“Rules of Conduct for Library Users” Policy
The Board of Trustees believes that patrons of the Champaign Public Library have the right to use library materials and services without being disturbed or impeded by other library users; that patrons and staff have the right to a secure and comfortable environment; and that staff and patrons have the right to materials and facilities that are in good condition.
Rules of Conduct
- Any behavior that is disruptive or hinders the use of the library or endangers public safety is prohibited on library property. This includes, but is not limited to, loud or boisterous behavior, verbal or physical harassment, drunkenness, running, fighting, and congregating in large groups.
- Seating at library tables, carrels, and chairs is limited to the number of persons for which the furniture was designed.
- Smoking is not permitted in the library or on library grounds except in the parking lot.
- Eating and drinking is limited to that authorized in the Food and Beverage Policy.
- Sleeping is not permitted anywhere on library property.
- Shoes and shirts must be worn in the library.
- Animals shall not be left unattended on library property and are not permitted on the premises of any library facility, except for those used to aid persons with disabilities.
- Selling products or services and/or soliciting donations are not permitted on library property except as authorized by the Library Director or designee.
- Taking surveys, asking people to sign petitions, distributing leaflets, and other similar activities are not permitted on library property except those conducted by the Champaign Public Library.
- Parents or legal guardians are responsible for the behavior of their children while they are on library property. Children under the age of eight must be attended by a parent or other responsible caregiver in seventh grade or higher at all times while on library property.
- The library is not responsible for personal belongings.
- Bags or other personal belongings must be no larger than what fits underneath one library chair.
- No offensive body odor detectable from six feet or more is permitted.
- The violation of federal or state laws or local ordinances is not permitted on library property. Theft, vandalism, or mutilation of library material or property, are criminal offenses that shall be prosecuted. In this regard, the library reserves the right to inspect any and all library users’ personal belongings, including, but not limited to, bags, purses, briefcases and backpacks.
Persons who refuse to comply with the Rules of Conduct may lose their library privileges. The library reserves the right to remove any person whose behavior is disruptive, is inappropriate for a library environment, or interferes with the use of the library by others.
Approved by the Board of Trustees on October 18, 2007