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Patron Code of Conduct

Patron Code of Conduct Policy

Dover Public Library
The Dover Public Library welcomes all patrons, young and old alike, who by their presence acknowledge their responsibility to maintain an atmosphere conducive to the best use of the library and its services. Patrons must be considerate of others while they browse, read, aspire, ponder, research, do homework, discover, photocopy, use computers, and/or attend programs.
Behavior of persons, regardless of age, which is disruptive or detracts from that use, will not be tolerated. Some examples of inappropriate behavior include, but are not limited to:
·        Disrespect of staff
·        Abusive/vulgar language
·        Disorderly conduct
·        Use of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs
·        Loud talking, crying
·        Vandalism
·        Sleeping
·        Aimless/restless roaming
·        Unsuitable dress (no shirt, shoes)
·        Loitering
·        Theft
·        Destruction of library property
·        Using public restrooms to bathe or wash clothes
1.      Seating at library tables and chairs is limited to the number of persons for whom the furniture was designed.
2.      Bicycles are to be parked in provided racks, and are not permitted in the library public area or entryway. Roller skating, rollerblading and skateboarding are not permitted in the library or its grounds. Wagons and strollers may not be left obstructing a corridor, hallway, aisle, entry or exit.
3.      Selling products or services, or soliciting donations is not permitted in the library, except as part of a library-sponsored program, or when authorized by library administration.
4.      Taking surveys, circulating petitions, distributing leaflets, and other similar activities are permitted in the library only when authorized by library administration.
5.      Animals, except those used to aid persons with disabilities, are not permitted in the library unless they are part of a library-sponsored program.
6.      Patrons are responsible for their personal belongings.
7.      Patrons are not permitted to loiter in large groups on library property. Library staff can ask loiterers to disperse. Police will be contacted for assistance if need be.
8.      Patrons must leave the library promptly at closing.
9.      Under the Ohio Revised Code no person shall possess a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance.
Staff members are well-trained, good natured library professionals who strive to provide excellent service to every patron. However, the staff has authority to ask patrons whose behavior monopolizes their attention and/or restricts others’ use of the library to leave. Security officers and/or off-duty policemen may be present during business hours to aid in maintaining an orderly atmosphere. Patrons involved in criminal behavior against the library will be prosecuted. Chronic offenders will be denied use of the library. Return to the library and reinstatement of privileges are by Director’s permission only.
Adopted by the Dover Public Library
Board of Trustees
July 15, 2010


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