Fullerton Public Library Code of Conduct
Mission Statement: The Fullerton Public Library has adopted this policy to ensure a positive library experience for everyone who visits the Library. The Library is open to all members of the general public for the purposes of reading, writing, conducting research, studying and the use of Library materials. Everyone has the right to use Library services and resources provided her or his behavior does not unreasonably interfere with the rights of other Library patrons to do the same. To that end, the Library prohibits any behavior that infringes on the reasonable expectation by Library patrons of a quiet and safe environment free of unreasonable disruption.
The Library expects its patrons to abide by the following rules. These rules are expressly promulgated to maintain the Library’s peaceful atmosphere, facilitate Library usage to as many patrons as possible, preserve easy access to Library materials, and protect Library property.
Failure of Library patrons to abide by the following code of conduct while on Library premises constitutes grounds for warning to cease the offending behavior, an order to immediately leave the Library premises, and/or the revocation of Library privileges and/or Library access.
Code of Conduct: Prohibited Personal Behavior
- Any illegal conduct as defined by local, state or federal law.
- Interfering with another Library patron’s use of the Library and/or with the performance by Library staff of their duties. (Such prohibited behavior includes, but is not limited to, behaving in a manner which reasonably can be expected to disturb others, harassing or annoying others through noisy or boisterous activities, battery, verbal threats, abusive language, offensive touching, staring at another person with the intent to annoy that person, singing, talking in monologues and following another person about the Library premises with the intent to annoy that person.)
- Distributing or posting printed material in the Library.
- Selling, soliciting or any other commercial activity in the Library.
- Petition-signing and/or taking surveys in the Library.
- Panhandling (meaning to approach strangers and beg for money, food, or some other item) in the Library.
- Occupying more than one space during peak times of Library use
- Blocking or impeding access to the Library, including but not limited to, blocking or impeding use of Library entrances, exits, facilities or property.
- Lack of personal hygiene, or use of perfume or fragrance, which produces an odor that constitutes a nuisance by interfering with the reasonable use of the Library by other Library patrons, or by interfering with Library staff’s ability to reasonably perform their duties.
- Unreasonably loud noise (such as from talking, cell phone conversations, banging on the furniture, and use of laptops and other media devices at a volume level that disturbs others).
- Not wearing shirts and shoes (or other footwear) at all times in the Library.
- Pets or other animals (with the exception of service animals) accompanying Library patrons into the Library.
- Possession or display of weapons, illegal substances or drugs, or alcohol.
Smoking tobacco or any other substance (including the use of so called “e-cigarettes,” which generally include electronic inhalers meant to simulate and substitute for tobacco smoking by utilizing a heating element to vaporize a liquid solution).
Code of Conduct for Personal Property
- Food is prohibited in the Library. Covered beverages are permitted outside the technology area.
- Any items brought into the Library are subject to inspection.
- Any items brought into the Library must not obstruct pathways or deny other Library patrons the reasonable use of the Library.
- Personal items are the responsibility of the owner.
- Bringing bicycles, shopping carts or wheeled conveyances into the Library is prohibited, with the exception of wheelchairs and baby strollers/carriages used for the actual transport of a person or child, as well as wheeled backpacks or book carriers for the transport of research and reading material.
- Laptop computers and other electronic devices are permitted as long as power cables are plugged in such a way that the power cables do not unreasonably disturb and/or cause potential injury to other Library patrons or staff.
Code of Conduct for Library Property
- All Library patrons must use the Library’s property (e.g., facilities, materials, and furnishings) for its intended purpose. For example, tables are not meant to be used as foot rests, books and other reading material must not be damaged, torn or written in, and facilities must be maintained and left in a clean and orderly manner.
- Library furniture is not to be moved or rearranged without the approval of Library staff.
- Public restrooms are not to be used for food preparation, camping, sleeping, bathing, shaving, or washing of hair or clothes.
- Failure to return Library materials made available for loan, and/or to pay library fines or fees may result in the loss of borrowing privileges and/or computer use.
- Theft, defacement, or destruction of Library property is prohibited. California Education Code Section 19910 provides that it is a misdemeanor to cut, tear, write in, mark, deface, break or injure library property, and that the parent or guardian of a minor who willfully and maliciously commits any of these prohibited acts shall be liable for all damages so caused by the minor.
- Manipulating or bypassing Library software and/or computer systems, such as those that regulate computer use (e.g., software restricting computer use), as well as tampering with Library computer hardware or accessories, are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, violation of California Penal Code section 502 (Computer crimes).
Violations of Code of Conduct
In the event a Library patron violates any of the provisions of this Code of Conduct, the Library Director, authorized by the Library Board of Trustees, may revoke library privileges (including library cards) and/or access to the Library for a period to be determined by the Library Director or her/his designees. Library privileges and/or Library access may be revoked for a period of up to one year.
These actions may be taken by the Library Director or her/his designee. Revocation of Library access shall be issued in a written determination notice if the revocation is to exceed more than one day.
A Library patron whose access to the Library has been revoked for more than one day must schedule a meeting with the Library Director or her/his designees prior to resumption of any Library access. The purpose of the meeting will be to review the Library Code of Conduct.
The Fullerton Police Department may be called upon to assist in the enforcement of this policy, including but not limited to, citation or arrest for trespassing by Library patrons who fail to leave the Library after being asked to leave by the Library Director or her/his designee and/or staff for violation of the Library Code of Conduct.
Violation of the Library Code of Conduct or violation of any local, state or federal law in the Library may be addressed in any of the following manners by Library staff:
- Verbal warning to cease the conduct in violation of the Code of Conduct (e.g., notification of the violation and reference to the Library Code of Conduct).
- An order to the patron in violation to leave the Library immediately and to not return for the rest of the day.
- Suspension of borrowing privileges for the patron in violation.
- Suspension of Library privileges including removal from and denial of access to, all Library facilities and services for a period to be determined by the Library Director or her/his designees.
- Criminal sanctions.
Conduct Which Warrants Immediate Order to Leave Library
- Abusive or threatening language or gestures towards other Library patrons or staff.
- Physical interference, confrontation or aggression towards other Library patrons or staff.
- Failure to comply with any warning or request to cease conduct prohibited by the Library Code of Conduct, and/or failure to cease conduct which Library staff reasonably requests is ceased because the conduct is interfering with the reasonable use of the Library by other Library patrons.
- Illegal behavior under local, state or federal law.
A Library patron whose Library privileges and/or access have been revoked may appeal this action by submitting a completed Library Privileges Revocation Appeal form to the Library Director or his/her designee within ten (10) days from the date of the revocation and/or written determination notice (whichever is later).
The Library Privileges Revocation Appeal form is available through the Library’s website: http://fullertonlibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Appeal-Form-Approved-1-22-15.pdf or from the City Clerk’s office at 303 W. Commonwealth Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832.
Upon receipt of a completed Library Privileges Revocation Appeal form, the Library Director or his/her designee will notify the Library Board of Trustees within 30 working days and will convene the Library Privileges Revocation Appeal Committee. This committee will consist of three Library Board Trustees and one Trustee who will serve as an Alternate. The Library Privileges Revocation Appeals Committee of the Library Board of Trustees will conduct a review of the Library Privileges Revocation Letter and documentation as well as the Library Privileges Revocation Appeal submitted by the patron. The Committee’s decision shall be issued in writing within five working days after the hearing and will be sent to the address on the submitted Library Privileges Revocation Appeal Form. This written decision shall articulate the grounds upon which it is based, and shall be appealable to the Superior Court pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1094.8.
Submitted to the Library Board of Trustees on 10/27/16
Click here for Library Privileges Revocation Appeal Form