North Carolina Public Library Disrutive Behavior Policy

It is the policy of the Bladen County Public Library to offer the full range of the library service to all residents of the community, regardless of age, sex, racial or ethnic orgin, religion, economic status, etc. It is the intent of the library to provide its services with a minimum of regulations and restrictions, adopting only those which are essential to the library's operation.

The library recognizes that the users of the library are in fact the owners of the library. As user-owners, the public has certain expectations of the library. These include an outstanding collection of library materials; pleasant, attractive surroundings; and courteous, efficient, and effective service from the staff.

Library users have a right to assume that visits to the library will be free from harassment; free from physical discomfort and danger; free from psychological and emotional stress.

The library staff has basically the same rights Each member of the staff should be able to do his/her work free of harassment, abuse, discomfort, and undue psychological stress.

The rights of both the public and the staff are sometimes violated by the attitudes and behavior of a very small minority of persons.

It will therefore be the policy of the Library Board of Trustees to maintain in the library system a quiet, pleasant enviroment conductive to serious study as well as casual use. To assure the successful implementation of this policy, the Board considers the following to be unacceptable behavior.

  1. Loud conversation or laughter which is disturbing to other users.
  2. Obscene or abusive language.
  3. Smoking in designated nonsmoking areas.
  4. Use of radios, record players, etc., if not using headphones so that sound is not transmitted to others.
  5. Willful destruction of or damge to any library property.
  6. Blocking or in any way interfering with the free movement of any person or persons.
  7. Bringing animals other than lead dogs into the building.
  8. Consuption of alcholic beverages.
  9. Removal of any library property from the building without authorization through established lending procedures
  10. Soliciting or selling of any kind, if disruptive to the normal use of the library.
  11. Distrubution of leaflets or posting of notices in areas not authorized for this purpose.
  12. Use of library telphones by any other person other than libary personnel unless approved.
  13. Consumption of food or beverages brought into the building by individuals.
  14. Following staff or users around the building, or other harassing behavior such as staring or other intimidating acts.
  15. Rearranging of any library furniture or eqipment from one location to another.
  16. Engaging in disorderly contact, committing a nuisance, or inreasonably disturbing and offending library users.
  17. Carrying unauthorized weapons of any sort

NORTH CAROLINA LAWS PERTAINING TO THE MODEL DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR POLICY

  • G.S. 14-33 Misdemeanor assaults, batteries and affrays.
  • G.S. 14-76 Larceny, multilation, or destruction of public records and papers.
  • G.S. 14-127 Willful and wanton injury to real property.
  • G.S. 14-132 Disorderly conduct in and injuries to public buildings and facilities.
  • G.S. 14-134 Trespass on land after being forbidden.
  • G.S. 14-190.9 Indecent Exposure
  • G.S. 14-204.1 Loitering for the purpose of engaging in prostitution offense.
  • G.S. 14-269 Carrying concealed weapons. G.S. 14-277-1 Communicating threats.
  • G.S. 14-398 Theft or destruction of property of public libraries, museums, etc.
  • G.S. 153A-266 Powers and duties of trustees.

 

Librarians should also be familiar with applicable local ordinances.