Code Of Conduct                                                                                                                                        Printable Version
Adopted by the PWPL Board of Trustees on November 22, 2011

In order to guarantee that all Library visitors have access to the services and facilities of the Peter White Public Library, the Board of Trustees has adopted a Rules of Conduct Policy.  All library visitors are expected to follow these Rules of Conduct in order to provide a safe and pleasant environment for Library visitors and staff.  Failure to conform to the Rules of Conduct may result in a suspension of library use for a specified period of time. 

Michigan Statute (MCL 397.206) grants the Board of Trustees the authority to exclude from use of the library any person who shall willfully violate such reasonable rules and regulations established by the Board of Trustees.

Library visitors and staff are expected to obey all of the laws and ordinances of the United States, the State of Michigan and the City of Marquette.  Any violation of these laws or ordinances will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

All Users

         Any conduct that interferes with normal Library operations or library staff is prohibited.

         Library staff members may ask a Library visitor to provide identification, name, address, phone number and name of parent or guardian, at any time.

         Library visitors are not allowed to harass, threaten, or disturb other visitors or staff.  They are not to interfere with the use of the library by others or the duties of staff in any way.

         Physical and verbal abuse, obscene conduct and/or displaying obscene materials are prohibited.

         Library visitors and staff are expected to speak in a conversational tone of voice appropriate for the area in which they are speaking.  Conversation louder than the general noise of the area is inappropriate and will not be tolerated.

         Library visitors must leave the building upon closing.

         Campaigning, petitioning, leafleting, interviewing, survey-taking, soliciting or sales conducted on the Library grounds must be approved in advance by the Library Director.

         Library visitors must wear appropriate clothing.  Clothing should be properly buttoned and zipped in order to cover body parts.

         Library users are prohibited from using the library card of another person to check out books, access computers or use any other Library service.


         Children are welcomed at the Library, but for their safety, all children under the age of 8

years must be accompanied in the Library by an adult who directly supervises the child during his/her visit.

         Children and adults who visit the Library are responsible for picking up books and other materials, toys, games and puzzles that they have used during their visit. 

         The Children’s Area of the Library is for use by children and families.  Persons over 14 years of age, who are not accompanied by a child or children should limit the time spent in this area of the Library to that time needed to locate materials, do research using youth materials, contact a staff member or observe a specific program.

         Children are encouraged to attend age appropriate programs and general programs that have been developed for children of all ages and families.

         Programs are developed with specific age, interest and skill levels.  Attendance at these programs by children older than or younger than the specified age may have an adverse effect on the implementation of the program.  The staff reserves the right to ask children outside of the specified age group and their adult caregivers to leave the program area if necessary.

         Children who are still at the Library at closing time will be allowed to wait for a ride in a secure location or a staff member will contact the Marquette Police Department.


         The consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages on library property is prohibited.

         Library visitors under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be asked to leave the library.

         Smoking and the use of tobacco products are prohibited in the Library facility and anywhere closer than 20 feet to a building entrance.

         The Library Coffee Shop area is reserved for Coffee Shop Customers.  Loiterers or persons interfering with customers in the Coffee Shop area will be asked to leave.

         Food and Drink are allowed in the Library, but Library visitors are expected to use care when eating or drinking.  Closed containers are recommended.  Visitors are expected to dispose of waste appropriately and restore the area where they had refreshments to the condition in which it was found.

 Weapons/Cell Phones/Computers/Bicycles/Strollers/Animals/Photography

         All photography of Library facilities, staff, programs and users must be approved by the Library Director in advance.

         Weapons of any kind are prohibited on Library property unless the carrier is a law enforcement officer or has a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon.

         Animals, except for service animals, are not allowed into the building without the prior approval of the Library Director or a Supervisor.

         Animals may not be left unattended on Library grounds.  Animals may not be tied to doors, railings, fences, bike racks, trees, shrubs, book boxes or other items on Library grounds.

         Bicycles cannot be brought into the building.  They must be secured to the bike rack that is provided.  Bicycles cannot be parked where they are blocking an entrance or exit or obstructing driveways, book boxes, door opening equipment or sidewalks.

         Strollers cannot be parked where they are blocking an entrance or exit or obstruct driveways, book boxes, door opening equipment or sidewalks.

         The use of bicycles, skateboards, scooters, roller blades, roller skis or roller skates are prohibited on Library grounds and in the Library building.

         Cell phone use is prohibited in the Computer Lab. 

         Use of cell phones, radios, PDA’s, MP3 players, Ipods, TVs and other electronic devices should not interfere with library use by other visitors or the duties of the Library staff.  The use of headphones to listen to music or other audio equipment is required.

         The Library has a pay telephone available for use by Library visitors.  Staff will make calls for Library visitors in case of an accident, emergency or child needing to contact a parent.

 Library Materials and Equipment

         Computer Lab users must follow all posted courtesy rules and policies for computer use

         Library materials are not allowed in the restrooms.

         Library users should keep the areas where they are visiting or working clean and orderly by picking up all trash or debris, placing materials taken from the shelves back on shelving carts, picking up toys and art materials and by making sure the area that they are leaving is in the same condition it was in when they arrived.

         Library visitors who vandalize, deface, mark or damage in any way Library materials, equipment, facilities or furnishings will be required to pay restitution and/or be subject to criminal prosecution.

         Climbing on retaining walls, fences or the Library building is prohibited.

         All materials, posters, notices, etc. must be approved by Library staff before they are exhibited, distributed or posted.  Some areas of the Library are designated for Library related postings only.

         Damaging, destroying or stealing any Library property or the property of a Library visitor or staff member is prohibited and will be prosecuted under the full extent of the law.

The Board of Trustees of the Peter White Public Library has adopted this Code of Behavior Policy and the following procedures for dealing with violators in order to make Library property and services available to everyone on an equitable basis, to protect the Library’s property against misuse or damage and to allow Library staff members to conduct Library business in a safe environment.

 A Library user whose actions or conduct are threatening, dangerous, abusive, or present an imminent danger to Library visitors, Library staff, or him/herself will be removed immediately without any type of advanced warning or notice.  Law enforcement officers may be called to respond if Library staff determines that the safety of Library visitors or staff is in immediate danger.

 The Library staff will keep a written log of contact staff member(s) have with a Library visitor who violates one or more of these rules.  Each service desk will have a log.  A copy of each form  will be submitted to the Library Director immediately following an incident.  

First Offense

Library staff member(s) will identify the violator and complete an incident report.  For a first offence against the Rules of Conduct, a violator will be asked to leave the Library grounds for 24 hours.

Second Offense

Library staff member(s) will identify the violator and complete an incident report.  For a second offense against the Rules of Conduct, Library privileges will be revoked for 14 calendar days.  A formal report stating the violation and the length of time that the violator is banned from the Library grounds will be sent to the violator, or in the case of a minor, the minor’s parent(s) or legal guardian.

Third Offense

Library staff member(s) will identify the violator and complete an incident report.  For a third offense against the Rules of Conduct, a violator will be issued an Order of Trespass by the Marquette Police Department for a period of 6 months, to 12 month at the discretion of the Library Director or designated member of staff.  In the case of a minor, the minor’s parent(s) or legal guardian will be contacted by the Marquette Police Department.

Appeals Process

A Library visitor who feels he/she has been wrongly accused of violating the Rules of Conduct for a First or Second Offense may appeal to the Library Director by scheduling an appointment to meet at a convenient time for both parties.

A Library visitor who has been issued a Rules of Conduct violation Third Offense may appeal the Order of Trespass by sending a letter of appeal to the Board of Trustees of the Peter White Public Library by U.S. Mail or delivery service.  The letter is to be received no more than 14 days after the Third Offense is issued.  The Appeal will be presented to the Board of Trustees at their next regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting.