The Waverly Community Library Board has adopted the following rules and guidelines in order to set a standard of acceptable behavior conducive to maintaining an appropriate public library atmosphere.
The library will serve all interested persons. Library service will be provided in the time, place, and manner which best meet the needs of the community. Library hours will be set by the Board.
Library users shall respect the rights of staff and other patrons and shall not behave in any manner that can reasonably be expected to disturb other persons. Patrons shall not interfere with the right of others to use the library or with the employees’ performance of duties. Speaking should be kept to normal conversational levels.
Weapons of any type are not allowed. Use of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs is prohibited. Patrons showing signs of drunkenness or drug abuse will be asked to leave the premises.
Persons six years of age and older must wear shirts and shoes in the library.
Animals are prohibited in library buildings except service animals and animals in library sponsored programs.
Compliance with the Public Internet and Computer Acceptable Use Policy is mandatory.
Copyright laws are the responsibility of the patron to obey.
At closing time all library patrons must leave the building promptly.
Law enforcement may be called in to deal with situations that may pose a threat to library staff or other library users. Law enforcement will be called to deal with illegal behavior.
Abuse of Library Policy and Restriction of Privileges:
The use of the library and its services may be denied temporarily for due cause. Such cause may include failure to return materials or to pay penalties, destruction of library property, or any other illegal, disruptive, or objectionable disturbance on library premises.
Library accounts will be restricted for material overdue more than 8 weeks.
Denial of computer use may occur because of any unacceptable use (see Public Internet and Computer Acceptable Use Policy).
Patrons who refuse to abide by library policies may be restricted from the library. Those who are unwilling to leave, or do not leave within a reasonable amount of time after being instructed to do so by staff, will be
subject to the prevailing laws. Any person not complying with these rules or with local or state law shall be asked to leave the library premises and may receive a temporary or permanent ban from future library use.
Patrons temporarily or permanently banned from the library may appeal this decision by contacting the Library Director at least one week before the next regular meeting of the Waverly Community Library Board. The patron making the appeal should attend the Library Board meeting when the matter is on the agenda.
Parents, not staff, are responsible for their children’s safety and behavior. The library is not a playground or day care center. Disruptive, loud, or physically active behavior is not appropriate in the library.
All children seven years or younger shall, at all times, be attended and adequately supervised by an individual 13 years of age or older who is responsible for the care of the children. Minors eight years of age and older who are unwilling or unable to care for themselves should at all times be adequately supervised by a caregiver.
Children of all ages are welcome to use the Library. Children who come to the library alone must be old enough to conduct themselves in a quiet manner that does not disturb other patrons and are expected to follow the Patron Responsibility Policy.
Children frequently attend the library on their own or with a group of similar aged friends. These particular young patrons are referred to as unattended children. Unattended children are children of any age who are apparently unaccompanied by a parent, guardian, and/or responsible caregiver.
The Waverly Community Library assumes no responsibility for children left unattended on library premises, nor is the library responsible if children leave the library property unattended.
When a patron appears to be lost or left unattended, the staff of the library will immediately try to locate the responsible person and will stay with the patron until that person is found. If the responsible person cannot be found in one hour's time or if the library is closing, the staff will contact the police department for assistance. The staff will under no circumstance take the patron out of the building.
Children may be left unattended at scheduled library programs. The responsible person should plan to be at the library when the program concludes. Children with special needs related to physical or mental
ability shall be attended at all times.
If a minor is told to leave the library for not following library rules, staff must consider issues of the minor’s physical safety while waiting for transportation.
For purposes of this policy, "minor" shall mean an unmarried person under the age of seventeen.
Adopted by the Waverly Community Library Executive Board December 27, 2012.