Library code of conduct

The United States Court of Appeals decision (Kreimer vs. Bureau of Police for the Town of Morristown, 1992) found that a library is a “limited public forum” created for the specific purpose of providing access to materials.   Further, the library may draft rules of behavior that assure that the library is used for the general purposes for which it is intended.   The Volusia County Public Library has set up the following rules to ensure the comfort and safety of all patrons and staff.   This code covers behavior on all library property: Support Center, Branches, Bookmobile, Library vehicles and programs in the Library.

The Volusia County Public Library will uphold all state laws and local ordinances in regard to public behavior.

The following rules and regulations, referred to as the Library’s Code of Conduct, have been established for all library users – children, young adults and adults.   Anyone whose behavior is not in compliance with the Library’s Code of Conduct will be asked to leave the building.   If a person does not comply with an order communicated by an authorized Library employee not to enter the Library or not to remain in the Library for failure to comply with the Code of Conduct may be placed on “Trespass after Warning” notification with the police.

Library users

In general, behavior that violates the law, behavior that interferes with the use and enjoyment of the Library by others, and behavior that interferes with Library employees in the performance of their duties, is prohibited.

Parents/guardians or assigned chaperones are responsible for the safety or well-being of children on Library property. Children must be able to function independently if left alone at the Library. Children must not be left unattended for an extended length of time in the library and never for “babysitting” purposes.

Eating and drinking is not permitted anywhere in the library proper. Eating and drinking may be permitted in the library meeting rooms in accordance with the Meeting Room Use Policy.

Smoking is not permitted in any area open to the public, including meeting rooms, rest room, hallways and lobbies.

The use of alcohol and drugs is prohibited on Library property.

No weapon of any kind may be brought into the library except by a law enforcement officer operating within the scope of duty.

Public health codes must be observed.   Library users must be fully clothed and wear shoes; bare feet are not permitted.

Loitering and Sleeping are not permitted.

No one may threaten, harm, endanger, or harass staff, volunteers, or patrons in any manner.   Harassment may include inappropriate touching or comments, or questions of a personal nature, which may be deemed offensive.

Running, fighting, roughhousing and other disruptive behaviors are not permitted.

Roller-skating, skateboarding, and sound equipment without earphones are not permitted.

Cellular phones may not be used in the library.   Patrons using cell phones will be asked to step in the library lobby or outside to avoid disturbing other patrons.

No animals are permitted in the Library with the exception of animals trained to assist the disabled.

Restrooms must be used only for their intended purpose.   Bathing, shaving and washing clothes is prohibited.

Lack of personal hygiene so offensive as to disrupt the use of the library by other library patrons will not be permitted.

Solicitation of any kind, including that for charitable organizations, is prohibited.

The distribution of unauthorized materials is not permitted in the Library.   Materials must be submitted for review and approval for posting and/or distribution.

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Library materials and property

Criminal mischief is prohibited, for example, defacement of the interior of the Library, including but not limited to walls, furniture, windows, defacement of the exterior of the Library including but not limited to walls, windows, plantings and shrubs and surrounding property. (Florida Statute 806.13)

All library materials must be checked out at the Circulation Desk.   Theft, defacement and mutilation of library materials are criminal offenses. (Florida Statute 806.13)

Materials must be kept clean and in good condition. Replacement charges are assessed for damaged library materials.

Each borrower assumes responsibility for materials checked out on his/her card unless the Library has been notified that the card has been lost or stolen.

Inappropriate use of library computers, such as the following, is prohibited.

  • Damaging or altering computer equipment, systems or software
  • Downloading or installing any program or files on the hard drive of any computer
  • Violating copyright or trademark laws, software license agreements or intellectual freedom rights

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Personal property

The Library is not responsible for personal belongings left in Library materials or on Library property.   If a personal loss occurs, a staff member will assist the person in notifying the police of the loss.

Personal property will not be held at the Public Service Desks.

Bike racks are available in front of the Library.   Bicycles are not allowed in the Library, the lobby or entranceways to the Library.

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