Rules of Conduct
Siouxland Libraries Rules of Conduct
The Library is intended to be an inviting, comfortable, clean, and safe place for reading, selecting materials, studying, writing, using computers, and attending Library-authorized programs and meetings.
Library users are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that makes quiet study possible, respecting the rights of everyone to use the Library.
- These rules are intended to ensure that all Library users may enjoy good service in pleasant surroundings.
- Enforcement of these rules will be conducted in a fair and reasonable manner. Library staff, security guards, and/or police officers are authorized to enforce these rules. Failure to comply with the Library’s established rules and policies could result in removal from the premises and exclusion from the Library for a period of one day to one year, or in arrest or prosecution. Violations could also result in the restriction and/or termination of Library privileges, including the use of Library computers and other equipment.
- Individual users have the right to request an administrative review of an exclusion order that is for a period greater than seven days.
The following actions are examples of conduct not allowed on Library property:
- Engaging in any activity in violation of federal, state, local, or other applicable law or Library policy.
- Failing to comply with a reasonable staff request.
- Carrying firearms and dangerous weapons of any type, unless otherwise authorized by law.
- Being under the influence of alcohol/illegal drugs, and selling, using, or possessing alcohol/illegal drugs.
- Verbally, physically, or sexually threatening or harassing other users, volunteers, or staff, including stalking, staring, lurking, offensive touching, and obscene acts such as sex acts and indecent exposure.
- Selling and/or soliciting for money or items or services on Library property.
- Stealing, damaging, altering, or inappropriate use of property, furniture, or equipment in the Library or on Library grounds.
- Trespassing in non-public areas, being in the Library without permission of an authorized Library employee before or after Library operating hours, or camping on Library grounds.
- Fighting or challenging to fight, running, pushing, shoving, or throwing things.
- Creating disruptive noises such as loud talking, screaming, or banging on computer keyboards.
- Group activities which are disruptive to the Library environment.
- Using audible devices without headphones or with headphones set at a volume that disturbs others.
- Using cell phones, pagers, and other communication devices in a manner that disturbs others.
- Using restrooms for bathing or shampooing, doing laundry, or changing clothes.
- Smoking, chewing, and other tobacco use on Library property.
- Entering or being in the Library barefoot, without a shirt, or being otherwise attired so as to be disruptive to the Library environment.
- Leaving packages, backpacks, luggage, or any other personal items unattended. These unattended items are subject to immediate confiscation.
- Using wheeled devices in the Library or on Library grounds, including skateboards, skates, bikes, scooters (except for baby strollers and ADA-assistive devices; e.g., wheelchairs).
- Lying down or sleeping in the Library or on the grounds.
- Blocking aisles, exits, or entrances.
- Bringing pets or animals, other than service animals necessary for disabilities, into the Library, except as authorized by the Library Director.
Food and Beverages
Food and beverages in containers with lids are permitted in all areas of the Library, except in the Caille Room at the Main Library, and in any area that is posted as being prohibited. Allowance is made for restricting food and beverage consumption in specific buildings and areas within them due to local needs.
Children in the Library
Siouxland Libraries welcomes use by children and offers a wealth of materials and services for their education and enjoyment.
For the safety and comfort of children, a parent or responsible caregiver should be with their children while they are using the Library. Parents are responsible for supervising their children in the Library. The Library is not able to provide long- or short-term child care.
Children using the Library on their own must follow Library Rules of Conduct. Children behaving inappropriately may be required to leave the Library.
When necessary, the Library will contact the Police Department to assist a child in need of adult supervision.
Library Children’s Areas
Children’s areas at Siouxland Libraries are intended for use by children, their parents or caregivers, and other adults accessing materials in the children’s collection. Family restrooms in children’s areas are reserved for use by children and their caregivers.
Children’s areas may not be used by adults as a general reading room. Adults unaccompanied by children and not actively using children’s library materials or resources may be asked to use other areas of the Library.
Adopted by the Library Board on July 11, 2012.