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Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

The Franklin Township Library is a place for reading, studying, and writing; for participating in programs, activities and events; and for using or borrowing library materials. We ask for your cooperation in maintaining an environment in which all library patrons can use and enjoy the library’s resources, services, and facility.

Under the advice of the library’s attorney, the Board of Trustees has adopted a Library Code of Conduct to:

  • Protect the rights of individuals to enjoy the benefits of library facilities, materials and services
  • Protect the rights of library staff members and volunteers to conduct library business without interference
  • Preserve library materials and facilities from harm
  • Ensure the safety of library patrons, employees and volunteers

The Code of Conduct is posted in the library. Library staff members are authorized to bring to an individual’s attention any act which is prohibited in the library. The individual will be asked to change the problem behavior. If such change is not evident or forthcoming, the individual will be asked to leave the library. Failure to leave if asked may result in the police being called. 

Prohibited behavior or activities that disturb the normal functioning of the library and/or create a disruptive and unsafe environment include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Engaging in any activity prohibited by law.
  • Carrying or possessing a weapon, an item intended to be used as a weapon, or anything that can be reasonably construed as a weapon.
  • Damage, defacement or theft of any library property or material or any personal property or material. 
  • Verbally, physically or sexually harassing or assaulting library patrons and staff, including the use of profanity or threatening gestures.  
  • Engaging in sexual activity, unwanted contact, or any act of lewdness or exposure. 
  • Engaging in noisy or disruptive behavior. 
  • Possession, distribution, or use of alcohol or controlled substances.
  • Smoking and the use of tobacco products such as pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes and lighting devices. 
  • Soliciting of any kind.
  • Lack of personal hygiene that interferes with the use and enjoyment of the library by others or interferes with the work of the library staff. 
  • Interfering with another person’s use of the library or with a library staff member’s performance of duties. 
  • Engaging in any activity not in compliance with the library’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy. 
  • Disruptive use of electronic equipment, including cell phones or any other personal electronic equipment at a volume that disturbs others (cell phones must be silenced). 
  • Using roller skates, scooters, skateboards, bicycles, wheeled shoes, or other similar devices on library property and leaving them in walkways. Please use proper accommodations, such as the bicycle rack. 
  • Using or abusing furniture and equipment, such as in a manner for which they are not intended, including standing or lying on tables or chairs, or putting feet on any furniture. 
  • Photographing or recording without prior permission of library administration or those photographed or recorded. 
  • Sleeping
  • Bare feet or chest
  • Consumption of food or beverages unless at a program administered or sponsored by the library.
  • Not disposing of litter and debris in trash containers or leaving table tops and chairs unclean. 
  • Leaving children or adults who are in need of supervision unattended. 

Additionally, 

  • Patrons must keep belongings with them at all times. The library will not be held liable for any lost, stolen or unattended items or personal property. 
  • As per New Jersey law (2C:20-15), library staff have the right to inspect all book bags, briefcases, handbags, and packages of persons entering the library. 
  • The library may restrict the use of the children’s area in order to ensure the adequate protection of library facilities and persons and property therein. 
  • Animals are not allowed in the library, with the exception of those needed to assist a person with a disability and animals that are part of a program sponsored or administered by the library. 

Enforcement

The Board of Trustees authorizes the library director to suspend library privileges for those whose behavior prevents or interferes with the effective use of the library by others. Anyone unwilling to abide by the Library Code of Conduct may be required to leave the library. Violation of these rules may be cause for a temporary or permanent prohibition from future use of library facilities. 

Anyone whose privileges have been revoked may have the decision reviewed, upon prior written request, by the Library Board of Trustees. 

Adopted by the Franklin Township Library Board of Trustees on July 18, 2018.

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