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Patron Responsibilities

This policy explains the library regulations for patron conduct.
PATRON CONDUCT POLICY

The policy of the Ocheyedan Public Library is to provide a safe, pleasant environment and experience for all library visitors. Patrons are expected to abide by all rules of conduct and respect the rights of other library users and staff members.

No patron shall engage in any conduct including, but not restricted to the following:

  • Disruptive behavior: Speaking in a loud voice; playing audio equipment that can be heard by others; fighting; running; throwing things; pushing or shoving; any other unruly behavior.
  • Annoying or harassing behavior: Threats, obscene or demeaning language; sexual misconduct; or invading the personal space of others.
  • Defacing or destroying library materials, equipment or premises.
  • Eating or drinking in the library; the exception being refreshments served by library staff as part of an event such as an open house. This does not apply to groups using the meeting room for a planned event.
  •  Use of tobacco products or alcohol.
  • Use of cell phones in a manner which disturbs other patrons.
  • Bringing sports equipment into the library. In-line skates or other such equipment must be left outside or in the entry, out of the way of others using the library.
  • Failure to dress appropriately: shirts and shoes must be worn while in the library.
  • Failure to observe Internet use guidelines and policy.
  • Bringing animals into the library, except when required by persons with disabilities.
  • Entering the library or library grounds with any type of weapon.
Consequences:

Patrons who engage in violations of this policy will be given one warning and asked to discontinue the behavior. Patrons who do not comply will be asked to leave the library for the day.

Patrons who continually engage in disruptive behavior will be barred from the library for a period of one month or more, depending on the severity of the misconduct, and will receive a written notice to that effect.

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.