Code of Behavior
It is the intent of the library that a positive atmosphere for use of the library is maintained. The library employs security guards for the safety of the customers and staff during evening library hours. The security guards and staff shall enforce standards of acceptable behavior on library property. The security guards and library staff will apply all local ordinances and state laws which govern behavior in public places. (See Olathe Public Offense Code 9.01 - 9.48). Specific rules regarding behavior include the following.
Guidelines for Behavior
- Food and drink are not permitted within the library building, except for library-supported activities.
- No use of any tobacco products or alcoholic beverages in the building or on library property.
- Shirt and shoes are required.
- Causing a disturbance or engaging in any behavior which interferes with other customers use of the library is prohibited.
- Quiet usage of the library is encouraged. Loud talking should be avoided. No more than four customers to a table.
- No mutilating, defacing or otherwise damaging library materials or property by marking, underlining, highlighting, removing pages or portions of pages, removing binding or removing electronic theft devices is allowed.
- Vandalizing or defacing the library building, furniture or equipment is prohibited.
- Maliciously accessing, altering, deleting, damaging or destroying any library computer system, network computer program or data is not allowed.
- No animals are allowed in the library with the exception of service animals trained to assist disabled individuals.
- Physical, sexual or verbal harassment of other library customers or of library staff members will not be tolerated.
- Use of skateboards or inline skates is prohibited either inside the library or in unauthorized areas on library property.
- No parking of wheeled vehicles in unauthorized areas outside or inside the library.
- Being in unauthorized areas of the library, remaining in the library after closing or when requested to leave during emergency situations or evacuation exercises is prohibited.
- Removing or attempting to remove library materials, equipment or property without proper checkout or other official library authorization is not allowed.
- No weapons allowed in the library unless authorized by law.
- Library customers are responsible for personal items while in the library. The library will not be responsible for lost/stolen items.
- Using library computer workstations in an unacceptable manner, as defined herein, is prohibited.
- Customers shall not access or exhibit obscene material on library computer workstations.
- Customers shall not access or display obscene material where the recipient of the obscene material is a child under the age of eighteen.
- Customers shall not use library computer workstations in a manner that allows them to possess a computer-generated image that contains or incorporates in any manner any film, photograph, negative, photocopy, videotape, or video laser disc in which a real child under sixteen years of age is shown or heard engaging in sexually explicit conduct with intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires or appeal to the prurient interest of the offender, the child or another.
Violation of Guidelines
If, in the judgment of staff or security officer, a library customer is in violation of these guidelines or is behaving in such a way as to make library use difficult for others, he/she may be asked to leave library property. Further abuse may lead to loss of library privileges and/or criminal prosecution. The security guard, person-in-charge, or designated library staff should call the police if a disturbance occurs.
Unattended Children Under 8
Parents are responsible for the behavior of their children in the library and if they fail to take responsibility for their children's behavior, library staff will assume that responsibility.
Children under eight should never be left alone in one area of the library building while a parent or accompanying adult is using another area. When it has been determined by library staff that a child has been left at the library without supervision, the following steps should take place:
- Staff will attempt to contact the child's family to pick them up.
- If staff is unable to contact the family, the police may be contacted for assistance in locating the abandoned child's family and caring for the child.
Unattended Children Over 8
Children over eight, unaccompanied by a parent/adult, who behave in a disruptive manner will be warned and if the behavior continues, asked to leave the library. If the child needs a ride home, library staff will assist the child in contacting a parent or guardian to pick them up.
Youth Left At Closing
If a child under 16 years of age is not picked up by 30 minutes after closing, and attempts to contact a parent or guardian are unsuccessful, the person-in-charge will contact the Olathe Police Department to report an abandoned child. (See Policy OP-03-02, Youth and Others Left at Closing)