Disruptive Conduct Policy

When the behavior of a patron constitutes a disruption which interferes with the use of the library by other patrons or interferes with a staff member's completion of his duties, this is disruptive conduct. Some of the incidents that constitute disruptive behavior are: loud talking, fighting, throwing objects, boisterous behavior, obscene language, damaging property, etc.

The following steps will be taken:

  • Issue a verbal warning, with the statement that the person(s) will be asked to leave if the behavior in question does not cease.

  • Request that the person(s) leave the library

  • If the person refuses to leave the premises, call the police.

Some behavior is illegal and should be handled in a different manner. For the following incidents a supervisor needs to be informed immediately and the police notified: assault, criminal mischief, drunk/disorderly conduct, harassment, public lewdness, theft, and trespass.

Any person who threatens library patrons or personnel with harm, causes property damage, or whose actions cause disruption of normal library routine will have criminal charges brought against him and that person will be banned from the library.