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The Nederland Community Library strives to provide an atmosphere that facilitates learning and reading.

To foster such an environment, Library users are asked to comply with the rules of conduct listed below.  The Library staff will intervene in situations that present danger to the safety of persons or property, interfere with the rights of others, constitute disturbing or inappropriate uses of the Library or that involve the commission of illegal acts.

These rules have been adopted for the comfort and protection of all those using library materials and services.  They will be courteously, but firmly, enforced by the Library staff.

General Rules:

  • Disruptive behavior will not be permitted.  This includes disorderly conduct, noise or activity, whether intentional or inadvertent, that interferes with the rights of others, physical abuse, abusive or threatening language and misuse of Library furnishings.  Expulsion from the Library and/or loss of Library privileges may result from continued violations.
  • Persons committing theft, vandalism or other illegal acts are subject to prosecution.
    Mutilating, damaging or defacing any library materials, including tampering with or changing configurations of software on Library computers, is prohibited.
  • Soliciting in the Library is prohibited.
  • Smoking is not permitted in the building or within 15 feet of the building per state statute.
  • Eating is not permitted in any public  areas except when approved by the Library Director or designated staff.
  • Covered drinks are permissible in public areas and shall be disposed of when finished.
  • Sleeping or loitering is not allowed.
  • Use of cell phones is prohibited other than in designated areas.
  • Use of bicycles, skates, skateboards, scooters or similar items is prohibited in the Library.
  • Animals, other than those assisting persons with disabilities, are not allowed in the building.
  • Patrons may be asked not to enter  the Library with large bundles, parcels, bags, suitcases, carts or other wheeled conveyances.
  • No large bundles, parcels, bags, suitcases, etc. may be left unattended on the Library premises.
  • Proper attire is required.  Library users must wear shirts and shoes and are expected to maintain acceptable levels of personal hygiene.
  • Parents or guardians are advised that the Library is not responsible for children who are left unattended on Library premises.
  • Certain reading rooms may have additional restrictions.
  • The Library is not responsible for personal items that are lost, stolen or damaged on Library premises.

Unattended children:

  • All children 8 years and under shall be adequately supervised by a responsible parent or caregiver at all times for the sake of their own well being.
  • Children may be left unattended during scheduled Library programs and the responsible person may choose to leave the building, but he/she should plan to be at the Library when the program is scheduled to conclude.  However, persons responsible for children who have special needs related to physical or mental abilities, disruptive behavior, emotional problems, lack of adequate attention span, incomplete social skills, etc., shall remain with their children at all times.
  • Children 8 years and older may use the Library unattended, subject to the rules and regulations of the Library.

If a child is left unattended, the following procedures will be enacted:

  • Staff will stay with the child as they try to locate the responsible person in the Library.
  • If the responsible person is not located within the Library, or if the Library is closing within a half-hour, the police will be notified and asked to pick up the child.  Staff will remain with the child in the building until the parent, responsible person or police arrives.
  • If a child is lost, the following procedures will be enacted:
  • If a child is reported missing, staff will obtain the name, age, and a description on the child and will check all possible areas within the Library.
  • If the Child is not found, staff will recommend that the police be notified.

Failure to comply

Failure to comply with one or more of the Library’s regulations may result in suspension or revocation of Library privileges or in arrest and prosecution to the full extent of the law.

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