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Code of Conduct

Our Mission
To help all Greenwood citizens be more connected, informed, and entertained through free access to our resources and programs.

Code of Conduct

The Greenwood County Library System (hereinafter referred to as "Library") strives to provide and maintain inviting facilities where individuals feel welcomed and valued. To promote orderly conduct and to help protect Library staff, patrons and property, the Library has established behavior regulations.

Behavioral regulations will be enforced by Library staff or designee in a fair and reasonable manner. Parents and caregivers, not Library staff, are responsible for the actions and safety of children visiting the Library. Library staff and/or law enforcement officers are authorized to stop prohibited activities and behaviors.

Any individual's failure to comply with the Library's established regulations and policies may result in an individual's restriction/termination of Library privileges, exclusion from Library property for the remainder of the day to permanent exclusion and/or arrest/prosecution. Any individual excluded from Library property may appeal in writing to the Library Director.

Any behavior that is disruptive to Library use; violations of Federal, State, or local laws; and violations of Library policy are prohibited. Examples of prohibited activities and behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  • Possessing, consuming, or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
  • Engaging in sexual activity of any kind.
  • Threatening to commit or committing acts of violence.
  • Displaying material inconsistent with the Library's Computer Use and Internet Access Policy.
  • Possessing weapons or other items deemed by Library staff or law enforcement officers as potentially dangerous to others.
  • Intentionally damaging, destroying, or stealing any property belonging to the Library, patrons, or staff.
  • Prolonged display of affection.
  • Failing to heed requests of Library staff in relation to potential Code of Conduct violations or other Library business.
  • Removing, altering, relocating, or misusing Library furnishings.
  • Using obscene or abusive language or engaging in obscene/intimidating actions.
  • Creating disruptive noices such as loud talking, screaming, or banging on Library furnishings.
  • Interfering in any way with the free movement of others.
  • Persistent staring or following others around on Library property.
  • Attempting to enter nonpublic areas of the Library.
  • Failing to silence all electronic devices. All sound produced by electronic devices must be silenced or audible only to the user.
  • Talking on cell phones.
  • Smoking or using tobacco products.
  • Bringing animals, other than service animals, onto Library premises without staff approval.
  • Consuming food or beverages with the exception of baby bottles for infants and toddlers. Mothers may breastfeed their babies.
  • Bringing into the building any large or cumbersome items, such as bicycles, bedrolls, luggage, etc.
  • Creating an obstruction for others on entering or exiting buildings or while on Library property.
  • Skateboarding or skating on Library grounds.
  • Selling and/or soliciting for services, money, or products.
  • Sleeping.
  • Using photographic, video, or other recording devices without Library staff approval.
  • Entering a Library facility without footwear and a shirt, pants, or other covering of the upper and lower body. Carried children are exempt from the footwear requirement.
  • Misusing public restrooms. Bathing, shaving, or lingering is prohibited.
  • Adults lingering in the Teen Center or children's areas when unaccompanied by children.
  • Caregivers failing to pick up children or youth under age 18 at a Library by the facility's closing time.
  • Caregivers leaving children under 11 years of age unattended or in the care of someone less than 15 years old. Caregivers must remain in the same area of the Library as the child being cared for.

    Approved October 8, 2013

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