Patron Conduct Policy

I. Policy

The Lee County Public Library seeks to maintain an atmosphere conducive to the acquisition of knowledge through reading, writing, study, and quiet contemplation of ideas. The library attempts to provide a comfortable, safe, and supportive informal atmosphere, welcoming all people in the community.

The Library assumes that principles of conduct will be observed by those in the library. Consequently, library patrons shall engage in normal activities associated with the use of a public library while in the library. These activities are reading, studying or using library materials, programs, and services, and internet use. It is the patron’s responsibility to maintain necessary and proper behavior standards to protect his/her rights and the rights and privileges of other patrons.

II. Principles of Conduct

The library serves various functions for library users, including that of a community information place, a place to study, a place to find cultural and recreational materials and activities. All of these require traffic, movement, and discourse. In balancing these various roles and functions, a reasonable noise level is expected and accepted. Proper dress and conversation are also expected. No person shall harass or annoy others by being too noisy or boisterous, by playing audio equipment so that others can hear it, or by behaving in a manner that can be expected to disturb other persons. People demonstrating disruptive behavior will be required to leave the library after one warning from library staff.

Disruptive behaviors include:

  • Loud or boisterous conduct
  • Inappropriate language or harassment of others
  • Allowing cell phone to ring aloud and having loud conversations on cell phones
  • Actions that deliberately annoy others or prevent legitimate use of the library
  • Sexual harassment
  • Inappropriate dress/clothing: Patrons must wear shoes, shirt, and pants/dress at all times. Attire must not be obscene or offensive. Staff has the authority to address clothing issues with patrons and ask them to leave if they do not comply with the library policy.

III. Prohibited Activities

The following activities and behaviors seriously interfere with the attainment of the primary use of the library and are PROHIBITED in this building:

  • Smoking or being intoxicated
  • Eating or drinking near computers
  • Unreasonable noise
  • Use of abusive, threatening, or insulting language
  • Unlawful acts which are subject to prosecution under criminal or civil codes of law
  • Soliciting or begging
  • Personally monopolizing library space, seating or tables
  • Inappropriate attire

Maintenance of proper conduct in the library is one of the responsibilities of the staff.  Library staff has the authority to deal firmly and courteously with patrons who are violating the Principles of Conduct and Prohibited Activities.

Actions taken by staff may include making the patron aware the behavior violates the principles of conduct or prohibited activities, give warning that he/she will be asked to leave if behavior isn’t changed, and telling the patron to leave the library.

Local law enforcement will be asked to intervene if needed.

If the behavior involves illegal activity, such as child molestation, indecent exposure, or destruction of library property, the police will be called and library staff has authority to ask patron to remain on property until police arrive.