Appropriate Use of the Library
The Revised Missouri Statutes [RsMo.] §182.230 (1986) provides that every library and reading room:
…shall be forever free to the use of the inhabitants of the city where located, always subject to such reasonable rules and regulations as a library board may adopt in order to render the use of the library and reading room of the greatest benefit to the greatest number. The board may exclude from the use of the library and reading room any and all persons who willfully violate such rules.
The Board of Trustees of the Centralia Public Library welcomes visitors and encourages visitors to use the resources of the public library to meet their informational and recreational reading needs. The board acknowledges and there are several appropriate uses for library facilities and that behavior suitable for some occasions and spaces within the Library is not appropriate for others. The rules listed below, governing patron use of the Centralia Public Library, attempt to assure a reasonably safe and pleasant environment for staff and patrons; to protect the right of the public to use library services and materials and to protect library resources and facilities. These rules are intended to guide patrons and staff so that they may conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the purposes and functions of the Library and avoid affecting the appropriate use of the Library by fellow patrons. The Board of Trustees encourages children to use the Library. The safety and responsibility for the well being of those children, however, lies solely with the parent/guardian or assigned chaperon of those children, not with Library personnel. These rules are intended to be illustrative rather than inclusive.
On Centralia Public Library premises, no person shall:
- Commit an assault or battery upon any person.
- Engage in a fight.
- Steal or take property not his own.
- Deface, destroy, damage or remove any property not authorized by Centralia Public Library.
- Engage in any indecent or obscene conduct or make any indecent exposure of his or her body.
- Use, give away or sell any controlled substance.
- Possess a weapon unless authorized by state law or by the director of Centralia Public Library.
- Smoke or carry ignited material in the building.
- Remain in the building after regular closing hours, except by the invitation of Centralia Public Library.
- Break any federal or state statute, or local ordinances that disrupt library operations.
Persons who violate the statutes, ordinances and rules listed above are subject to the withholding of Centralia Public Library privileges as follows:
FIRST OFFENSE: Privileges will be revoked for one year.
SECOND OFFENSE: Privileges will be revoked for three years.
The Director of Centralia Public Library will notify patrons whose library privileges have been revoked by means of written correspondence via certified mail to the involved patron’s last known address.
11. Be intoxicated.
12. Carry beverage containers holding alcoholic beverages.
13. Summon or cause a false report to be made to the police, fire department or any other official agency.
14. Persist in disturbing the public peace by loud or aggressive conduct.
15. Solicit or accost any person for the purpose of inducing him or her to participate in an act of prostitution.
16. Harass any other person or cause alarm to another person or persons on the premises.
17. Promote or conduct gambling activity or Centralia Public Library properties.
18. Access, view or disseminate information using Library resources including e-mail or Internet access, that is pornographic, obscene, child pornography, harmful to minors, libelous, pervasively indecent or vulgar, or advertising any product or service not permitted to minors.
Persons who violate the statutes, ordinances and rules listed above are subject to the withholding of Centralia Public Library privileges as follows.
FIRST OFFENSE: Privileges will be revoked for one month.
SECOND OFFENSE: Privileges will be revoked for six months.
REPEAT OFFENSIS: Privileges will be revoked for one year.
The Library Director or the Centralia Public Library will notify patrons whose library privileges have been revoked by means of written correspondence via certified mail to the involved patron’s last known address.
In addition, it is the policy of the Centralia Public Library:
19. To prohibit conduct that disrupts or interferes with the normal operation of the Library, or disturbs library patrons and staff, including, but not limited to, conduct that includes the use of abusive or threatening language or gestures, conduct that creates unreasonable noise, or conduct that consists of loud or boisterous behavior or talking.
This policy does not prohibit quiet conversation between patrons or staff or conversation and sounds required to carry on Centralia Public Library programs or business.
20. To prohibit using Library materials, equipment, furniture, fixtures or building in a manner inconsistent with the customary use thereof, or in a destructive, abusive or potentially damaging manner; or in a manner likely to cause personal injury to the actor or others.
21. To require patrons be engaged in activities associated with the use of a public library while in the building. Patrons not engaged in reading, studying, or using library materials shall be required to leave the building.
22. Cardholders must use their own personal Centralia Public Library card and password when using or booking library computers.
23. To prohibit the access/presence by non staff to any nonpublic areas, unless accompanied by a staff member.
24. To prohibit the consumption of food and alcoholic beverages except as authorized by the Library for specified occasions, or in specified areas of the Library. Non-alcoholic beverages may only be allowed in non-breakable, lidded containers in specified areas of the library.
25. To ban animals from the Library except for assist animals and as authorized by the Library Director.
26. To prohibit all campaigning, petitioning, canvassing, interviewing, survey taking, distribution of materials, photography without written permission from library administration.
27. To require that patrons wear shirts and shoes at all times in the Library.
28. To prohibit sleeping, bathing, doing laundry or other inappropriate behavior in Centralia Public Library facilities.
29. To require patrons whose bodily hygiene is offensive so as to constitute a nuisance to other patrons to leave the building.
30. To prohibit interfering with the free passage of library patrons or staff in or on Library premises, including, but not limited to, blocking entrances, exits, aisles, and sidewalks, or placing objects such as bicycles, skateboards, backpacks or other items in a manner that interferes with free passage.
31. To prohibit placing personal belongings on or against the Library building, equipment, furniture or fixtures in a manner that interferes with Library patron or staff use of the Library facility, or leaving personal belongings unattended.
32. To prohibit patrons from bringing in articles that are too large to fit underneath or behind one library chair so as to block aisles or otherwise interfere with patron access. Patrons may not use wheeled devices in Library property, including skateboards, roller skates, scooters, or shopping carts (except for wheelchair, walkers, strollers, or motorized scooters needed for assistance in mobility of a patron).
33. To prohibit littering on Library property.
34. To prohibit begging or soliciting.
Patrons who violate the statutes, ordinances and rules listed above are subject to the withholding or Centralia Public Library privileges as follows:
FIRST OFFENSE: Patron will be evicted from Centralia Public Library and prohibited from returning for the remainder of the day.
SECOND OFFENSE: Patron will be evicted from Centralia Public Library and privileges will be revoked for a period of one week.
REPEAT OFFENSES: Patron privileges will be revoked for a period of six months.
Centralia Public Library privileges for one day or for one week may be rescinded by the Library Director or subordinate staff through the level of Unit Manager for offenses illustrated by items #18 through #33. for periods specified. Patrons will be notified verbally, and in the case of minors, parent or guardian will also be notified verbally. The staff and Library Director will use the appropriate Library Suspension form for any suspensions invoked for more than one day.