The Larchmont Public Library is designed to provide patrons with a clean, comfortable, and safe place for selecting materials, reading, researching, studying, writing, and attending Library programs and meetings. To this end, The Board of Trustees has authorized this Code of Conduct to establish rules and regulations for the protection of library resources, patrons, staff members and the physical building. The library staff is authorized and directed by the Board of Trustees to interpret and enforce these rules and regulations in the best interest of library patrons.
In general, behavior that violates the federal, state, local or other applicable law, ordinance or regulation, or interferes with the use and enjoyment of the library by others, or interferes with a library employee’s performance of his or her duties, is prohibited. These types of behavior include, but are not limited to: physically or verbally assaulting, threatening, lewd, intimidating, harassing or abusing any other person; offensive personal hygiene; smoking (including “e-cigarettes”); use of alcohol (other than for library sponsored events) or illegal drugs or other substances; and destroying library materials or property. Anyone whose behavior is not in compliance with the Code of Conduct may be asked to leave the building.
The following are examples of conduct not allowed on library property:
- Making excessive noise or otherwise disturbing other library patrons. (a) Refrain from loud and prolonged conversations. (b) Put cell phones on silent or vibrate when entering the building. (c) Conduct telephonic conversations only in designated areas. (d) Use earphones when using personal devices with audio capability such as laptops, radios, MP3 players and the like; the volume, with earphones, must not be audible or disruptive to other library patrons.
- Consuming food and drink outside of designated areas.
- Prolonged, noisy or chronic sleeping.
- Use of restrooms for any purpose beyond the intended use expected in a public building.
- Violation of Public Health Codes. Patrons must be fully clothed at all times.
- Use of the library equipment, materials (including books, magazines and dvds) and furniture improperly and disrespectfully and outside of their intended use. Damaging or vandalizing the library building and property in any way.
- Obstructing aisles, walkways, stairways or seating with personal property.
- Failure to comply with the Library’s Internet Use Policy and Rules when using any computer in the library or on library premises. This includes laptops or other personal devices that access the library’s wireless network.
- (a) Distributing or posting printed material, (b) Selling or distributing goods or materials throughout the library, including, without limitation, petitions, solicitations, literature and leaflets or (c) any similar types of activities within the library building without prior permission of the Library Director.
- Bringing animals into the building, except for those needed to assist a patron with a disability or those used in library sponsored programs.
- The use of bicycles, scooters, roller skates, skateboards and the like on library property. Bicycles must be placed on the bike racks provided.
- Failure to observe the Library’s Unattended Child Policy: Children under the age of 9 must not be left unattended on library premises. Parents and caregivers are expected to forestall disruptive behavior that infringes on the rights of other library users. Children in Grades 5 and below may only use the computers in the Children’s Room. Use of the Children’s Library is restricted to (a) children ages birth to 13 and their caregivers while attending a child in the Library; (b) Patrons over 13 when materials suitable to their particular needs are not available in the adult areas of the Library; and (c) Teachers, parents, day care providers, researchers, etc., in developing curricula or other resources related to children’s literature. All other patrons must use the adult areas of the Library.
This Code of Conduct is not a complete list of violations or prohibited behavior and is intended for guidance only. The library staff is authorized to take appropriate action in response to any other behavior which can reasonably be deemed to be unsafe, offensive or disturbing to library patrons or staff members.
Members of the public who violate these rules and regulations may be expelled by staff members from the library premises and/or have library privileges withdrawn by the Library Director for a specific or indefinite period of time. Any person from whom these privileges have been withdrawn shall have the right to appeal the suspension of library privileges in writing to the Library Board of Trustees.