The Freeman Public Library is supported by the taxes of the people of the City of Freeman who expect our facility to be clean, comfortable and safe places for selecting materials, reading, researching, studying, writing and attending Library or community sponsored programs and meetings. To this end, the Library is responsible for establishing rules of conduct to protect the rights and safety of Library patrons, volunteers and staff, and for protecting the Library’s materials, equipment, facilities and grounds.
Enforcement of this policy will be conducted in a fair and reasonable manner. Library staff will intervene to stop prohibited activities or behaviors. Failure to comply with requests to modify behavior may result in exclusion from the Library facility for the remainder of the day. Repeated or severe incidents may result in more extended loss of privileges or contacting law enforcement officers.
The responsibility for children rests with the parent, guardian or assigned chaperone. The Library staff is not responsible for the safety, care or supervision of minors of any age at any time, whether in the library or on library premises. Parents, guardians or other caregivers are responsible for picking up children prior to closing time. In the event that a child is left after Library hours and no one can be contacted to provide transportation, the staff will call the Freeman Police Department for assistance. Staff may not transport children home or to any other destination under any circumstances.
The following actions are examples of conduct not allowed on library premises:
- Engaging in any activity in violation of Federal, State, local or other applicable law or Library policy.
- Carrying firearms or dangerous weapons (except for law enforcement officers).
- Being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, or selling, using or possessing alcohol or illegal drugs.
- Verbally or physically threatening or abusive behavior, including stalking, offensive touching, or indecent exposure.
- Trespassing in non-public areas or being in the Library without permission of an authorized Library employee before or after Library hours.
- Creating disruptive noises such as shouting, using profanity or obscenities, rudeness, screaming or banging on computer keyboards.
- Fighting or challenging to fight, running, pushing, shoving or throwing things.
- Using audible devices without headphones. Using cell phones, pagers and other communication devices in a manner that disturbs others. Cell phone and pager audible ringers should be turned off, and calls should be made/taken in the lobby or out of doors.
- Smoking or other tobacco use in the Library
- Bringing pets or animals other than service animals necessary for disabilities, into the Library, except as authorized by appropriate Library personnel.
- Any tampering with or destruction of Library property.