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Waynesboro Wayne County Library

Patron Behavior Policy

The Waynesboro-Wayne County Library Board of Trustees has established certain standards of acceptable behavior on library property in order to maintain an atmosphere that promotes the use of and enjoyment of the resources and services of the library, promotes the safety of the general public and the library staff, and protects the building, furniture, equipment and materials if the library.

Any activity that interferes with the rights of other patrons to use the library, disrupts the normal functioning of the library, could result in physical, emotional, or mental injury to oneself or others, or could result in damage to the facilities, equipment, or materials is considered disruptive and unacceptable behavior.

The library reserves the right to require anyone who engages in disruptive behavior to leave the premises, the right to restrict privileges for a specified period of time, and the right to ban the individual from the library for a specified period of time or permanently. In most cases, a staff member will notify the individual that he or she is in violation of the standards of conduct and will provide one verbal warning. Unlawful activities will be reported immediately to the police.

Disruptive behavior includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Loud Talking and Laughing.
  • Sensitivity to noise varies from one person or group to another; however, if one person or group is heard above the general noise level in the library at a particular time, this person or group will be requested to lower their voice.

  • Fighting.
  • Includes any type of fighting, whether real or pretend.

  • Throwing Objects.
  • Includes wadded up papers, paper airplanes, other small objects, and larger objects that could cause injury.

  • Boisterous Behavior.
  • Includes running, horseplay, playing on the caboose in the children's room, and annoying other patrons.

  • Cellular or Portable Phones.
  • Use of cellular or portable telephones by patrons is restricted to quiet areas of the library. Patrons in the computer lab will be asked to step outside of the lab in order to use a cell phone.

  • Abusive or Obscene Language or Gestures.
  • Includes language or gestures that convey a sexually explicit message or are conveyed in a coarse or crude manner and any language that verbally abuses another individual.

  • Solicitation.
  • Includes selling anything for personal gain or a charitable cause, begging, panhandling, or circulating petitions among other patrons and staff members. Public petitions may be posted on the bulletin board located in the front of the library.

  • Polling, photography or filming on library premises without prior permission from the library.
  • Eating, and Drinking.
  • Reserved for designated areas only and at special library events in the Betty Cain Hurt Community Room.

  • Smoking.
  • Patrons may smoke outside the building.

  • Sleeping.
  • Pertains to habitual sleeping or those that are noisy, sprawled on furniture, or generally disturbing other patrons.

  • Restricted Areas Only.
  • Entering non-public work areas or public areas which have been temporarily restricted by the library staff.

  • Personal Property.
  • Patrons are responsible for their personal property. Please do not leave items unattended.

  • Loitering.
  • Defined as a person who wanders around he library without apparent legitimate reason and disturbs other patrons.

  • Animals.
  • Animals of any kind are prohibited unless serving as an aide animal or part of a library-sponsored program.

  • Unattended Children.
  • A parent, guardian, or other responsible adult must accompany children under age 12 at all times in the library. Parents who use the library's computer lab MUST supervise their children while they are in the lab. Minors (under the age of 18) left at the library after closing hours may be considered abandoned and the library may contact the police. The library staff is not responsible for waiting after hours for a parent to pick up a child.

  • Improper Attire.
  • Patrons must wear shoes and a shirt in the library building.

  • Abuse of Library Equipment, Furniture, and Materials.
  • Includes but is not limited to placing feet on tables and chairs, standing on furniture, mutilating or defacing books or periodicals, and mistreating equipment or computers. For more information on computer abuse, see the library's internet Policy.

  • Blocking Aisles or Doorways.
  • Includes obstructing aisles or doorways or in any way interfering with the free movement of any other persons.

  • Weapons.
  • Carrying weapons of any type on library property is not permissible except by law enforcement officers.

  • Removing Library Materials or Equipment.
  • Staff members must check out all circulating materials and equipment at the circulation desk before they can be removed from the library building. The stealing of library materials is a felony and is punishable by Mississippi State law.

  • Playing Music.
  • Includes playing music or other media at a level that is disruptive to other patrons. This includes singing, humming, and whistling.

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