To ensure that all people can use the Jefferson County Public Library in a comfortable and safe environment, the Library reserves the right to determine what it considers to be disruptive or inappropriate behavior.  Furthermore, in order to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the Library, people using the Library’s facilities or services must comply with this policy while on Library premises.

No individual may engage in inappropriate conduct on the premises of Jefferson County Public Library, when using library facilities, or when participating in library programs.  Patrons shall be engaged in normal activities associated with the use of a public library while in the building.

Inappropriate conduct includes any individual or group activity which is unreasonably disturbing to other individuals lawfully using library facilities, materials, services, premises, or is otherwise inconsistent with activities such as reading, studying, properly using library materials, and other similar conduct normally associated with a public library.

Inappropriate conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • Loitering
  • Adults loitering in children's area
  • Sleeping
  • Harassment or threatening/abusive behavior
  • Gambling
  • Begging/Panhandling
  • Eating/drinking except where permitted
  • Tobacco use
  • Voyeurism
  • Engaging in sexual contact, activities, or conduct
  • Fighting
  • Exhibiting a pervasive odor that unreasonably interferes with others' use of the Library
  • Entering non-public areas without permission
  • Failing to wear shoes and clothing that substantially covers the torso and pelvic regions
  • Using Library property in a manner that may cause injury or damage
  • Entering Library premises with animals other than service animals authorized by law
  • Soliciting, petitioning, or selling merchandise or services
  • Possessing, consuming, exchanging, selling, or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Using public restrooms in any manner that is not usual or customary, including laundering or bathing
  • Making loud or unreasonable noise, including but not limited to, the use of electronic equipment, mobile phones, and personal conversations
  • Displaying unwanted attention toward another person
  • Carrying of any kind of weapon or facsimile of a weapon except as permitted by federal and state law
  • Interfering with staff's performance of their duties or refusal to follow reasonable direction from staff
  • Committing or attempting to commit and activity that would constitute a crime under local, state,or federal laws

Violators

Those persons who violate these rules may be asked to leave the Library, and when appropriate, be subject to temporary or permanent banning from Library premises by the Library Director.  Banned persons may appeal the Director's decision to the Library Board.

Illegal activity will be reported to law enforcement.