Behavior in the Library
Approved Oct 13, 2009
Paris Carnegie Public Library’s goal is to maintain an environment conducive for the use of its materials and services. All persons are expected to treat others and library property in a respectful manner.
• All persons will respect the rights, privacy, and safety of others. This includes, but is not limited to, conversing in moderate tones, whether with other people in the library or on a cell phone, and not blocking entrances, elevator, or stairs.
• According to Illinois law (410 ILCS 82/15 ), smoking is prohibited in the library and within 15 feet of any entrance.
• Food and beverages are not allowed in the public areas of the library, unless as part of an event in the Gibson Room or library-sponsored activity.
• Animals, except for service animals as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act, are not permitted in the building unless part of a library program.
• No one may deface, destroy, steal or misuse any library materials, furnishings, equipment or property.
• Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times.
• Bicycles, skateboards, and other sports equipment may not be used in the library or on the front steps. Bicycles, scooters, etc. (except strollers and mobility aids) may not be brought into the building; a bike rack is provided at the east side of the parking lot.
• Selling products or services, soliciting donations, and circulating literature, surveys or petitions are not permitted on library property unless affiliated with or conducted by the library.
• All persons are responsible for their belongings. Paris Public Library is not responsible for personal items left unattended on library property.
• Parents are responsible for the behavior and safety of their children while on library property. A parent or other responsible caregiver must supervise children under age 8 not attending a library program. The library assumes no responsibility for children of any age who are unattended or under-attended by the adult(s) responsible for them.
Library staff will speak to those in need of a reminder of this or other policies. The individual will be asked to leave the premises if behavior continues after such warning. If a pattern of behavior continues, the individual may be denied the privilege of using the library for a set period of time. Depending on the offense and the circumstances, law enforcement officials may be called when a situation cannot be resolved.