Code of Conduct
In an effort to provide a comfortable and safe environment for all Library patrons, staff, volunteers and the protection of Library property, the Board of Trustees of Meridian Library District has established a Library Code of Conduct. The Policy is designed to provide clear and reasonable guidelines governing acceptable behavior within the Library and on the premises.
Unacceptable behavior is defined as any conduct which is (a) a disruption to the orderly and efficient administration of the Library’s business; (b) a disruption to others using the Library; (c) a threat to the security of the Library’s property; or (d) a danger to any person.
Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:
- Any activity in violation of federal or state law. Being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
- Defacing or otherwise damaging library property, including hacking computers.
- Eating except in designated areas; drinks except those in covered containers.
- Petitioning, leafletting, soliciting or conducting surveys, except on public sidewalks. Political activity, panhandling and selling of goods or services are prohibited. Sales, solicitations and/or solicitations of monetary donations of any kind by outside organizations are prohibited unless incidental to library programming or in support of the library such as the Friends of the Meridian Library and require advance approval by the Library Director.
- Verbally or physically threatening or harassing staff, other visitors, volunteers, including stalking, staring, touching, or using offensive language. Threatening gestures or unwanted physical contact or lewd behavior. Running, pushing, shoving, or throwing objects.
- Using cell phones in a manner that disturbs other visitors. Making ongoing loud noise that is disturbing to others.
- Using recreational wheeled devices such as skateboards.
- Entering the library barefooted, without a shirt, with offensive body odor or personal hygiene, so as to be disruptive to the library environment.
- Bringing pets or animals, other than legally defined service animals, into the library, except as part of an authorized library program.
- Possessing a weapon within the library building, as defined by Idaho Code. This rule does not apply to the legal possession of firearms.
Library staff will intervene to stop prohibited activities and behaviors and will involve law enforcement as appropriate. Anyone who violates any of these guidelines will be promptly notified of the infraction and will be given notice of this policy. A violation may result in expulsion from the Library, suspension of library privileges, or criminal prosecution, or other legal action, as appropriate.
Infractions of Library Policies:
- 1st instance – A verbal warning will be issued by library staff and the individual will be given a copy of this policy. The warning will include verbal notification of suspension for the day if behavior continues.
- 2nd instance – Patron’s library privileges will be suspended for seven days.
- 3rd Instance – Patron’s library privileges will be suspended for thirty days.
- 4th Instance – Patron’s library privileges will be suspended for 12 months.
If patrons at any point in this disciplinary process refuse to cooperate, the police shall be called for assistance.
The Board of Trustees of the Meridian Library District delegates to the Director the authority to enforce the Code of Conduct, including the authority to suspend the library privileges of individuals who violate the policy. The Library Director will use this as a guide, but reserves the right to issue a suspension outside of this guideline based on the nature and severity of the infraction.
Such limitation or revocation shall be in writing and shall be effective upon being sent to the patron’s address on file with the Library. A patron whose privilege(s) has been limited or revoked may appeal the limitation or revocation of the privilege(s) by filing a written appeal with the Director within ten (10) days from the date of the issuance of the written revocation.
Patrons have the right to request a Board review of any suspension that exceeds thirty days or more. The Board of Trustees decision is final.
Repeated offenses by a minor will result in notification of the parent/guardian.
Patrons having served the full term of their suspension of Library privileges must apply for reinstatement of their Library privileges by requesting a meeting with the Library Director.
Revision approved by the Meridian Library District Board of Trustees on December 10, 2013
Revised March 14, 2014
Revised September 9, 2014