Patron Behavior

Expected Patron Behavior

The objective of the Homewood Public Library District is to meet the informational, educational and recreational needs of the residents of the Library district and the residents of any contracting library district.   To successfully achieve that objective, the
Library requests that patrons meet these expectations for the safety, comfort and well-being of all, to demonstrate their consideration for others and their respect for the rights of others to use this library.
  • To ensure the cleanliness of the Library, all patrons must wear shoes and be
    fully dressed (including a shirt) in the building.
  • Children under the age of 9 years old must be attended by a responsible
    caretaker 14 years old or older. For more information on this policy, please see Article IX—Section 9.05 for our Safe Child Policy.
  • Drinks (non-alcoholic) in closed containers will be permitted in the Library.
  • Food should be consumed outside before entering the building.
  • Only licensed service animals are permitted in the Library, except those used in library programming.
  • Soliciting of any kind, collecting signatures, selling or distribution of leaflets or any other materials, without approval of the Administrative Librarian or his or her designee, is not allowed.
  • Non-public areas, such as workrooms, storage areas, mechanical rooms andthe staff kitchen, are off limits unless accompanied by a staff member.
  • Restrooms are to be used for their intended purpose only.
  • Use Library parking areas, sidewalks, ramps and lawns properly and safely. These areas are not intended for recreational activities. Vehicles parked
    improperly are subject to fines and if towing is required, it is done so at the
    owner’s expense.
  • Disruptive behavior is not permitted. See Article IX – Section 9.03 for more information on this policy.
  • Illegal behavior is not permitted.  See Article IX – Section 9.04 for more information on this policy.
  • The Library reserves the right to require anyone violating the Expected Patron Behavior to leave the property. Serious or repeated misconduct may lead to
    extended loss of Library privileges, legal action or criminal prosecution. Parents are responsible for minors, including those who are expelled from the library.  See Article IX – Section 9.09 for more information on this policy.
  • These Expected Patron Behaviors shall be posted in the Library for public

Disruptive Behavior 

Disruptive behavior is any activity which endangers the perpetrator or others, interferes with the library business of other patrons or staff and/or results in harm to library equipment or services.  Disruptive behavior is unacceptable in a library.  Disruptive behavior impinges on the rights of others.  A patron who is disruptive will be notified that the behavior is inappropriate.  If the behavior continues, the patron will be asked to leave the library.  Police will be called if: there is not compliance, staff feels in any way unable to handle the situation, or staff feels threatened. Sleeping in the library is prohibited if it becomes disruptive.
Disruptive behavior that is unacceptable in the library includes, but is not limited to:
  • Abnormal, erratic behavior that hinders normal library use.
  • Disruptive noise created by electronic or mechanical devices.
  • Entry into non-public areas except by invitation or approval of library personnel.
  • Failure to follow the directions of library staff when directed.
  • Failure to leave the building promptly at closing.
  • Obscene, rude, threatening or abusive language or actions.
  • Posing a sanitary or health risk, including offensive hygiene
  • Pushing, hitting, fighting or biting.
  • Running, chasing or horseplay.
  • Screaming, shouting, yelling, loud laughing or other disruptive noise.
  • Sexual activity.
  • Threats, abuse or physical harm to library patrons or staff. Throwing books or other objects.
  • Use or possession of alcohol or controlled substances; overt signs of substance abuse.

Illegal Behavior 

Illegal behavior is behavior that is prohibited by law.  Illegal behavior will not be tolerated in the library and the police shall be called.  Illegal behavior includes, but is not limited to:
  • Assault (verbal, physical or sexual)
  • Indecent exposure
  • Indecent sexual advances
  • Possession or use of alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Possession, display or use of a weapon, except as authorized by law
  • Removing library materials from the library without checking them out
  • Sexual molestation
  • Smoking
  • Solicitation for immoral purposes
  • Theft or damage of another person’s property or the Library’s property
  • Using false identification or using fictitious name(s) or address(es)
  • Vandalism of library property
Patrons who engage in illegal behavior in the Library or on Library grounds will be subject to arrest, removal or banning.

Safe Child Policy

We welcome children of all ages to use our Library. We hope that as many children as
possible will use it as a doorway to lifelong learning and reading. The Library,
however, is a public building. Anyone can enter this building whether they are a
danger to children or not. The Library is also a busy workplace with staff engaged in
circulation, reference and other library service duties. The Library staff is not
responsible for the safety, care or supervision of unattended children at any age,
whether in the Library or on Library premises.

To safeguard children, staff will follow the policy outlined below:

Children under the age of 9 must be attended and supervised by a parent or responsible caretaker age 14 or older. For the safety of children in the Library, a parent or responsible caretaker must be in close physical proximity. Parents should be aware that medical decisions can be made only by an adult-aged caretaker.

Students who visit the Library with tutors are to be supervised by the tutor during the student’s entire Library visit, if the student is otherwise unattended. The Library does not serve as an intermediary between students and tutors.

The Library should not be used as a daycare facility. Staff who notice an obvious pattern indicating that it is being used in place of daycare should document the usage, note the child’s name and give the information to the Administrative Librarian. The Administrative Librarian will notify the parents of Library policy and take such steps to insure that the situation stops.

Transportation for children at the Library must be arranged prior to the Library closing time. In the event a child is stranded, two staff members will assist the child in arranging transportation. If transportation cannot be arranged in a timely manner, the two staff members will call the police and wait for the child to be picked up.