The Board of Trustees has adopted the following guidelines for acceptable behavior to ensure that all visitors to the Bonneville County Libraries are able to use the resources and services available, as well as to protect the rights and safety of Library users and staff, and to preserve and protect the Library’s materials, facilities and property.
Library users who refuse to abide by Library rules will be required to leave the premises. The Library privileges of individuals who violate any of the policies may be suspended, including but not limited to, being trespassed from the Library for up to a year. A second violation may result in a permanent trespass.
Violation of Library Rules include:
Library Equipment and Property
- Improper use of materials and equipment.
- Willful destruction of, or vandalism or damage to any Library property.
- Removal of any Library property or materials from the building or grounds without authorization through established lending procedures.
- Entering restricted areas or staff only areas within the Library building without staff approval.
- Theft of personal property of Library patrons or staff.
Harassment of Library Patrons or Staff
- Disrespectful attitudes or language, goading, teasing, or other types of harassment.
- Any obscene or abusive language or gesture.
- Verbal or physical threats, including but not limited to stalking, staring, or touching.
- Taunting, threatening gestures, unwanted physical contact, or lewd behavior.
- Threats of violence to oneself or others.
- Any conversation, laughter, noise or action which causes a disturbance.
- Consumption of unauthorized food or beverages.
- Using cell phones in a manner that disturbs others.
- Engaging in disorderly conduct, committing a nuisance, loitering, sleeping, or unreasonably disturbing and offending others.
- Petitioning, leafleting, solicitation for money, products, services, or causes on the premises.
- Inappropriate displays of affection.
- Blocking or in any way interfering with the free movement of others.
- Running, pushing, shoving, or throwing objects.
- Offensive body odor or personal hygiene.
- Entering the Library barefooted or without a shirt.
- Skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, bicycles, and the like, are not to be used in the building.
- Violation of any city, state, or federal law.
- Smoking, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited in the building or within 20 feet of entrances and exits per Idaho Code 39-5503 and Idaho Code 39-5502 (e).
- Possessing a weapon as defined by Idaho Code, within the library building, with the exception of legal possession of firearms.
- Brandishing a weapon within the Library building.
- Indecent exposure as defined in Idaho Code 18-4116.
- Bringing pets or animals, other than a service animal – defined by the ADA as a service dog into the library except as a part of an authorized library program. Note: The Library reserves the right to ban miniature ponies as a service animal into the building for hygienic purposes. All other animals are prohibited.
Unattended Child Policy
- The Library cannot be held responsible for the supervision of children and dependents left unattended on Library property.
- Children under the age of 10 must be actively supervised by someone 14 years or older.
- If an unattended child comes to the attention of library staff, staff will make a good-faith attempt to contact the parent or guardian.
- If the parent or guardian cannot be reached, the child will be referred to the local law enforcement agency.
Patron Behavior in a Board Meeting
- All meeting Attendees who are not library trustees or employees are classified as visitors.
- Visitors will be introduced in the proper agenda item.
- No visitor may interrupt the business of the Board.
- No visitor is allowed to participate in the voting of the Board.
- All visitors must leave the meeting when the Board enters into executive session.
- Visitors who are disruptive and hinder the business of the meeting will be asked to leave the meeting.
- There are three categories of visitors. Each category of visitor has certain rights and responsibilities outlined heretofore:
- Invited Visitors (allotted time as needed):
- The Library Director or a Trustee may invite a visitor to address the Board of Trustees on a matter of business.
- These visitors will be invited to address the Library Board at the appropriate agenda item.
- The comments will be confined to the item of business he/she was invited to address.
- Advanced Notification Visitors (allotted time five minutes):
- A visitor may contact the Library Director by phone, email, or in person and request to address the Board at their regular meeting.
- The request must be made at least one week in advance of the meeting.
- The purpose must be stated for addressing the Board.
- The Director will notify the visitor if the request to address the Board has been granted and where the visitor has been scheduled on the agenda.
- Comments must not exceed five minutes.
- Unannounced Visitors (three minutes, at the invitation of the Board Chairperson):
- An unannounced visitor will be limited to address the trustees only at the invitation of the Board Chairperson.
- Comments must pertain to the business of the Library.
- Issues may be considered for discussion on a future agenda.
- Comments must not exceed three minutes.