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Rules of Conduct

Revised on October 8, 2014 by the Boulder Library Commission.

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Purpose:

The Boulder Public Library Commission and the Library staff welcome you to the Boulder Public Library. We encourage your use of the library spaces and resources, and we are committed to providing a welcoming, clean, and comfortable space for our community. We recognize the need to maintain an environment in which patrons and staff can be free from harassment, intimidation, threats to safety and well-being, in which library resources and facilities are protected from damage. Our libraries are spaces for reading, studying, writing, listening to written or electronically transmitted materials, attending library or community-sponsored programs and meetings, and working collaboratively in the spirit of community. With these intended uses in mind, the Boulder Public Library Commission has adopted the following rules of conduct to protect the rights, health and safety of library patrons, staff, and volunteers; to ensure patrons’ use and enjoyment of the library; and to help preserve and protect the libraries’ materials, equipment, facilities, and grounds.

Overview:

Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated on library property. A library patron who is disruptive will be notified that the behavior is inappropriate. If the behavior continues, the patron will be asked to leave the library. If the patron refuses to leave, local law enforcement officials will be notified. Disruptive behavior on the part of any library patron may result in the suspension of privileges in accordance with the procedures of Section 5-5-18, "Suspension of Facility Privileges," Boulder Revised Code (B.R.C.) 1981.

In addition, any person who violates these rules of conduct, any provision of the Boulder
Revised Code, ordinance of the city, or any other state or federal law may be subject to suspension of privileges in accordance with the procedures of Section 5-5-18, “Suspension of Facility Privileges,” Boulder Revised Code (B.R.C.) 1981 and may also be subject to criminal prosecution. Criminal activities that occur on library property will be immediately reported to law enforcement. These rules apply to all libraries and facilities unless indicated otherwise.

Unattended Children Policy

No person shall behave in such a way that disrupts another person’s use of the library. Moreover, no person shall:

  1. Threaten or jeopardize the safety of anyone;
  2. Violate the library’s computer policy in any library;
  3. Bring a weapon into or possess a weapon, except as expressly permitted by state law;
  4. Bring into, or possess alcoholic beverages in any library without prior approval of the library and arts director and/or the Library Commission, or enter the library while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol;
  5. Use tobacco or products containing tobacco, including use of any form of electronic smoking device;
  6. Carry, lead, bring an animal into the library, with the exception of service animals under the control of their owners;
  7. Seek or collect signatures from the general public on a petition or solicit donations of money or anything of value inside any library;
  8. Leave bags or personal items unattended in any facility;
  9. Lie down, doze or sleep in any library facility except this rule shall not apply to children;
  10. Use the restrooms for bathing, shaving, washing, rinsing or drying hair, or washing, rinsing or drying clothing;
  11. Eat anything while in the Carnegie Branch Library for Local History due to the historic nature of the collection.

Definitions:

“Library” as used in these rules shall mean all library buildings.

“Facility” as used in these rules shall mean the interior and exterior of all library buildings and extending to the curbs and library parking lots; and the south area underneath the library bridge at the main library.

“Disruptive behavior” is any activity which disrupts the library, endangers the perpetrator or others, interferes with library business or other library patrons or staff, hinders others’ access to the library or library materials, or is illegal. This may include, and is not limited to, any activity which results in the damage or disruption of library equipment or services, or blocking access to the library or its materials.

“Electronic smoking device”, “E-cigarettes” or “E-cigs” means an electric or battery-operated device, the use of which resembles conventional smoking, which can be used to deliver substances, including, but not limited to, nicotine, tobacco, or marijuana, to the person using such device. Electronic smoking device shall include, without limitation, an electronic cigarette, cigar, cigarillo, pipe, or hookah. Electronic smoking device shall not include any product approved by the food and drug administration as a drug or medical device that is used in accordance with its purpose.

Suspension of Library Privileges

The library and arts director, deputy library director, authorized security personnel, the manager on duty, or designee may restrict access to library facilities with immediate dismissal of the person from the
premises by suspending the person’s access to library facilities for a set period of time or by denying access to specific services and/or programs.

The suspension period shall be reasonably related to the severity of the offense and its danger to public health, safety, and welfare and shall not, except for criminal offenses of a sexual nature, exceed one year. Suspension of privileges may range from 24 hours (for a relatively minor first offense) to up to one year. A suspension period of more than one year may be issued for sexual offenses only and in accordance with Section 5-5-18 B.R.C. 1981.

Right of Appeal

Pursuant to Section 5-5-18, “Suspension of Facility Privileges” and Chapter 1-3, “Quasi-Judicial
Hearings,” B.R.C., a patron found in violation of the rules of conduct has the right to request a hearing to appeal a suspension or its duration by filing a written request with the Boulder Public Library administration office, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302, Attn: Suspension Appeals (303-441-
3106). Such a request must be filed no more than 10 days after the suspension notice was deposited in
the mail, hand-delivered, posted, or published. The patron will receive notification of the hearing date, time, and location. At the hearing, the patron will have an opportunity to provide information as to why he/she believes the suspension should be removed or the duration amended. Failure to appear at the scheduled hearing waives any right to a hearing.

If you choose to return to the library once the suspension period has expired, you must abide by the Boulder Public Library rules of conduct and/or policies. Any future rule or policy violations may result in a progressively longer suspension.

Revised on October 8, 2014 by the Boulder Library Commission.

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