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Lake County Public Library

Patron Rules of Conduct Policy

These Patron Rules of Conduct were adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Lake County Public Library to promote a safe, attractive, and orderly atmosphere; to ensure every person’s ability to use the library and library materials to the maximum extent possible; and to have reasonable access to library facilities without interference from any other person. The policy cannot anticipate every possible event or situation.  Employees are expected to use their best judgement in the spirit of this policy. 

The Lake County Public Library supports the rights of all individuals to:

  • Friendly, courteous, and respectful service;

  • Free and equal access to information;

  • Privacy and confidentiality in their use of library services and collections;

  • A clean, comfortable, and pleasant environment; and

  • Use of the library undisturbed without threat of harm, interference, or discrimination.

Use of library facilities and resources implies acceptance of our Patron Rules of Conduct, which are based on these basic principles:

  • Respect other patrons and their right to have a positive experience of the library.

  • Respect library employees whose responsibility it is to help you get the most from your library experience and to maintain a safe and comfortable atmosphere for all patrons.

  • Respect all library facilities, materials, computers, equipment, and resources, and understand and follow rules related to their use.

Noise Policy

The mission of the Lake County Public Library (LCPL) is to provide the highest quality informational, educational, cultural, and recreational resources and services to residents of all ages in the Lake County Public Library District. We welcome all ages and abilities and also protect the right of library users to speak/play at a respectful volume.

Lake County Public Library is committed to providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere for people of all ages and abilities. A wide variety of activities are encouraged in our buildings, including some activities that produce noise. Library users are welcome to converse, play and collaborate at a volume that is respectful to other library users. It is the responsibility of library staff to determine what noise level is best suited to the needs of its users. Please direct any noise complaints to library staff.

Respect of other patrons

To ensure individuals' rights to use the library free of disruption, library patrons shall be engaged in activities associated with the use of a public library while in the building. Patrons not engaged in reading, studying, using library materials or services, attending programs or classes, or viewing exhibits may be asked to leave the building.

Noise and conversations are expected to be kept at low levels out of consideration for other patrons. Bringing pets or animals into the Library, other than service animals necessary for accommodation, must be authorized by the Director.

Respect of library employees

The safety and security of our employees and patrons are of the utmost importance. Library employees have the right to a safe and respectful workplace environment. Patrons will use polite language and keep the tone of voice moderate.

Conduct that causes or threatens harm to others, interferes with library employees’ performance of duties, or constitutes persistent, unwanted behaviors will not be tolerated.

All patrons are expected to comply with reasonable requests of any library employee.

Respect of facilities, materials, computers, equipment, and resources

The Library is supported by taxpayers who reside in the Lake County Public Library district. These patrons expect our facilities to be clean, comfortable, and safe. It is expected that all library users will treat library materials, furniture, and equipment with care, and use library facilities, materials, and furnishings as intended.

Single-serving, dry snacks and covered beverages are permitted in most areas.

Soliciting is not permitted except in support of the library and sanctioned library activities. 

Enforcement of the Patron Rules of Conduct Policy

  • Library employees may at any time request that patrons show library cards and other documents (driver's license, school ID, e.g.) for purposes of identification.

  • The library reserves the right to inspect all bags, purses, briefcases, or backpacks for concealed library materials.

  • It is expected that patrons will follow federal, state, and local laws and policies. Library employees are authorized to call the police for assistance in the case of violent behavior or illegal activities; or to ensure enforcement of this policy.

  • Library employees have the authority to decide what is considered appropriate behavior and to enforce the Patron Rules of Conduct. Library staff will inform the patron of the relevant conduct policy and warn the patron that continued violation will result in a loss of privileges. Staff may ask the patron to leave the Library property for one day if they are uncooperative or argumentative. The Library reserves the right at all times to immediately eject a patron who is dangerous or in any way threatening employees or other patrons. In addition, the

  • Library may pursue remedies under Federal, State, or local law where applicable.

  • Unattended minors who do not abide by library rules and policies, or who exhibit unacceptable behavior, will be asked to leave, and/or call their parents for a ride home. If unable to reach their parents, or if a ride is unavailable, the children may be considered abandoned and the local police department will be called.

Suspension of Library Privileges

  • The Lake County Library Board of Trustees authorizes library staff and law enforcement officers to enforce the library’s published Patron Code of Conduct Policy up to and including long-term suspension of library privileges, permanent banning from the library or prosecution.

  • Depending on the nature and frequency of the behavior, consequences may include suspension of library privileges or permanent banning.  The Library Director has the authority to ban from the library premises any individual whose behavior is a sufficient threat to the ability of the library to operate in a safe manner or individuals who repeatedly violate the Patron Code of Conduct. If the individual facing exclusion is under the age of eighteen (18), then banning will not occur until the minor’s parent or guardian is notified in writing. 

  • Banning or exclusion from library premises denies the patron access to the building, grounds and services of any library within the Lake County Public Library system as well as from all telephone reference.  The individual will receive the suspension notice in writing and a copy will be kept at all library locations. The patron may still access from an offsite computer the library’s webpage and any databases available through that site.  

  • If any individual named in a suspension notice enters a Lake County Public Library before the return date listed on the suspension notice, it will be considered criminal trespass and the individual will be asked to leave. If the individual does not leave when asked, staff will contact local law enforcement.

  • Individuals who have had their library privileges suspended may appeal the suspension. The request must be in writing and will be evaluated by the Library Board.

  • It is the sole responsibility of the individual banned to apply for reinstatement of library privileges. These are not automatically available at the end of the period of exclusion. A Request for Resolution must be completed to be eligible for reinstatement.

DANGEROUS WEAPONS POLICY

Except for law enforcement officers, possessing on library property any dangerous weapon, including but not limited to the following items, regardless of any permit for the same: knife, billy club, blackjack, nunchuks, throwing star, martial arts weapon, pellet or BB gun, paint ball gun, dart gun or electrical device designed to disable or incapacitate someone is prohibited. An individual may possess a chemical spray, such as mace, as long as such a device is carried only for personal self-defense and is not brandished about or displayed in an aggressive or threatening manner.

An individual who possesses a valid permit or who otherwise is legally authorized may possess a firearm, provided that said individual complies with this policy. All individuals possessing firearms on library premises must comply with state and federal law and also must comply with the following provisions. Failure to comply with these rules will result in removal from the library premise.

  • Handgun Possession – Ind. Code § 35-47-2-1. No person may possess a handgun on library property or inside any library building (“Library Premises”) unless they also possess a valid permit to carry a handgun in the State of Indiana. Any person carrying a handgun on Library Premises must provide proof of license if requested by law enforcement personnel.
  • Criminal Recklessness – Ind. Code § 35-42-2-2. All firearms carried on Library Premises must be secured in a manner which prevents potential injury or serious bodily harm to any other person or to property.
  • Criminal Recklessness – Ind. Code § 35-42-2-2 and Pointing a Firearm – Ind. Code § 35-47-4-3. No person may point, brandish or display a firearm in any manner that is intended to threaten or intimidate any library patron or library staff member.
  • Criminal Recklessness – Ind. Code § 35-42-2-2. Persons may not carry a firearm in any manner which violates Indiana’s Criminal Recklessness Statute.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Lake County Public Library

Adopted 7/23/15

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Upcoming Events
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
This half hour lap-sit program for kids from birth to 23 months old uses songs, rhymes and finger plays to encourage interaction and... more
This half hour lap-sit program for kids from birth to 23 months old uses songs, rhymes and finger plays to encourage interaction and foster language development.

St. John - Children's Program Room
Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
This half hour lap-sit program uses songs and rhymes to foster language development.

Munster - Children's Program Room
Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
Learn new ways to play with your baby (birth to 23 months), while stimulating mental growth. Please register all attendees so we may... more
Learn new ways to play with your baby (birth to 23 months), while stimulating mental growth. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:30am
Kids ages 6 months through 3 years old and their caregivers will enjoy interacting at various play stations. Playing helps children... more
Kids ages 6 months through 3 years old and their caregivers will enjoy interacting at various play stations. Playing helps children learn language, literacy, social, and other skills.

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:30am
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.

Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Wed, Mar 27, 11:00am - 11:30am
This special storytime is designed for children ages 0-23 months and a caregiver. We will sing songs, read short stories, do lap... more
This special storytime is designed for children ages 0-23 months and a caregiver. We will sing songs, read short stories, do lap bounces, and play!

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Wed, Mar 27, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what craft... more
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what craft you enjoy!

Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Wed, Mar 27, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Homeschoolers in grades K-6th will make an art project with supplies provided by the library. Sign-ups are required and space is... more
Homeschoolers in grades K-6th will make an art project with supplies provided by the library. Sign-ups are required and space is limited. Please notify the library if you cannot attend.
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Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Wed, Mar 27, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
The hills-covered with emerald green grass are full of mystical stone buildings from prehistoric times, Celtic monuments, medieval forts... more
The hills-covered with emerald green grass are full of mystical stone buildings from prehistoric times, Celtic monuments, medieval forts & monasteries- the island is home to music, poetry and dance.

Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Wed, Mar 27, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Play Wii games, jam out on Guitar Hero or many other games!

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Wed, Mar 27, 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Join us for this month's Classic Film Series selection: Darby O'Gill and the Little People! Rated G. Runtime: 93 minutes. Refreshments... more
Join us for this month's Classic Film Series selection: Darby O'Gill and the Little People! Rated G. Runtime: 93 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration Required.

Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Wed, Mar 27, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Obituary Writer" by Ann Hood. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Obituary Writer" by Ann Hood. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Thu, Mar 28, 10:00am - 11:00am
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-5.
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Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Thu, Mar 28, 10:15am - 11:30am
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Obituary Writer" by Ann Hood. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Obituary Writer" by Ann Hood. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Thu, Mar 28, 10:30am - 11:15am
Toddlers 2 and 3 years of age accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, music activities, crafts, and more.... more
Toddlers 2 and 3 years of age accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, music activities, crafts, and more. Activities will help to develop important pre-literacy skills.

Munster - Large Meeting Room
Thu, Mar 28, 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Brain Fitness Camp engages aging adults in fun and interactive activities that challenge thinking and help participants stay... more
The Brain Fitness Camp engages aging adults in fun and interactive activities that challenge thinking and help participants stay mentally active.

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Thu, Mar 28, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Every Thursday, bring and work on your own project while enjoying the... more
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Every Thursday, bring and work on your own project while enjoying the company of others.

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Thu, Mar 28, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Join us for this month's Classic Film Series selection: Darby O'Gill and the Little People! Rated G. Runtime: 93 minutes. Refreshments... more
Join us for this month's Classic Film Series selection: Darby O'Gill and the Little People! Rated G. Runtime: 93 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration Required.

Munster - Large Meeting Room
Thu, Mar 28, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Join us for a relaxed, informal discussion of "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance. Copies are available at the Munster Branch.

Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Thu, Mar 28, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Teens, come hang out with your friends and play board games! Bring you favorite game or play one we already have!

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Highland
Thu, Mar 28, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Play tabletop games with other gamers!

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Thu, Mar 28, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Disguises! Secret messages! A mystery to solve! Children from kindergarten through 5th grade can come hone their spy skills.

Community Room - Community Room
Thu, Mar 28, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Cadets from the Lake Station Civil Air Patrol will teach a workshop promoting education, leadership, and the importance of a drug-free... more
Cadets from the Lake Station Civil Air Patrol will teach a workshop promoting education, leadership, and the importance of a drug-free lifestyle. All ages are welcome to attend.

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Thu, Mar 28, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Learn to play this cooperative board game! Ages 12 to 18. Please register to save your seat.

Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Thu, Mar 28, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Children ages K-6th are invited to join us for one hour of LEGO® building. Bring your friends, but please leave your own LEGOS® at home.

Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Thu, Mar 28, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn to mix concrete and use a mold to make a planter. Pots will need several days to set. Come back Thursday, April 4 at 6PM to pick... more
Learn to mix concrete and use a mold to make a planter. Pots will need several days to set. Come back Thursday, April 4 at 6PM to pick up and finish your concrete creation. Class size is limited.
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Highland - Meeting Room A
Thu, Mar 28, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Enjoy our mystery book discussion, Once Upon a Crime. Pick up a copy of the book at the Highland Branch.