Clermont County Public Library Standards of Library Behavior Policy

The Clermont County Public Library is committed to providing a secure and inviting environment for use of its resources and services. To achieve this, the Library has established standards of behavior to protect the rights and safety of Library patrons and employees, and to protect and preserve the resources, facilities and property of the Library.

To consistently enforce these standards of behavior, the Library has established consequences for inappropriate behavior. Persons who violate the standards of behavior may be asked to leave Library premises, may be barred from all Library premises, and/or have their Library privileges suspended for the periods of time listed below.

Parents, legal guardians, and caregivers are responsible for the conduct of their children or legal ward. The Library does not accept or assume responsibility for unattended children and law enforcement may be notified of unattended children in accordance with the Library’s Unattended Children’s Policy.

Violations1st Offense2nd Offense3rd Offense4th Offense
Possession of a weapon in violation of the Library’s Policy on Concealed Carry Law, by anyone other than a law enforcement officer, or as specifically authorized by the Library6 months1 year3 yearspermanent
Non-Compliance of the Library’s Internet Use PolicyWarning/or leave3 months6 months1 year
Disruptive behavior caused by the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Consumption or possession of alcohol and/or illegal drugsWarning/or leave3 months6 months1 year
Conduct likely to cause personal injury; interferes with Library operations, access, or another person’s use of the library; or interferes with staff performance of their dutiesWarning/or leave1 month3 months6 months
Disorderly, disruptive behavior; use of abusive, obscene, or excessive profanityWarning/or leave1 month3 months6 months
Improper use of Library resources, furniture, or equipmentWarning/or leave1 month3 months6 months
Not complying with a reasonable request of Library StaffWarning/or leave1 month3 months6 months
Smoking, vaping, or use of any tobacco productsWarning/or leave1 month3 months6 months
Panhandling, petitioning, soliciting or distributing non-Library approved materials in violation of Library Policies**Warning/or leave1 month3 months6 months
Recreational use of bicycles, roller blades, skateboards, or similar itemsWarning/or leave1 month3 months6 months
Bringing animals into the Library, with the exception of service animals or as allowed at a Library approved eventWarning1 month3 months6 months
Entering non-public areas of Library premises, such as staff workrooms, without prior permissionWarning1 month3 months6 months
Consumption of food in the Library, except in designated areas or during scheduled eventsWarning1 day1 week2 weeks
Talking above acceptable noise levels, making unreasonable noise, running, use of profane language, etc.Warning1 day1 week2 weeks
Sleeping, bathing, or washing clothingWarning1 day1 week2 weeks
Offensive and pervasive odor, or posing a health or sanitary riskMust immediately leave the Library premises and may not return until problem is corrected
Wearing swimsuits or other revealing or distracting clothing, no shoes or no shirtMust immediately leave the Library premises and may not return until problem is corrected

Anyone may, without prior notice or warning, be removed from the premises and subject to temporary or permanent suspension of Library privileges if his or her presence or conduct is harassing, threatening, willfully malicious, or poses a danger to any person or property.

Any person whose Library privileges are suspended or restricted or who is evicted from Library premises has the right to appeal by requesting a hearing, provided such hearing is requested by written notice addressed to the Director, Clermont County Public Library, 5920 Buckwheat Road, Milford, OH 45150, mailed no later than ten calendar days after the date on which the Library’s notification of suspension, restriction and/or eviction was mailed to such person.

Failure to leave if asked or failure to abide with the suspension, restriction and/or eviction imposed may be viewed as criminal trespassing and violators will be prosecuted.

Persons committing criminal acts on Library premises, or using Library resources in violation of the law, including acts of theft or vandalism may be subject to temporary or permanent suspension of Library privileges and may be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Persons convicted of damaging Library property may be held liable for full restitution.

The Library is not responsible for personal property.  Patrons should not leave items unattended and do so at their own risk.

** Members of the public MAY solicit signatures on a petition on the sidewalk OUTSIDE the facility provided they are not interfering with access to or use of the Library.

 

Approved by the Board of Trustees on Sept. 21, 2009

Updated by the Board of Trustees on July 8, 2013

Revised by the Board of Trustees on June 11, 2018

 

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