Conduct Policy

Conduct in the Nevada Public Library Patrons Grade 3/aged 9 and Older

The policy of the Nevada Public Library is to provide a safe, comfortable environment conducive to the use of library materials and services by either individuals or small groups. The library is intended for the use of all members of the public. Patrons are expected to observe the rights of other patrons and staff members and to use the library for its intended purposes.


1.Prohibited conduct is that which:

•Interferes with the rights of individuals to use library materials and services
•Interferes with the ability of library staff to conduct library business
•Threatens the secure and comfortable environment of the library or those using the library
•Shows willful damage to the library premises, equipment or materials

2. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to the following:

•Harassment: Willfully annoying, harassing, or threatening another person. Harassment is defined as any action taken or situation created intentionally to produce psychological or physical discomfort, embarrassment, or ridicule. Sexual harassment is characterized by requests for sexual contact, unwelcome physical advances, or conduct (verbal or physical) of a nature that is intimidating, demeaning, hostile, or offensive.
•Campaigning: petitioning, interviewing, survey taking, soliciting, or selling, unless authorized by the director or his/her designee.
•Photography: Taking Pictures or video of people unless authorized by the people involved or their parents if minors are present.
•Disorderly: Behaving in a disorderly, loud, or boisterous manner.
•Offensive language or images: Willfully exposing patrons or staff to offensive images or language.
•Audio Equipment: Playing audio equipment at a volumes that is disturbing to other library users.
•Loud or lengthy conversations: Engaging in loud or lengthy conversations including conversations on cell phones.
•Impeding Access: Impeding access to the building and grounds or any areas of the building or grounds.
•Animals: Bringing animals into the library, except service animals, unless approved by the director or his/her designee.
•Personal Items: The library assumes no responsibility for any belongings left unattended.
•Non-public Access: Entering the non-public or locked areas, unless accompanied by a staff member, or through prior authorization from a staff member.
•Tobacco, Illegal Drug or Alcohol Use: Any form of tobacco, e-cigarettes, illegal drugs, or alcohol on library property.
•Food and Drink: Consuming food except as permitted in the meeting rooms or approved by the director or his/her designee. Nonalcoholic beverages in covered containers are allowed.
•Vandalism: Vandalism or deliberate destruction of library materials or property.
•Sleeping/Bathing: Sleeping in the library and/or bathing in the library rest room.
•Law Violation: Violation of any municipal, state, or federal law or code.
•Policy Violation: Violation of current library policies.


Enforcement of these rules for persons grade 3/aged ten and older may take the form of any of the following actions, depending upon the severity of the misconduct which will be determined by the library staff on duty at the time. Misconduct by persons younger than nine years of age/grade 3 is discussed and remedies provided for in the Nevada Public Library Unattended and/or Disruptive Behavior of Children Grade 2/Aged Nine and Under Policy.

1. Warning: In most cases, patrons who are behaving inappropriately in the library will be given one warning and asked to behave in an appropriate manner. Patrons who do not modify their behavior after one warning may be asked to leave the library for the rest of the day.

2. Extreme Conduct: In the case of any misconduct that in the judgment of a staff member is extreme, the offender may be ordered to leave the building immediately, or the police may be called as appropriate. The patron will be banned at least for the rest of the day. The length of banishment will be based on the degree of the offense.

3. Multiple Offenses: Patrons engaging in misconduct on more than one instance may be warned by the director or his/her designee that they may be barred from the library for one month or longer.

4. Misconduct of 9-17 Year-Olds: Parents/guardians of disruptive patrons from the ages of 9 through 17 will be notified by phone or mail stating the date, the behavior considered disruptive, and the measures taken by the library staff.

5. Exceptions: Exceptions to any of the above may be authorized by the director or his/her designee.

6. Staff Responsibility: Staff will document on the attached form any and all actions taken when dealing with disruptive behavior. The form will be signed by the staff person involved and by any other staff member as appropriate. It will be referred to the director and kept on file.

7. Appeal Process

•Any patron wishing to appeal a library staff conduct decision to the Nevada Library Board of Trustees may do so in writing within 5 working days of the occurrence.
•The Board of Trustees will meet with the patron or patrons and the staff member or members involved at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
•A decision will be rendered within 5 working days following said meeting. Such decision is final.

Approved by Board of Trustees 08/15/2016

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.