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Mission

The Warren County Memorial Library seeks to be a library that is central to the life of the county and a destination of choice for the citizens; a library that meets the recreational and informational needs of the people who live and work in Warren County; a catalyst for growth and improvement in the county; and a library that respects the interests and history of the citizens.

Expectations of Patrons

It shall be the policy of the Board of Trustees to maintain in the Warren County Memorial Library a quiet, pleasant environment, conducive to serious study or casual use.

To assure the successful implementation of the policy, the Board considers the following the unacceptable behavior:

  1. Loud conversation or laughter which is disturbing to other users.
  2. Obscene or abusive language.
  3. Smoking in the Library.
  4. Use of radios, tape, CD, or MP3 players, if not using headphones to prevent the sound transmitting to others.
  5. Cell phone conversations inside the building.
  6. Cell phone rings or alerts that are not on silent or vibrate.
  7. Willful destruction of or damage to any Library property.
  8. Blocking, or in any way interfering with the free movement of any person or persons, or any other forms of harassment.
  9. Bringing animals other than lead dogs into the building.
  10. Consumption of food or beverages.
  11. Use of illicit drugs.
  12. Removal of any Library property from the building without authorization through established lending procedures.
  13. Soliciting or selling of any kind, if disruptive to the normal use of the Library.
  14. Distribution of leaflets or posting of notices in areas not authorized for this purpose.
  15. Use of library telephones by any person other than library personnel unless approved.
  16. Entering designated staff-only areas of the building without permission.
  17. Rearranging of any library furniture or equipment from one location to another.
  18. Engaging in disorderly conduct, disturbing or offending Library user or staff members.
  19. Failure of parents or guardians to supervise their children.
  20. Carrying unauthorized weapons of any sort.

Library staff members are authorized by the Board to enforce the above policies using their discretion. Patrons violating any of the above expectations will be warned once by Library personnel, and if the problem persists, they may ask the patron in question to leave the building. Staff members are expected to respond to a problem patron as politely and calmly as possible, but also to call on law enforcement officials for assistance as necessary.

Child Safe Policy

The Warren County Memorial Library welcomes children of all ages to use the materials and services of the library. The Library is a doorway through which life-long learning takes place. The Library staff encourages children to develop a love of reading and learning, but is not responsible for their care and supervision. The Library is a public building that anyone can enter and leave without being observed by Library staff. A young, unattended child could be at risk and unlike the public schools, the public library does not assume the role of surrogate parent to children. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for the care, safety and behavior of their children under the age of 18, both within the Library building and on the Library grounds, regardless of whether or not they accompany their child(ren).

Supervisory Guidelines for Child Safety

  • Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by a responsible caregiver.
  • For reasons of safety, children under the age of 7 should be under immediate supervision (parent, legal guardian or appointed caregiver over the age of 18 at all times while visiting the library.
  • Children ages 7-11 need not be in the immediate presence of a caregiver but one should be somewhere in the building.
  • During library sponsored programs the parent-caregiver must remain in the library building if given the option of leaving the programming area.

Unattended Children at Closing Time

  • Staff members will ask any unattended minors in the Library just prior to closing how he/she is going to reach home. Staff will offer the use of the phone to call a parent/caregiver.
  • If a minor under 16 years of age has no parent/caregiver with them at closing time, two staff members will wait with the minor for 10 minutes after closing time.
  • If no parent/caregiver can be reached, the staff will call the local law enforcement (911) to ensure the minor’s safety until the parent/caregiver can be located.
  • If law enforcement chooses to transport the child to the police department, a notice will be placed on the front door informing anyone looking for the child that he/she has been placed in the care of law enforcement officials.
  • The following day it will be the responsibility of the Library person in charge from the previous day to inform the library director of the above action. A letter will be sent to the parents or guardians explaining the Library policy and procedures concerning minors left unattended at the Library.
  • Under no circumstances will library staff transport the child in their personal vehicles, nor personal vehicles as a place to wait for parent/guardian or police arrive.