Code of Conduct


The Board of Trustees has adopted a Library Code of Conduct to ensure a comfortable and safe environment for all. This policy is intended to provide clear and reasonable rules to guide behavior and is to be observed as outlined below.

The Board subscribes to Article IV of the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, which states that “library facilities should be made available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals requesting their use.”

In the Library and On Library Premises

Individuals must not interfere with the use or enjoyment of the library by others; create a risk of injury to oneself or others; inhibit the work of library staff; disrupt the peaceful enjoyment of the library spaces, services or programs; or create a risk of damage to library, personal or staff property.

Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Causing unreasonable noise levels, which includes, but is not limited to, shouting, loud talking, disruptive conversation or sounds from electronic devices at a volume that disturbs others.
  2. Using profanity; language or actions considered abusive, harassing, intimidating, derogatory, discriminatory or threatening; bullying; or unwanted physical conduct.
  3. Consuming food except in authorized areas or at authorized library events.
  4. Prolonged sleeping that interferes with the use and enjoyment of the library by others or interferes with the work of library staff.
  5. Monopolizing library space, equipment or outlets to the exclusion of others, or interfering with the safe or free passage of others.
  6. Disregarding the reasonable direction of library staff.
  7. Entering non-public areas without permission.
  8. Using the library restrooms for anything other than their intended purposes, it being understood that such purposes do not include bathing, shaving or washing hair.
  9. Engaging in any activity that constitutes a violation of federal, state or local criminal statutes or ordinances.
  10. Using, possessing, selling or appearing under the influence of alcohol, except as permitted at authorized library events.
  11. Using, possessing, selling or appearing under the influence of illegal drugs.
  12. Smoking, use of tobacco products or e-cigarette devices.
  13. Using incendiary devices, candles, matches, lighters or similar items.
  14. Personal hygiene that interferes with the use and enjoyment of the library by others or interferes with the work of library staff.
  15. Entering the library without being fully clothed. Individuals must remain fully clothed at all times, including footwear.
  16. Running, inline skating, roller skating, skateboarding, wheeled shoe use or use of a personal transporter. With the approval of library staff members, children may store skateboards, scooters or similar devices at the service desk on the third floor.
  17. Bringing animals inside the library with the exception of service animals (as defined by the ADA) or those allowed at a library-approved event.
  18. Leaving animals unattended on library premises.
  19. Leaving children or leaving adults, who need supervision, unattended. (See Unattended Children Policy.)
  20. Leaving personal belongings unattended. The Library is not responsible for personal belongings left unattended. Personal items left unattended may be subject to disposal.
  21. Engaging in any type of sexual conduct or lewd behavior.
  22. Peddling, soliciting, selling or distributing merchandise, services or printed materials, or canvassing or gambling without permission from the library or except as permitted at authorized library events.
  23. Vandalism to or theft of any library or personal property or material.

Offsite Venues

By attending an offsite library event, individuals agree to abide by the rules of conduct set forth by the library staff and by the offsite venue.

Virtual Venues

Unacceptable conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Inappropriate*
    • use of profanity.
    • language, audio or visual content, or actions that may be considered abusive, harassing, intimidating, derogatory, discriminatory, or threatening.
    • prejudicial, harmful written/verbal comments, audio or visual content related to gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, disability or other personal characteristics, including those protected by law.
    • audio or visual lewd/sexual content or use of nudity.
  2. Disruption of meetings or events.
  3. Peddling, soliciting, selling merchandise, services or materials; or canvassing or gambling, except as permitted at authorized library events.
  4. Violating the rules and regulations of the online platform.
  5. Invading the privacy of others.
  6. Wrongful impersonation or misrepresentation of another’s identity.
  7. Disregarding the reasonable direction of library staff or the co-sponsoring organization.
  8. Content or conduct in violation of or inconsistent with federal, state, or local laws and ordinances.

Parents, guardians and caregivers are responsible for monitoring the activities and behavior of those under their supervision while attending a PPL virtual event.

*Except when used within artistic or educational context, based on the subject matter of the program.

Enforcement

The Board of Trustees authorizes library staff to enforce the Code of Conduct. The Executive Director or their designee may suspend the library privileges of anyone violating the Code of Conduct.

Anyone unable or unwilling to abide by the Library Code of Conduct may be required to leave the library. Any person who repeatedly violates these rules, or any person who commits a single, serious violation of the rules, in addition to being required to leave the library, may not be allowed to return into the library, and if allowed, such right may be conditioned upon their agreeing to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Criminal law violation may also result in arrest and prosecution.

Further, consequences of misconduct in a virtual environment may also include immediate removal from the meeting or event by the moderator or library staff member, removal of comments or posts, and restrictions from attending future library virtual meetings and events.

Anyone whose privileges have been revoked may have the decision reviewed by the Executive Director. Further appeals may be taken, upon prior written request, to the Library Board of Trustees.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees, Oct. 19, 2022