A copy of the policy can be downloaded here.

Rossford Public Library Standards of Library Behavior

The Rossford Public Library is committed to providing a clean, secure and supportive environment for the legitimate use of its resources and services. To achieve this objective, the library has established the following standards of behavior:

RESPECT YOUR SURROUNDINGS

The following activities are prohibited:

  • Damaging or tampering with library property.
  • Recreational use of skateboards, skates, or bicycles on library property. Bicycles must be parked in racks.
  • Use of alcohol and tobacco products on library property. This includes any electronic substitute devices.
  • Loitering or interfering with the access, egress or use of library facilities.
  • Beverages without lids or caps.

RESPECT OTHERS

The following actions are prohibited in the library: 

  • Using personal communication devices (cell phones, pagers, etc.) or entertainment devices at a volume that disturbs other patrons or library staff. 
  • Cell phones should have ringers turned off or set to vibrate.  
    *Cell phone usage is permitted in entrance areas only.
  • Unreasonable noise.
  • Harassment, sexual misconduct, disruptive or threatening behavior, and use of abusive or obscene language.
  • Disruptive behavior including shouting, running, jumping, or chasing another person.
  • Posting, distributing or selling non library materials without prior permission from the library staff. 
  • Offensive or pervasive odor that constitutes a nuisance to other patrons or staff.
  • Inappropriate use of the Internet or violation of the library’s Internet Use Policy.

REMEMBER

  • Carrying any item that is deemed to be a weapon is unlawful. Authorities will be notified.
  • Possessing, selling, distributing or consuming any illegal controlled substance is unlawful. Authorities will be notified.
  • Bags, backpacks and briefcases are subject to inspection.
  • Service animals for people with disabilities are welcome. No other animals are permitted except as allowed during a library approved event.
  • Shoes and shirts are required at all times. Hoods may not be worn inside the building.
  • The number of people seated around a table is limited to the number of chairs initially at the table.
  • The library does not assume responsibility for personal belongings.
  • The library does not accept or assume responsibility for unattended children. Police may be notified of unattended children at closing. Parents/guardians/caregivers are responsible for their children’s behavior while in the library.

The Board of Trustees of the Rossford Public Library delegates to the Director and other administrators of the library the authority to enforce this policy. Degrees of infraction will determine consequences. Repeated abuse will result in suspension of library use and possible police action.  
The Board of Trustees of the Rossford Public Library reserves the right to revise this policy as deemed appropriate without prior notice.

Library Behavior Expectations Addendum

The library welcomes use by everyone in the community.  There are certain times, however, when by default of time of day and location that the library becomes heavily populated with students.  These expectations apply to everyone and are not restricted by student status or age.

While all existing expectations still apply, there are certain behaviors which tend to occur more often during this time and must be addressed separately.  This standard of behavior is to ensure that all parties may enjoy and use the library equitably and that the influx of students, their activity and subsequent behavior is not in any way considered disruptive.

Everyone entering the library, (including students after school) is expected to use the library as a library by finding an activity which aligns with acceptable use of our building and grounds.

It is not acceptable for groups to congregate, loiter or otherwise impede entrances or exit routes on sidewalks or anywhere on library property.  Sitting, laying or standing on the porch is considered loitering.  Due to vandalism and misuse, vestibule area, both in the front and back are off limits to students.  Students must enter the library and use the library for an intended purpose such as homework, computer time, reading or quietly socializing.  Students waiting for a ride inside the library must sit and find something constructive to do.  A social space has been provided for pre-teens over the age of 11 provided that the noise or activity level is not disruptive.  Rough-housing, running, public displays of affection and disrespect for surroundings will be met with a verbal warning and expulsion from the library for the rest of the day will follow for any additional infractions.

Depending on the severity or frequency of reprimands, the agents of the library may elect to ask any patron including minor student(s) to leave the premises with a letter to be sent home to the parent/guardian explaining the behavior and stating the access to the library will not be allowed until the adult contacts the director/reference librarian to ensure that the behavior has been addressed with the student and instructed that it is not to continue.

Behaviors considered offensive include but are not limited to these additional reminders:
-Excessive travel in and out of or throughout the building with no purpose.
-Disrespect to library staff, furniture, walls, property or other patrons.
-Swearing, explicit language or gestures.
-Watching videos or listening to music either on public computers or personal devices without headphones.
-Tampering with library property or the property of others.
-The unwelcome taking of photographs or video of staff and/or patrons without their permission.
-Public displays of affection, sitting or lying on or with another person.
-Aimless or restless roaming.
-Fraudulent use of another’s library card for any purpose.
-Unsuitable dress (must wear shoes, shirt. No hoods worn inside the building)
-Solicitation of fundraiser items to patrons or staff.

(Adopted by the Board of Trustees 11/23/09)
(Modified by Board of Trustees 5.28.14)-Electronic substitute smoking devices
(Modified by Board of Trustees 8/2017)-No hoods inside building
(Addendum Adopted by Board of Trustees 12/13/17) Library Behavior Expectations Addendum