Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to express the roles and responsibilities patrons have to ensure the library's physical and virtual spaces are welcoming, safe, and secure.

Principles

  • The library's mission to "nourish minds, transform lives, and build community together" is achieved in part by the willingness of its patrons to respect one another and coexist in library spaces.
  • Physical and virtual library spaces are designed to be used for multiple purposes and are intended to be used by a diverse community of patrons.
  • Public library spaces are precious community assets that rely on the stewardship, mutual support, and goodwill of all.

Roles and Responsibilities

Patrons are participants in a shared, public use environment and must conduct themselves accordingly. They will be courteous, considerate, and understanding of library patrons and staff.

Parents and caregivers are responsible to supervise the activities and choices of their charges.

Patrons are stewards of the library and its resources. They will value and respect library resources and conduct themselves in a safe and orderly way.

Patrons will comply with federal, state, and local laws and policies.

Failure to follow this policy or associated policies and laws may result in eviction from the library and may include a trespass order or arrest. Illegal conduct will be referred to the proper authorities for legal action in accordance with the Minnesota Statutes cited below.

Associated Policies and Laws

This policy is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and policies including but not limited to:

Process

This policy is reviewed by the Library Director (or designee) every four (4) years, who then makes recommendations to the Library Board Program/Policy Committee. The Committee reviews and revises as necessary and advances to the full Library Board for approval.

The Library Director (or designee) will maintain an associated administrative policy that further defines the patron conduct that is necessary to ensure the fair and consistent application of this policy.

Policy History

Next Review Date: 6/2017

Date reviewed/revised: 8/28/2013

Date Adopted: 6/24/2009

Previous Policy Named: Customer Use of Libraries