The library is here for your use and enjoyment, and is intended for reading, studying and using library materials. Please demonstrate courteous behavior toward other patrons and staff members. While using the library, please remember:
- Keep all food, beverages, tobacco products, alcohol, drugs and weapons of all kinds out of the library.
- Use a speaking voice which will not disturb other patrons or the staff. Avoid making loud noises of any kind.
- Audio equipment such as radios, tape players, and cell phones which are brought into the library must only be activated in quiet mode, such as head phones and vibrate alert.
- Use acceptable language at all times. Persons using profane or vulgar language will be asked to leave.
- Library employees are here to help you. They are to be treated with respect.
- The library is a public agency. Solicitations, petitions or political literature are not allowed.
- The only animals allowed in the library are certified, trained assistance animals.
- Treat the library furnishing, fixtures and building with respect.
- Remember to go through the proper checkout procedure before taking any materials from the library.
The Board of Trustees has adopted a Safe Child Policy to ensure the safety of each child visiting one of its library branches. Each patron acknowledges his/her access to this policy when supplying a library card application. Copies of this policy are available at each branch’s circulation desk and/or upon request.
The Board of Trustees of the Copiah-Jefferson Regional Library System has adopted these rules of conduct. The Director, Branch Librarians and staff have been authorized and directed by the Board of Trustees to strictly enforce these rules. The rules are for the benefit of all patrons and staff. They serve to promote the enjoyable use of all library facilities by patrons of all ages, and the effective utilization of staff time and services.
Violations of any of these rules of conduct can subject the offending party to removal from the premises. Serious violations or repetitive violations will be brought to the attention of the Board of Trustees for resolution. The offending party may lose all library privileges pending action by the Board of Trustees. The Director, Branch Librarians and staff have been authorized by the Board of Trustees to refer, to the proper authorities, those who refuse to abide by these rules or cooperate with staff members.
Please help conserve library resources and assist the staff in providing the quiet, pleasant atmosphere so that the library experience can be enjoyable and beneficial to all members of the community.
INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR INCLUDES BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO:
- Engaging in any activity in violation of Federal, State, local or other applicable law, or Library policy.
- Carrying firearms and dangerous weapons of any type (except by law enforcement officers).
- Being under the influence of alcohol/illegal drugs and selling, using, or possessing alcohol/illegal drugs.
- Verbally or physically threatening or harassing other patrons, volunteers, or staff, including stalking, staring, lurking, offensive touching, and obscene acts such as sex acts and indecent exposure.
- Gambling and group activities which are disruptive to the Library environment.
- Fighting or challenging to fight, running, pushing, shoving, or throwing things.
- Creating disruptive noises such as loud talking, screaming, or banging on computer keyboards
- Using wheeled devices in Library property or on Library grounds, except in designated areas, including skateboarding, roller-skating, bicycling, scooters, and shopping carts (exceptions include wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers).
- Smoking, chewing, and other tobacco use in Library facilities or in vicinity of entrance doors.
- Using restrooms for bathing or shampooing, doing laundry, or changing clothes.
- Soliciting or conducting surveys not authorized by the Library.
- Stealing, damaging, altering, or inappropriate use of Library property in Library facilities or on Library grounds, including computer hardware and software, printers, copiers, phones, and other equipment.
- Any situation in which the actions of a person present an imminent danger to the life or safety of others in the library.
- Using audible devices without headphones or with headphones set at a volume that disturbs others. Using cell phones, pagers, and other communication devices in a manner that disturbs others. Cell phone and pager audible ringers must be turned off.
- Entering the Library barefooted, without a shirt, with offensive body odor or personal hygiene, or being otherwise attired so as to be disruptive to the Library environment.
- Consuming food or beverages in public areas of the Library, including restrooms, where food and beverages are not part of programming offered by the Library. This does not apply to baby bottles or sipping cups, except where the use of these items poses a hazard to Library equipment or furniture.
- Bringing in garbage, articles with a foul order, or articles which, alone or in their aggregate, impede the use of the library by other users.
- Lying down or sleeping in the restrooms or on any floor, couch, table, or seat in the Library, and by blocking aisles, exits, or entrances by sitting or lying down in them.
- Bringing pets or animals, other than service animals necessary for disabilities, into the Library, except as authorized by the Library Director.
- Excessive Displays of Affection.
- Displaying obscene or sexually explicit materials or Internet sites.
- Distributing or posting printed materials, literature, or other items that have not been approved by the Library for use inside the Library building.
- Removing Library materials from the premise without authorization through established lending procedures.
- Moving tables, chairs or other furniture, beyond ordinary use, without permission of Library staff.
- Arranging seating in such a manner as to be disruptive or endangering to other Library patrons
- Neglecting to provide proper supervision of children. (see also the Library’s Safe Child policy)
- Entering "staff only" areas without permission of Library staff.
- Use of emergency exits other than during an emergency.
- Disregarding library closing times and announcements.
- Failure to comply with computer usage restrictions, including access to computer equipment, the computer area, and computer usage time restrictions.
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