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Code of Conduct Policy

The Elk Grove Village Public Library encourages the public to use its facilities, materials, and services to fulfill their educational, cultural, and recreational needs. To best serve all Library users and staff, certain standards and rules of Library behavior have been established. Behavior becomes unacceptable when it interferes with appropriate use of the Library by others or when it could result in a safety hazard, injury, or damage to Library property.

We expect our patrons to treat all people with respect. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Engaging in conversation and behaviors in a manner that does not disturb, offend, or harass others; threaten the safety of others; damage property or threaten to damage the property of others.
  • Using Library items, furnishings, equipment, and facilities only for their intended function, in a manner that does not interfere with others' use and does not damage or threaten to damage Library property.
  • Attending to personal belongings. The responsibility for loss or damage to unattended personal belongings rests with the patron.

Examples of conduct and actions that are not permitted anywhere on the Library's property include, but are not limited to:

  • Loud or boisterous conversations, running, fighting, abusive or obscene language, physical or verbal harassment of staff, volunteers, or other patrons, or obstructing others' access to Library resources.
  • Smoking, including smokeless tobacco, herbal products and e-cigarettes, except in designated area at least 15 feet from an entrance.
  • Possessing, consuming, or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
  • Eating food or drinking beverages from containers without lids (except in cafe area) or disrupting others due to excessive food odor.
  • Prolonged or habitual sleeping.
  • Using the restrooms for other than their intended purpose.
  • Disrupting others' use of Library facilities or services due to personal hygiene, excessive body odor, or inappropriate attire.
  • Leaving young children unattended (see Unattended Children policy).
  • Using recreational and/or sports equipment.
  • Soliciting, selling, or canvassing.
  • Bringing any animal other than a Service Animal within the Library facility without prior permission of Library Director.

The Library reserves the right to require anyone violating the Code of Conduct to leave Library property. Serious or repeated misconduct may lead to further suspension from the Library and to legal action or criminal prosecution. Those wishing to appeal suspensions may do so by writing to the Library Director at the Library's address.