Rules and Regulations For Conduct In Libraries

Operated By The Elyria Public Library

In order to provide an atmosphere conducive to the appropriate use of the Elyria Public Library System's services and facilities, the following policy was developed. Expulsion or exclusion from Library Facilities may result if these rules and regulations are not followed.

Library Activities

Library approved activities may include but are not limited to: reading, studying, writing, informational needs, use of public access computers, and related activities.

1 . The following categories of misconduct are strictly prohibited on Library property and may result in a verbal warning upon the first occurrence and a written warning and/or expulsion from library facilities for any subsequent occurrence. Trespassing notice may be given for up to six months.

2.The following categories of misconduct are strictly prohibited on Library property may result in a written warning and/or expulsion from Library facilities depending upon the severity of the misconduct. Trespassing notice may be given up to one year.

3.The following categories of misconduct are strictly prohibited on Library property and may result in automatic expulsion and/or arrest upon the first occurrence, and may result in permanent exclusion from the specific Library in which the misconduct occurred. Trespassing notice will be for a minimum of one year.

Procedures

Any person receiving a warning for a violation of the above rules and regulations will be required to provide some form of proper identification which may be copied and recorded, along with documentation of the violation, for future use by Library staff or Library Board of Trustees in determining the need for expulsion or exclusion, or any other appropriate action. Any person so expelled or excluded shall be given written notice of the reasons.

Any person who is asked to leave a Library as a result of violating these rules and regulations and refuses to do so shall be considered a trespasser and may be subject to permanent exclusion and/or arrest. Further, the Library Board of Trustees, on recommendation by the Library Director, may deny any patron who violates these rules and regulations future access to Library facilities. Any patron whose privileges have been denied, or who has been permanently excluded from Library facilities, upon petition within thirty days of the decision to do so, may appeal the decision to the Library Director.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees December 9, 2002