Library Behavior Policy

In order to allow all patrons of the Highland Park Public Library to use its facilities to the fullest extent, the Library Board of Trustees has adopted the following rules.  According to Illinois Statutes, the Board of Trustees may exclude from the use of the Library any person who willfully violates the rules prescribed by the Board (75 ILCS 5/4-7.11).


1)      Patrons must respect the rights of other patrons and staff and shall not engage in any behavior that a reasonable person would find to be disruptive, harassing, or threatening in nature, including stalking, prolonged staring at or following another person, running, pushing, throwing things, verbal or physical intimidation, offensive touching, inappropriate sexual conduct, disruptive or loud conversations, and using personal electronic equipment at such a volume as to disturb other patrons or staff on Library property.  Persons engaging in threatening behavior or acts of violence will be evicted immediately from Library property.


2)      Patrons may not interfere with the use of the Library by other patrons, or interfere with Library employees' performance of their duties, including interfering or interrupting conversations between patrons and staff or interfering with the safe and free passage of patrons or staff by blocking aisles, doorways, or access to collections.


3)      Patrons may not deface or mar books, magazines, newspapers, recordings, software, hardware or other items of the Library collection nor shall they deface, mar or in any way destroy, damage or misuse Library furnishings, walls, machines, or other property.  Patrons may not remove Library property from the building without authorization.  Patrons may not litter. Computer usage is also subject to the Internet Policy rules.


4)      Patrons may not commit or attempt to commit any activity that would constitute a crime or a violation of City ordinances while on Library property.


5)      Patrons may not smoke on Library property.


6)      Patrons may not consume beverages from open containers without lids or tops in the Library and may not consume food in the Library except in the lower lobby.


7)      Patrons may not use cell phones in the Alyce Brenner Room.  As a courtesy to other patrons, cell phone users are asked to silence ringers and speak quietly.


8)      Patrons must wear shirts and shoes, or other footwear, at all times in the Library.


9)      Patrons whose personal hygiene is offensive constitute a nuisance to other patrons, and may be required to leave the Library.


10)  Patrons may not engage in any indecent or obscene conduct or make any indecent exposure of their person.


11)  Patrons may not possess, sell, distribute, or consume any alcoholic beverage or illegal drugs on Library property.


12)  Patrons may not use roller skates, roller blades, skateboards on Library property.


13)  Patrons may not leave animals unattended on Library property or bring animals into the Library building, other than service animals aiding the disabled.


14)  Patrons may not leave children under the age of 8 unattended on Library property. (See Addendum)


15)  Patrons may not trespass by entering or remaining on Library property after having been notified by authorized staff not to do so.  Patrons may not enter non-public areas of the building without permission.


16)  Patrons may not photograph, film, record, or use television equipment on Library property without the prior permission of the Director or Director’s designee.


17)  Patrons may not campaign, petition, interview, survey, solicit, conduct sales, distribute or post materials on Library property without the prior authorization of the Director or Director’s designee.  (See Addenda)


Any patron who violates the Library rules and regulations may be required to leave the Library premises.  Library employees may contact the Highland Park Police if deemed advisable.


Any patron who violates the Library rules and regulations may be denied the privilege of access to the Library by the Library Director.  Any patron whose privileges have been denied may have the decision reviewed by the Board of Trustees upon prior written request.


Revised March 13, 2007, November 11, 2008