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Rules of Conduct

Rules of Conduct

Everyone is welcome at the library.

To maintain a safe and comfortable environment for all users of our library, the following ‘Rules of Conduct’ apply:

  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the library.
  • Behaviour which is disruptive, abusive, insulting, harassing or threatening to library users and staff is prohibited. Anyone who is seen as a threat to the safety or enjoyment of the library facilities will be asked to leave.
  • Any person who steals or vandalizes library property will be subject to prosecution. Patrons may be required to make available for inspections all bags and carrying cases.
  • Shirts and shoes must be worn; roller blades, skateboards, etc. are not permitted.
  • Animals are not permitted in the library. This prohibition does not apply to animals in programs approved by the library or to animals needed to assist an individual with a disability.
  • Entering and leaving the library must be via designated public entrances and exits.
  • Posting notices, soliciting or engaging in any commercial activity must be authorized by the Library Board.

Parents or guardians are responsible for the supervision of their children. Children requiring supervision are not to be left unattended in or about the library premises. Staff are expected to intervene on behalf of children in difficult situations. Staff will not under any circumstances drive a child home. Staff will attempt to contact the parent(s)/guardian(s) of abandoned children or children left unattended in or about the library premises, otherwise the Community Police will be notified.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to review the following:

Child Accompaniment Policy

The policy of the Trent Lakes Public Library regarding children left unattended in the library states:

While the library welcomes children using library services, parents and guardians of children requiring supervision are reminded that small children should not be left unattended in or about the library premises.

Children are the responsibility of their parents/guardians.

Please stay with your small children while you are in the library and do not leave them in the care of library staff.

Open Access Policy for Children

Dear Parent or Guardian

The Trent Lakes Public Library is pleased to see children (individuals under the age of 13) develop good library habits at any early age. These include properly taking care of books and other library materials, taking responsibility for materials checked out, and returning books on time, so that others may use them. We urge you to make these good library habits known to your children at the time a Library card is issued.

You should be aware that library policy permits all children access to all “materials in the system”. As a parent or guardian, if you desire to limit your child’s access to library materials, you should make this desire known to your child. The library cannot withhold circulating materials from any patron, regardless of age.

As the parent or guardian, you agree to the following when you sign the Library Registration Form:

I understand and agree that my child (individuals under the age of 13) will have unrestricted access to all library materials.

By signing this application for library membership, I understand that a card will be issued to my child and I agree to be responsible for the materials borrowed on this card.

I also agree to be responsible for any loss or damage incurred through the use of a library card issued as a result of this application and further agree that the applicant will obey all rules and regulations of the Trent Lakes Public Library.

I understand that if I wish to restrict my child’s access to the library collection, I would not have given my signed consent to this application for library membership and that I may instead accompany my child and permit borrowing of library materials using my parent/guardian membership card.

Rules of Conduct for Children in the Library

  • No food or drinks are permitted in the library.
  • Behaviour that interferes with the right of others to use the library will not be tolerated. (Examples are yelling, fighting or rough-housing.)
  • No animals are allowed in the library except for working animals (e.g. service dogs).
  • Inappropriate language is not acceptable (e.g. swearing).
  • Staff will warn offenders of these rules once. If the behaviour continues, the person or persons in question will be asked to leave the library. The parent or guardian will be contacted where possible by staff
  • Questions from the public regarding the implementation of these rules will be directed to the CEO by staff.

Patrons who breach library rules or who participate in illegal behaviour will have their library privileges suspended. Patrons who have had their library privileges suspended may not have access to the library facility, property or services.