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Library behavior policy: proposed changes

We will be holding a public hearing for residents at our committee meeting on Thurs., Nov. 20 at 6:00 p.m. regarding changing the library’s behavior policy.

Original policy:

  1. policy: library behavior:

The Orrington Public Library encourages people of all ages to visit the library. Those using the library and its resources have the right to expect a safe, comfortable environment that supports appropriate library services.

People demonstrating disruptive behavior will be required to leave the library after one warning from library staff. Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to, noisy, boisterous actions; inappropriate behavior, including eating, smoking, running, or loud talking; misuse of library property; uncooperative attitude; or actions that deliberately annoy others or prevent the legitimate use of the library and its resources. Abusive language and behavior toward staff will not be tolerated.

Personal appliances, such as computers, music players, and calculators, may be used if the noise level is low and use does not interfere with others. Cell phones and pagers should be turned off or switched to a non-audible signal and should be answered outside the library.

Young children are not safe when left unattended in the library. Staff cannot know if children are leaving with a parent, a friend, or a stranger. Parents are responsible for ensuring the appropriate behavior of their children while in the library. If a parent or other responsible adult cannot be located, unattended children who are disruptive will be asked to leave. Under no circumstances will library staff take a child out of the building or transport children to another location.

Adopted by the Library Committee, Orrington Public Library, 2/24/03.

Reviewed and revised by the Library Committee, Orrington Public Library, 2/1/10.

Adopted by the Library Committee, Orrington Public Library, 10/25/10.

Suggested amended policy:

  1. policy: library behavior

The Orrington Public Library encourages people of all ages to visit the library. Those using the library and its resources have the right to expect a safe, comfortable environment that supports appropriate library services.

People demonstrating disruptive behavior will be required to leave the library after one warning from library staff. Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to, noisy, boisterous actions; misuse of library property; or actions that deliberately annoy others or prevent the legitimate use of the library and its resources.

Personal electronic appliances (including cell phones) may be used if the noise level is low and use does not interfere with others.

Parents are responsible for ensuring the safety and appropriate behavior of their children while in the library. The library assumes no responsibility for unattended children, either during library hours or after closing. If a child is not picked up by closing time, and parents cannot be reached, library staff will contact local police to come and assist the child. Library staff will not transport children to another location.

Adopted by the Library Committee, Orrington Public Library, 2/24/03.

Reviewed and revised by the Library Committee, Orrington Public Library, 2/1/10.

Adopted by the Library Committee, Orrington Public Library, 10/25/10.

Reviewed and revised by the Library Committee, Orrington Public Library, xx/xx/14.

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