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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
Wed, May 22, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
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.

Wed, May 22, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This half hour lap-sit program uses songs and rhymes to foster language development.
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Wed, May 22, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
An experienced labor nurse will help expectant parents prepare for labor by providing education and advice on the labor experience. She... more
An experienced labor nurse will help expectant parents prepare for labor by providing education and advice on the labor experience. She will help parents feel prepared for the birth of their baby. 

Wed, May 22, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
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!

Wed, May 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
The first planned city in America, Washington D.C. became the country's grandest repository of national institutions, historical relics,... more
The first planned city in America, Washington D.C. became the country's grandest repository of national institutions, historical relics, museums, monuments, and memorials.

Wed, May 22, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Play Wii games, jam out on Guitar Hero or many other games!

Wed, May 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Teens who have finished 5th grade or higher, will be trained for volunteering for the summer.

Wed, May 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Whether you are turning 65 or are just new to Medicare, you may have questions. Don Camp will help you learn about the different parts... more
Whether you are turning 65 or are just new to Medicare, you may have questions. Don Camp will help you learn about the different parts of Medicare and how to choose a plan that may meet your needs.

Wed, May 22, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Wed, May 22, 6:00pm - 8:15pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this month's Classic Film selection: the 1940 Rebecca. Runtime: 130 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration... more
Join us for this month's Classic Film selection: the 1940 Rebecca. Runtime: 130 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration Required.

Wed, May 22, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Teens, ages 11 (before June 1st) -18, interested in working as a Summer Reading Volunteer, must attend one of the volunteer meetings.... more
Teens, ages 11 (before June 1st) -18, interested in working as a Summer Reading Volunteer, must attend one of the volunteer meetings. Parents of first-time volunteers should plan to attend.

Wed, May 22, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Orhan's Inheritance" by Aline Ohanesian. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Orhan's Inheritance" by Aline Ohanesian. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.

Thu, May 23, 9:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic... more
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic information to prepare for American citizenship.

Thu, May 23, 10:00am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-5.

Thu, May 23, 10:15am - 11:30am
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Orhan's Inheritance" by Aline Ohanesian. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Orhan's Inheritance" by Aline Ohanesian. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.

Thu, May 23, 10:30am - 11:15am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
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.

Thu, May 23, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
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.

Thu, May 23, 10:30am - 12:45pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this month's Classic Film selection: the 1940 Rebecca. Runtime: 130 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration... more
Join us for this month's Classic Film selection: the 1940 Rebecca. Runtime: 130 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration Required.

Thu, May 23, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal and relaxed discussion of Amy Stewart's "Girl Waits With Gun. Copies are available at the Munster branch.
This event is full

Thu, May 23, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
STEM: Science. Technology. Engineering. Math. What kind of mini boat can you build? How much weight can it hold before it sinks? Take... more
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Thu, May 23, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Kids in 5th grade to 12th grade (at least 11 years old by May 31st) train to be volunteers for the Griffith-Calumet Township Branch... more
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Thu, May 23, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Children in grades K-6th are invited to join us for one hour of LEGO® building. Bring your friends, but please leave your own LEGOS®... more
Children in grades K-6th are invited to join us for one hour of LEGO® building. Bring your friends, but please leave your own LEGOS® at home.

Thu, May 23, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
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Thu, May 23, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Learn how to make a colorful chevron friendship bracelet. Registration is required.

Thu, May 23, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Join our mystery book discussion, Once Upon a Crime. Pick up a copy of the book at the Highland Branch