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About the Library: Policies: Patron Conduct

The Moorestown Library welcomes the community to the Library for reading, studying, using library materials and services, participating in library events and conducting other customary library business. The Library strives to provide an atmosphere conducive to the safe and orderly use of the facility and requests the cooperation of patrons in refraining from behavior that disrupts library services. Parents or guardians, not Library staff, are responsible for the safety, care and supervision of their children at the Library.

The following activities are not allowed in the library:

  1. Eating or drinking
  2. Using a personal audio or communications device so that others can hear it
  3. Smoking
  4. Carrying a weapon into the library unless authorized by law. Any patron authorized to carry a weapon must notify library staff that he/she is carrying a weapon in the library.
  5. Bringing animals into the library except those needed to assist a patron with a disability or for a special library event.
  6. Misusing the restrooms (i.e., using as a laundry or washing facility)
  7. Leaving a child under the age of ten unattended in the library without the supervision of an adult library user
  8. Talking loudly, making noise or engaging in other disruptive conduct
  9. Interfering with another person's use of the library or with the library personnel's performance of their duties
  10. Going without shoes and/or a shirt
  11. Damaging library property
  12. Stealing library materials
  13. Threatening or physically harming staff or patrons
  14. Violating local, state and federal laws, including those regulating conduct in public places and computer tampering

Persistent or severe violations of the Library's rules may result in the suspension of library privileges, including the right to enter or use the facilities and/or to borrow materials. The Library Director is authorized to promulgate procedures for enforcing this policy.

Procedures that govern the suspension of library privileges will be available at the library circulation desk.

Adopted by the Library Board of Trustees, June 2, 2003, to supercede Policy on Rules of Conduct Adopted February 15, 1995.

Procedures governing suspension of library privileges

Persons violating the rules of conduct will be asked to cease their offending behavior up to three times, after which they will be told to leave the Library for the rest of the day. Known repeat offenders may be told to leave without any warning.

All staff on duty are empowered to enforce conduct rules and call the police for help. The senior librarian at the reference desk is the person in charge with responsibility for monitoring patron behavior, resolving disputed matters, ordering offenders to leave the Library, dealing with police called to the Library and reporting orally and in writing to the Director. The ruling of the person in charge will be in effect for the remainder of the day, or until the Director is consulted.

Library privileges will be suspended by the Director in consultation with the police, president of the Library Board of Trustees and township manager. The suspension may be partial, in that the offender may only enter the Library to use library materials accompanied by a parent or guardian, or complete, in that the offender may not enter the Library for any reason. The length of the suspension will be determined by the Director and may be extended. The Director's actions will be presented for ratification at the next scheduled meeting of the Library Board of Trustees.

The suspended person will be prohibited from entering the Library and being present in the immediate area around the Library, including the sidewalks, steps, gardens and entrance ways outside the Library. If the suspended person enters the Library or is on the property outside the Library, the Police will be called to remove him/her from the building or property and he/she may be charged with defiant trespassing.

Notice of the suspension and other relevant actions will be sent to the home address of the suspended person or his/her parents or guardian by both registered mail and by regular mail. Copies will be sent to the Director of Police and juvenile officer if a juvenile is involved.