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The Library Board has the responsibility to provide a pleasant, orderly facility conducive to concentrated and effective use of library materials and services.

We want people to use our facilities frequently and take full advantage of available materials, resources and programs. It is our intent to provide a positive and welcoming experience for all library visitors. To maintain this atmosphere, the staff will intervene in situations at the Library that present danger to the safety of persons or property, interfere with the rights of others, constitute disturbing or inappropriate uses of the Library and/or that involve the commission of illegal acts.

The following has been adopted and shall be posted at strategic places in the Library:

Worthington Libraries - Code of Conduct

The established rules are based on the powers granted to a public library board of trustees under the Ohio Revised Code, Section 3375.40(H).

These rules have been adopted for the comfort and safety of all those using library materials and services. They will be courteously and firmly enforced by the library staff. We ask your cooperation in maintaining a pleasant atmosphere, conducive to the effective use of library materials and services. As such, please note the following:

  1. Food and covered drinks are permitted in the Library. Please dispose of trash properly.

  2. Only service animals are permitted in the Library.

  3. Petitioning, such as voter registration or ballot issues, is permitted on library sidewalks and in the lobbies, but petitioners cannot block building entrances/exits. Regulations for leased space take precedent over library policies.

  4. Visitors must dress appropriately (shirts and shoes, please).

  5. Designated Teen areas are designed for people ages 12-18. Adults and younger children are encouraged to use other areas of the Library.

  6. Children under the age of 14 who are left at the Library for 20 minutes past closing may be reported to the police.

Disruptive behavior will not be permitted. This includes any activity, whether intentional or inadvertent, that is unsafe or interferes with the rights of others, physical abuse, abusive or threatening language and misuse of library furnishings and equipment. Expulsion from the Library and/or loss of library privileges may result from violations. Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Making unreasonable noise (speaking loudly, singing, snoring and listening to music at a volume noticed by others)

  2. Provoking arguments, fighting and arranging fights on or off premises

  3. Harassing other patrons and/or staff (deliberate or repeated behavior that is intimidating, offensive and/or hostile) in a manner that impacts patron use of the Library and/or staff work performance

  4. Using profane, obscene or abusive language; racial or ethnic epithets

  5. Possessing weapons or other items deemed dangerous by library staff

  6. Using, selling or being under the influence of drugs (including alcohol) while on library property

  7. Smoking and use of tobacco products or substitutes

  8. Gambling, panhandling and soliciting (including but not exclusive to money, handbills, coupons)

  9. Monopolizing/obstructing space, seating, tables or equipment to the exclusion of others

  10. Bathing, shaving and/or washing clothes on the premises

  11. Committing theft, vandalism or other illegal acts which are subject to prosecution

  12. Leaving children unattended or insufficiently supervised by siblings or caregivers, which results in acts disruptive to patrons

  13. Failure or refusal to leave the library at the request of staff or after closing hours as set by the Board of Trustees

If you are confronted with the violation of any of these rules, please inform a staff member immediately.

Library staff are required to bring to an individual's attention any act or omission which violates the Code of Conduct and related library policies. Such an individual will be asked to change his or her behavior to conform to the rules. If such a change is not evident or forthcoming, that individual will be asked to leave the library building and library property. Failure to leave, if asked, may result in the police being called and a possible charge of criminal trespass per Section 2911.21 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Depending on the severity of the violation, individuals who have been asked to leave the building may be evicted and barred from returning to the Library for varying periods of time. Individuals who have been evicted may be required to discuss the violation with the Library Manager or Director before being readmitted. Juveniles may be required to bring a parent or guardian for such a conference.

If the above measures fail to deter unwanted behavior by an individual or group of individuals, or there is a concern about the safety of patrons or staff, the Director has the authority to establish a short-term or ongoing police presence in the Library.