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
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
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
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.