Code of Conduct & Internet Policy
Code of Conduct
The Board of Directors endorses the following code of conduct as it will be presented to patrons, staff and volunteers:
It is the purpose of the Laramie County Library System to provide free, open and equal access to ideas and information to all members of the community. To accomplish this purpose, a code of conduct is provided to assist staff, volunteers and patrons in promoting safe, healthy and barrier-free access to all the resources and facilities the system has to offer. The code is designed to foster an atmosphere of mutual respect and courtesy and applies to all patrons, volunteers and staff while on library system property.
While at the Library, You Are Encouraged to:
- Ask the staff for help. Let the staff know when you are unable to find what you need so they can try to get the information for you. This also helps the library know what needs to be added to the collection.
- Inform the staff if you need accommodation or if assistance is needed for your full use of library services.
- Explore new ideas and interests by attending library programs.
- Be responsible for the safety, well being and conduct of children in your care.
- Cooperate with the requests of library staff.
- Turn off cellular phones when attending a library sponsored program.
- Keep your personal belongings in your control at all times. The library is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
While at the Library, the Following is Prohibited:
- Behavior that is unsafe or disturbing to other patrons, volunteers or staff such as using offensive language, loud talking, shouting, screaming, children crying or making other loud noises, pushing, running, shoving, throwing things, or other disruptive behavior.
- Verbally or physically harassing or threatening other patrons, volunteers or staff. Harassment may include, but is not limited to: initiating unwanted conversation; impeding access to or within the building; or other actions that an individual reasonably perceives to be hostile, threatening, intrusive or offensive.
- Abandoning, or leaving unattended, children or other persons in need of supervision. Leaving young children unattended in the library at any time.
- Actions that damage library property or the property of others.
- Any behavior that is prohibited by law.
- Sexual misconduct, such as exposure, offensive touching, verbal comments or unwanted sexual advances to patrons, volunteers or staff.
- Smoking or use of tobacco or tobacco products. Use of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Bringing animals, other than service animals, into the library except as authorized by a library manager. By Federal Law employees may ask what services an animal provides.
- Accessing staffing areas, unless accompanied by a library employee.
- Lying down on the floor, benches or couches.
- Bodily hygiene that is offensive so as to unduly interfere with another patron’s use of the library. You shall be required to leave the building.
- Inappropriate dress, including no shirt or shoes.
- Tampering with the arrangement of library materials, which makes finding or using them difficult.
- Use of radios, tape or CD players, or other personal listening or communication devices, at a level that can be heard by others.
- Disruptive use of cellular phones. Cellular phones may be used for quiet short conversations anywhere in the library except in the Capital Room on the third floor. Employees will ask you to end your call if you are disrupting others with your conversation.
- Talking or use of cellular phones in the Capital Room on the third floor. This is a designated as a silent reading room.
- Skateboarding, skating, or loitering on library property.
- Parking in designated spaces when you do not meet the requirements for parking in those spaces.
- Adults using the second floor when they do not have a legitimate reason for being there. Second floor reading areas, tables and computers are intended for use by children or teens.
- Solicitation of funds, distribution of literature or promotional materials, or sale of goods by any person or agency other than the library.
- Use of library computers for anything other than their intended purpose. Downloading or searching any files other than those on your own CD, Floppy (A:), or USB. (See library’s Internet policy.)
- Blocking aisles or passageways so as to make it dangerous, difficult or impossible to walk through. This includes placement of cords for electricity to electronic equipment, such as laptop computers.
- Putting feet on furniture except for foot rests or furniture in children’s area designed for this purpose.
- Placing flyers on cars in the public or staff parking lots or on cars parked on the street around the library.
- Standing anywhere other than the perimeter public right of way sidewalk to seek signatures for petitions.
Interpretation for Children of the Code of Conduct
Happy, Safe and Healthy at the Library!
Let’s work together!
The people who work in the library will help you find things, learn something new and have fun.
Good Library Behavior Means that You Will:
- Ask for help when you need it.
- Be kind and polite to everyone.
- Speak in your indoor voice. Loud talking and noise makes it hard for those who need a quieter place.
- Never climb in the library.
- Keep your hands to yourself.
- Walk and look where you are going.
- Be careful of younger children, especially in My Library Place.
- Take good care of books, chess pieces and other items that belong to the library.
- Practice your listening skills in story times and library programs.
- Do what a person who works for the library asks you to do.
Note: This list is not all inclusive and other behaviors judged inappropriate by library staff may be cause for consequences.
Consequences of Misconduct:
The County Librarian or designee will apply these rules in a fair and equitable manner for the benefit of all. If any of the information is unclear, please ask a member of the library staff for clarification. The consequences of misconduct may be any of the following: verbal warning, eviction, loss of library privileges, or prosecution to the full extent of the law. If the police are called, the offender may be cited. Parents will be called or notified in writing in the case of a minor (less than 18 years of age). The library reserves the right to inspect all bags, purses, briefcases, packs, personal listening devices, computers and coats.
To assist patrons in the use and understanding of the Internet, the library provides users with the following policy:
1. The primary purpose of Internet connectivity is to provide access for all Laramie County residents to other computer systems throughout the world for information, research and entertainment appropriate to a public place.
2. Some of the most current and up-to-date sources of information today are only available via the Internet.
3. The Laramie County Library System supports intellectual freedom, but does reserve the right to limit access to services deemed incompatible with the stated intent of Internet service.
4. Network users are advised that some websites, peer-to-peer networks and other systems accessible via the Internet contain material that may be considered offensive, illegal and/or inaccurate. Unlawful use of the Internet is prohibited.
5. As with any other sources of information, the accuracy of the information should be evaluated as to its source of authority.
6. To foster an atmosphere of mutual respect and courtesy, the LCLS Code of Conduct will be enforced in the computer room and computer areas as it is on all library property. Library staff will enforce policies prohibiting the viewing of internet sites that are inappropriate for a public place.
7. Filtering is used to block sites that are illegal or inappropriate for a public place. The categories listed next are the headings used by the filtering software company. Sites blocked include, but are not limited to, gambling, child pornography/child abuse (sites showing children being abused), malicious code viruses, pornography/adult content, and spyware.
8. Filtering software is not foolproof. Sites that fall under the above categories may occasionally and inadvertently be accessible on Laramie County Library System computers.
9. Parents/guardians concerned with their child’s access to the Internet must accompany their child to the library to ensure their parental right to censor information is enforced. Library staff assumes no responsibility for children’s use of library computers and the Internet.
10. Parents/guardians do have the option of further filtering by selecting the most restrictive library card for a minor. Categories listed next are the headings used by the filtering software company. The additional sites that are blocked under this policy are chat sites, R-rated sites and obscene/tasteless sites.
11. Parents are encouraged to educate their children concerning safety and security when using the Internet.
12. The library is not responsible for any liability that may occur as a result of the disclosure of any personal information over its public computers and network.
13. The library is not responsible for any damage to personal devices or to the files downloaded to personal devices or file storage media.
14. Guest usage of library computers that have Internet access and other software is $1 per day.
Approved by the LCLS Board of Directors, March 2012