Code of Conduct
Revised January 23, 2012

Welcome to the St. Joseph County Public Library. Our goal is to offer the best service possible to library visitors in an inviting environment. Each person can help by following these rules:

All persons are required to wear shirt and shoes while on library property.

Children under the age of seven must be under the direct supervision of a person age thirteen or older while on library property.

The following are not permitted inside or outside on library property:

  • Weapons except as permitted by law
  • Sleeping
  • Smoking or any other use of tobacco, and use of alcohol or illegal substances
  • Begging, soliciting or sales
  • Gambling
  • Eating, except in approved areas
  • Any form of sexual misconduct, including exposure, offensive touching or sexual       harassment of other patrons or staff

Persons under the influence of drugs or alcohol are not permitted inside or outside on library property.

Smoking and soliciting are prohibited within 50 feet of the outside of any library building entrance.

Theft, damage or destruction of library property is a crime and will be prosecuted.

Any person who poses a health or sanitary risk or whose bodily hygiene constitutes a nuisance to other persons or damages library property shall be required to leave the library premises or library property.

Inappropriate behavior, which disturbs other library patrons or staff, is not permitted inside or outside on library property.

The Library reserves the right to remove from library property any person whose behavior is disruptive, threatening, inappropriate for a library environment, or interferes with the use of the library by others.