Patron Conduct Policy
The Vineland Public Library, as a cornerstone of
Vineland's educational and cultural foundation,
is dedicated to responding to the expressed and
anticipated informational and lifelong learning
needs of its diverse community. To accomplish this
mission, the Library relies on a highly qualified
staff, a balance of print and technology, and a
network of resources beyond its walls.
Conduct is considered unacceptable when:
• It could result in injury to oneself or
• It interferes with another person’s
use of the Library.
• It interferes with staff performance.
• It is harassing or intimidating.
• It violates the law.
• It could result in loss or damage to Library
or patrons’ property.
Persons failing to follow the Library’s conduct
rules or reasonable requests of staff will be asked
to leave and such actions may result in suspension
of Library privileges. The police will be notified
immediately if a person is asked to leave and refuses
to do so. The rules of conduct will apply to the
Library property, both inside and outside of the
building, as well as Library-related electronic
or telephone communications.
Prohibited conduct includes but is not limited
• Harassing or intimidating conduct toward
staff or Library users. Such conduct may include,
but is not limited to: insults or offensive language
or comments; sexual or suggestive advances, comments,
jokes or images; unwanted physical touching; oral,
written, or implicit threats; degrading or discriminatory
comments or gestures.
• Leaving a child below the age of nine (9)
or any other individual requiring supervision unattended
by an adult. (See also Unattended Children Policy)
• Loud or abusive language.
• Smoking, including electronic cigarettes,
or use of any tobacco products.
• Use or possession of alcohol or illegal
• Being visibly intoxicated or under the influence
• Possession of a weapon.
• Engaging in excessive or disruptive conversations.
• Having offensive bodily hygiene or odor
that constitutes a nuisance to others.
• Use of cell phones for conversations outside
of designated areas (lobby, vending, Doris Tripp
Room). Persons using the Children’s Department
in accordance with Library policies are permitted
to use cell phones outside of Library programs if
use does not disrupt other patrons or staff. Ringers
should be turned off or set to vibrate while in
the library building.
• Having food or beverages near any Library
computer. Any damage to Library property resulting
from food or beverages will be the responsibility
of the patron.
• Use of personal electronic equipment at
a volume audible to others.
• Running, fighting, roughhousing, throwing
objects, and other like behavior.
• Misuse of restrooms such as bathing, washing
clothes or dishes, shaving, using the wrong restroom.
• Recreational bicycling, skateboarding, skating/in-line
skating on Library property.
• Bringing bicycles, skateboards, in-line
skates/roller skates, and other like modes of transportation
into the Library. A bicycle rack is located outside
of the Landis Avenue entrance.
• Unauthorized solicitation including selling
items, begging, circulating petitions, distributing
printed materials, and conducting surveys.
• Bringing any animal on the premises, except
service animals required because of a disability
or those authorized for participation in a Library
• Vandalism to Library property. Damage to
Library property may result in suspension of Library
privileges and/or criminal prosecution.
• Inappropriate attire. Must be fully clothed.
Footwear must be left on while in the Library at
all times. Bathing suits are not considered appropriate
• Carrying in bedrolls/bedding/blankets. Bags
or backpacks are subject to being searched by Library
• Use of the children’s area by unattended
adults except when the adult is researching and/or
retrieving materials. (see “Adults in the
Children’s Department” Policy)
• Unauthorized access to staff areas.
• Being on Library property in excess of 15
minutes prior to opening or after closing.
Note: Please remember that unattended possessions
represent a safety and security risk. The Library
is not responsible for lost or stolen personal property.
Please keep your belongings with you at all times.
by the Vineland Public Library Board of Trustees
June 25, 2015