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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

  • Any form of sexual misconduct or public indecency in the building or on the grounds

  • 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.

Approved by the Board of Trustees

November 12, 2013

Revised June 8, 2020

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