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Patron Conduct Policy

Patron Conduct Policy

The Palermo Community Library is dedicated to providing access to knowledge and

information through reading, writing, and quiet contemplation, providing patrons the right to

use materials and services without being disturbed or impeded, and providing patrons and

employees a secure and comfortable environment.

The Board of Directors of the Palermo Community Library established its conduct policy as

follows:

Section 1. A patron who engages in any activity that is disruptive to the use of library facilities,

collections, services by patrons, the ability of the staff to perform its duties shall cease such

activity immediately upon request by library personnel.

Section 2. ln such instances involving minors, identification will be requested and the incident

may be reported to the parent or guardian.

Section 3. lf following a request, the patron fails or refuses to comply or responds to the request

in an abusive fashion, he or she will be required to leave the library premises immediately for

the balance of that calendar day. lf he or she fails to leave, the police will be summoned.

Section 4. Library personnel will record instances in which patrons are required to leave the

library in a ledger maintained by the library for that purpose. Upon the second recorded

instance in which a patron is required to leave the library premises within a thirty-day period.

the Directors shall bar the patron from use of library premises for a period of eight days that the

library is open. Parents or guardians of minors will be notified in writing by certified mail after

the second recorded instance in which a minor is required to leave the library and advised of the

consequences of any further recorded instance.

Section5. Parents wishing to appeal such action may do so upon written request to the Board of

Library Directors.

Section 6. ln the event a patron barred from the use of the library attempts entry to the library

during  any such period of exclusion, the police will be summoned and informed of the prior

action.

Section 7.ln the event the patron persists in abusive conduct or disruptive behavior following

such a period of exclusion, the Board of Library Directors will consider a long-term exclusion

of that patron.

Section 8.This policy shall take effect immediately upon enactment and approval and be in full

force and effect thereafter. A copy shall be posted within three days of enactment at the library

and the secretary shall maintain a certified copy in the official records of the library available

for public inspection.