Library Use & Behavior Guidelines

Purpose

The Davidson County Public Library System strives to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all patrons.  Use of the library is intended for reading, studying, writing, attending or hosting an organized meeting, or utilizing computers or the public Wi-Fi.  Library users have a right to an environment free from harassment, physical discomfort, and danger.  The library staff has the same rights.  Each member of the staff should be able to do his or her work free of harassment, abuse, and discomfort.


Minor Violations

  • Blocking or in any way interfering with the free movement of any person or persons.
  • Bringing in animals other than those registered for service.
  • Bringing in and consuming food or beverages, other than beverages with a closed top.
  • Distribution of or posting materials such as flyers, leaflets, or other literature without authorization.
  • Failure to wear proper attire (for example, patrons should wear shoes and a shirt at all times).
  • Offensive body odor or personal hygiene that would unreasonably interfere with other patrons' ability to use the Library and its facilities.
  • Loitering or sleeping on library property.
  • Failure to obey posted signs on library property, including parking and other traffic signs.
  • Loud noise (music, conversations, phone, video streaming, games, etc.) which is disturbing to other users.
  • Rearranging of any library furniture without authorization from staff.
  • Bringing in personal property that is not of a reasonable size.  It cannot obstruct aisles, doorways, walkways, ramps, etc. and must be within sight of the owner.  The library is not responsible for any lost, stolen or unattended items.
  • Use of tobacco products or vaping inside the building or within 25 feet of an entrance.
  • Soliciting or selling of any kind.
  • Use of library telephones.
  • Bathing, shaving or other unintended uses of restrooms.

Enforcement of Minor Violations

  • 1st Violation - Verbal warning
  • 2nd Violation - Verbal warning
  • 3rd Violation - Person must leave the library property for an amount of time determined by the library manager or his/her designee.


Major Violations

  • Engaging in disorderly conduct, committing a nuisance, or unreasonably disturbing and offending library users.
  • Intimidating, threatening, harassing (ex. starting) or endangering other library patrons or staff.
  • Fighting
  • Indecent exposure
  • Obscene or abusive language
  • Possession, consumption and/or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages and/or illegal substances
  • Removal of library property from the building without authorization through established lending procedures
  • Sexual activity
  • Willful destruction of or damage to any library property
  • Refusal to leave library property when asked or returning during a period of exclusion for a prior violation
  • Any activity or action that violates any Federal, State, or local laws, ordinances, regulations and/or community standards

Enforcement of Major Violations

  • 1st violation - Person must leave the library property for an amount of time determined by the library manager or his/her designee.  The length of exclusion will depend on the severity of the violation and can range from one day to a longer period of time up to and including  a permanent exclusion.  Library administration will refer matters to law enforcement (including those related to trespassing), when applicable.  When a person is excluded from one branch of the Davidson County Public Library system, he or she is excluded from all branches, including the Davidson County Historical Museum.


Appeals Process

Patrons excluded from library property may appeal the decision by contacting the Director of the Davidson County Public Library system.


Additional Guidelines Related to Children

  • A responsible person must attend all children ages 10 and under.  The library is not equipped and is not the library's role to provide long or short-term childcare.
  • Unaccompanied youth (under the age of 17) may not be on library property after closing.  Library staff will contact law enforcement when unable to locate a parent or responsible person.
  • Adult use of the children's area is limited to parents and caregivers acting on behalf of children as well as those who are accessing materials in that area.  Library staff may ask others to utilize another part of the library.


Note Regarding Large Groups

The Library requires advance notice of visits involving groups of ten or more.  Leaders must remain in full control of any group during the course of the visit.