Valley Community Library Policies

Patron Behavior Policy

Everyone is welcome at the Valley Community Library and the staff looks forward to providing its patrons with great service. In return, the Library asks that patrons treat the library, its contents, the staff, and other patrons with respect. Failure to do so may result in the suspension or loss of Library privileges, expulsion, and/or legal action.

Patrons will refrain from any behavior that is illegal or disrupts or hinders the use of the library by other patrons, staff, and/or volunteers. Disruptive and prohibited behavior includes but is not limited to:

  • Physical, sexual, or verbal harassment of staff or library patrons
  • Eating or drinking at the public computers or in the Merli Room
  • Excessive noise including loud talking, loud audio equipment, and use of profanity
  • Viewing, in plain sight, materials which are inappropriate for the surroundings, including potential passersby
  • Smoking, vaping, use of controlled substances, tobacco, alcohol or other drugs
  • Leaving children unsupervised or uncontrolled
  • Sleeping
  • Petitioning, soliciting, or selling merchandise
  • Bringing skateboards, scooters, or roller blades inside the library
  • Animals other than non-disruptive, trained service animals
  • Engaging in any other activities that are inconsistent with those activities normally associated with the use of public library facilities. Acceptable library use includes reading, studying, attending programs, engaging in educational play, using a computer, and using library materials.

Staff reserves the right to determine what constitutes reasonably disruptive behavior in the library. Patrons may be asked to leave the library at any time. Staff also follows a 1 strike policy. If you are asked to stop engaging in an activity/behavior once and do not comply, you will be asked to leave the library for the remainder of that day.

All patrons have the right to submit appeals to the Library Board of Trustees within 15 days of an incident.

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees, December 2019

Printable Patron Behavior Policy


Unattended or Disruptive Children Policy

Valley Community Library (VCL) welcomes and encourages children to visit the Library, use its resources and services, and attend Library programs. VCL is not, however, able to provide short- or long-term child care, or be responsible for unattended children. Unattended children are children under the age of eighteen who are unaccompanied by a parent, guardian, and/or responsible caregiver.

Parents/guardians/caregivers are responsible for the safety, behavior, and supervision of children at all times in the library and on library property. VCL is a public facility and cannot regulate who enters the building nor take legal responsibility in the case of a medical emergency.

Children are expected to respect library property and adhere to the rules outlined in the VCL Patron Behavior Policy. Parents and guardians are responsible for making sure their children know the Library rules and have a contact number in case of an emergency.

Ages 8 & below
Parent/guardian/caregiver must be in the library and in sight of the child

Ages 9-17
May use library unattended, but parent/guardian/caregiver is still responsible for damage caused or injuries sustained.

Children of any age may not be left at the library for childcare or babysitting purposes.

Library staff will attempt to contact a parent or guardian in circumstances such as the following:
• An unattended child is engaging in behavior that is disruptive to other library users, staff, or the normal operations of library business
• An unattended child is involved in a situation that is potentially harmful to the health or safety of the child and/or others
• An unattended child is left alone at the library at closing time.

VCL assumes no responsibility for unattended children. In the interest of child safety, if an unattended child is in the Library at closing time and attempts to contact a parent or guardian are unsuccessful, VCL will call Blakely Borough Police to report an abandoned child.

A minimum of two Library staff will wait with unattended children until the Police arrive. Library staff may not offer transportation home. VCL is not responsible if children leave library property unattended.

VCL recognizes parents’/guardians’/caretakers’ responsibility for the behavior and well-being of their children. We respect the privacy of all our library patrons and will intervene only when a child is deemed at risk.

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees, January 2020

Printable Unattended or Disruptive Children Policy


Social Media Policy for Patrons

We value your opinion and encourage constructive and open discussion. Valley Community Library expects that users will not post content that falls into the following categories and reserves the right to remove postings that are:

• Abusive, disrespectful, defamatory, or obscene
• Fraudulent, deceptive, or misleading
• In violation of any intellectual property right of another
• In violation of any law or regulation
• Commercial promotions, spam, or organized political activity
• Otherwise offensive or considered harassment

Users that repeatedly and/or habitually provide content that meets the criteria above after a warning from the Library may be blocked from posting any further information to the Library’s social media sites.

All patrons have the right to submit appeals to the Library Board of Trustees within 15 days of an incident.

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees, December 2019

Social Media Policy for Patrons

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