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Code of Conduct Patrons over 18

                                                    Code of Conduct policy

                                                         Patrons over 18

The Marengo Public Library Board of Trustees has established certain standards of acceptable behavior on library property in order to maintain an atmosphere that promotes the use and enjoyment of the resources and services of the library, promotes safety of the general public and the library staff and protects the building, furniture, equipment and materials of the library.

Misconduct is any type of behavior that interferes with the rights of any library patron to use the library materials/facilities or interferes with the library staff in such a way that they cannot conduct library business.


The library reserves the right to require anyone who engages in disruptive behavior to leave the premises, the right to restrict privileges for a specified period of time, and the right to ban the individual from the library for a specified period of time or permanently. In most cases a staff member will notify the individual that he or she is in violation of the standards of conduct and will provide one verbal warning.  Unlawful activities will be reported immediately to the police.

Disruptive behaviors includes, but not limited to, the following:


  • Loud talking and Laughing- Sensitivity to noise varies from one person or group to   another; however, if one person or group is heard above the general noise level in the library at a particular time, this person or group will be requested to lower their  voices.
  • Fighting- Includes any type of fighting, whether real or pretend, verbal or physical
  • Throwing Objects- Includes wadded up papers, paper airplanes, or other small objects, and larger objects that could cause injury.
  • Boisterous Behavior- Includes running, horseplay, playing on the elevator, and annoying other patrons.
  • Cellular or portable phones- Use of cellular or portable phones by patrons is restricted to the entryway adjacent to the Hilton entrance of the library.
  • Abusive or Obscene Language or Gestures- Includes language or gestures that convey a sexually explicit message or are conveyed in a coarse or crude manner and any language that verbally abuses another individual.
  • Solicitation- Includes selling anything for personal gain or charitable cause, begging, panhandling, or circulating petitions among other patrons and staff members. No unsolicited merchandising.
  • Eating or Drinking- Reserved for designated  areas  only
  • Smoking- No smoking anywhere inside the building
  • Sleeping- pertains to habitual sleeping or those who are noisy, sprawled on the furniture, or generally disturbing other patrons.
  • Loitering- Defined as a person who wanders around the library without an apparent

      legitimate reason or disturbs other patrons

  • Animals- Animals of any kind are prohibited, unless serving as an aide animal or part of a library

       sponsored program.

  • Unattended children- A parent or guardian, or other responsible adult must accompany children

      under the age of 6 and under at all times is the library. Children over 7 and older may use the

     library on their own as long as they follow the posted Code of Conduct. Children age 3 and

     under attending a library program will have a parent/caregiver with them during the program.

      See the library's Unattended Child policy for more information.

     Improper Attire- Patrons must wear shoes and shirts inside the building. No wet swim suits

      will be allowed.


  • Abuse of library, equipment, furniture, and materials- Includes but not limited to placing feet on tables and chairs, standing on furniture, mutilating or defacing books or periodicals, mistreating equipment or computers. For more information on computer abuse, see the library's internet use policy.
  • Bikes, Rollerblades, Skateboards, and Scooters- Must not be ridden anywhere in the library. Bikes must be put in the designated bike racks.
  • Blocking Aisles or Doorway- Includes obstructing aisles or doorways or in  any way interfering with  free  movement  of  any persons
  • Weapons- Carrying weapons of any type on the library property is not permissible expect by law enforcement officers.
  • Removing library materials or equipment- Staff members must check out all circulation materials and equipment at the circulation desk before they can be removed from the library property.
  • Playing music- Includes playing music or other media at a level that is disruptive to other patrons.
  • Excessive displays of affection- Includes any sexual conduct or physical contact deemed inappropriate for a public place.
  • Hygiene- A person may be required to leave the library if his/her personal hygiene interferes with the orderly operation of the library or with the ability of other patrons to use and enjoy the facility.

Illegal behavior includes but is no limited to the following.


  • Illegal behavior-Any staff member who witnesses illegal behavior will notify his/her immediate supervisor. The supervisor will advise the staff of what action to take.

If illegal behavior poses an imminent threat to patrons or staff, staff may call the police and then notify the supervisor.

  • Assault- intentionally or by reckless conduct causes injury to another person
  • Criminal mischief- Intentionally damages the property of another person or property

    (vandalism and mutilating   library materials)

  • Drunk and/or Disorderly conduct- Causes public inconvenience by fighting,    unreasonable noise, abusive or   obscene language or gestures, threatening behavior, hazardous or physically offensive condition.
  • Harassment- threatens or annoys another person by physical contact or abusive or obscene language or follows a person in or about a public place.
  • Public Lewdness- Intentionally exposes the private parts of the body in a lewd manner in

Public place.

  • Theft  (larceny) ·Wrongfully takes, obtains, or withholds the property of another
  • Trespass- knowingly enters and remains unlawfully on  the premises.
  • Controlled Substances- Includes using or possessing non-prescribed controlled substances on library property, and entering library property while intoxicated or under the influence of illegal controlled substances. The use of alcohol, cigarettes, or smokeless tobacco is prohibited on library property.

     *Viewing Pornography


Adopted - September 3, 2008

Reviewed - January 5, 2011 Reviewed and revised - June 6, 2012

Reviewed and revised - November 13, 2013

  Reviewed- April 8, 2015

  Reviewed – March 9, 2016

Review March 8, 2017

Reviewed- March 2018