Patron Code of Conduct
To ensure that all patrons of and visitors to the Town of Lake Pleasant Public Library are able to enjoy this facility to the fullest extent, and to protect the safety and personal comfort of all, the Board of Trustees has adopted this
General Prohibitions: The following are NOT allowed at The Town of Lake Pleasant Public Library:
- Engaging in activities not associated with the use of a public library.
- Impeding ingress or egress to/from the library.
- Bringing weapons or threatening objects into the Library
- Using a Library computer for a purpose other than that designated by the Library.
- Bringing in an animal, unless it is assisting a person with a disability.
- Leaving animals unattended on Library property.
- Not wearing both shirt and shoes while in the Library.
- Creating inappropriate levels of noise such as shouting, conducting loud conversations, engaging in arguments and/or using foul language.
- Not using available headphones when listening to programs with audio.
- Failing to set all cell phones to “silent ring” or “off” while in the Library.
- Re-arranging or disarranging library furniture without staff permission.
- Entering staff work areas which are restricted to library staff and authorized volunteers. Patrons shall not enter the staffs’ work areas without express invitation and permission from an authorized member of the library staff.
- Distributing flyers and other materials without the permission of an authorized member of the library staff; soliciting, petitioning, or canvassing.
- Conducting any business or trade for profit.
- Leaving a child unattended in the Library*.
* Unattended children are children of any age who are apparently unaccompanied by a parent, guardian, and/or responsible caregiver in the Library.
Unacceptable behavior by a patron may include, but is not limited to:
- Misconduct such as the use of inappropriate language or behavior, gestures or bullying, public drunkenness, offensive body odor, drug usage, sale, consumption or exchange of alcohol or drugs. This may result in expulsion and/or suspension of library privileges.
- Sleeping, staring, stalking, soliciting, loitering, littering, using library facilities for inappropriate purposes such as bathing or laundering clothes and damaging property.
- Loitering in the library’s parking areas or at the entrances to the library.
- The Town of Lake Pleasant Public Library is a town-owned building and is therefore subject to the non-smoking regulations promulgated by the town board. Accordingly, smoking is prohibited within 25’ of the building entrance.
Recourse for Violations:
- An initial warning accompanied by a copy of the Patron Code of Conduct policy.
- Failure to comply with these rules, with or without the intent to disturb or infringe on the rights of others, shall constitute annoying or harassing behavior and may result in the loss of library privileges.
- Abusive speech or action toward library staff or patrons will not be tolerated and may result in loss of library privileges.
- Education Law NYS §264 forbids the vandalism or defacement of library property. A patron who vandalizes, steals, or destroys library property will forfeit all library privileges and will be subject to financial liability for damages. This includes disabling Library equipment, changing the hardware or software or settings on a Library computer
- Impeding the orderly or efficient operation of the library may result in loss of library privileges.
- Engaging in any illegal activity which violates federal, state, local or other applicable laws may result in legal prosecution
- Staff will keep log of any and all incidents related to this policy.
The Town of Lake Pleasant Public Library exists for the purpose of providing a safe and welcoming environment for reading, learning, and other Library activities. Your cooperation in observing the above policy is appreciated. Thank you.
Internet and Computer Use
There are 6 Public Computers and Wireless Internet Available
- Any patron with a valid card may use the computers.
- Patrons using the computer MUST place their library card next to the computer so the staff can easily verify the patron has one.
- Children without a library card may use the Young Explorer. When the Library is busy they may use it for 30 minutes a day. To use the internet a parent or responsible adult with a library card MUST be with the child.
- NO ONE, adult or child, may use the computer to access pornographic sites. If a computer is seen by staff to have an unacceptable site on the screen, the staff member may ask the person to change the site or ask the person to leave the computer site. In an extreme case, the staff member may pick up the library card and ask the patron to leave the computer station. The patron’s card will be returned when the patron leaves the Library. If it is a repeat offense, the staff member may keep the card and recommend action by the Board of Trustees.
- The Library Aides may allow non-cardholders to use the computer for 5-10 minutes and for a specific reason. These individuals must also sign the computer sheet.
- The Library is wireless capable, available 24/7. The wireless network is not secure. Information sent form or to your laptop can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software, within three hundred feet. Library staff is not able to provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be provided that you will be able to make a wireless connection. The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for laptop configuration, security, or data files resulting from connection to the Library’s network.
The Town of Lake Pleasant Library strives to provide the residents of the district with access to a wide scope of informational resources, services and programs.
In keeping with this concept, the reading room is available for public gatherings of a civic, cultural or educational nature. The following regulations govern the use of the room.
- The Lake Pleasant Library Board of Trustees delegates to the President to the Board or his/her designee the authority to implement the policies and procedures which carry out the provisions of this policy. Exceptions to the policy may be granted only by the Board of Trustees.
- Activities and programs under the direction of the library shall have first priority in the use of the meeting room.
- Community groups whose purposes are non-profit, civic, cultural or educational are encouraged to use the meeting room for group meetings provided that:
- All meetings are scheduled when the library is closed
- No admission may be charged; no products or services may be advertised, solicited or sold
- Books may be sold at library sponsored author events
- Groups using the library must not use advertising and publicity which implies that their program is sponsored, co-sponsored or endorsed by the library.
- Application for use of the meeting room must be made in advance on a form available at the library and the Board designee shall be so notified of such application and sign its approval or denial.
- The application form is to be signed by the person responsible for the use of the room
- The applicant will be provided with a copy of the Meeting Room Policy and regulations
- A request for use of space by minors must be made by an adult who will agree to be present and responsible for the meeting
- If a group is denied the use of the meeting room, it can appeal in writing to the Board of Trustees
- Reservations for the meeting room are on a first-come basis. Library sponsored programs will have preference. In the event a meeting or program is cancelled, the Board designee shall be notified as soon as possible.
- Arrangements must be made in advance for opening and closing the library. These arrangements will be made between the Board designee and the person signing the reservation form.
- The organization holding meetings or other events is responsible for any damage or breakage to the premises or its contents by members or guests of the group.
- The room is to be left in the condition in which it was found, and all trash disposed of in the container provided
- The user is responsible for putting away any tables and stacking chairs, turning off the lights, locking doors and properly returning the key.
- Library materials such as books, COs, or other objects are not to be disturbed. The computers are not to be used when the library is not open.
- The library is not responsible for the physical arrangement of the meeting room or arrangement for refreshments.
- No refreshments may be served.
- Unless special arrangements have been made, the library will not provide equipment for groups using the meeting room. Any furniture or equipment brought in by the organization must be removed at the conclusion of the meeting. The library will not store items belonging to organizations and is not responsible for lost articles or items left following the meeting.
- Attendance must not exceed the posted capacity of the meeting room. Alcoholic beverages cannot be consumed on library property. All Town buildings are smoke-free facilities.
- Failure to comply with the Lake Pleasant Library Meeting Room Policy and Regulations will result in withdrawal of meeting room privileges.
Patron Dos and Don’ts
- Treat Library staff and volunteers with courtesy and respect.
- Engage in activities appropriate to the use of a public library.
- Wear both shirt and shoes while in the Library.
- Use available headphones when listening to programs with audio.
- Remember to set all cell phones to “vibrate” or “off” while in the Library.
- Bring in a service animal.
- Observe an appropriate level of noise in consideration of others.
- Use the Library computers only for the purpose designated by the Library.
- Impede ingress or egress to/from the library.
- Smoke within 25’ of the Library entrance.
- Bring weapons or threatening objects into the Library
- Re-arrange or disarrange library furniture without staff permission.
- Enter staff work areas which are restricted to library staff and authorized volunteers. Patrons shall not enter the staffs’ work areas without express invitation and permission from an authorized member of the library staff.
- Distribute flyers and other materials without the permission of an authorized member of the library staff; soliciting, petitioning, or canvassing.
- Shout, conduct loud conversations, engaging in arguments and/or use foul language.
- Leave a child unattended in the Library.