Chemung County Library District

Expectations for Acceptable Conduct

  1. Abusive behavior, whether physical or verbal, will not be tolerated by staff or patrons. Abusive patrons will be required to leave the library and the police will be called if these patrons refuse to leave.

  2. Loud, boisterous, and disruptive behavior will not be permitted. Disruptive patrons will be given an initial warning and will then be required to leave if this behavior persists.

  3. Destruction or defacing of library property and/or property of patrons will be dealt with on an individual basis. Parents / guardians of minors under age 16 found to be damaging library or personal property may be contacted. The police may be contacted if damage occurs and violators may be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

  4. Smoking is not permitted in the library.

  5. No food or beverages are allowed in the Steele Memorial Library. In other neighborhood libraries, food and beverages may be served at the discretion of the staff.

  6. Patron usage of library restrooms is limited to conventional purposes.

  7. Use of office equipment is allowed with permission of library staff.

  8. Theft of library materials and equipment or private property of staff or patrons will be handled as a legal issue with the police being notified immediately after discovery.

  9. Patrons are required to remain in public service areas unless specifically asked and escorted into non-public areas by a staff member.

  10. Sexual behavior is not permitted and patrons engaged in such action will be required to leave the library.

  11. No weapons of any kind are allowed in the library.

  12. With the safety of minors in mind, parents are required to remain with their pre-school children at all times. Children below the age of 13 or individuals needing adult supervision may not be dropped off or left unattended. Parents (or the police) will be contacted if this guideline is violated.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees at their April 17, 2008 meeting.


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