RUIDOSO PUBLIC LIBRARY CODE OF CONDUCT

We ask that parents and caregivers also become familiar with and follow the “Guidelines for Children Visiting the Library.”

Individuals on library property will behave in ways which show respect for themselves, for other library users, for the staff, and for the property.

Individuals will not engage in behavior that is illegal, dangerous, or which threatens or damages library property.

To clarify, the behavior expected by those on library property, and the consequences of behavior, the library will maintain guidelines which state the policy and contain current procedures relating to personal conduct.

Violators of the Library's Code of Conduct may be refused entry to the library for periods of 1 day, 30 days, or 6 months.   Violation of the no-entry order may result in the library staff seeking assistance from law enforcement and prosecution under the criminal trespass ordinance.

 

Unacceptable behaviors include, but are not limited to:  

  •  Engaging in disruptive behavior such as shouting, persistent loud talking or other noise making, fighting, running, roving, throwing objects, etc.

  • Using a cell phone in a manner loud enough to disturb other library patrons.

  • Littering, damaging, or vandalizing library facilities, equipment, or materials.

  • Removing library materials without properly checking them out.

  •  Abandoning, neglecting, or leaving young children unattended or violating the “Guidelines for Children Visiting the Public Library”.

  • Harassing other library users or staff, through physical, sexual or verbal abuse, including the use of offensive language.  Interfering with staff in the performance of their duties.

  • Prolonged kissing, inappropriate touching of a sexual nature, or other sexual conduct.

  • Eating and drinking anything except in designated areas or when permitted at special library functions.

  • Smoking (including vapor) or chewing tobacco in the library.

  •  Possessing or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

  • Blocking any library entrance, exit, aisle, driveway, or path.

  • Bringing into the library bicycles or animals except service animals.  Using skateboards, in-line skates, or other wheeled objects in the library.

  • Sleeping on the premises, arriving without footwear or shirt.

  • Selling, soliciting or panhandling (approaching others with items for sale or pleas for donations.)

  •  All acts which are subject to prosecution under criminal or civil codes of law or county ordinance.

 

If a library user chooses not to follow the “Library Code of Conduct,” the following can be expected: 

  • A reminder will be given to the library patron that a behavior is unacceptable.

  • If the patron chooses to continue unacceptable behavior he or she will be asked to leave the library premises.

  • If the library patron refuses to leave, the police may be called for assistance.

  • Note that instances involving destruction of property; physical violence threatened or executed; abusive language; or alcohol or illegal drug use may result in immediate removal with no warning given.