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Lincoln Public Library District
Rules of Conduct
Effective: November 17, 2016
Patrons of the Lincoln Public Library District have the right to use the Library without being disturbed or impeded by other persons. These rules are posted for the comfort and protection of everyone using the Library’s facilities.
- Any behavior that disrupts or interferes with the operation, safety, or use of the Library is prohibited.
- Behavior that can be cause for removal by the Library staff and/or Police includes but is not limited to: physical abuse; assault of a person; abusive, threatening, or obscene language; running; fighting; gathering in loud groups; loud telephone conversations; noise emitting devices; or blocking patron access points.
- Improper acts that are subject to prosecution under any civil or criminal code is prohibited.
- Individuals who may be under the influence of a substance and/or disorderly shall be asked to leave the Library and may be banned from the Library for a period determined by the Library Administration.
- Use of any object or device that emits smoke or any form of vapor is not permitted inside any Library building. Their use outside of the buildings must conform to the Illinois Compiled Statutes.
- Sleeping or loitering is not permitted on Library property.
- Solicitation of any type is prohibited.
- Eating/drinking in the Library’s buildings is prohibited unless done within an approved Library activity.
- Shirts and shoes must be worn on Library property at all times.
- Service dogs are allowed for disabled persons; other animals must remain outside of the Library’s buildings.
- Children under seven (7) years of age cannot be left unattended on Library property. Children seven (7) years and older cannot be left unattended on Library property for more than one-half (1/2) hour unless that child is attending a Library program or actively engaged in the Library’s resources. For more information please consult the Library Director or Youth Services Librarian.
- Anyone who willfully violates any portion of this policy may be excluded from the Library for a period of time determined by the Library Administration.
Lincoln Public Library District
Unattended Children Policy
Effective: June 17, 1999
Pursuant to the provisions of the Illinois Compiled Statutes 75 ILCS 16/30-55.5 and 75 ILCS 16/30-55.55,
BE IT RESOLVED by Board of the Library Trustees of the Lincoln Public Library District, as follows:
- The Board finds and determines that the following rules and regulations are reasonable and are adopted in order to render the use of the Library of the greatest benefit of the greatest number of residents and tax payers of the City of Lincoln. For the purposes of this poilcy, child is defined as persons who are found within the State of Illinois who are under the age of 14 years.
- No child seven years of age and under shall be left unattended by a parent or other responsible adult in the Children's Room or other area of the Library. Permission may be granted by the Youth Services Librarian, or attending clerk for said parent or supervising adult to leave the child unattended for not more than 1/2 hour while the parent seeks reading materials in the adult area of the Library.
- No child between the ages of 8 and 13 shall be left in the Library without parental or similar adult supervision for a period in excess of 1/2 hour unless that child is in attendance at a Library sponsored program or is actively engaged in the use of Library resources.
- If a child is left unattended as described above, an oral warning will be issued to the parent, guardian, or responsible adult by the Library Director and/or Youth Services Librarian. If the incident is repeated, the lack of care will be reported to the Lincoln Police Department's Juvenile Officer.
- For a second or subsequent infraction of the provision of paragraphs 2 or 3 of these regulations, the Library Director is authorized to refuse admittance to the Library of any parent or guardian who has violated such paragraphs. Admittance may be reinstated after a conference with the parent, guardian or responsible adult to ascertain that future infractions will not occur.