Library Rules of Conduct

  1. Eating, drinking, sleeping, smokeless tobacco, or smoking anywhere in the library building is prohibited.
  2. Patrons must have proper clothing and must have footwear.
  3. Screaming, loud talking, running, constant entering and exiting of building, fighting, table hopping, and abusive or offensive language is not permitted.
  4. Children ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult or adolescent of at least 14 years of age.
  5. The library is not responsible for any loss of patron’s personal belongings through theft or otherwise.
  6. The use of electronic devices with headphones is permitted if the noise it emits is not audible to other patrons.
  7. Loitering in the library building, the lobby of the building, or on the library premises is prohibited.
  8. Only one person at a time is permitted to use the bathroom, except small children and handicapped persons.
  9. Theft and/or vandalism of library property will be prosecuted, as will any violation of federal, state or local ordinances on library property.
  10. Guide dogs or animals used to assist the handicapped are allowed, all other animal pets are to remain outside the building.
  11. Campaigning, petitioning, interviewing, survey-taking, fundraising, soliciting or sales are prohibited. Only non-profit, educational and cultural organizations are permitted to post bulletins and distribute material on library premises.
  12. The library reserves the right to inspect the contents of all bags, purses, briefcases, and backpacks, etc. for library materials.
  13. Cellular phone usage that infringes the rights of others is considered disruptive behavior. Cellular phone use is prohibited in the Computer Lab and Quiet Study Rooms.

Anyone known to have violated any one of the above rules may be excluded from the library and/or their library privileges revoked.

Patrons wishing to appeal such action may do so by written request to the Library Director and/or the Library Board of Trustees.

Standards of Public Conduct and Use of Library Facilities

The Library is supported by the taxes of the people of Schiller Park who expect the library to be clean, comfortable, and a safe place for selecting materials, reading, researching, studying, using computers, and attending programs and meetings. To this end, The Board of Trustees of the Schiller Park Public Library has the authority to determine the rules and regulations for the government of the Library as may be expedient, including but not limited to, rules of behavior necessary to protect the rights of individuals to use Library materials and services, to protect the rights of the Library employees to conduct Library business without interference and preserve Library materials and facilities.  Illinois Law authorizes the Board to “exclude from the use of the Library any person who willfully violates the rules prescribed by the Board”.  Ill Rev. Stat. Ch 81 Sec. 4 – 7 (1991).

The Board of Trustees believe that Library patrons have the right to use the Library materials and services without being disturbed or impeded by other Library users.  That Library patrons and employees have a right to an environment that is secure and comfortable, and that Library patrons and employees have a right to materials that are available and in good condition.  Any conduct that disturbs Library users or staff, or that hinders others from using the Library or Library materials is prohibited.

Definitions and scope

These behavior rules shall apply to all buildings, interior and exterior, and all grounds controlled and operated by the Schiller Park Public Library and to all persons entering in or on the premises.

Listed below are the library’s behavior rules. Persons who violate these rules may be ejected from the premises and excluded from all library premises for the period of time listed below.

Behavior Rules

Dress Code

Patrons must wear proper clothing in the library building at all times including shirts and shoes. 

Patrons must maintain a level of hygiene does not hinder the use of the library by another patron.

Minor Disruptions:

The violating patron may receive up to 2 warnings; however, receipt of such warnings before further action is not required.  At the third offense, the patron must leave the building for the rest of the day.

1. Selling for profit, soliciting, petitioning or canvassing for political, religious or charitable purposes on Library property, unless the charity is a direct benefit to the Library

2.  Distributing unauthorized leaflets or posting flyers/posters on the Library premises. No organization or individual shall be permitted to place in the Library any receptacles which solicits donations

3. Operating wheeled vehicles or using any wheeled footwear inside the building, i.e. bicycles, tricycles, roller blades, roller skates, skateboards, etc., except where such use is to afford a disabled person access to the Library.

4. Improperly using library restrooms, including, but not limited to, bathing, shaving, washing hair and changing clothes. No more than one person at a time is permitted in the bathroom except small children and handicapped persons

5. Using personal electronic devices (which must be used with headphones) at a volume that disturbs others, including, but not limited to, laptops, tablets, stereos, televisions and cellular telephones. Cellular telephones used to make or receive voice calls must be used in dedicated areas only

6. Prolonged crying baby or out-of-control toddler

7. Running inside the building except in case of emergency

Major Disturbances:

The offender either receives one warning or may be ordered to leave the building immediately for the rest of the day.

1. Engaging in conduct that disrupts or interferes with the normal operation of the library, or disturbing library staff or hindering the use of the library by other patrons, including, but not limited to, conduct that involves the use of abusive or threatening language or gestures, conduct that creates unreasonable noise (including clicking, whistling, tapping and humming) or conduct that consists of loud or boisterous physical behavior or talking. 

2. Using library materials, equipment, furniture, fixtures or buildings in a manner inconsistent with the customary use thereof; or in a destructive, abusive or potentially damaging manner; or in a manner likely to cause personal injury to the person or others.

3. Disobeying the reasonable direction of a library staff member. Interfering the staff in performance of duties.

4. Placing personal belongings on or against buildings, furniture, equipment or fixtures in a manner that interferes with library staff or patron use of the library facility, or leaving personal belongings unattended.

5. Bringing bicycles or other similar devices inside library buildings.

6. Parking vehicles on library premises for purposes other than library use. Vehicles parked in violation of this rule may be towed at the owner’s expense.

7. Consuming food or drink that creates a nuisance because of odor, garbage or spills. Non-alcoholic beverages in closed containers and small amounts of snack foods are allowed. 

8. Bringing animals inside library buildings (with the exception of service animals), except as allowed at a library-approved event, or leaving an animal tethered and unattended on library premises. 

9. Violating the library’s rules for Acceptable use of the Internet and library public computers.

10. Taking library materials into restrooms if the materials have not been checked out.

11. Library materials shall be properly checked out before removal from the premises.  Patrons may be asked to open briefcases, bags, purses, back packs, etc., for inspection upon exiting the building

Criminal behavior

The offender will not be given a warning. The appropriate law enforcement agency will be contacted and the offender will be immediately ejected and excluded from the Schiller Park Public Library premises. Any person so excluded shall lose all library privileges for a period of time determined by the Schiller Park Library Board of Trustees.

1. Committing or attempting to commit any activity that would constitute a violation of any federal, state or local criminal statute or ordinance.

2. Directing a specific threat of physical harm against an individual, group of individuals or property. 

3. Engaging in sexual conduct, including, but not limited to, the physical manipulation or touching of a person’s sex organs through a person’s clothing in an act of apparent sexual stimulation or gratification.

4. Illicit possession distribution or use of controlled drugs and substances. Being under the influence of any controlled substance or intoxicating liquor.

5. Possessing, selling, distributing or consuming any alcoholic beverage, except as allowed at a library-approved event.

6. Smoking and tobacco chewing are prohibited in the library building.

7. Possession, distribution or use of explosives, firearms, or other dangerous weapons or instruments is prohibited in the Library at all times.

8. Anyone found committing a theft and/or vandalism will be prosecuted.

Repeat Offenses

Individuals who repeatedly violate these Behavior Rules after having been previously excluded for library rule violations may face a longer exclusion or suspension than indicated in these guidelines. Repeat offenders need not violate the same rule to be subject to stricter enforcement and may not be warned that their behavior is inappropriate before being excluded. 

Suspension 

Suspension from the Library means that the patron may not enter the library premises for any reason. If the suspended patron enters the library premise, the police will be called to remove the patron and the patron may be subject to criminal charges. In addition, other library privileges, such as the use of the Schiller Park Public Library Card, will be suspended.

Reporting and Appeal

The Library Director shall be advised of each infraction of a disruptive behavior by both adult and minor patrons.  This will be done in writing by the Library staff involved on an Incident Report.  This report will be kept on file.  The report will reflect the number of dates and incidents the patron was disruptive and action taken. In the event of a suspension greater than three days, any patron may make their appeal in writing to the Library Director and/or Schiller Park Library Board of Trustees.  The matter will considered on the next available monthly Board Meeting held once each calendar month.

Children in the Library

The Library welcomes children to use its facilities and services. However, the responsibility for the care, safety and behavior of children using the Library rests with the parent/guardian or caregiver and not with library staff members. Public libraries, by their nature, are subject to “stranger danger” and are not necessarily safe for unattended children.

Children 8 years of age and under shall not be left unattended in the Library under any circumstances. They must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or caregiver. A caregiver must be at least sixteen years of age. Parents/guardians, if delegating their responsibilities to a caregiver, must ensure the caregiver is a responsible person of suitable age. It is the parents’ responsibility to provide child care, the Library and its staff will not be used for this purpose. A parent/guardian or caregiver must remain with the child during the entire time period in the Library, and must directly supervise the child.

Library staff members may contact the proper authorities, such as the Police Department, in the event a child 8 years of age or under is left unattended in the Library, or the parent/guardian or caregiver fails to directly supervise the child; for example, by leaving the child alone in the Children’s Room. If the same child is left unattended repeatedly the Library staff will contact the parent.  If the situation recurs the police will be notified. In the case of children over age 8, parents may be notified, if an unaccompanied minor’s behavior in the Library is a problem.

Children are subject to the same rules of conduct as other patrons and are subject to the same consequences, including being asked to leave the Library.

If unattended children age 13 and under are present in the Library at closing time or at the time of an emergency closing, the Library staff shall attempt to contact a parent/guardian by phone to come pick up the child immediately.  If unsuccessful the Librarian in Charge will contact the local police department.  At least two staff members should wait with the child until the police arrive to take custody of the child.

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POSTING OF BEHAVIOR POLICY

This policy shall be posted in the Library and on the library website and copies will be available upon request.

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