Every staff member has the responsibility to keep the library as pleasant an environment for the public as possible. This includes the duty to discourage disruptive behavior on the library premises. Staff enforcement of this policy should be conducted in such a way that is firm but diplomatic, non-confrontational, and should be applied evenly to all patrons without regard to age, race, class, or gender. All library staff members have the responsibility and authority to enforce this code of conduct.
No patron will intentionally or unintentionally create an environment that infringes on another patron’s right to use and enjoy the library or a staff member’s right to a safe work environment. Disruptive behavior includes but is not limited to: loud talking and laughing, throwing objects, boisterous behavior including running, horseplay, and annoying other patrons, fighting, inappropriate display of affection, threats to others and inappropriate language
The Children’s Department of Sheridan Public Library is intended for children and their accompanying parents or guardians. Adults who are inappropriately using the Children’s Department, including but not limited to loitering, will be asked to leave.
On library property, the carrying of weapons or items that can be construed as weapons, whether visible or concealed is permitted within the confines of local, state and/or federal laws. This rule does not apply to law enforcement officials. Ceremonial use (ex: Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, etc.) of non-lethal weapons is permitted with advance and specific permission of the library.
Vandalism will be reported to the police. This includes any purposeful damage to personal property, library property (including planted material), or library materials.
Theft of personal property, personal money, library property, library materials or library funds will be reported to the police.
The library staff will report abuse or suspected abuse (including neglect and abandonment) of any minor patron, whether the abuse occurred on library property or not.
Verbal or physical abuse of library staff will not be tolerated and may be reported to the police.
The library reserves the right to photograph and video tape patrons participating or suspected of participating in unacceptable behavior on library property.
Patrons may not consume alcohol or other non-medically prescribed drugs or be under the influence of alcohol or other non-medically prescribed drugs while on library property, including during use of the Community Room after library hours.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere on library property.
Indecent exposure, public bathing, public urination/defecation, voyeurism, and sexual solicitation (consensual or non-consensual) will be reported to the police.
Patrons must be fully attired, including wearing fully buttoned up shirts, and shoes at all times while on library property unless participating in specifically designated library programming (ex: summer reading club water sports day).
Eating and consuming beverages inside the building is to be confined to designated areas.
Patrons will not cause an intentional non-emergency activation of alarms.
Failure to immediately comply with any staff directive is in violation of this code of conduct.
Pets, with the exception of service animals, are not allowed in the library.
Patrons remain subject to all local, state, and federal laws that are not expressly stated in this policy.
Failure to observe any portion of this code of conduct can result in, but is not limited to, a warning, immediate temporary or permanent expulsion from the premises, suspension or loss of library privileges, and criminal and/or civil prosecution.