Code of Conduct for the Deer Park Public Library
The use of the Deer Park Library is a privilege and not a right. The privilege is given by the Library only upon the customer’s compliance with this Code of Conduct.
The Deer Park Public Library has an obligation to its patrons to maintain an atmosphere conducive to reading, study, research, and the pursuit of life-long learning opportunities. Library patrons are expected to use the Library, including its facilities, grounds, resources and materials, in a responsible, appropriate, and courteous manner.
Under the provisions of Chapter 43 of the Wisconsin State Statutes, specifically section 43.52 (1), the Deer Park Public Library Board of Trustees may enact regulations that serve to insure the safety of all library staff and patrons, protect the usefulness of the materials collection, and maintain order in the library.
These rules are posted for the comfort and protection of all. They will be courteously and firmly enforced by Library staff. If necessary, the police may be called for assistance. Persons who fail to follow the Library’s rules may be excluded from the Library and/or face legal action under Wisconsin State Statutes 43.52(2). Repetitive violations could mean permanent exclusion from the Library.
Instances of irresponsible use of the Library and supporting examples include:
- Any illegal activity including stealing, damaging, defacing, altering or misusing library materials, equipment or facilities (Library property).
- Disorderly, drunken, dangerous, disruptive, or threatening behavior that may jeopardize the personal safety of patrons, staff or facilities at the Library.
- Consumption of intoxicants, tobacco, and food.
- Entering the library under the influence of intoxicants or any illegal substance.
- Possession of a weapon (except for an on-duty law enforcement official) or exhibiting any tool or other item in a threatening manner. A weapon is defined as an instrument used to inflict bodily harm.
- Indecent exposure; harassment; displaying pornography.
- Soliciting signature on a petition; soliciting donations of money or distributing materials at the Library without prior approval. Impeding ingress to or egress from the Library. Community organizations may submit literature to the administration for approval for display in the information racks in the Library.
- Unacceptable personal hygiene.
- Producing excessive noise or disruptive behavior separate from an authorized Library program.
- Bringing animals or pets into the Library separate from authorized programs, with the exception of handicapped aid animals.
- Any behavior or actions not listed above will be left to the discretion of the library director or his/her designee for review and action.
In addition, parents are responsible for the behavior of their children. Parents are asked to come with their children, not only for their own safety, but to show respect for other Library patrons. Therefore, it is library policy that all children under the age of six must be accompanied by a parent or designated responsible person while in the library. Also, if the young child is attending a library program, we require the parent/responsible person to remain in the library throughout the program. In this case, the responsible person must be at least 12 years of age.
The Library is not responsible for personal belongings left unattended. Personal items left by patrons are potentially subject to disposal.
Any person who is asked to leave the Library as a result of the violation of these guidelines and refuses to do so shall be considered to be trespassing and may be subject to permanent exclusion from the Library and/or arrest. Any patron whose privileges have been denied by the Library Director or Library staff for a period of one year or longer, may request a hearing on the propriety of that ban before the Deer Park Public Library Board of Trustees within thirty (30) days of the decision.
Staff Response to Infractions:
Violation of these rules is misconduct that can result in expulsion from the library and forfeiture of library privileges. Minor violations of these rules will first result in library staff attempting to educate or warn individuals about the policies before enforcing such policies. If an individual continues to violate these policies, staff may order them to leave for the day. However, any conduct that threatens the life or safety of any person or that is damaging to library property, equipment or facilities may result in immediate expulsion from the library premises. Library staff are authorized to contact the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department to respond to such situations. Repeat misconduct or severe offenses (even if a single isolated event) may result in individuals being banned from the library from a week to a year. Staff will follow the established procedures below. Staff will call the police for severe or illegal behavior or when an individual refuses to leave when told by staff to do so.
April 1, 2009