VII. Library Security and Patron Behavior (Approved, January 2006)
In order to provide a readily available collection of library materials and a suitable atmosphere for use of the Library’s materials and services, the Library Board has adopted the following policies:
A. Destruction, vandalism, or theft of library materials or property is prohibited. Vandalism includes willfully destroying, mutilating, defacing, breaking cutting, tearing, writing upon or otherwise damaging any library materials (including, but not limited to books, magazines, newspapers, audiovisual materials and computer equipment) or property (including but not limited to the library building, grounds, furniture and equipment).
B. Patron Behavior – Library patrons are expected to conform to generally acceptable, lawful standards of behavior.
1. The following are not permitted within the Library building except by special arrangement with the Library staff:
1. Eating (except by staff in designated non-public areas, in meeting rooms under conditions described above);
2. Drinks not in covered beverage containers;
3. Disruptive noise or behavior;
4. Use for other than intended purpose of Library furniture, materials, or equipment; and
5. Pets (except for service animals);
2. If, after staff contact, the patron continues the above behavior(s), he/she will be asked to leave the building by staff or the police.
3. If the patron exhibits disruptive behavior, is disoriented or clearly irrational, Library staff member(s) are authorized to seek help from the police department.
4. If the patron exhibits aggressive, abusive, violent or suspicious behavior (such as theft or vandalism) behavior, the Library staff member(s) are authorized to seek help from the police department.
C. Unattended Children (approved, November 2006)
Coeur D’Alene Public Library welcomes families and children. Library staff members are trained to help children with library materials and services, however the library staff cannot be responsible for unattended children. Parents and caregivers are responsible for the safety, comfort, and behavior of their children while in this public building. Please make sure your child comes to the library with a responsible person.
1. Children under six must be directly supervised by an adult or an individual age 14 or older.
2. Children from 6-9 years in age should be accompanied by someone age 14 or older in the building.
3. Children under the age of 15 who are left in the library at closing time will be encouraged to contact a parent or guardian to pick them up. If the child is not claimed within 15 minutes following the scheduled closing of the library, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department will be notified of the situation. Two staff members will stay with the child until he/she is picked up. Under no circumstances will a staff member drive a child home.