Staff will terminate any photography, videotaping or audio recording session that appears to compromise public safety, security or infringes on staff members’ or patrons’ right to privacy. Members of the public that refuse to comply may be asked to leave the library.
The Alfred H. Baumann Public Library is dedicated to providing a welcoming and safe environment for patrons of all ages. Sharing this environment with other people requires that everyone follow the Rules & Regulations established by the Library Board of Trustees and posted in the library and on the library website.
The Alfred H. Baumann Public Library wants children to use its facilities and services. The library trustees recommend that guardians/caregivers accompany their children to the library. The library, though an entertaining place to be, is also a public facility and public places may present hazards for unsupervised children. When children are left alone they may become anxious or frightened. They may also become bored and restless and disturb the enjoyment and work of others. Also, as in all public places "stranger danger” is a real concern.
The following guidelines will be followed concerning the care and behavior of young library users.
(1)The library is not responsible for the care of unattended minors. The library is not intended to be a daycare, after school facility, summer camp or babysitting service.
(2)Children age 6 and younger may not be left unattended in the library. Guardians/ caregivers must supervise and provide guidance and control for their charges at all time. If Library staff observes a child age 6 or younger who is unattended, staff will attempt to find the child’s guardian/caregiver. If staff cannot locate a guardian/caregiver, the police will be notified.
(3) Unattended minors who do not abide by library rules and policies, or who exhibit unacceptable behavior, will be asked to leave. If the child is age 12 or younger, Library staff will require that the child call a parent or guardian to come pick them up. In the alternative, the parent or guardian may advise staff that the child may walk home. If the child is unable to reach a parent/guardian, or if a ride does not come, the police will be called.
(4) The library is not responsible for minors without a ride home at closing. However, if it comes to the attention of the library that an unattended minor is present in the building, staff may ask if the minor has a ride home. The child will be given the opportunity to call a parent/guardian or caregiver. If a ride cannot be arranged or does not arrive, staff will call the police. At least 2 staff members will wait for the police to arrive. You will be billed for any costs to the library.
Weather Closing Policy
The Alfred Baumann Public Library recognizes that on occasion, inclement weather or other conditions may prevent the library from opening, postpone opening, or require early closing. The primary factor of any decision made will be the safety of staff and library patrons. However, maximum effort will be made to maintain regular library operating hours.
In the event that conditions arise requiring a closing, early closing, or delayed opening of the Library building due to inclement weather, the Library Director, following discussion with the Library Board President, may close the library building to the public. The decision will take into account the actions of the Woodland Park School District, The Borough of Woodland Park, and safety concerns. Situations which may result in closing the building may include, but are not limited to, inclement weather, a power outage, and unsafe or unhealthy conditions.
Fines will not be charged for any day on which the library is closed.
This policy is to help ensure the safety of our patrons and staff, and allows for snow removal and the clearing of roads.