Customer Use of Library Spaces Policy

Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees Policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to express the roles and responsibilities of Sno-Isle Libraries (the Library) customers and staff to keep the Library's physical and virtual spaces welcoming, safe, and secure.

Scope

Public library spaces are valued community assets that rely on the stewardship, mutual support, and goodwill of all.

The Library's mission that "everyone in our community is connected to their library" is achieved in part by the willingness of its customers to respect one another and coexist in library spaces.

Physical and virtual library spaces are designed to be used for multiple purposes and are intended to be used by a diverse community of customers.

Implementation

Roles and Responsibilities
As participants in a shared, public use environment, customers will be courteous, considerate, and understanding of library customers and staff.
Parents and caregivers are responsible to supervise the activities and choices of their charges.
As stewards of the library and its resources, customers will value and respect library resources and conduct themselves in a safe and orderly way.
Customers will comply with federal, state, and local laws and policies.
Library staff will work in partnership with facilities and security staff to keep library spaces safe and welcoming to all. Staff will work with individuals or groups to ensure compliance with the policy. Failure to comply may result in loss of library use privileges. Illegal conduct may be referred to the proper authorities for legal action in accordance with the Washington RCW

Associated Policies and Laws
This policy is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and policies including but not limited to:

  • RCW Chapter 9A.48 Arson, Reckless Burning, and Malicious Mischief
  • RCW 9A.84.030 Disorderly conduct
  • RCW 70.160 Smoking in a public place
  • RCW 9.68A.075 Viewing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
  • Sno-Isle Libraries Board policy. Library Bill of Rights
  • Sno-Isle Libraries Board policy. Internet Use and Safety
  • Sno-Isle Libraries Administrative policy. Customer Conduct (under development)

Process
This policy is reviewed by the Executive Director (or designee) every four (4) years, who then makes recommendations to the appropriate Board Committee. The Committee reviews and revises as necessary and advances to the full Board for approval.
The Executive Director (or designee) will maintain an associated administrative policy that further defines customer conduct that is necessary to ensure the equitable and consistent application of this policy.

Policy History

Date approved: 4/2020
Next review date: 4/2024
Adopted 2020