The library should be a pleasant and safe place for all citizens. In order to maintain this environment, library users are expected to observe all library policies and conduct themselves in a manner not interfering with others. Any use of the Waterloo Library not in keeping with the nature of the library’s programs and services is inappropriate.
All citizens are welcome to visit the public library, but are expected to be reasonably quiet. Parents, whose children are disruptive, will be expected to resolve the problem. Incoming cell phone calls may be received by patrons, but all conversation should take place at the designated area within the library.
Library staff members who observe a patron engaging in an unacceptable behavior will politely explain the library’s rules and ask the patron to stop. If the patron continues the behavior, the patron will be asked to leave the library property for the remainder of the day. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to, suspicious actions, cursing, fighting or rough-housing, refusal to cooperate with a staff member, misuse of library materials and equipment, being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, smoking, eating, drinking, and excessive noise.
The police department will be notified if a patron refuses to leave the library when asked to do so, or if a patron behaves in any manner that the library staff feels is dangerous, threatening, destructive, or illegal, including the viewing of illegal materials on the library computers.
Library computer users are governed by this policy as well as by the library’s Computer Usage/Internet Safety Policy.