Library Policies-Behavior Policy

PURPOSE

MINOR VIOLATIONS

MAJOR VIOLATIONS

ENFORCEMENT

STATUTES

Purpose

It is the policy of the Iredell County Public Library to offer the full range of library service to all residents of the community, regardless of age, sex, race or ethnicity, religion, economic status, etc. It is the intent of the library to provide its services with a minimum of regulations and restrictions, adopting only those which are absolutely essential to the library's operation.

The library recognizes that the users of the library are in fact the owners of the library. As users and owners, the public has certain expectations of the library. These include an outstanding collection of library materials; pleasant, attractive surroundings; and courteous, efficient and effective service.

Library users have a right to assume that visits to the library will be free from harassment, physical discomfort, danger, and psychological stress. The library staff has the same rights. Each member of the staff should be able to do his/her work free of harassment, abuse, discomfort, and undue psychological stress.

The rights of both the public and the staff are sometimes violated by the attitudes and behavior of a very small number of persons. Therefore, it shall be the library's policy to maintain a quiet, pleasant environment conductive to serious study as well as casual use. To assure the successful implementation of this policy, unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:

MINOR VIOLATIONS

  • Blocking or in any way interfering with the free movement of any person or persons.
  • Bringing animals other than service or assistance dogs into the building.
  • Consumption of food or beverages unless approved by library staff.
  • Distribution or posting materials such as flyers, leaflets, or other literature without authorization.
  • Failure to wear shoes or a shirt.
  • Loitering or sleeping on library property.
  • Failure to obey posted signs on library property, including parking and other traffic signs.
  • Loud conversation or laughter which is disturbing to other users.
  • Rearranging of any library furniture or equipment from one location to another without authorization by staff.
  • Using tobacco products inside the building.
  • Soliciting or selling of any kind.
  • Use of library telephones by any person other than library personnel unless approved.
  • Use of radios, tape players, etc., if not using headphones so that sound is transmitted to others.
  • Use of mobile phones of any kind.
  • Any other behavior that is disruptive or any failure to comply with directions from library staff.

MAJOR VIOLATIONS

  • Carrying unauthorized weapons of any sort.
  • Engaging in disorderly conduct, committing a nuisance, or unreasonably disturbing and offending library users.
  • Fighting
  • Following staff or users or other harassing behavior such as staring or other intimidating acts.
  • Indecent exposure as defined by General Statute of North Carolina 14.190.9
  • Intimidation of library staff or library users.
  • Obscene or abusive language.
  • Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs.
  • Removal of any library property from the building without authorization through established leading procedures.
  • Sexual activity
  • Threatening library staff or library users.
  • Willful destruction of or damage to any library property.
  • Any other behavior that is intimidating, threatening or dangerous to library patrons or staff.

ENFORCEMENT OF THE DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR POLICY

Persons who violate any of these policies will be addressed in the following manner:

Minor Violations

  • First Violation-Verbal Warning
  • Second Violation-Verbal Warning
  • Third Violation-Person must leave library property.

Major Violations

  • First Violation-Person must leave library property.

If criminal behavior is involved, law enforcement authorities will be notified immediately. Repeat violators of these minor violations, or any persons who commit major violations, will be subject to exclusion from the library premises. Decisions to exclude persons from library property will be made by the Library Director or the assistant Library Director. Persons may be temporarily banned by the supervisor in charge during evening or weekend operation. It is unlawful for any person to fail to leave library property after being asked to leave. Criminal behavior will be prosecuted under the law.

STATUTES

G.S. 14-76 Larceny, mutilation, or destruction or public records and papers.

G.S. 14-127 Willful and wanton injury to real property.

G. S. 14-132 Disorderly conduct in and injuries to public buildings and facilities.

G. S. 14-190.9 Indecent exposure

G. S. 14-269 Carrying concealed weapons

G. S. 14-277.1 Communicating threats.

G. S. 14-398 Theft or destruction of property of public libraries, museums, etc.

Iredell County Code