Rules of Behavior for Library Patrons

Under Indiana Code 20-14-3-2, "The library board shall govern and set policy for all of the affairs of the public library." The Jasper Dubois Co. Contractual Public Library strives to provide, on equal terms, free library services to all residents of Dubois County. The Library abides by the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights, which states, "A person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views."

However, to ensure the comfort and protection of all Library patrons and staff, and to prevent a few persons from making the use of the Library inconvenient and embarrassing to the majority of users, the Library has adopted the following policy.

The following behaviors will not be tolerated. Engaging in one or more of these behaviors may result in suspension of Library privileges, either for a defined period of time or permanently:

Violators of these rules will be advised of the rules and will be asked to correct their behavior. If the behavior cannot/will not be corrected, they will be asked to leave the Library for an amount of time to be determined by the person in charge. If the patron is under the age of 16, attempts will be made to notify a parent in writing. Repeated violations may result in permanent suspension of library privileges.

Anyone refusing to leave the Library when requested is subject to prosecution under Indiana Code 35-43-2-2, Criminal Trespass.

Approved by Board of Trustees June 9, 2005; revised December 2011