CODE OF CONDUCT
The Board of Trustees of the Mobile Public Library endorses the following code of conduct as presented to patrons, staff and volunteers:
It is the purpose of the Mobile Public Library to provide free, open and equal access to ideas and information to all members of the community. To accomplish this purpose, a code of conduct is provided to assist staff, volunteers and patrons in promoting safe, healthy and barrier-free access to all the resources and facilities the system has to offer. The code is designed to foster an atmosphere of mutual respect and courtesy and applies to all patrons, volunteers and staff while on library property.
WHEN VISITING THE LIBRARY, YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO:
- Ask the staff for help. Let the staff know when you are unable to find what you need so they can try to get the information for you. This also helps the library know what needs to be added to the collection.
- Inform the staff if you need accommodation or if assistance is needed for your full use of library services.
- Explore new ideas and interests by attending library programs.
- Be responsible for the safety, well being and conduct of children in your care.
- Cooperate with the requests of library staff.
- Turn off mobile phones when attending a library sponsored program.
- Keep your personal belongings in your control at all times. The library is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
- Recognize that the library occasionally uses photographs and/or video of patrons in publications, eNewsletters, websites, social media, and/or in other forms without further consideration or notification. If you wish to be excluded, it is your responsibility to let staff know.
- Enjoy light refeshments. If you are having more than a drink or snack, you may be asked to move to a designated eating area. In the event of a spill, we ask that you alert staff so the area can be cleaned.
WHEN VISITING THE LIBRARY, THE FOLLOWING IS PROHIBITED:
- Behavior that is unsafe or disturbing to other patrons, volunteers or staff such as using offensive language, loud talking, shouting, screaming, children crying or making other loud noises, pushing, running, shoving, throwing things, or other disruptive behavior.
- Verbally or physically harassing or threatening other patrons, volunteers or staff. Harassment may include, but is not limited to: initiating unwanted conversation; impeding access to or within the building; or other actions that an individual reasonably perceives to be hostile, threatening, intrusive or offensive.
- Abandoning, or leaving unattended, children or other persons in need of supervision. Leaving young children unattended in the library at any time.
- Actions that damage library property or the property of others.
- Any behavior that is prohibited by law.
- Sexual misconduct, such as exposure, offensive touching, verbal comments or unwanted sexual advances to patrons, volunteers or staff.
- Smoking or use of tobacco, tobacco products or vaping. Use of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Bringing animals, other than service animals, into the library except as authorized by a library manager. By federal law, employees may ask what services an animal provides.
- Accessing staff areas, unless accompanied by a library employee.
- Lying down on the floor, benches or couches.
- Bodily hygiene that is offensive so as to unduly interfere with another patron’s use of the library. You shall be required to leave the building.
- Inappropriate dress, including no shirt or shoes.
- Tampering with the arrangement of library materials, which makes finding or using them difficult.
- Use of radios, tape or CD players, or other personal listening or communication devices, at a level that can be heard by others.
- Disruptive use of mobile phones. Phones may be used for quiet short conversations anywhere in the library. You may be asked to end your call if you cause a disruption to others.
- Skateboarding, skating, or loitering on library property.
- Parking in designated spaces when you do not meet the requirements for parking in those spaces.
- Adults using the children’s area when they do not have a legitimate reason for being there. These areas, tables and computers are intended for use by children, teens and their parents.
- Solicitation of funds, distribution of literature or promotional materials, or sale of goods by any person or agency other than the library.
- Use of library computers for anything other than their intended purpose. Downloading or searching any files other than those on your own CD, Floppy (A:), or USB. (See library’s Internet policy.)
- Blocking aisles or passageways so as to make it dangerous, difficult or impossible to walk through. This includes placement of cords for electricity to electronic equipment.
- Putting feet on furniture except for foot rests or furniture in children’s area designed for this purpose.
- Placing flyers on cars in the public or staff parking lots or on cars parked on the street around the library.
- Standing anywhere other than the perimeter public right of way sidewalk to seek signatures for petitions.
INTERPRETATION FOR CHILDREN OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT
Happy, Safe and Healthy at the Library!
Let’s work together!
The people who work in the library will help you find things, learn something new and have fun.
GOOD LIBRARY BEHAVIOR MEANS THAT YOU WILL:
- Ask for help when you need it.
- Be kind and polite to everyone.
- Speak in your indoor voice. Loud talking and noise makes it hard for those who need a quieter place.
- Never climb in the library.
- Keep your hands to yourself.
- Walk and look where you are going.
- Be careful of younger children, especially in children's area.
- Take good care of books, chess pieces and other items that belong to the library.
- Practice your listening skills in story times and library programs.
- Do what a person who works for the library asks you to do.
Note: This list is not all inclusive and other behaviors judged inappropriate by library staff may be cause for consequences.
CONSEQUENCES OF MISCONDUCT:
The Library Director or designee will apply these rules in a fair and equitable manner for the benefit of all. If any of the information is unclear, please ask a member of the library staff for clarification.
The consequences of misconduct may be any of the following: verbal warning, eviction, loss of library privileges, or prosecution to the full extent of the law. If the police are called, the offender may be cited. Parents will be called or notified in writing in the case of a minor (less than 18 years of age).
The library also reserves the right to inspect all bags, purses, briefcases, packs, personal listening devices, computers and coats.