Rules of Conduct
The Broadview Public Library District is a public facility. The goal is to have a safe and respectful environment where patrons can participate in activities which fulfill or support the mission of the Library. To achieve these goals we ask that you do not:
- Eat, drink, smoke or spit.
- Engage in loud or boisterous conduct.
- Steal damage or deface property.
- Block or impede access to entrances, exits, stairways and aisle ways.
- Utter profane, obscene, or injurious language.
- Be in a state of noticeable intoxication.
- Willfully annoy another person.
- Make solicitations for any reason. This includes political petitioning.
- Use rollerblades, skateboards or other personal transportation devices inside the Library.
- Bring non-service animals inside the building.
- Remain in the building before or after regular hours.
When a person engages in a prohibited activity, stated in this or any other Library policy, Library staff will inform the person, and the behavior must cease immediately. If the behavior continues the person in violation will be required to leave the premises immediately for the remainder of that day. If the person does not comply, staff will contact the police to remove the person from the premises. Staff will do their best to identify the offender and make a record of the incident. At its discretion, the Library may file charges against violators of the policy.
The library reserves the right:
- To limit access to equipment, facilities and material.
- To require users to furnish identification.
- To search and inspect all bags and briefcases.
Suspension of Privileges
The Illinois Compiled Statutes, Chapter 75, Paragraph 5/4-7, permit the Board of Library Trustees to “exclude from use of the library any person who willfully violates the rules prescribed by the board.”
Library privileges may be suspended for any willful violation of the provisions of this or any other Library policy. The following procedure will be followed in cases where the Executive Director determined that a patron should be denied access to the Library.
1. The Executive Director or his/her designee will prepare a written description of the offending behavior and provide a copy to the patron. In the case of minors a copy will also be furnished to the parent or guardian. The patron shall be given the opportunity to discuss the basis for the suspension with the Executive Director. Suspensions will be for a definite period of time, as set by the Executive Director. Suspensions can apply to all Library facilities and services.
2. Suspensions may be appealed to the Board by a written request for a hearing submitted to the Executive Director within two weeks of receipt of the notice of suspension. The hearing will be held as soon as is practical and will be subject to the Open Meetings Act. The Board may, at its discretion, uphold the suspension or reinstate the patron’s privileges. The decision of the board is final.