Conduct Policy



The Pomeroy Public Library serves a diverse community and strives to do so with tolerance, fairness, and respect. In order to provide a safe and comfortable environment for its users, the library asks patron to observe the following standards of behavior:

* Food and drink, unless part of a library program or meeting room event, are prohibited.

* Use of alcohol, tobacco, or controlled substances is not permitted.

* Conversation should be kept quiet enough not to disturb other library users or to
disrupt library activities.

* Radios, televisions, and other devices with external speakers may not be used in the

* Use of personally owned computers within the library is limited to laptops. Sound
must be turned off; use of the library�s telephone lines is prohibited.

* Running and horseplay is not permitted in the library.

* Belligerent, abusive, or profane language will not be tolerated.

* Animals, other than those used to allow mobility (seeing-eye, hearing companion,
etc.) are not allowed in the library unless used in connection with a specific
library function.

* Stalking, harassing, or intimidation of patrons or library staff anywhere on library
property is prohibited and may be punishable by law.

* Defacing or damaging library materials, furniture, computers, or other property is not
allowed and may be punishable by law. Those responsible will be expected to replace
or reimburse the cost of the damaged item.

* Removing library materials from the building without checking them out is not only
prohibited, it is unlawful.

* Indecent exposure, as defined by the Code of Iowa, is unlawful.

* Sexual harassment, defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors,
and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature will not be tolerated.

* Any behavior or use of the library that interferes with the library�s stated purpose
is not permitted.

* Violation of any municipal, state, or federal law or code is prohibited.

Enforcement of these guidelines may take the form of any of the following actions, depending upon the severity of the misconduct, which will be determined by the staff on duty at the time.

* In most cases, persons who are behaving inappropriately in the library will be given
one warning and ask to behave in an appropriate manner. People who do not modify
their behavior after one warning will be asked to leave the library for the rest of the

* In the event of misconduct that is considered extreme by the library staff, the offender
will be ordered to leave the building immediately or the police will be called.

* Persons who behave inappropriately on a regular basis or who engage in unlawful
activities while on library property may have all or part of their library privileges
revoked or risk being barred from the library for a period of time, as well as face
the possibility of legal charges.


Library Use by Unattended Children

The Pomeroy Public Library has the responsibility to provide a safe and comfortable environment for every patron , including children. Children are expected to adhere to the same rules of conduct as adult patrons.

Children under the age of six years must be accompanied at all times by a responsible individual unless the child is attending a scheduled library program. Responsibility for the safety and behavior of children while in the library belongs to the parent or caregiver. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of library personnel if the responsible individual is in the building. Older children may use the library unattended if they observe the rules and regulations stated in the library conduct policy. The library staff will not act as babysitters and will assume no responsibility for children left unattended on library premises.

The accompanying adult will be informed of problem behavior by a child if the adult fails to notice or volunteer correction. Disruptive children, as well as patrons of all ages, may be asked to leave the library after receiving a warning from the library staff.

Unattended children will not be taken from the library property by staff members. If the library is closing and children have not been picked up, a reasonable attempt will be made to locate the responsible party. If no responsible party is found, the police may be called.