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Behavior Policies

Rules of Conduct and Unattended Children Policies

Evergreen Park Public Library strives to maintain a pleasant and safe environment conducive to activities associated with the use of a public library. The library serves the community most effectively when everyone conforms to the following guidelines.

Rules of Conduct

  1. Patrons are expected to treat other patrons, library staff, and the facility with respect.
  2. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver aged 16 years or older.
  3. Patrons may not loiter and/or impede access to the library or premises. Park bicycles only in the designated bike rack.
  4. Smoking, chewing, and rolling tobacco products, including e-cigarettes is not allowed on library property.
  5. Only authorized service animals and program animals are allowed in the building.
  6. Wear shoes and clothing that provides appropriate body coverage.
  7. Disruptive or offensive behavior such as swearing, using abusive or offensive language; throwing things; running; fighting; harassing or annoying other patrons through boisterous activities; staring at, or following another person about the building; telephone conversations or playing audio equipment so loud that others can hear; singing or talking loudly to others or in monologues is not allowed. Disruptive or offensive behavior is determined at the discretion of library staff.
  8. Covered drinks are allowed in the library. Only food items supplied by the library, or defined in the meeting room policy are allowed.
  9. Prolonged or habitual sleeping is not allowed on library property.
  10. Patrons using heavy fragrance or with bodily hygiene so inadequate as to create a nuisance may be asked to leave the building.
  11. Bathing, shaving, laundering, and improper use of restrooms is not allowed.
  12. The lower level of the library is closed to the public unless in use for a meeting, program, or event.
  13. Personal belongings must be attended at all times. Responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged items rests with the owner.
  14. Consumption or possession of alcohol is prohibited unless permitted for a special event. Persons exhibiting signs of intoxication or substance abuse will be asked to leave the premises.
  15. Photographing, recording, or soliciting for any cause is not allowed without permission from the library director.
  16. Furnishings, materials, and equipment are to be used for their intended function.
  17. Weapons of all types, including firearms, are prohibited on library property unless in possession of a sworn police officer. Signage is posted at entryways pursuant to 430 ILCS 66/65.

Approved by the Evergreen Park Public Library Board of Trustees, 2017

Enforcement of Rules of Conduct

  • In the event a patron does not comply with one or more of the Library Rules of Conduct, the initial enforcement step will ordinarily talke the form of a verbal warning to the patron by library staff.
  • If a patron's violation of the Conduct Rules continues, staff or security personnel may ask the patron to produce personal identification. If the patron does not comply with this request, he or she may be asked to leave the library premises. Failure to leave the premises upon request may result in the police being summoned.
  • Library staff may also summon police whenever they deem it necessary or advisable to do so to address a person's misconduct.
  • Violations of the Conduct Rules may result in the restriction or termination of library privileges, including use of computers and other library resources. Failure to comply with the Library's Conduct Rules may also result in exclusion from the library for a period of one day to 90 days depending on the nature of the misconduct and whether the patron has been previously cited for violating the Library's Conduct Rules. A patron who has engaged in chronic misconduct or abusive behavior may be excluded from the library permanently. Depending upon the nature of the misconduct, failure to comply with the Conduct Rules may also result in arrest and prosecution.
  • Before a patron is excluded from the library for a period of more than one day, he or she shall be given an opportunity to discuss the basis for the exclusion with the Library Director or the Director's designee.
  • A patron who is excluded from the library for a period of more than one day shall be notified of the exclusion by letter stating the rule violation upon which the exclusion is based. The letter notice of exclusion shall also inform the patron of the procedure for requesting review of and an opportunity to be heard on the exclusion by the Library Director on written request made within 10 days of the date of the exclusion notice. The Library Director's decision on any appeal shall be final.
  • The letter notice of exclusion shall be transmitted by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, or by receipted-for delivery by Library Staff, or by police acting in consultation with the library. A copy of the letter and the patron's receipt for it shall be filed with the library's incident reports documenting the misconduct. The period of exclusion shall begin on the day the letter is signed for or delivered to the patron whichever is earlier.

Approved by the Evergreen Park Public Library Board of Trustees, 2007
Revised 2009

Unattended Children Policy

The library is a place for reading, research, and quiet study. Persons of all ages, including children, are expected to respect the rights of other patrons and staff members by following the Evergreen Park Public Library Behavior Code.

Evergreen Park Public Library encourages parents to consider their children’s safety and well-being and the needs of other library users of all ages, and to talk with their children about appropriate behavior in the library. Children under age 10 must be attended by a parent or other responsible person over the age of 16 who is present at all times in the library.

If at any time a child under 10 is unattended, the following will occur:

  • The parent or other responsible person will be paged to determine if he or she is in the library. If so, he or she will be asked to remain with and supervise this child.
  • If it is determined that the child is in the library without a parent or other responsible person, a staff member will attempt to call the parent and ask the parent to pick up the child. If a parent is not at home, the staff member will ask the child for the name and telephone number of another relative or caretaker. If the parent or caretaker cannot be reached within 30 minutes, Evergreen Park Police will be called to assume responsibility for the child.

Approved by the Evergreen Park Public Library Board of Trustees, 2012.