The Neptune Public Library is dedicated to providing access to knowledge and information through reading, writing, and quiet contemplation. We are also dedicated to providing patrons the right to use materials and services without being disturbed or impeded. Patrons and employees require a secure and comfortable environment. To insure all of this, appropriate behavior is expected of all our patrons. Violation of any of the following rules will result in a warning and/or expulsion from the library. Whenever necessary, police will be contacted. The Library director, Librarians and staff have authority to carry out all powers of this policy.
Any activity which interferes with the rights of other patrons to use the library, which could result in physical, emotional or mental injury to oneself or others, or could result in damage to the facilities, equipment, material or library property and grounds will be considered disruptive and unacceptable.
Conduct not acceptable in the library or on library grounds includes, but is not limited to:
- Engaging in any activity in violation of Federal, State, local or other applicable law or library policy.ALL ILLEGAL ACTS ARE FORBIDDEN.
- Eating or drinking in the Library, except in designated areas.
- Patrons must wear a shirt and shoes in the library.
- Patrons with offensive bodily hygiene, creating a nuisance to other persons, shall be required to leave the building
- Running, skateboarding, jumping, throwing objects, playing in the elevator, loitering in stairwells, entrances, or lobby. Fighting, harassing, bullying or threatening behavior, Disrespectful behavior and/ or use of loud, offensively coarse, or abusive language toward staff or other patrons. (2C:33-2 Disorderly Conduct)
- Damaging library property, including damaging restrooms, defacing furniture and walls, removing pages from books, destroying landscaping or outdoor fixtures, littering (Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Neptune 3-15.2 and NJSA 2C: 17-3 Criminal mischief)
- Intoxication (NJSA 2C:33-2 Disorderly conduct)
- Any behavior that harasses or annoys others, such as staring at another person with the intent to annoy that person, following another person about the building with the intent to annoy that person, singing or talking to others or in monologues, or behaving in a manner which reasonably be expected to disturb others. Striking, kicking, shoving, or other offensive touching, or threats to do so (NJSA 2C:33-4 Harassment)
- No person may carry any instrument which could reasonably and commonly be classified as a weapon or a dangerous instrument, or could be reasonably used as means of aggression or defense against another, into the Library or onto Library grounds, unless authorized by law to do so. (NJSA 2C:39-5 Unlawful Possession of Weapons )
- Stealing library materials (Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Neptune 3-15.1 and NJSA 2C:20-12,13,14 Theft of library materials).
- All bags and other articles are subject to inspection by library staff members. The library reserves the right to limit the size and number of items brought into the library.
- Animals, insects and other living organisms may not be brought into the library, other than service animals necessary for disabilities, except as authorized by the Library Director. (NJSA 10:5-29 Handicapped, blind or deaf person; accompaniment by service or guide dog).
- Smoking, chewing and other tobacco use in library facilities. (N.J.S.A. 26:D-55 et seq., (NJ SFAA) The New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act.
- Making excessive noise, talking loudly or playing loud music. Use of cell phones or other devices without headphones or with headphones set at a loud volume that disturbs others. Using cell phones, pagers and other communication devices in a manner that disturbs others.
- Any behavior that presents an eminent danger to the life or safety of others, including intentional non-emergency activation of alarmed exits or fire alarms. (NJSA 2C:33-3 False Public Alarms)
- Solicitation, gambling or panhandling, including distributing printed materials, signing petitions or conducting surveys not authorized by the library.
- Neglecting to provide proper supervision of children.
- Using wheeled devices in the library or on library grounds including, but not limited to: skateboards, roller-skates, rollerblades, bicycles, scooters and shopping carts. Exceptions include wheelchairs, walkers, strollers and other durable medical equipment.
- No person may use the lavatory facilities other than for ordinary and usual use. Bathing and laundering clothes are specifically not permitted.
The following disciplinary actions shall apply to all patrons:
A patron who engages in any activity which materially disrupts the use of library facilities, collections, or services by patrons or disrupts the ability of the staff to perform its duties shall cease such activity immediately upon request by library personnel.
In such instances involving minor patrons, identification will be requested and the incident may be reported to the parent or guardian.
If, following a request, the patron fails or refuses to comply or responds to the request in an abusive fashion, he or she will be required to leave the library premises immediately for the balance of that calendar day. If he or she fails to leave, the police will be summoned.
Library personnel will record instances in which patrons are required to leave the library. Further instances in which a patron is required to leave the library premises the Director shall bar the patron from use of library premises for periods as follows:
2nd offense – 30 days
3rd offense – 90 days
4th offense – 1 year
5th offense – permanently
Parents or guardians of minors will be notified in writing after the 1st recorded instance in which a minor is required to leave the library and advised of the consequences of any further recorded instances. The director and/or library board of Trustees may modify or augment the discipline periods or actions.
Patrons wishing to appeal such action may do so upon written request to the Board of Library Trustees.
In the event a patron barred from the use of the library attempts entry to the library during any such period of exclusion, the police will be summoned and informed of the prior action.
In the event the patron persists in abusive conduct or disruptive behavior following such a period of exclusion, the Director shall report to the Board of Library Trustees such conduct following prior exclusion and the Board will consider a long-term exclusion of that patron.
Adopted by the Board of Trustees
20 September 2011