Who May Use the Library and Patron Responsibilities & Conduct
The library will serve all residents of the community and the public library system area. Service will not be denied or abridged because of religious, racial, social, economic, or political status; or because of mental, emotional, or physical condition; age; or sexual orientation.
The use of the library may be denied for due cause. Such cause may be failure to return library materials or to pay penalties; damage to or destruction of library property, disturbance of other patrons, or any other illegal, disruptive, or objectionable conduct on library premises.
The Rusk County Community Library encourages visits by young children and it is our desire to make this important visit both memorable and enjoyable for all children. Library staff is not expected to assume responsibility for the care of unsupervised children in the library.
Therefore, it is library policy that all children under age six must be accompanied by a parent or designated responsible person while in the library. Also, if the young child is attending a library program, we require the parent/responsible person to remain in the library throughout the program.
All patrons are expected to behave appropriately while in the library, or at any library-sponsored program. It is a patron’s responsibility to maintain necessary and proper standards of behavior in order to protect his/her individual rights and the rights and privileges of other patrons. If a patron creates a public nuisance, that patron may be restricted from the library and from the use of the library facilities. Those who are unwilling to leave or do not leave within a reasonable amount of time after being instructed to do so by the staff, will be subject to the applicable laws.
Children of all ages are encouraged to use the library for homework, recreational reading, and program attendance. The library staff realizes that the library will be noisier at busy times and that children by nature can cause commotion. However, any child (whether with parents or not) who is continually disruptive will be given a warning that he/she must behave appropriately or the child will be asked to leave the library. If after a second warning the child continues to be disruptive, he/she will be asked to leave the library. If the child needs to contact a parent or other guardian, he/she may do so. The library staff will do what is appropriate to ensure the safety of the child.
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.
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