The Scott County Library System is supported by the taxes of the people of Scott County who expect each of our facilities to be clean, comfortable, and safe places for selecting materials, reading, researching, studying, writing, and attending programs and meetings. The Library Board of Trustees has the authority under state law to establish reasonable rules and behavior guidelines for patron conduct while on Library property. Failure to comply with the following guidelines may result in loss of Library privileges and removal from Library premises.
Any behavior that is disruptive or disturbing to other Library patrons and staff, endangers the health and safety of the public and facility, or infringes on the provision of Library property.
This includes, but is not limited to:
A. Acts in violation of any local, state or federal law
B. Behavior, verbal or physical, which threatens or endangers the safety of patrons, staff or volunteers
C. Behavior that disrupts in the provision of Library services
D. Personal hygiene or behavior deemed offensive or inappropriate in a Library setting
E. Deliberate destruction of Library property
F. Deliberate use of the Library for unintended or inappropriate purposes, such as but not limited to:
In most cases, patrons who are behaving inappropriately will be given one warning by Library staff and asked to behave in an appropriate manner. Patrons who refuse to behave more appropriately after one warning will be asked to leave Library property for the remainder of the day.
Repeated or serious violations, which include behaviors that are absolutely unacceptable, do not require a warning, but can result in the loss of privileges at all Scott County Library System locations for as long as the Library Director deems necessary.
In extreme cases where a patron is consistently disruptive every time he/she visits, the Library Director may ban a patron from Library property. Reinstatement of Library privileges will be authorized by the Library Board of Trustees.
In the cases in which a patron poses a clear danger to him/herself or to others, deliberately violates the law, or refuses to leave Library property after being asked to do so, police will be called immediately to handle the situation.
Approved by the Board of Trustees
Revised October 2020