The Bonneville County Library District has a mission to create a warm, professional, and friendly atmosphere for patrons that visit their library branches. To help foster this dynamic, staff members must dress appropriately, as defined below, for their work assignments.
Because of varied work assignments and working conditions, it is not practical to establish specific and absolute criteria as to what is or is not appropriate dress. The following lists examples of unacceptable and acceptable attire. Supervisors will discuss inappropriate dress with individual staff members and are available to clarify expectations upon request.
Statement of Policy:
Staff will wear clean and well-maintained attire appropriate to the type of work they do. Standard dress for library staff will be relaxed business casual.
Relaxed business casual for men will be a collared shirt, nice t-shirt, and dress slacks or nice jeans; relaxed business casual for women will be a blouse, nice t-shirt, skirt, dress slacks, dressy jeans, sweater, or a dress.
All casual apparel will be in good taste. Shoes are required and must also be well maintained. Good grooming and hygiene is required.
Examples of Unacceptable Attire:
- Tank tops, tube tops, halter tops, crop tops or muscle shirts – bare midriffs, tight fitting or low cut shirts are not acceptable
- Extreme faded or distressed jeans, overalls, leggings (except under long tunic shirt or dress) or other form-fitting pants
- Strapless sun dresses and clothing with spaghetti straps unless worn with a shell or jacket over the dress or spaghetti straps
- Clothing with offensive or unprofessional slogans, prints, or designs – this includes large-letter advertising, foul language, cartoons, and obscene images
- Torn, wrinkled, frayed, patched and/or faded clothing
- Sweat pants, sweat suits, warm up suits, hoodies
- Shorts of any length, short skirts, sagging or baggy pants – no underwear should be seen, nor should any skin be exposed from the shoulders down the torso and legs to the length of the fingertips when arms are hanging straight down
- Hats; baseball caps
- Flip-flops or shower-type shoes
Examples of Acceptable Attire:
- Cotton slacks provided they are clean and wrinkle-free
- Solid colored jeans without frays, fading, or holes
- Casual button-down shirts, golf shirts, sweaters, turtlenecks
- T-shirts that are nicer or worn under a blouse, shirt, jacket or jumper
- Pants, suits, dresses, and skirts that are at least fingertip length as described above
- Loafers, boots, flats, dress sandals, conservative colored sneakers in good repair
The exhibition of “non-traditional” jewelry, (i.e., tongue, nose or belly button piercings), is not permitted. Please remove or minimize pierced jewelry while working at the library. All offensive tattoos must be covered up while working at the library.
An employee who reports to work inappropriately attired will be sent home to change. The time in which it takes to leave, change clothes, and return to work shall be designated as unpaid.
At his or her discretion, the Library Director may waive any portion of the requirements above based on projects, special events, or casual work days. On these occasions, employees are still expected to present a neat appearance.