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Behavior Policy

Behavior conducive to the use of the library

    It is the policy of the Stanhope Public Library to provide a safe, comfortable environment that is conducive to the use of library facilities, resources, and equipment either by individuals or small groups. The 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 purposes.
•    Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:
o    Loud, disruptive conversations, including shouting.
o    Use of profane and/or abusive language.
o    Harassment of others, either verbally or by physical actions. This includes any actions that other patrons or staff members perceive to be harassing.
o    Threatening others either verbally or by physical actions. This includes any actions that other patrons or staff members perceive to be threatening.
o    Use of alcohol and narcotics is not permitted. Patrons under the influence of either alcohol or narcotics will not be allowed on the Library premises.
o    Throwing, running and climbing in the library.
o    Indiscriminate pulling of materials from shelves in a manner that disrupts the orderly and proper arrangement of library materials.
o    Radios and other sound producing devices may not be used in the library unless they are used with headphones. For all headphone use, the sounds must be inaudible to close bystanders.
o    Patrons bringing cell phones or paging devices into the library must set them to the silent or vibrating mode. Patrons talking on cell phones should use the entry area.
o    Solicitation, vending and distribution of petitions or surveys are not permitted in the library or on the library grounds without the prior consent of the Library Director or his/her designee.
o    Service animals are welcome, but all other animals are prohibited.
o    Library staff cannot assume responsibility for the care of unsupervised minors, under the age of eighteen. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for the behavior of their children.
o    Children six (6) years of age and younger must be accompanied by and at all times be under the supervision of a parent or other responsible caregiver who is at least twelve (12) years of age. The library staff and this policy recognize that the children's area of the library may be louder and have more commotion than the adult areas of the library. However, if a child is disruptive and cannot be quieted or calmed, the parent or caregiver must remove the child from the library.
o    Toys must remain in the children's area.
o    All patrons must leave the premises at closing time, unless they are participating in a prescheduled program or meeting.
o    Anyone involved in the theft, defacement or mutilation of library materials or property will be subject to arrest and prosecution and will be responsible for the costs of repair or replacement, as determined by the library staff.
o    Food and drink spillage can damage valuable resources. Since care needs to be exercised, we ask that you refrain from having food and drink around any computer or electronic equipment. The patron is responsible for any damage done by his/her food and drink

•    Violations of the Policy will result in increasing levels of action, ranging from asking the patron to leave the library for the remainder of the day to the patron's permanent loss of all library privileges to legal prosecution. The level of action shall be determined on a case-by-case basis and shall be within the sole discretion of the Library Director or his or her designee.
•    A patron may appeal a decision of the Director to the Board of Trustees who will review the circumstances of the case and confirm, cancel or change the director’s decision. The board may suspend a patron’s library privileges indefinitely.