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POLICY

Subject: CUTPL Patron Behavior Policy

Approved By: Board of Library Trustees

Approval Date: November 17, 2009

Effective Date: Nov. 17, 2009, Oct. 11, 2011, Apr. 16, 2013, May 19, 2015

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A primary goal of the Culver-Union Township Public Library is to provide a comfortable and safe environment that will allow the Library’s patrons to fully use and enjoy all of its resources. To accomplish this goal, the Board of Trustees of the Culver-Union Township Public Library establishes this Library Patron Behavior Policy which is designed to provide clear and reasonable guidelines governing patron behavior within the Library and on the Library premises.

While the Library Board of Trustees and staff recognize the rights of all individuals to use the Library, there are times when decisions must be made to protect persons and property. Therefore, under certain circumstances, the Library staff is authorized to remove and exclude individuals from the Library’s premises. Unacceptable behavior includes behavior within the Library or on Library premises that interferes with the use of the Library by other patrons, creates a risk of injury to other patrons or Library personnel, interferes with the work of Library personnel, or creates a risk of damage to Library property.

The CUTPL Board of Trustees acknowledges the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. However, in response to a law recently passed by the Indiana legislature (Senate Enrolled Act 292) regarding citizens carrying registered handguns in public, we wish to go on record as objecting to allowing intentionally displayed weapons within the CUTPL building. We fail to see how weapons of any kind enhance the purpose for and safety of citizens using library facilities. We are legally required to add a weapons clarification statement.

LIBRARY CODE OF CONDUCT

We ask that our patrons, including minors (less than 18 years of age) conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful of others. All library users are also asked to respect library property and to act in a manner appropriate to the use and function of the library.

The following restrictions apply on library property:

In the event that a patron violates any of these policies, a staff member will tell the individual that his/her behavior violates the Patron Code of Conduct, and that it must stop. If the individual continues the behavior, he/she will be asked to leave the library. If the patron refuses, the police will be called to remove the patron from the premises.

A patron may be banned from the library for a specific amount of time. In some cases, a violation of the conduct rules may result in legal prosecution.

In the event a patron’s actions present an imminent danger to the life or safety of him/her or others, he/she will be expelled from the premises immediately.

In the case of emergency situations, the Library reserves the right to expel patrons from the premises and /or authorize staff to call upon other agencies (e.g., police, fire department, etc.) in order to protect people and property.

If a patron is expelled from the Library, the staff member(s) involved will fill out an Incident Report Form, which will be given to the Director.

Indiana law requires us to report suspected child abuse and neglect (I.C. 31-33-5)

This Policy will be posted in the Library.

With everyone’s cooperation with the above policy, the Library will continue to provide a pleasant environment for our patrons and visitors: your consideration for other Library users will help us do our job better for you and the community.

The Board of Trustees of the Culver Union Township Public Library reserves the right to change this Policy without notice.

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