7.001 Code of Conduct

01/23/2020
Replaces 09/20/2016

7.001       CODE OF CONDUCT

The Board of Library Trustees of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library seeks to provide and ensure a welcoming environment, including quiet areas for study and work, which is conducive to the appropriate use of the facilities and services including, but not limited to:

  • Any library facility;
  • property owned by the library or used to run library programs1; or
  • library rented, leased or owned vehicles.

We expect our customers to treat all people and property with respect. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Engaging in conversation and behaviors in a manner that does not: disturb, offend, harass, or threaten the safety of others. This includes phone, chat and electronic communication
  • Damage property or threaten to damage the property of others
  • Using library items, furnishings, equipment and facilities only for their intended function, in a manner that does not interfere with others’ use and does not damage or threaten to damage library property
  • Attending to personal belongings. The responsibility for loss or damage to unattended personal belongings rests with the customer. Customers may not leave personal belongings when leaving library facilities
  • Following all library policies, including but not limited to policies on:

- Unattended and/or Unsupervised Children
- Soliciting or Posting and Distributing Materials on Library Property
- Vulnerable Adults
- Meeting Rooms - Public Use
- Internet Access
- Library Parking Lot

Examples of conduct and actions that are not permitted anywhere on the library’s property include but are not limited to:

  • Smoking, including smokeless tobacco, herbal products and e-cigarettes, except in designated area(s)
  • Possessing, consuming, distributing or being under the influence of alcohol, cannabis, cannabis or THC-infused products, illegal drugs or other controlled substances without a prescription
  • Eating meals or drinking beverages from containers without lids, except in areas designated for this use
  • Prolonged or habitual sleeping
  • Loitering in the entrances, lobbies, restrooms or any other non-study area for more than 15 minutes
  • Using the restrooms for anything other than their intended purpose
  • Disrupting others’ use of library facilities or services due to personal hygiene or excessive odor so offensive as to constitute a nuisance to other patrons or library staff

The library reserves the right to require anyone violating the Code of Conduct to leave library property. Serious or repeated misconduct may lead to further suspension from the library and to legal action or criminal prosecution. Those wishing to appeal suspensions may do so by writing to the Board of Library Trustees at the library’s address.

-The consumption of alcohol at library programs hosted by the library wherein alcohol is served by the library or with the library’s permission is exempted from this policy.