Behavior in the Library Policy; Banning Form
CHAPTER 8: Administrative
COMPUTER ID: AMPRO-57
Title: Behavior in the Library Policy; Banning Form
Effective Date: 2-2002
Authorized By: Library Director
Date of Last Revision: 12-2014
BEHAVIOR IN THE LIBRARY POLICY
Marathon County Public Library has established this Behavior in the Library Policy to
ensure that library facilities are safe, welcoming and provide equitable access to
materials and services for all library users.
Overview and Definitions:
No individual may engage in inappropriate conduct on the premises of Marathon County
Public Library, or when using library facilities, or when participating in library programs.
Inappropriate conduct includes any individual or group activity which is unreasonably
disturbing to other individuals lawfully using library facilities, materials and/or premises
or is otherwise inconsistent with activities such as reading, studying, properly using
library materials and other similar conduct normally associated with a public library.
When possible, staff will first educate individuals about the applicable policies before
taking stronger measures to enforce those policies.
Inappropriate Behavior, shall include the following conduct or behaviors
Committing or attempting to commit any activity that would constitute a crime or a
violation of City or County ordinances.
Breaching the peace of customers or employees.
Possessing, selling, distributing, displaying or using any dangerous weapon as
that term is defined in Wis. Stats. sec. 939.22(10) upon library premises or using
or threatening the use of any other object in such a manner that it may be
considered a weapon.
Engaging in any physically intimidating or assaultive behavior. Making any
threats of violence or unlawful activities.
Possessing, selling, distributing, consuming or being under the influence of any
alcoholic beverage or controlled substance.
Entering or remaining on library premises after having been notified by an
authorized individual not to do so, and entering or remaining on the Library
premises during the period in which an individual has been banned from the
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Refusing to follow the reasonable directions of library staff to include, failing to
take shelter in an emergency as directed by staff.
Engaging in any behavior that a reasonable person would find to be disruptive,
harassing, or threatening in nature to library users or staff including stalking,
prolonged staring at or following another with the intent to annoy or intentionally
behaving in a manner that could reasonably be expected to annoy or disturb
Leaving children under the age of 8 unattended on Library premises. (See Item
Number 8.21-concerning the Unattended Customer Policy)
Engaging in any sexual contact, activities or conduct.
Selling, soliciting, surveying, distributing written materials, panhandling or
canvassing for any political, charitable or religious purposes inside a library
building, doorway or vestibule without prior authorization of the Library Director or
Smoking, vaporizing (E-Cigarettes), or other use of tobacco products.
Sleeping, napping or dozing in or on library premises.
Engaging in excessive or disruptive conversations, talking loudly, using personal
electronic equipment at such a volume or making ongoing noise that is
unreasonably disturbing to other library users.
Not wearing shoes or shirt within the library.
Entering or remaining upon library premises with a bodily hygiene so offensive
that it constitutes a nuisance to others.
Moving furniture without the express consent of the Library staff or use of
furniture in any manner that may damage the furniture, to include placing feet on
Using library materials, furniture, equipment or facilities in any manner
inconsistent with the customary use thereof or the theft or intentional damaging
of library materials, furniture, equipment or facilities.
Bringing any animal into the library except service animals.
Entering non-public areas of the library without permission.
Improperly using library restrooms or facilities for purposes such as bathing,
shaving or changing clothes.
Taking library materials into rest rooms.
Engaging in any other activities that are inconsistent with those activities
normally associated with the use of public library facilities that include reading,
studying, and using library materials.
Violating the library's rules for acceptable use of the internet and library public
computers. A user accepts these rules before accessing the Internet through a
library computer. Copies of these rules will be made available by staff upon
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Staff Response to Infractions:
Violation of one or more of the rules constituting inappropriate behavior listed above
shall constitute misconduct that can result in expulsion from the library and forfeiture of
library privileges. The Library has a zero tolerance policy for threats and acts of
violence. Any person engaging in such behaviors will be immediately expelled from the
Library. Any conduct that threatens the life or safety of any person or that is damaging
to library property, equipment or facilities may result in immediate expulsion from the
Minor violations of these rules will first result in library staff attempting to educate or
warn individuals about policies and enforcement. Repeat misconduct or severe
offenses (even in a single isolated event) may result in individuals being banned from
the Library for a minimum of one day to a maximum of one year. Library staff will follow
the banning procedure set forth below. Library staff are authorized to contact law
enforcement in response to any illegal behavior or in the event an individual refuses to
leave the library when expelled.
After staff determine that a person has engaged in severe or repeat misconduct and
staff has determined that the individual involved should be banned:
Staff will issue, or cause to be issued, a written ban notice (Item Number 8.19d) to the
individual involved notifying the individual that they are banned from all Marathon
County Public Libraries. The notice shall indicate the reasons for the ban and the time
period of the ban.
If the customer is a minor, a copy of the Ban Notice will be sent to the parent.
All Notice of Ban forms with all documentation will be given to the Library Director within
24 hours of the banning action.
The Director has the power to affirm, modify, or revoke any suspension or banning.
Non-compliance with Ban -
If any person named in a Ban Notice enters any Marathon County Library before the
return date listed on the Ban Notice, he or she will be asked to leave. Refusal to leave
shall result in contact with law enforcement and prosecution according to law.
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NOTICE OF BAN - MARATHON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
LIBRARIES IN: Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer, Stratford, Wausau
Last Name:_______________ First Name:______________ Middle name___________
Date of birth:__________________________________ Age______________________
City________________________ State_________________ Zip__________________
Library card number:_____________________________________________________
Parents' (If under 18 years of age)__________________________________________
Parents' home phone: _________________ Work phone______________________
On_____________________, at _____________________AM/PM you were warned
that you violated the rules of behavior or committed other serious offenses at the library.
Reason for ban: ________________________________________________________
You are evicted from the library for a period of:
1 Day 7 Days 30 days 3 months6 months 1 Year
(please check one)
The first date that you may return to the library is: ______________________________
If you enter the Library before the date printed above, the Library staff will call the
Because of the behavior listed above, and/or other history of inappropriate behavioral
conduct at any Marathon County Public Library, you are banned from all Marathon
County Public Libraries until the date shown above. If you enter any Marathon County
Public library before the return date shown above, police will be called and you will
subject to being arrested for trespassing under Wausau City Ordinance or ordinance
appropriate to the municipality in which the branch library is located.
This eviction notice includes the following areas:
Staff person issuing this form: _____________________________________________
Date and time: _________________________________________________________
A photo may be attached to this notice. A copy will be sent to the local police.
- Marathon County Public Library
300 North First Street Wausau WI 54403 USA
Account Status: 715-261-7209 (24/7)