Courteous Conduct Policy

The O’Fallon Public Library offers library services to all residents of, and visitors to, O’Fallon regardless of age, economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, religious beliefs or sexual orientation. Library staff are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all library users. The user guidelines outlined below set expectations for all library users to ensure the safety, cleanliness, comfort, and accessibility of all O’Fallon Public Library spaces.

Illegal Activities

Illegal activities and behaviors that are violations of state, local and federal laws are prohibited on library property and at library events. Library users may not engage in behaviors, actions, or activities that violate any Federal, State or Local Laws as well as community ordinances and regulations. Weapons of any kind are forbidden on library property.

Personal Behavior and Conduct

All library users and staff, while on library premises, have the right to enjoy a library experience that is free from threat, harassment, lewd or disruptive behavior. To ensure this, library users, while on library premises, must not:

  • use, sell or be under the influence of drugs (including alcohol and marijuana)
  • use tobacco products or substitutes
  • wear attire inappropriate for public places
  • sleep, bathe, shave and/or wash clothes on the premises
  • solicit for funds or signatures, panhandle, sell goods, or gamble
  • monopolize/obstruct space, seating, tables or equipment to the exclusion of others
  • make unreasonable and disruptive noise, including speaking loudly, singing, snoring and listening to music at a volume noticed by others

Bags and other personal belongings may not be left unattended, and must not block access to aisles, doorways, stairways, walkways, elevators, ramps, or computers.

Children

With children’s safety and welfare in mind, parents and caregivers are responsible for monitoring the activities and regulating the behavior of their children while in the library.

All children aged nine (9) years or younger shall always be attended and adequately supervised by a responsible person who is at least sixteen (16) years of age.  Please see our Children’s Policy for more information.

Service Animals

Service animals are welcome in the library. Other animals are prohibited.

Food/Beverages

Food and covered drinks are permitted in the library. Please dispose of trash properly.

Furniture

Furniture may not be moved without permission from library staff. Heads, legs, and feet must be kept off tables and chairs.

Policy Violations

Violators of this policy may be subject to exclusion from library buildings and grounds and may lose library privileges. Violations of law will be referred to local law enforcement when necessary and criminal behavior will be prosecuted under the law.

Applicability

This policy applies to all library users and/or persons on library property. If violations of these rules are observed, please inform a staff member immediately.

Responsibility

It is the responsibility of all public service staff and facility supervisors to understand this policy fully to ensure fair and equitable application. It is the responsibility of the Library Director, with the advice of the Board of Trustees, to interpret, monitor and recommend updates to this policy. The Library Director is the final authority in regard to enforcing this policy.

Effective Date: February 10, 2020

 

Children

Children are welcome in the O’Fallon Public Library and we are concerned about their safety and welfare. However, parents and caregivers are responsible for monitoring the activities and regulating the behavior of their children while in the library.

  1. All children aged nine (9) years or younger shall be attended and adequately supervised by a responsible person at all times.
  2. Children who exceed five (5) years of age but who are less than ten (10) years of age may be left unattended in the library during scheduled library programs.
  3. Children using the library are subject to rules and regulations of the library concerning behavior, conduct and demeanor. Children should not be left at the library in substitution for proper babysitting or day care.
  4. If at closing time young children are still waiting for pick up, staff may contact the O'Fallon Police Department for assistance. At least two staff members will remain with the child. No staff member shall take the child home.
  5. The library assumes no responsibility for children left unattended on library premises.

 

Social Media Policy

The O’Fallon Public Library utilizes various social media applications* to keep the public informed about library events and topics. This also allows O’Fallon Public Library patrons to interact with library staff and other patrons to share information and opinions about library related subjects or issues. The library’s social media sites are maintained and monitored by designated library staff.

Comments and postings from the public are allowed, but will be reviewed by library staff for content. Appropriate comments and postings must be relevant to the topic posted by library staff. Library staff reserves the right to review all comments and postings and delete inappropriate content. Inappropriate content includes (but is not limited to):

  • Obscene, sexist, or racist content.
  • Harassing library staff or other social media users.
  • Libelous and slanderous statements.
  • Plagiarizing or posting copy-righted material without permission or authority.
  • Private, personal information of another person without appropriate consent or authority.
  • Comments, postings, and/or hyperlinks not related to the topic of the posting.
  • Commercial promotion, advertisement, or spam.
  • Photos or other images that fall in any of the above categories.

O’Fallon Public Library is not responsible or liable for content posted by any subscriber or user of its social media sites.

By choosing to comment and/or utilize O’Fallon Public Library social media sites, users agree to these rules.

*Facebook, Instagram, blogs, and all other interactive online applications that facilitate the sharing of opinions and information about the library.