503. Code of Conduct

The Karl Junginger Memorial Library, in addition to observing Municipal Code Chapter 9, Orderly Conduct, has established the following Code of Conduct for all patrons. If a patron is not responsive to the needs of other library users or disregards the policies protecting patrons, staff and/or library property, the patron will be asked to leave the library and the library grounds. Failure to leave the premises upon the request of a staff member may lead to contact with the minor patron’s parents or the intervention of the Waterloo Police Department.

A. Building Rules
1. No smoking is allowed inside the library building.
2. Food may not be consumed within the service area of the library.
3. Non-Alcoholic beverages are allowed in spill-proof containers.
4. Pets or animals are not allowed in the library unless they are a part of a library program or they are trained and registered under the Wisconsin State Statue 174.056 as a service animal.
5. Boots, backpacks and outerwear will be left in designated lobby areas.
6. Bicycles and other wheeled sporting equipment shall be left in an outside area that does not block an exit door.
7. The library is not responsible for any items lost, damaged, or stolen on library property.

B. Patron Behavior
1. Noise must be kept at a level so that others are not disturbed.
2. Shirts and shoes are required; wet bathing suits are not allowed.
3. Study carrels are intended for one person; tables in the reading areas should accommodate no more than four people. Each workstation should be occupied by no more than two people at a time. Exceptions will be made for group projects.
4. Uninvited solicitation of the public and library staff is not allowed.
5. No firearms or weapons are allowed in the building or on library grounds. A firearm is defined as any device capable of firing a projectile able to produce physical injury. This includes, but is not limited to, BB guns, pellet guns, and slingshots. A Weapon is defined as any device which by its design can produce injury, including but not limited to, knives, blades, martial arts devices, and metal knuckles and any device when used as a weapon, including, but not limited to, letter openers, hammers, chains and wrenches.
6. Rudeness and profanity are not allowed.
7. Inappropriate sexual behavior is not allowed.

C. Suspension of library privileges
1. The suspension of a patron’s library privileges, either blocking the use of a library card or banning a person from using the library facility, is at the discretion of the Library Director.
2. A serious breach of the Code of Conduct will result in the following actions:
a. A written report of the patron’s inappropriate behavior will be submitted to the Library Director by the staff member involved in the incident. The report will include the date, time, and description of the incident and will name the individuals and staff members involved. The report, with the suspension details, will be forwarded to the Library Board.
b. The suspension of library privileges may be appealed at the next regularly scheduled Library Board meeting.
c. Any suspension of library privileges will be reviewed by the Library Director and the Board of Trustees after 6 months. The suspension may be extended at their discretion.
Policy Approved 8/10/95
Amended 7/22/98, 11/17/98, 3/25/08, 4/22/14, 7/15/14, 5/9/17