Conduct Policy

Petoskey District Library – July 2004
Revised July 2008, September 2009, January 2011, July 2013

The Petoskey District Library is open to all users of its services. Patrons shall be engaged in activities associated with the use of a public library while in the building. These services include but are not limited to reading, studying, using library materials or using the library’s meeting rooms. The Library’s behavior rules are intended to protect the rights of the public and the staff to use the building, its furnishings, its services and its collections without disruption.

Any behavior that disrupts the intended use of the Library will be considered unacceptable.

According to Michigan Statutes, the Library Board may exclude from the use of the Library any and all persons who shall willfully violate such reasonable rules and regulations as the Board may adopt (MCL 397.206). Such exclusion from this Library shall occur on the orders of the Director or his/her designee. In this document, “withholding of library privileges” is defined as meaning that an individual may not enter or use the Library.

On the premises of the Petoskey District Library, the violation of any federal or state statutes or local ordinances will be regarded a as a violation of library rules.

Any form of tobacco use and any form of smoking is prohibited in the building and on the grounds of the Library (See Smoking Policy).

Unattended bags will be disposed of at the discretion of the Library Staff.

Library staff will withhold library privileges for a day, a week, or a month depending on the severity of the disruption. Typically, after a warning, a person will be excluded from the Library for a day, then a week or a month. Anyone continuing disruptive behavior may be denied access for one year. Anyone whose behavior results in a conviction for a crime will be denied entry for one (1) year; after which, suspension of library privileges may be reinstated upon petition.