Administrative Procedure




Title: EVICTION PROCEDURE
Date Approved: 01/28/98     Effective: 01/28/98
Approved By: Executive Director


Visitors or customers who fail to abide by the Library's policies are subject to having their library privileges suspended and/or being evicted from premises of the Columbus Metropolitan Libary.

Eviction or suspension of library privileges will be based upon the attached administrative procedural guidelines. Evictions and suspensions may be decided upon and imposed by the Executive Director, Assistant Executive Director, Director or Assistant Directors of Extension, Extension Branch Manager, Director or Assistant Director of Main Library, Main Library Division Manager, Manager or Assistant Manager of Security Services, and Security Officers.

In cases where the patron refuses to comply with an initial verbal warning to cease their inappropriate behavior, they may be evicted according to the attached guidelines recommended under the second violation for infractions.

Security Officers and Branch/Division Managers may exact evictions up to 7 days. Periods greater than this will require approval of the Manager of Security Services, or one of the above listed Directors. If in the opinion of the Security Officer, or Branch/Division Manager, the infraction of the individual justifies an eviction for more than 7 days, they will advise the person that they are not permitted on the premises pending review of their case. The Security Officer, or Branch/Division Manager, will then refer the matter to the Manager of Security Services for review, and decision on the final terms of their eviction. When possible, the patron being expelled, or in the case of juvenile, his/her parents/guardians, should be provided with written notification about the reasons for, and length of their eviction.

All staff should warn patrons immediately when improper conduct is observed or reported, so the person has the opportunity to correct their behavior. Whenever possible, warnings and evictions issued to a patron should be witnessed by another staff member.

Staff should attempt to identify the patron being evicted by name. If additional information can be obtained, such as address, telephone number, and patron number, staff should record these as well. Such particulars are to be forwarded to the Manager of Security Services with detail about the eviction, including date, time and location of the situation. The Manager of Security Services will ensure this material is kept on file. The Manager of Security Services, or his/her designee, will furnish a monthly report listing currently evicted patrons to the Division Managers of Main Library, the Branch and Division Managers of Extension, the Department Directors, Assistant Department Directors, the Assistant Executive Director, and Executive Director.

In some instances, the repeated misbehavior of individuals or the seriousness of their actions, may indicate that a longer eviction than that indicated in the administrative guidelines is appropriate.

In such circumstances, the patron committing the infraction should be advised that they are evicted until their case is reviewed with the Manager of Security Services. The Manager of Security Services should then be contacted and consulted about the problem patron. The Manager of Security Services is authorized to extend an eviction period up to one year, where justified. Eviction periods of more than one year require the approval of the Executive Director.

Related Policy/Procedure: Harassment Policy
Patron Regulations Policy
Role of Security Officer Procedure
Vandalism, Theft, or Other Criminal Acts Observed by a Staff Member Policy





Eviction Guidelines

Patrons and visitors must behave in a socially acceptable manner while on the premises of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Guidelines for addressing infractions and evicting persons from library property are:


  INFRACTION TYPE FIRST VIOLATION SECOND VIOLATION THIRD VIOLATION
01 Inappropriate dress, to include but not be limited to: no shirts and no shoes. Presenting offensive and pervasive odor or odors which constitute a nuisance to other customers or staff. WARNING, AND ASKED TO LEAVE PREMISES TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM. SAME SAME
02 Bringing pets into libraries, with the exception of animals serving impaired or disabled customers. WARNING, AND ASKED TO LEAVE PREMISES TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM. SAME SAME
03 Creating any unreasonable noise, including loud talking, singing, running, boisterous activity and the playing of audio or video equipment which disturbs other customers or staff. WARNING 1 DAY EVICTION 7 DAY EVICTION
04 Personally monopolizing or obstructing library space, seating, tables or equipment to the exclusion of other customers or staff. WARNING 1 DAY EVICTION 7 DAY EVICTION
05 Smoking inside libraries. WARNING 1 DAY EVICTION 30 DAY EVICTION
06 Eating and drinking or displaying open food or liquid containers in public service areas, except for official library functions. WARNING 1 DAY EVICTION 30 DAY EVICTION
07 Sleeping. WARNING 1 DAY EVICTION 30 DAY EVICTION
08 Gambling, panhandling, soliciting money or engaging in activity for personal profit on library premises. WARNING 1 DAY EVICTION 30 DAY EVICTION
09 Distribution or posting of any printed materials, except through authorized library procedures. WARNING 1 DAY EVICTION 30 DAY EVICTION
10 Riding a cycle, skate boards, or utilizing roller skates/roller blades within the library buildings, or utilizing such items on library grounds in a manner that presents a safety hazard, or impedes vehicular or pedestrian traffic. WARNING 1 DAY EVICTION 30 DAY EVICTION
11 Engaging in any act which clearly disrupts or prevents the normal and intended use of the public library by any other customers or staff. WARNING 7 DAY EVICTION 30 DAY EVICTION
11A Displaying images which are inappropriate for a public place, i.e., do not conform to CML's Materials Selection Policy. WARNING 7 DAY EVICTION 30 DAY EVICTION
12 Profane, obscene or abusive language WARNING 7 DAY EVICTION 30 DAY EVICTION
13 Destroying or Defacing Library Material EVICTED UNTIL FINANCIAL RESTITUTION IS PAID FOR THE DAMAGE. 30 DAYS EVICTION; EVICTION PERIOD MAY BE EXTENDED LONGER UNTIL FINANCIAL RESTITUTION IS PAID FOR THE DAMAGE. 6 MONTHS EVICTION WITH APPROVAL; EVICTION PERIOD MAY BE EXTENDED LONGER UNTIL FINANCIAL RESTITUTION IS PAID FOR THE DAMAGE.
14 Abuse or improper use of library facilities and equipment, to include but not be limited to: bathing, shaving, or washing clothes. 7 DAY EVICTION 30 DAY EVICTION 6 MONTH EVICTION WITH APPROVAL
15 Possession of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs. Being under influence of alcohold or drugs to the extent that one is unable to exercise care for one's own safety or the safety of others. 30 DAY EVICTION 1 YEAR EVICTION WITH APPROVAL. 1 YEAR EVICTION WITH APPROVAL.
16 Selling or distributing illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages on library premises. 1 YEAR EVICTION WITH APPROVAL. 1 YEAR EVICTION WITH APPROVAL. 1 YEAR EVICTION WITH APPROVAL.
17 Harassment of staff or customers to include but not be limited to: using threatening language, stalking behavior, such as following persons on the premises without their permission; staring or watching persons to the point that is unreasonable or the party claims such behavior makes them uncomfortable; and those behaviors described in the Harassment Policy #17.31329. 6 MONTHS EVICTION WITH APPROVAL 1 YEAR EVICTION WITH APPROVAL. 1 YEAR EVICTION WITH APPROVAL.
18 Theft, or attempted theft of personal property, and other acts as described in the policy on Vandalism, Theft or Other Criminal Acts (17.31324). 1 YEAR EVICTION WITH APPROVAL. 1 YEAR EVICTION WITH APPROVAL. 1 YEAR EVICTION WITH APPROVAL.
19 Engaging in or soliciting any sexual act, indecent exposure of bodily parts. 1 YEAR EVICTION WITH APPROVAL. 1 YEAR EVICTION WITH APPROVAL. 1 YEAR EVICTION WITH APPROVAL.
20 Engaging in fighting, challenging another person to fight, physically abusing or assaulting anyone on library premises. 1 YEAR EVICTION WITH APPROVAL. 1 YEAR EVICTION WITH APPROVAL. 1 YEAR EVICTION WITH APPROVAL.
21 Failure to surrender or remove from the premises, any items upon request of staff, that are deemed by them to be a weapon, dangerous ordinance, or contraband. 1 YEAR EVICTION WITH APPROVAL. 1 YEAR EVICTION WITH APPROVAL. 1 YEAR EVICTION WITH APPROVAL.