Unacceptable Behavior Policy
The Union County Public Library is open to provide the public with services and programs to meet their personal, educational, professional, and pleasurable needs. No individual or group has the right to interfere with anyone else’s right to use the library for these purposes.
Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:
- Alcohol, smoking (including e-cigarettes)or use of tobacco products is prohibited inside the building
- Apparent intoxication or impairment due to alcohol, drugs or other chemical substances
- Behavior that could result in injury to oneself or others
- Behavior that could result in loss or damage to Library or patron property
- Behavior that interferes with another person’s use or enjoyment of the Library
- Behavior that threatens or intimidates others
- Disruptive behavior such as: running, horseplay, misuse of elevator, throwing items or other forms of mischief in the library
- Excessive noise such as: talking loudly, singing, or uses of electronic devices
- Failure to adequately supervise children
- Illegal activities
- Excessive display of affection, or sexually inappropriate conduct
- Suspicious behavior
All infractions will be documented. For minor infractions, a staff member will notify the individual or parent/guardian that he or she is in violation of the standards of conduct and will provide one verbal warning. A patron who disregards that warning will be required to leave the premises for the day. A second occurrence will result in a thirty (30) day ban, and a third occurrence will result in a permanent ban.
Patrons will be banned immediately and permanently for major infractions such as those involving threatening, destructive or violent behavior, or illegal activities. Major infractions include but are not limited to: fighting, assault, brandishing weapons, verbal threats, vandalism, destruction of property, indecent exposure, or any activities that are against the law. Unlawful activities will be reported immediately to the police. The Library Director will report anyone who has been banned for thirty days or more to the Board of Trustees. Individuals who have been banned from the Library may appeal their ban to the Board of Trustees in writing.