418 Corbett Ave. W.
Ladysmith, WI 54848
Standards and Guidelines for Library Use
Patron Safety for Adults and Children; Staff Responses to Inappropriate Actions
The Rusk County Community Library strives to serve all ages of patrons well, in a friendly and helpful manner. Library staff assists patrons of all ages, but they cannot take responsibility for personal items, possessions, or actions of persons who come to the library. Given this reality, the library strongly suggests the following to all who visit us in this very busy place.
Do not leave personal items of any value unsupervised at any time. The building is open to all, which means that people unknown to both patrons and the staff use the library. The library will not be responsible for any stolen or lost items.
Use reasonable caution when accessing the internet on the library computers. While the library has very strong protections against web-based intrusions, we cannot protect users from in-person theft of information. Leaving any information up on a computer screen for a period of time can compromise that information. Please minimize the screen and lock access to your account if you must step away from the computer.
If you are suspicious of someone’s behavior, do report this to the staff. The staff can address issues when they are aware of them; we cannot address behaviors or problems which we cannot see from the circulation desk. Please help us to keep the library a safe place for adults and children.
The Rusk County Community Library encourages families and children to use its facilities. However, when children are left unattended, problems can arise. Young children may become frightened or confused and wander away. Older children cannot be expected to supervise small children for extended periods of time. Since the library is a public building, children might be approached by strangers. If an unattended child has a medical emergency, the library staff cannot take legal responsibility, except to contact the proper authorities. To protect children and others while using the library, the library adopts the guidelines listed below.
Cell Phone Usage:
Because Rusk County Community Library provides an environment welcoming to all users, we request that everyone set cell phones and pagers to vibrate or turn them off before entering the Library. If you need to answer your phone or to make a call, please be courteous and use the lobby. The library staff may use the break area to use cell phones, and groups using meeting rooms may set their own guidelines.
Firearms and other Weapons:
It is the policy of the Rusk County Community Library Board of Trustees that no firearms or other weapons (concealed or otherwise) are permitted in the Library building (both levels), except for firearms carried by authorized law enforcement personnel, or those firearms used for training by certified firearm safety instructors while conducting safety courses. This policy shall be prominently posted per State of Wisconsin law at all building entrances.
The signs show a picture of a handgun and a knife within a barred circle and say:
No weapons are allowed in this building, per Library Board policy.