William E. Dermody Free Public Library, Carlstadt, NJ
Code of Conduct Policy
The following behavior rules are in place for the following reasons:
- To protect the rights and safety of Library patrons
- To protect the rights and safety of Library staff members, and
- To preserve and protect the Library’s materials, facilities, and property.
Persons engaged in any of the following behaviors may, by authority of the William E. Dermody Library Board of Trustees, be ejected from the premises and excluded from all Library premises and services.
- Committing or attempting to commit any activity that would constitute a violation of any federal, state, or local criminal statute or ordinance.
- Directing a specific threat of physical harm against an individual, group of individuals, or property.
- Being under the influence of any controlled substance or alcoholic beverage.
- Possessing alcoholic beverages in open or closed containers or non-alcoholic beverages in other than closed, secure containers.
- Possessing, selling, distributing, or consuming any controlled substance as defined by NJSA 24:21-2.
- Engaging in sexual conduct as defined by NJSA 2C:14-1, including but not limited to, the physical manipulation or touching of a person’s intimate parts through a person’s clothing.
- Smoking or other use of tobacco anywhere within the building or anywhere on Library grounds.
- Bringing animals (except for service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act and those which are part of a Library approved program) inside the Library building or leaving an animal tethered and unattended on Library premises.
- Engaging in conduct that disrupts or interferes with the normal operation of the Library, or disturbs Library staff or patrons, including, but not limited to, conduct that involves the use of abusive language or gestures, conduct that creates unreasonable noise, or conduct that consists of loud or boisterous physical behavior or talking.
- Using personal electronic equipment at a volume that disturbs others, including, but not limited to, cell phones, headphones, iPods, and tablets.
- Using Library materials, equipment, furniture, fixtures, or buildings in a destructive, abusive, or potentially damaging manner or in a manner inconsistent with its customary use or like to cause personal injury to the actors or others.
- Disobeying the reasonable direction of a Library staff member or security officer.
- Placing personal belongings or other objects in, on, or against buildings, furniture, equipment, or fixtures anywhere in or on the premises in such a manner that it interferes with Library staff or patron use of the Library facility, or interferes with free passage.
- Bringing bicycles, skateboards, scooters, or other similar devices inside the Library building including, but not limited to, vestibules or covered doorways except where a bicycle rack is provided.
- Operating bicycles, roller skates, skateboards, scooters, or other similar devices in or on Library premises.
- Sleeping in or on Library premises.
- Improperly using Library restrooms, including, but not limited to, bathing, shaving, washing hair, or laundering or changing clothes.
- Taking Library materials into restrooms.
- Vandalizing cars and/or other real or personal property/items in the Library parking lot or anywhere else on Library property, including the building and/or grounds.
- Entering the Library with bare feet or a bare chest.
- Disturbing others because of offensive body odor.
- Conducting unapproved meetings.
- 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 the Library property except those conducted by the William E. Dermody Library.
- Filming, photographing, or interviewing patrons within the Library, unless approved by the Library Director.
- Engaging in any other activities that are inconsistent with those activities normally associated with the use of public library facilities that include reading, studying, and using library materials.
- Violating the Library’s internet policy, a copy of which is posted on the internet and at the circulation desk.
- Library staff telephones are not available for use by the public. An exception will be made for minors who need to call their parents for rides home or other necessary purposes. They must ask staff permission and limit calls to one minute.
- Adults and teens who are not using the children’s department collection or services are not allowed to loiter in that department.
Libraries are public spaces and cannot serve in loco parentis (in place of parents). Children under the age of 11, or any other person who needs care, shall be accompanied by a responsible adult, age 18 or over, at all times. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for the behavior of their children while they are on Library property. (See also “Unattended Child” Policy)
Library patrons violating any of these rules are subject to immediate loss of library privileges and/or legal proceedings, which may include police intervention and arrest. Longer term loss (suspension or revocation) of Library privileges shall be determined by the Library Director through a written notice, to be delivered in person within the Library and/or sent by certified mail to the patron’s last known address.
Patrons who wish to appeal their loss of privileges may submit a written letter of appeal to the Library Director within ten (10) days of the Director’s notice. Written appeals shall be promptly forwarded to the President of the William E. Dermody Library Board of Trustees, who will convene a committee and make a determination within thirty (30) days. The decision of the President’s Committee is final.
Adopted at a public meeting of the William E. Dermody Free Public Library Board of Trustees
May 11, 2015
Amended June 8, 2020