The Board of Trustees of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District (FVRL) has established the following rules of conduct to protect the rights and safety of library patrons and staff and to preserve and protect the library’s materials, equipment, and property. The Board is committed to providing all patrons a pleasant library environment and to enabling staff to give quality service both in person and online.
When you use library services please:
- Expect to receive fair, courteous, and equitable treatment.
- Ask library staff for help; they are here to assist you.
- Request physical accommodation or assistance when needed to allow you full use of library services.
- Give us your suggestions about how we can improve our services, collections, and facilities and contact library staff with your concerns.
- Respect legally established policies and procedures for using library services including the Electronic Information Access Policy; Freedom of Expression on Library Premises; and Meeting Space Usage Policy.
- Be considerate of others. Respect the rights and privacy of other library patrons and staff.
- Keep lids on drinks and limit eating to designated areas.
While at the library, the following behaviors are prohibited:
- Engaging in or attempting to engage in any activity that would be a violation of any federal, state or local criminal statute or ordinance.
- Engaging in sexual activities including but not limited to extensive physical contact or touching that is offensive to others.
- Being impaired by or under the influence of a controlled substance or intoxicating liquor.
- Possessing, selling, distributing or consuming any alcoholic beverage, except as a participant at a library event for which alcohol use has been pre-approved.
- Using library electronic resources to access, disseminate or print constitutionally unprotected speech or in violation of copyright laws or violating the Electronic Information Access Policy. Complying with this rule is the responsibility of the user, or in the case of minors, it is a joint responsibility of the user and the parent or guardian.
- Engaging in loud, disruptive, destructive, or unsafe behavior that substantially interferes with others’ use of the library or with the ability of staff to perform their job duties including but not limited to disruptive use of electronic devices; misuse of library property or restrooms; encroachment into staff work areas, engaging staff in inappropriate conversations and unauthorized use of staff resources.
- Engaging in threatening or harassing behavior (including sexual harassment), or causing physical harm, in person or by any other communication method. Harassing behavior is deliberate and/or repeated behavior that is not welcome or creates a hostile environment on library premises or through remote communication with staff or library patrons including but not limited to making threatening comments or gestures; stalking; constantly staring at or following another person; showing pictures or other materials to persons without their permission; or using harassing, hostile or abusive language.
- No consumption of tobacco products, marijuana or e-cigarettes is allowed in library buildings or within 25 feet of any entrance or open window, per RCW 70.160.
- Destroying, damaging, or defacing library facilities, materials, equipment or software, or using them in a manner likely to cause injury including but not limited to damaging or modifying a library computing system or altering its normal performance; writing in or damaging library materials; or tampering with or defacing any library property.
- Consuming food or drink (excluding water) on or near library computers or other equipment such as printers, copiers, microfilm machines or other vulnerable materials.
- Bringing animals, other than service animals, into the library, except as approved by authorized library staff.
- Refusing to comply with direction of a library staff member.
- Blocking access to the library building, interior spaces or other areas in a manner that unreasonably interferes with or impedes access to the library and its services. This may include frequent, repetitive chats, texts, or phone calls, as well as physical impediments.
- Using another person’s library account for Internet access without permission or intentionally exceeding established limits of Internet access per day.
- Openly viewing explicit sexual material in the library.
- Interfering with others’ use of library computers, such as monitoring what they are viewing or retrieving information from another user’s computer screen.
- Sleeping in the library.
- Entering library buildings with bare feet or bare chest, per RCW 27.12.290.
- Discomforting others due to offensive body odor, per RCW 27.12.290.
- Camping on library property except where allowed by local ordinance.
Unattended minor children (under 18) at the library:
Children under the age of 18 are welcome at the library at all times. Parents and guardians are responsible for the behavior of their minor children whenever they are in library buildings or on library property as well as the materials they choose to read or view including use of library computers.
Leaving children unsupervised or unattended anywhere on library premises is not acceptable when the child's behavior becomes an issue to their own or other’s comfort, well-being and safety. Young children must remain under the supervision of an adult or responsible family member at all times.
Consequences for violating FVRL’s Rules of Conduct (all patrons):
- Rules 1-4: Violators may be immediately excluded from all FVRL premises without prior warning at discretion of staff. Any person engaged in illegal activity may lose all library privileges for up to life and the incident may be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
- Rules 5-20: Violators will be given up to two warnings at the discretion of staff and may be excluded for up to one year.
- Consequences for repeated behavioral infractions of the same or similar nature may have cumulative exclusions (ie, one day, one week, one month, 6 months, one year) at the discretion of library staff.
Right of Appeal:
All library staff are expected to apply library policy in a fair, reasonable and positive manner. Individual patrons who question the way that library policies have been applied may use the appeal process that is described in FVRL’s Appeal Rights of Patrons document.
- The FVRL Rules of Conduct Policy shall be enforced by the Branch Manager in charge of each library unit or their designee.
- Authority for this policy includes: RCW 27.12.210 (2); RCW 27.12.270; RCW 27.12.290; and RCW 27.12.330.
Board Approved: Original Policy 12/13/93