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Code of Conduct Policy

1. Conduct in the libraryCirculation Desk
The policy of the Springville Memorial Library is to provide a safe, comfortable place conducive for the use of the library by all patrons.

2. Misconduct
Misconduct is any type of behavior that interferes with the rights of any library patron to use the library materials/facilities or interferes with the library staff in such a way that they cannot conduct library business.  Misconduct may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Bringing animals into the library, except as required by a physically handicapped person or as part of a library program
  • Inappropriate, loud, and unruly behavior
  • Use of vulgar/profane language
  • Entering non-public areas without prior approval of the library staff
  • Smoking, chewing tobacco, using snuff, or using any illegal drugs
  • Consuming foods or beverages except as approved by library staff
  • Vandalism or deliberate destruction of library materials or property
  • Violation of any municipal, state, or federal law or code

3. Enforcement of Code of Conduct Policy

Enforcement of these rules and the severity of the consequences is the responsibility of the library staff.

Patrons who are behaving inappropriately will be given one warning and will be asked to conduct themselves properly.  Patrons who do not modify their behavior and comply with the directives of the library staff after one warning will be asked to leave the library for the rest of the day.

Patrons engaging in misconduct on more than one occasion will be warned by the library staff that they will be barred and their library privileges denied for one year if the disturbances continue.  In order to have their library privileges reinstated, a person will need to attend a meeting of the Library Board of Trustees and request that reinstatement.  If the offending patron is younger than eighteen years of age he or she will need to attend that meeting with their parent(s) or guardian.

4. Unattended Childrengirl

The library staff will not be responsible for children not accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible person.

  • Children under the age of six must be accompanied by a parent guardian, or responsible person when in the library.
  • Children under the age of five who are attending a library program must be brought and picked up by a parent, guardian, or responsible person.  A parent, guardian, or the responsible person is encouraged to remain in the library until the children's program is finished.

If it is determined a child is lost or unattended in the library, library staff will attempt to identify the child and locate the parent, guardian, or responsible person.  If the parent, guardian, or responsible person is not found, a library staff member will stay with the child.  The library staff will try to locate the parent(s) or guardian by whatever means are available.  If a parent, guardian, or responsible person is not located within one hour or near closing time, the library staff will notify the County Sheriff, who may assume responsibility for the child.

5. Personal Items

The library assumes no responsibility for personal items left unattended or overnight in the library.johnny_automatic_cell_phone.jpg

6. Cell Phone Use

  • Cell phones are to be on silent operation or turned off in the library
  • Phone conversations are to take place in the entryway or outside of the library
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