Paris Carnegie Public Library’s goal is to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for use of its materials and services.

Respect the rights and privacy of others.
•  Converse in moderate tones, whether with other people in the library or on a cell phone, and use appropriate language.
•  Selling products or services, soliciting donations, and circulating literature or petitions are not permitted on library property unless affiliated with or conducted by the library.
•  According to Illinois law (410 ILCS 82/15), smoking is prohibited in the library and within 15 feet of any entrance.

Be safe and help others be safe on library property.
•  Library property is not a playground. Do not run in the library, climb the building or trees, or fight.
•  Do not block entrances, elevator, or stairs by sitting on steps or leaving bicycles or other belongings where they may hinder access by others. Bicycles may not be parked in the library or on the front porch.
•  Skates and skateboards may not be used in the building.
•  Shoes must be worn in the library building.
•  Animals, except for service animals as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act, are not permitted in the building unless part of a library program.
•  Parents are responsible for the behavior and safety of their children while on library property.  A parent or other responsible caregiver must supervise children under age 8 not attending a library program. The library assumes no responsibility for children of any age who are unattended or under-attended by the adult(s) responsible for them.

Treat the library in a respectful manner.
•  Do not deface, damage, steal, or misuse library materials, furnishings, equipment or property.
•  Food and beverages are not allowed in the public areas of the library except as part of a library-sponsored activity or in meeting rooms with permission of library staff.

Be responsible for your belongings.
• Paris Public Library is not responsible for personal items left unattended on library property.

Appropriate library conduct does not disturb others or interfere with using the library and its services. Library staff will speak to those who need a reminder of library policies.
• The individual may be asked to leave the premises when behavior continues after such a warning.
• If a pattern of behavior continues, the individual may be denied the privilege of using the library for a period of time.
• Depending on the offense and circumstances, law enforcement officials may be called when a situation cannot be resolved.

approved May 11, 2015