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Rippey Public Library Behavior Policy Adopted October 26, 2015

The Rippey Library Board of Trustees adopted a Behavior Policy at their regular meeting on October 26, 2015

Rippey Public Library Behavior Policy

The librarian has responsibility for enforcing discipline within the library.  Patrons are  expected to observe the rights of other patrons and the librarian.  The librarian determines when behavior is inappropriate in the library and will respond to  inappropriate behavior immediately.

The following kinds of inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated in the library:

Any behavior that may endanger the safety or health of others.
Violation of any local, state or federal law within the library.
Vandalism or deliberate destruction of the library building or materials.
Theft of library materials or property or the personal property of anyone.
Use of disrespectful or abusive language toward anyone.
Excessively loud talking or laughing which disturbs or could disturb others
Any physical horseplay, fighting or rough-housing.
Eating and drinking in areas, or during times, not designated for these activities.
Smoking in any area at any time.
Other kinds of behavior deemed inappropriate by the librarian.

Responses to violation of behavior policy shall include:

The first warning asking individual(s) to behave in an appropriate manner and have them read a copy of the behavior policy.
Patrons who refuse to behave more appropriately after one warning will be asked to leave the library that day.
If the patron continues inappropriate behavior a second time, he or she will lose library privileges for one week. If the patron is a minor, his or her parent or guardian will be notified.
In case of severe inappropriate behavior, the librarian will inform the patron that their privileges are lost for one month.  In the case of minors, their parents or guardians will be contacted.
The librarian may call law enforcement in cases where patrons pose a clear danger to themselves or others, where there is deliberate violation of the law or refusal to leave the library after being asked to leave.


Revised and adopted: 10/26/15