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. The standards of behavior apply to all persons on Library premises both interior and exterior. 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. To consistently enforce these standards of behavior, the Library has established consequences for inappropriate behavior on Library premises. Persons who violate the standards of behavior may be asked to leave Library premises, and may be barred from all Library premises for the periods of time listed below.

Violations1st Offense2nd Offense3rd Offense4th Offense
Any violation of the Ohio Revised Code6 months1 year3 yearspermanent
Non-Compliance of the Library’s Internet Use PolicyWarning/or leave3 months6 months1 year
Harassing or threatening behavior or use of abusive or profane languageWarning/or leave3 months6 months1 year
Conduct likely to cause personal injury or interfere with another person’s use of the libraryWarning/or leave3 months6 months1 year
Consumption of alcoholic beveragesWarning/or leave3 months6 months1 year
Improper use of Library resources, furniture, or equipmentWarning/or leave1 month3 months6 months
Conduct which interferes with Library operations including staff performance of their duties, running, talking above acceptable noise levels, etc.Warning/or leave1 month3 months6 months
Smoking, vaping, or use of any tobacco productsWarning/or leave1 month3 months6 months
Use of personal electronic equipment or cell phones at a volume to disturb othersWarning/or leave1 month3 months6 months
Panhandling, petitioning, soliciting or distributing non-Library approved materialsWarning/or leave1 month3 months6 months
Interfering with access or use of Library facilitiesWarning/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 during scheduled eventsWarning1 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 to correct the problem
Wearing swimsuits or other revealing clothing, no shoes or no shirtMust immediately leave the Library premises to correct the problem

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

Note: The Clermont County Prosecuting Attorney has the legal authority to change the periods of time and outcome depending on the circumstances. Violations of the Ohio Revised Code may be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Failure to abide with the time limitations set forth may be viewed as criminal trespassing and violators will be prosecuted. Persons convicted of damaging Library property will be held liable for full restitution. Library is not responsible for personal property.

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

Updated by the Board of Trustees on July 8, 2013

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