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The Margate City Public Library is supported by the taxes of the people of Margate who expect our facility to be a clean, comfortable, and safe place for selecting materials, reading, researching, studying, writing, and attending Library or community sponsored programs and meetings. To this end, the Library is responsible for establishing rules of conduct to protect the rights and safety of Library patrons, volunteers, and staff, and for preserving and protecting the Library’s materials, equipment, facilities, and grounds.
The Children’s Room is reserved for use by children, their parents or guardians, and adults interested in children’s literature.

Enforcement of these rules will be conducted in a fair and reasonable manner. Library staff will intervene to stop prohibited activities and behaviors. Failure to comply with the Library’s established rules, regulations, and policies could result in removal from the premises and expulsion from the Library for a period of one day to one year, or in arrest or prosecution. Violations could also result in the restriction and/or termination of Library privileges, including the use of Library computers and other equipment. Expulsion for more than one week may be appealed in writing to the Director of the Margate Library.

For the comfort and safety of patrons, volunteers, and staff, and the protection of Library property, the following actions are examples of conduct not allowed on Library property. This list is not exhaustive.

•    Engaging in any activity in violation of Federal, State, local or other applicable law, or Library policy.

•    Carrying firearms and dangerous weapons of any type (except by law enforcement officers).

•    Being under the influence of alcohol/illegal drugs and selling, using, or possessing alcohol/illegal drugs.

•    Verbally or physically threatening or harassing other patrons, volunteers, or staff, including stalking, staring, lurking, offensive touching, and obscene acts.

•    Stealing, damaging, altering, or inappropriate use of Library property in Library facilities or on Library grounds, including computer hardware and software, printers, copiers, phones, and other equipment.

•    Trespassing in nonpublic areas, being in the Library without permission of an authorized Library employee before or after Library operating hours, or camping on Library grounds.

•    Fighting or challenging to fight, running, pushing, shoving, or throwing things.

•    Using audible devices without headphones or with headphones set at a volume that disturbs others. Using cell phones, pagers, and other communication devices in a manner that disturbs others. Cell phone and pager audible ringers must be turned off.

•    Creating disruptive noises such as loud talking, screaming, or banging on computer keyboards.

•    Neglecting to provide proper supervision of children.

•    Soliciting or conducting surveys not authorized by the Library.

•    Gambling and group activities which are disruptive to the Library environment.

•    Using restrooms for bathing or shampooing, doing laundry, or changing clothes.

•    Littering.

•    Smoking, chewing, and other tobacco use in Library facilities.

•    Entering the Library barefooted, without a shirt, with offensive body odor or personal hygiene, or being otherwise attired so as to be disruptive to the Library environment.

•    Consuming food or beverages in public areas of the Library, including restrooms (except for water in closed containers as permitted by authorized library employees, drinking fountain use, baby bottles, nursing and locations where use is authorized)

•    Bringing in garbage, articles with a foul odor, or articles which, alone or in their aggregate, impede the use of the library by other users.

•    Lying down or sleeping in the restrooms or on any floor, couch, table, or seat in the Library, and by blocking aisles, exits, or entrances by sitting or lying down in them.

•    Using wheeled devices in Library property or on Library grounds, including skateboarding, roller-skating, bicycling, scooters, and shopping carts (exceptions i.e. wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers).

•    Bringing pets or animals, other than service animals necessary for disabilities, into the Library, except as authorized by the Director of Public Services.
All bags and other articles are subject to inspection by authorized personnel. The Library reserves the right to limit the size and number of items brought into the Library.

This policy was adopted by the Margate City Library Board of Trustees
 on December 18, 2008.