Handley Regional Library Safe Library Policy
The Handley Regional Library Board wants its libraries to be places where the staff and the public feel and are safe and secure. A public library is a place for activities such as individual reading, research, and study; thus an individual’s behavior in the library should be consistent with normal library usage.
The Library Board authorizes the staff to prepare guidelines for behavior within the library and to enforce the guidelines. The guidelines will include the possibility of temporary or permanent removal of library users who are disruptive or dangerous. Additionally, the Library Board authorizes the staff to put into place procedures to protect library patrons such as children or others unable to care for themselves. If a library user wants to appeal a staff decision, the Library Board will hear such appeals.
Library staff members should not hesitate to call for police or sheriff’s assistance if they feel there is an imminent danger to patrons, staff, or facilities. Preventive measures such as panic buttons, up-to-date fire and security systems, and emergency training are also important components of the Handley Regional Library’s safe library procedures and are authorized by the Library Board.
Under Library Rules & Guidelines the items below are prohibited:
Additionally, patrons should be aware of the following:
If the offense is serious or frequent, the Library will enforce its rules by asking the individual(s) to leave the library, by declaring that the individual(s) may not trespass on library property, or if there is an immediate threat, by calling the police or sheriff.
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