The Lyon Township Public Library (the “Library”) is open for specific and designated civic, educational and cultural uses, including reading, studying, writing, participating in scheduled Library programs, and using Library materials. In order to provide resources and services to all people who visit the Library facilities in an atmosphere of courtesy, respect, and excellent service, the Library Board has adopted this Patron Behavior Policy. The purpose of the Patron Behavior Policy (“Policy”) is to assist the Library in fulfilling its mission as a community resource enriching life, stimulating intellectual curiosity, fostering literacy, and encouraging an informed citizenry.
The following rules of conduct shall apply to all buildings – interior and exterior – and all grounds controlled and operated by the Library (“Library facilities”) and to all persons entering in or on the premises, unless otherwise specified.
II. Rules for a Safe Environment
A. Violations of Law. Committing or attempting to commit an activity in violation of federal, state, or local law, ordinance or regulation (including but not limited to assault, indecent exposure, larceny, removing Library material from the property without authorization through the approved lending procedures, vandalism, child pornography or copyright infringement) is prohibited.
B. Weapons. Carrying guns, pistols or other weapons, except as specifically permitted and exempt from local regulation by law, is prohibited. For the purpose of this Policy, weapons include but are not limited to pocketknives, knives, billy clubs, blackjacks, nunchucks, throwing stars, fireworks or other explosive devices. Pellet guns, paint ball guns and bb guns are also prohibited. Mace is also prohibited inside the Library building.
C. Alcohol; Drugs. Possessing, selling, distributing, or consuming any alcoholic or intoxicating beverage, marijuana, illegal drug, or drug paraphernalia is prohibited; provided that alcohol may be permitted at certain Library-sponsored events if specifically approved by the Library. Persons noticeably under the influence of any controlled substance, marijuana or alcoholic or intoxicating liquor are not allowed on Library property.
E. Recreational Equipment and Personal Transport Devices. Use of skateboards, rollerblades, roller skates, hoverboards or other wheeled form of recreational equipment is not allowed in the Library or on Library property. Library patrons must park bicycles or other recreational vehicles only in authorized areas. Wheelchairs, scooters, and other power driven mobility devices are permitted by those individuals with disabilities in accordance with Library rules, unless a particular type of device cannot be accommodated because of legitimate safety requirements.
F. No Blocking of Doors, Aisles or Entrances. All doors, aisles and entrances must remain obstacle-free. This includes a prohibition of running power cords across aisles or other areas that are used for walking.
G. Animals. Animals are not permitted in the Library other than service animals (as defined by law) for those individuals with disabilities, those used in law enforcement or for Library programming.
H. Incendiary Devices. The use of incendiary devices, such as candles, matches, and lighters, is prohibited inside the Library.
- Staff Only Areas. Patrons shall not be permitted in any areas designated as “staff only” unless otherwise permitted by the Library Director.
J. School Groups. School groups using the Library must have approval of the Library Director and must have a teacher and other appropriate staff present to ensure that the students use the Library in conformance with these rules.
III. Rules for Personal Behavior
A. Personal Property. Personal property brought into the Library is subject to the following:
1. The Library staff may limit the number of parcels carried into the Library. The Library may also limit the size of items, for example, the Library prohibits large items such as suitcases, duffle bags or large plastic garbage bags. Items must be small enough to fit under a chair at the Library.
2. The Library is not responsible for personal belongings left unattended and Library staff is not permitted to guard or watch personal belongings.
3. The Library does not guarantee storage for personal property.
4. Personal possessions must not be left unattended or take up seating or space if needed by others.
B. Food and Beverages. Food and covered beverages are only permitted in the Library. However, patrons are not permitted to bring food and covered beverages while working at the computer terminals. Patrons are responsible for the cleanup of any food or beverages brought into the Library and must alert Library staff if there is a spill that is likely to cause damage to property.
C. Unauthorized Use. Patrons must leave the Library promptly at closing time and may not be in the Library when it is not open to the public. Further, any patron whose privileges to use the Library have been denied may not enter the Library. Any patron whose privileges have been limited may not use the Library in any manner that conflicts with those limits placed on the patron by the Library Director, his/her designee, or the Library Board.
D. Engaging in Proper Library Activities. Patrons shall be engaged in activities associated with the use of the Library while in the building or on Library property. Patrons not engaged in reading, studying, writing, participating in scheduled Library programs, or using Library materials shall be required to leave the building and shall not remain on Library property. This includes sleeping on Library furniture or floor.
E. Considerate Use. The following behavior is prohibited in the Library or on Library property:
2. Running, pushing, shoving, fighting, throwing items, provoking a fight or other unsafe physical behavior.
3. Climbing on furniture.
4. Using obscene or threatening language or gestures.
5. Engaging in sexual behavior (1) that is a violation of the law; (2) which can reasonably be expected to disturb Library users or Library staff while such Library staff or patrons are in the Library or on Library property; or (3) that interferes with the Library patrons’ use of the Library or the ability of the Library staff person to do his or her job.
F. Panhandling or Soliciting. Panhandling or soliciting Library staff or patrons for money, products, or services inside the Library or on Library property is prohibited. Sales of products or services that are incidental to Library programming may be permitted if approved in advance by the Library Director.
G. Interference with Library Staff. Patrons may not interfere with the Library staff’s performance of duties in the Library or on Library property. This includes engaging in conversation or behavior that monopolizes or forces the attention of Library staff for an inappropriate period of time, inappropriate personal comments, sexual advances, or physical and/or verbal harassment, either in person or on the phone
H. Campaigning, Petitioning, Interviewing and Similar Activities. As a limited public forum, the Library reserves the right to regulate the time, place, and manner for campaigning, petitioning, interviewing, survey-taking, pamphleteering, canvassing and soliciting on Library grounds as follows:
1. Campaigning, petitioning, interviewing, survey-taking, pamphleteering, canvassing and soliciting are prohibited inside the Library building.
2. Campaigning, petitioning, interviewing, survey-taking, pamphleteering, canvassing and soliciting outside the Library building but on Library property are subject to the following requirements:
a. Persons or groups are requested to sign in at the Checkout Desk in advance.
b. Use of the Library property does not indicate the Library’s opposition or endorsement of the candidate or issue that is the subject of the petition, interview, campaign or discussion.
c. Permitted areas for campaigning, petitioning, interviewing, survey-taking, pamphleteering, canvassing and soliciting outside of the Library building shall be limited to the areas 25 feet from all entrances.
d. No person shall block ingress or egress from the Library building.
e. Permitted times will be limited to the operating hours of the Library.
f. Campaign material, literature or petitions may not be brought into the Library, posted at the Library or left on Library property.
I. Sales. Selling merchandise on Library property without prior permission from the Library Director is prohibited.
J. Distributions; Postings. Distributing or posting printed materials/literature on Library property not in accordance with Library policy is prohibited.
K. Restrooms. Misuse of restrooms, including laundering, sleeping, shaving, hair cutting or trimming, bathing, and sexual activity is prohibited. Unless a parent or guardian is assisting a child or a patron is assisting a person with a disability, there shall only be one (1) person to a stall. Library materials may not be taken into restrooms.
L. Harassment. Staring, photographing, video recording, audio recording, following, stalking, harassing, arguing with, threatening, talking or behaving in a manner (1) which can reasonably be expected to disturb Library patrons or Library staff while such Library staff or patrons are in the Library or on Library property; (2) that interferes with the Library patrons’ use of the Library or the ability of the Library staff person to do his or her job is prohibited; (3) that would create or may result in a hostile work environment for Library staff; and/or (4) that violates Michigan law or federal law.
M. Loud Noise. Producing or allowing any loud, unreasonable, or disturbing noises that interfere with other patrons’ use of the Library or which can be reasonably expected to disturb other persons or have the intent of annoying other persons, including yelling, cheering, talking (with others or in monologues) or noises from electronic, entertainment, and communication devices, such as cell phones, tablets, headphones, and radio, is prohibited. Patrons may use headphones or earbuds but at a volume that cannot be heard by other Library patrons or staff.
Adults may read aloud to children in the Youth Area, provided that they are reading in a voice that would not reasonably disturb others.
N. Odor. Offensive odor, including but not limited to body odor due to poor personal hygiene, overpowering perfume or cologne, or odors from items brought into the Library, that causes a nuisance is prohibited. (For example, if the patron’s odor interferes with Library staff or other patrons’ use of the Library, the patron violates this Policy.)
- Phones. Patrons who receive phone calls while in the Library shall keep conversations at a low volume. Those patrons desiring to use phones to place or receive calls must use the phones outside of the Library buildings or in the Library’s lobby, hallway and away from other patrons. Loud conversations on a phone that interfere with other patron’s use of the Library must immediately be taken outside or ended.
- Library Policies. Patrons must adhere to all Library Policies.
Q. Identification. Patrons must provide identification to Library staff when requested.
- Tables or Structures on Library Property. No person may use or set up a table, chairs, cart, stand, sign or similar structure on Library property. This does not apply to Library-sponsored or co-sponsored events.
- Smoking; Tobacco or Marijuana Use. Smoking, using e-cigarettes, vaping, electronic nicotine delivery systems or chewing tobacco is prohibited on Library property. Using or smoking or marijuana on Library property is also prohibited.
- Shirts and Shoes. Shirts and shoes are required for health reasons and must be worn at all times inside the Library and on Library property.
U. Photography. All patrons must seek permission from the Library Director or his/her designee before taking photographs or filming at the Library, unless attending a meeting that is open to the public under the Michigan Open Meetings Act. Official identification must be shown. Unattended children may not have their photographs taken.
IV. Rules for the Use and Preservation of Library Materials and Property
A. Care of Library Property. The Library has a property interest in maintaining and preserving its property. As a result, patrons must not:
1. Deface, vandalize, damage, improperly use, use in any manner that’s contrary to Library instruction or policy, or improperly remove Library materials, equipment, furniture, or buildings.
2. Load or install any programs or software on Library computers.
3. Cause damage by returning books containing bedbugs or bringing bedbugs into the Library.
4. Be in the Library with bodily fluids and/or bodily waste on themselves, their clothes or their belongings. Patrons must also not allow bodily fluids or waste to spill or otherwise come in contact with furniture or other surfaces in the Library where patrons or Library staff could be exposed to contact with the bodily fluid or waste.
Patrons shall be responsible to reimburse the Library for costs incurred by the Library for violating this provision. This includes any costs the Library incurs for proper and safe cleanup of bodily fluids or bodily wastes.
B. Internet Use. Patrons must abide by established time limitations and all other provisions of the Library Internet Use Policy.
C. Equipment. Library staff computers are for Library staff use only.
D. Authorized Lending. Library materials may only be removed from the premises with authorization through established lending procedures.
E. Use of Tables and Computers. Only four (4) people may be seated at a table and no additional people may stand around any one (1) table.
V. Disciplinary Process for Library Facilities
Violations and appeals of this Policy shall be processed according to the Violations Policy.