Library Code of Conduct

The Board of Trustees has adopted a code of conduct for the comfort and protection of the rights of all those using and working in the Harris-Elmore Public Library and the Genoa Branch Library.  We ask your cooperation in helping us to provide a safe and pleasant environment for all patrons and staff.

Behavior that hinders the use of library or materials is prohibited.  Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Loud talking or other noise that is disruptive to others

  • Physical threats or abuse

  • Abusive language or profanity

  • Misuse of library furnishings, materials, or equipment

  • Congregation in or around entrances, inside or out

  • Fighting on library property

  • Commission of an illegal or unauthorized act on library property, against the patrons, personnel, or property of the library (such as theft, trespass, vandalism, assault, arson, etc.)

  • Smoking or the use of tobacco or nicotine products, including e-cigarettes

  • Having food or beverages at the computer stations

  • Possession or use of alcohol or mood altering drugs on library property

  • Possession of weapons

  • Loitering

Employees are authorized to bring to an individual's attention any act or omission which violates these rules and detracts from the decorum of the library.  Such an individual will be asked to change his/her behavior to conform to the rules.  If a change in behavior is not evident or forthcoming, that individual will be asked to leave the library building and property.  If the individual does not leave on his/her own, police may be called for assistance.

Depending on the severity of the misbehavior, individuals who have been asked to leave may be barred from returning to the library.  Individuals who have been barred must ask to speak to the Director before being readmitted.  Juveniles may be asked to bring a parent or guardian to such a conference.

The above rules are based on powers granted to a Library Board of Trustees under Ohio Statutory and Case Law to operate a public building.  The rules will be posted in the library building.



The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends the use of face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. The CDC advises that face coverings can help slow the spread of the virus, including among those who are not aware they carry it. 


Under this public health guidance, that is also endorsed by the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Library Council, the library has decided to take measures to help protect our employees and patrons.  Everyone that enters the library must wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose, at all times while in the library. This requirement does not apply to children under the age of 2 or to individuals who are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition.  If a patron does not have a face covering upon entering, a disposable face mask will be provided by the library free of charge.


For those that are unable to wear a face covering for health, religious, or other undetermined reasons, curbside service is still available and will be recommended for their safety and for the safety of those in the library.   This reasonable accommodation is in compliance with all American Disability Act regulations for any disabilities that are unable to wear face coverings.

This is only a temporary measure while under emergency circumstances due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  This portion of the Patron Code of Conduct will expire on December 31, 2021 unless the state government lifts all emergency and social distancing measures prior to that date.

Approved by the Board of Trustees

November 12, 2013

Revised June 8, 2020

Contact Info

Harris-Elmore Public Library

328 Toledo St.

P.O. Box 45

Elmore, OH 43416

Phone:  (419) 862-2482

Fax:  (419) 862-2123

Library Hours

Monday Wednesday Friday: 10am-5pm

Tuesday & Thursday: 10am-6pm

Saturday: 10am-2pm

Sunday: CLOSED

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