Behavior Policy

To maintain an atmosphere that is welcoming and comfortable for all, one that is conducive to work, study and enjoyment for library users and staff, as well as to ensure that all library users have a pleasant, productive and safe experience, the following policy on behavior in the Tehama County libraries and on library property has been established. Enforcement of these rules will be conducted in a fair and reasonable manner.

Appropriate library activities include: browsing for materials, reading, quiet conversation, homework, writing reports and researching.

Inappropriate activities include: annoying or harassing others, either verbally or through actions, abusing, misusing or vandalizing library facilities, furnishings or equipment, running, profanity or other abusive language toward library patrons or staff, eating or drinking, putting feet on furniture, sleeping, loitering, gambling, inappropriate public displays of affection, use of the restrooms for bathing, shaving, shampooing or doing laundry, excessive socializing, soliciting, selling, or distributing leaflets, use of tobacco products or alcohol and any other activities which disrupt the library.

Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to, creating noise (including cell phone use, crying babies or children and overly loud or continuous conversation), interfering with other library patrons’ use of the facilities through extremely poor personal hygiene, being barefoot or shirtless, bringing bicycles, animals (other than service animals necessary for disabilities), food or drink into the library, blocking entrances, exits, or aisles, being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, refusing to check backpacks or bags in at the door. This behavior may represent a physical danger to people or property, or may interfere with the legitimate library business of other users or staff.

The public is expected to behave in a manner that is respectful of the library’s users and staff, materials and equipment, and facilities and premises. Adults are responsible for the conduct of children in their charge and are required to monitor their behavior.

Patrons who are behaving inappropriately or disruptively will be warned that the behavior must stop. If the behavior is not immediately corrected, the person will be told to leave the premises. For serious violations, patrons may be asked to leave even if they correct the problem. Habitual abusers of library rules may be banned from the premises.