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Notice of Consideration of Adoption of the Albany County Public Library Library Use Policy
The Albany County Public Library Board of Directors (Directors) hereby gives notice of its intent to repeal the Library Behavior Policy section of the Albany County Public Library (ACPL) Policy Manual (last amended July 2013) and adopt the ACPL Library Use Policy following public hearing on the rules and regulations at the Director’s regularly scheduled meeting on March 26, 2024, at the ACPL Laramie Main Library, 310 S. 8th St, Laramie, WY 82070.
The proposed ACPL Library Use Policy rules and regulations:
- Comprehensively revise the rules and regulations controlling the public’s use of the ACPL;
- Provide expectations for ACPL usage, unacceptable behaviors, and code of conduct;
- Provide the policy for unattended children and vulnerable adults at ACPL;
- Provide the policy for animals at the ACPL;
- Provide the policy for consequences of misconduct; and
- Provide the procedures for reinstatement of ACPL privileges and appeals of the Library Director’s decision on reinstatement of privileges.
The principal reason for the adoption of the proposed amendments is to revise the Director’s rules and regulations regarding usage of the ACPL as part of the Director’s efforts to review and revise the entirety of the ACPL Policy Manual.
Copies of the proposed rules and regulations are available for public review at ACPL Laramie Main Library, 310 S. 8th St, Laramie, WY 82070 and are included following this notice. Interested persons may present their data, views, or arguments at the public hearing and in writing to the Directors at email@example.com. All comments received prior to or at the public hearing will be part of the public record for the proposed rules and regulations.
Library Use Policy
2. LIBRARY USE. While in the library, patrons are expected to:
3. UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR. While in the library, individuals are expected to respect others and respect library property. The following examples of disruptive, unsafe, or disturbing behavior are prohibited in the library:
3.8. Having offensive bodily hygiene or odor that constitutes a nuisance to others, i.e., an unreasonable or unwarranted obstruction or injury to the common right of all people to use and enjoy the library materials and services.
3.9. Tampering with the arrangement of library materials to the extent that it would make finding the materials difficult for patrons.
3.10. Destroying library materials.
3.11. Accessing non-public areas.
4. CODE OF CONDUCT DURING EXIGENT SITUATIONS. During exigent situations, such as a community or natural disaster, a public health crisis, or similar emergency situation, the Library Director is authorized to institute any reasonable temporary code of conduct requirements as are appropriate to the situation. Failure to comply with such temporary measures may result in an individual being denied entry into the facility and/or a temporary loss of services.
5. SMOKING. Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the library per Laramie, WY Code of Ordinances Ch. 8, § 8.56.030 (2014), Original Ordinance No. 1901, as amended.
6. SOLICITATION. Soliciting library patrons is prohibited. Solicitation includes the gathering of signatures for petitions and the sale or distribution of informational materials, merchandise, tickets, insurance, pamphlets, or campaign material. The only exceptions are solicitations by the library, Friends of the Library, and the Albany County Public Library Foundation.
7. UNATTENDED CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS. Albany County Public Library strives to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for all visitors including children and vulnerable adults. Library staff is committed to helping children and vulnerable adults with activities related to the library; however, library staff is not trained nor responsible for providing care or guidance to children or vulnerable adults in need of consistent attention and supervision. Library staff is not responsible for a child’s or vulnerable adult’s safety and welfare when they are unattended by a parent/guardian/caretaker. Responsibility for the welfare and behavior of a child or vulnerable adult using the library or while on library property rests with the parent/guardian/caregiver.
7.4.2. Parents/guardians/caregivers of children 8 years of age and older or vulnerable adults, who have determined the child or vulnerable adult is mature or capable enough to be left alone at the library, are responsible for setting reasonable time limits for their children’s or vulnerable adults’ visits to the library and providing a means of transportation home from the library by the time the library closes. The library is not responsible for the care and supervision of children or vulnerable adults prior to opening or after closing.
8. ANIMALS IN THE BUILDING. Service animals, as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, or animals with the express prior approval of the Library Director may be allowed into the library building. All animals must be housebroken and under the immediate control of their handlers. The following behaviors are prohibited by service animals while in the library or on library property:
8.2. Jumping up on people or furniture.
8.3. Soliciting food or seeking petting from people other than their owner. Service animals may not go up to people, whether in a friendly manner or not.
8.4. Sniffing merchandise or people or intruding into another dog or person’s space while on library property.
8.5. Roaming so that the leash is a tripping hazard.
8.6. Blocking an aisle or main walkway.
8.7. Unruly behavior or unnecessary vocalizations in the library.
8.8. Urinating or defecating in the library.
9. CONSEQUENCES OF MISCONDUCT. The Library Director or designee will apply these rules in a fair and equitable manner for the benefit of all. The Library Director and library staff shall keep a record of all incidents of misconduct. The consequences of misconduct may be any of the following:
9.2. EVICTION: The offender is asked to leave the premises immediately for a specified period of time.
9.3. DENIAL OF ACCESS: The offender will not be granted access to the library building or library property.
9.4. LOSS OF LIBRARY PRIVILEGES: Offender is barred or restricted from all physical library materials and/or services for a set period of time or permanently.
9.5. REFERRAL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT: The library reserves the right to prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law, should the misconduct so warrant.
10. REINSTATEMENT OF PRIVILEGES AND APPEALS. Individuals who have been evicted, denied access, or who lose library privileges have the right to request reinstatement of privileges from the Library Director. Individuals whose request for reinstatement of privileges is denied by the Library Director also have the right to appeal the decision of the Library Director to the Albany County Public Library Board of Directors. Requests for reinstatement and appeals of the Library Director’s decision shall be made in writing, providing the individual’s name and current mailing address, and include the approximate date of and description of the eviction, denial of access, or loss of library privileges, and any relevant information the individual wishes to provide to the Library Director or Board of Directors. Requests for reinstatement of privileges and appeals of the Library Director’s decision which are not in writing and do not contain the individual’s name and current mailing address shall not be considered. Such requests and appeals shall observe the following procedures:
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10.2.1. The Board of Directors shall consider the appeal at a public hearing within forty-five (45) days of receipt of the appeal. The Board may consider the written appeal, documentary evidence, and testimony regarding the individual’s denial of access, eviction, or loss of library privileges, and may request further information from library staff, the individual, and any other relevant persons. The Board of Directors shall issue a written decision on the appeal within fourteen (14) days of its public hearing. The Board of Director’s decision shall either vacate, modify the duration of, or affirm the eviction, denial of access, or loss of library privileges and provide the reasons for its decision.