Code of Conduct Policy

The following actions are examples, but not a complete list, of conduct not allowed on Library property:

Failing to comply with a reasonable staff request.

Being under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.

Using tobacco or vapor products in the building.

Use or possession of latex products.

Verbally, physically, or sexually threatening or harassing other users, volunteers, or staff, including stalking, staring, lurking, bullying, obscene language, offensive touching, and obscene acts such as indecent exposure.

Stealing, damaging, altering, or inappropriate use of library property, furniture, or equipment.

Fighting or challenging to fight, running, roughhousing, pushing, shoving, or throwing things.

Creating disruptive noises and/or disturbances which interfere with others use of the library.

Participating in group activities which are disruptive to the Library environment.

Blocking aisles, exits, or entrances.

Selling and/or soliciting for money or items or services, except as authorized by the Library Director.

Trespassing in non-public areas or being in the Library without permission of an authorized Library employee before, during, or after Library operating hours.

Entering or being in the Library with inadequate clothing so as to be disruptive to the Library environment or an issue of patron safety.

Carrying firearms and dangerous weapons of any type, unless otherwise authorized by law.

Leaving packages, backpacks, luggage, or any other personal items unattended. Library staff will not store these items for library users.  The library is not responsible for missing or lost property.

Bringing animals that disrupt the library environment, other than service animals as defined by the ADA. Library staff may ask for documents relating to assistance or therapy animals. Patrons are responsible for any damages to other users or library property. 

Engaging in any activity in violation of federal, state, local, or other applicable law or Library policy.

Food and Beverages

Food and beverages in containers with lids are permitted in the Library, except in any areas posted as being prohibited.

Children in the Library

Children using the Library on their own must follow the Library Rules of Conduct. For more information, see the Watertown Regional Library’s Child Patron Policy.

Photography and Videography of Library Activities

Activities may be photographed or recorded to promote the Watertown Regional Library in print or digital media.  Contact a member of our staff with any concerns.

Adopted April 2, 2019

Code of Conduct Policy Addendum

 

For the safety and comfort of patrons and staff, patron behavior will be held to the standards outlined in the Code of Conduct policy approved by the Library Board.

Conduct violations may result in removal from the library.  Removal for longer than a day is determined by the Library Director.  Decisions will be made based upon frequency and severity of the disruption to the library environment.  All appeals must be made to the Library Board.

Should a patron violate this policy, library staff may issue warnings except for conduct listed below, which will result in immediate removal from the library for the day.  Severity of conduct not listed below may also result in immediate removal as determined by library staff.

  • Being under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.
  • Stealing, damaging, altering, or inappropriate use of library property, furniture, or equipment.
  • Carrying firearms and dangerous weapons of any type, unless otherwise authorized by law.
  • Engaging in any activity in violation of federal, state, local, or other applicable law or Library policy.

Removal Process

  1. Staff notify patron of conduct violation.
  2. Patron given second notification with notice that one more violation may result in removal from the library.
  3. Staff notify patron of conduct violation and may ask the patron to leave the library.
  4. Library staff will document all conduct violations.
  5. Repeated violations on different days may escalate this process.

Adopted: May 7, 2019