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Library Rules of Conduct

This policy on public conduct has been created by the Carter Memorial Library Board of Trustees and is designated representatives in an effort to ensure a safe, orderly, and comfortable environment in which all library patrons can use the library's resources most effectively.

The following rules are posted for the comfort and protection of all library users and staff. Violations of the rules may result in loss of library privileges. "The library board may exclude from use of the public library all persons who willfully violate such regulation." (Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 43.52 (2)) In addition, violators may face legal action. Including possible charges of violation of municipal or state ordinances.

The following conduct, behavior, and acts are prohibited in the building:

  • Misrepresenting identity and/or eligibility for services
  • Eating food and drinking beverages in prohibited areas
  • Smoking or tobacco use including the use of electronic cigarettes
  • Possessing or using alcoholic beverages, drugs, or other regulated or illegal substances
  • Possessing, carrying, or using guns, knives, or other weapons
  • Loitering or interfering with free passage
  • Panhandling, soliciting, interviewing, canvassing, or surveying
  • Behaving in a disorderly, abusive, boisterous, or loud manner
  • Harassing, fighting, bullying, threatening, physically harming, or interfering with staff or customers
  • Sleeping or napping
  • Remaining in the library after its regular closing time
  • Using cell phones, audio, or personal equipment in a way that disturbs others or interferes with library service
  • Violating computer use and equipment policies
  • Damaging, defacing, destroying, or stealing library property or equipment
  • Using library restroom facilities for inappropriate purposes such as loitering, changing clothes, graffiti, bathing, etc.
  • Failing to wear a shirt or shoes
  • Bringing excessive items and/or failing to keep personal belongings to one self

For our patrons health and community's safety, the activities listed are prohibited.

Approved by the Carter Memorial Library Board February 24, 2014