Library Code of Conduct
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Tompkins County Public Library seeks to provide a safe, secure, and welcoming environment for patrons and staff. Behaviors that disrupt Library services are not permitted. These rules apply to all public spaces in the Library and on Library property outside the Library.
The following behaviors are not permitted:
- Engaging in any activity prohibited by law
- Any behavior that is disruptive to library use, services, or operations, including:
- Engaging in disorderly conduct of any kind, fighting or challenging to fight, or using obscene/offensive words likely to provoke violence
- Any behavior that creates loud or disturbing noises created by persons, electronic devices or cell phones
Cell Phone Guidelines
See Cell Phone rules here.
Computer Access Guidelines
See Computer Access Guidelines here.
Those failing to follow the rules listed above will be given a copy of the Library Code of Conduct and be asked to comply immediately. An individual may be asked for identification if observed in violation of these rules. Those failing to comply will be asked to leave. If violators do not leave, the police will be called and the Library will file trespassing charges.
The Security Services and Library staff send a report of all violations of Library rules to Library Administration. A person may lose his or her library card or be deemed persona non grata. At the discretion of the Library Director or designee, reports may be forwarded to County Administration, the Sheriff, or Ithaca City Police.
Persons banned from the Library and/or the Internet may appeal this ban by sending a written request to the Library Director explaining the circumstances and requesting a review of the persona non grata designation. The Library Director shall respond within a reasonable time of such request with a written decision.
Modified: 10-5-2005, 6-22-2006, 12-18-2011, 2-19-2014, 7-29-2014, 10-27-2015
Tompkins County Public Library Board of Trustees