The Fulton Public Library is a place for reading, studying, and writing; participating in programs, activities and meetings; and, for using or borrowing Library materials. We ask for your cooperation in maintaining an environment in which all Library customers can use and enjoy the Library’s resources, services and facilities. These rules are posted for the comfort and protection of all who use the Library. These rules will be firmly enforced by Library staff. All Library users must comply with the Code of Conduct listed below.

The Fulton Public Library Board of Trustees establishes the Patron Code of Conduct to:

  • Protect the rights of individuals to enjoy the benefits of library facilities, materials and services
  • Protect the rights of library staff members and volunteers to conduct library business without interference
  • Preserve library materials and facilities from harm
  • Ensure the safety of library patrons, employees and volunteers

The following are rules and regulations of the Fulton Public Library.

Who May Use the Library

The library will serve the Public. Service will not be denied or abridged because of religious, racial, economic or political status; or because of mental, emotional or physical condition; age; or sexual orientation. The library makes every effort to be fully ADA compliant.

It is the policy of the Fulton Public Library Board of Trustees that library staff encourage, in a friendly and polite manner, the use and enjoyment of the library. It is expected that all patrons exhibit acceptable and legal behavior while using the library. Persons engaging in unacceptable behavior, as determined by the Library Director or other staff in charge, shall be required to leave.
Some examples of unacceptable behavior:

  • People shall not harass or annoy other patrons or staff.
  • People shall not use offensive language or engage in behavior that is disruptive to library operations.
  • Cell phone use is permitted in designated areas only.
  • The library restroom is not to be used for personal grooming/washing.
  • Patrons cannot use the library for sleeping/napping.
  • Weapons or instruments/devices that may be used as weapons are NOT allowed in the library.
  • Food is not allowed in the library; unless provided by the library.
  • Drink is allowed providing it is in a closed container with a lid or cap.
  • Smoking is not permitted in the library and no person shall smoke within 50 feet of the front entrances, exits, or outdoor areas of the library.
  • Patrons must be properly attired, which includes footwear and shirts.
  • No animals, except service dogs, are allowed in the library building, other than for sanctioned activities with prior approval from the administration.
  • Solicitation in any form is forbidden.
  • Littering of the building and library grounds is forbidden.

When possible, staff will first educate patrons about the applicable policies before considering stronger measures to enforce those policies. Failure to follow these rules of acceptable patron behavior may result in action being taken to correct the behavior or end the disturbance. When necessary, the Fulton City Police may be summoned to assist in the enforcement of these policies.

Library Privilege

The use of the library may be denied for due cause. Such cause may be:

  • Failure to return library materials or pay penalties
  • Failure to follow staff instructions
  • Destruction of library property
  • Disturbance of other patrons due to objectionable language, hygiene, or behavior
  • Illegal, disruptive, or objectionable conduct on library premises including alcohol or drug use, sexually inappropriate behavior, or violent behavior
  • Violation of any of the above outlined policies
  • Violation of the Computer and Internet Use Policy

A staff member or patron who has concerns related to unacceptable patron behavior should fill out an incident report form or a comment form within 24 hours. These can be found at the circulation desk.

Children Policy

The Fulton Public Library has a responsibility to provide an environment that is safe and comfortable. We encourage visits by young children and it is our desire to make each visit both memorable and enjoyable for the child. Library staff are not responsible for the care of unsupervised children in the library. Therefore, all children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while in the library. If the young child is attending a library program, we require the parent/responsible person to remain with the child throughout the program.

Parents should be aware that the library is a public building open to all individuals. It is not the library staff’s responsibility to provide supervision or care for children while parents or caregivers are inside or outside the library. Staff will not monitor children.

The library staff is not responsible for supervising children left alone but will make attempts to reach a parent or caregiver for immediate pick-up. If a parent cannot be reached within 15 minutes, the police department will be called to pick up the child. Under no circumstances will a library staff drive a child home.

Children are expected to adhere to the same standards of conduct expected of adults. All library users are required to respect library property and to act in a manner appropriate to the use and function of the library (see Patron Code of Conduct).

Appeal Process

The suspension of Library privileges may be appealed to the Library Board of Trustees. Such appeal should be filed with both the Library Director and the Library Board President. The Board shall have the power to affirm or reverse the suspension of Library privileges or to remand it to the Director or designee with instructions for reconsideration.

Approved and Adopted 7-30-18