Jefferson County Public Library’s Board of Trustees and staff want to create an atmosphere that is welcoming and conducive to learning and recreational reading. Quiet, conversational tones are encouraged. Quiet study areas are available on lower level for times when library activities (for example, meetings and programs) are underway.

In order to maintain a quiet atmosphere, cell phones and all electronic devices that ring or generate audible noise must be set to silent or vibrate while in the library. Users receiving calls that will last more than 30 seconds, or who need to initiate conversations on cell phones, laptops, or other devices must go outside the building or to the hallway located near the public restrooms. All electronic equipment accessing sites that generate sound require the use of headphones, and the volume must be set low enough that it cannot be heard by others.

The Library Director and staff are responsible for seeing that standards set forth in this policy are maintained. Parents are asked to keep children with them at all times and to keep children’s behavior under control. Disruptive behavior is not acceptable. The library implements an UNATTENDED CHILDREN POLICY.

Unacceptable behaviors under this policy include, but are not limited to:

  • Loitering
  • Sleeping
  • Gambling
  • Using obscene language
  • Solicitation
  • Public intoxication
  • Smoking
  • Theft or destruction of library property
  • Leaving unattended children
  • Displaying unwanted attention toward another person
  • Violations of the Library’s Internet and Computer Use Policy (added 9/05)
  • Carrying of any kind of weapon or facsimile of a weapon except as permitted by federal and state law (IN SB 292)
  • Indecent exposure

Patrons in violation of the guidelines in this policy may be asked to leave, may lose their library privileges, or may be subject to arrest under Indiana Code Section 35-43-2-2 entitled “Criminal Trespass.”