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Behavioral Policy

BEHAVIORAL POLICY

1.  The Keck Memorial Library is designed for the use of all members of the public.  Patrons are expected to observe the rights of other patrons and staff members and to use the Library for its intended purpose.
 
2.  The Library Director and other staff members to whom he or she delegates the authority shall have the responsibility for enforcing discipline within the Library.
 
3.  The Library Director or delegated staff will determine when behavior is inappropriate in the Library.
 
4.  Response to inappropriate behavior will be immediate.
 
5.  The following kinds of behavior will not be allowed in the library:
     a.  Any behavior that endangers the safety or health of others.
     b.  Violation of any local, state or federal law within the Library.
     c.  Vandalism or deliberate destruction of Library materials.
     d.  Theft of Library materials or the personal property of other patrons or staff members.
     e.  Deliberate disruption of Library procedures.
     f.  Use of abusive language at other patrons or the staff.
     g.  Deliberate use of the Library for inappropriate purposes: e.g. sleeping.
     h.  Loud talking or laughing which disturbs or could disturb other patrons.
     i.  Smoking, eating or drinking in areas not designed for these activities.
     j.  Inappropriate dress.
     k.  Other kinds of behavior deemed inappropriate by the Library Director or his or her delegated staff.
     l.  Children under the age of five (5) must be accompanied by a responsible adult or care giver.

   
6.  PROCEDURE: 
     a.  Warning.  In most cases patrons who are behaving inappropriately in the library will be given one warning and asked to behave in an appropriate manner.
     b.  Expulsion.  Patrons who refuse to behave more appropriately after one warning will be asked to leave the Library.
     c.  Calling the Police.  In cases where a patron poses a clear danger to her/himself or others, or where he/she deliberately violates the law, or where  he/she refuses  to leave the Library after being asked to leave by the director or delegated staff member the director  or the delegated staff member is authorized to call the police.

Reviewed 9/97, 5/04