Subject: PATRON REGULATIONS Date Approved: 03/04/96 Effective: 03/04/96 Approved By: Board of Trustees File Code: 20.14 The following are prohibited in the Library by either the policies of the Board, or fire and health regulations: 1) Smoking in all service areas including meeting rooms and restrooms. 2) Eating and drinking in public service areas, except for official Library functions. 3) Pets, with the exception of animals serving impaired and/or disabled patrons. 4) Loud or abusive language. 5) Sleeping. 6) Action which is disruptive or distracting to others. 7) Making harassing phone calls to staff. Staff who observe any of these actions should politely ask the patron to stop. Action to be taken by staff who observe vandalism, theft or other criminal acts can be located in the policy on vandalism (#17.31324). Parents are responsible for their children's behavior in the library, even if the parents are not present. If a child or youth is bothersome or unruly, the library staff should make every attempt to restore appropriate library behavior. If it is determined that a child is lost of left unattended, the library staff will attempt to locate the parent(s). Failing in this, Security is to be notified. In case of the child who is unattended at closing (including emergency), the library staff should try to notify the parent. If they cannot, the police should be called and the child should be reported as abandoned. Security should be notified. Patrons who fail to abide by the Library's policies are subject to having their library privileges suspended and/or being evicted from Library facilities.