to Jefferson Parish Library. This library is supported by
the taxes of the people of Jefferson Parish who expect each
of our facilities to be clean, comfortable, and safe places
for selecting materials, reading, researching, studying,
writing, and attending programs and meetings. To this end,
the library is responsible for establishing rules of conduct
to protect the rights and safety of library customers, volunteers,
and staff, and for preserving and protecting the library’s
materials, equipment, facilities, and
grounds. To ensure that environment, the library expects
customers to observe 3 basic principles:
library customers and staff with courtesy and respect.
library materials and property with respect.
the library safely and appropriately.
Enforcement of these rules will be conducted in a
fair and reasonable manner. Library staff and/or local
law enforcement officers will intervene to stop prohibited
activities and behaviors. Failure to comply with the
library’s established rules, regulations, and
policies could result in removal from the premises or in arrest or prosecution. Violations
could also result in the restriction and/or termination
of library privileges, including the use of library
computers and other equipment.
have the right to request in writing an administrative
review by the library director of an exclusion order
that is for a period greater than seven days.
the comfort and safety of customers, volunteers, and
staff, and the protection of library property, the
following actions are examples of conduct not allowed
on library property:
in any activity in violation of federal, state, local,
or other applicable law, or library policy.
firearms and dangerous weapons of any type, except by
law enforcement officers (Jefferson Parish Code
of Ordinances, Sec 20-151.1).
under the influence of alcohol/illegal drugs, and selling,
using, or possessing alcohol/illegal drugs (Louisiana
Revised Statutes 14:103; RS 40:966).
or physically threatening or harassing other customers,
volunteers, or staff, including but not limited to stalking,
staring, lurking, offensive touching, and obscene acts
such as sex acts and indecent exposure. Exhibitionism
(indecent exposure) and voyeurism (peeking) will be
reported to the local law enforcement agency (Louisiana
Revised Statutes 14:103, RS 40:106).
abusive or obscene language (Jefferson Parish Code
of Ordinances, Sec 20-30).
engaging in commercial activities, or conducting surveys
not authorized by the library; panhandling or proselytizing.
to provide proper supervision of children. Adults are
responsible for the conduct and safety of minors under
damaging, altering, or inappropriate use of library
property in library facilities or on library grounds,
including computer hardware and software, printers,
copiers, phones, and other equipment. Thievery and vandalism
will be reported to the local law enforcement agency
(Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances, Sec 20-43).
or challenging to fight, running, pushing, shoving,
or throwing things (Louisiana Revised Statutes
14:103). Fighting will be reported to the local law
disruptive noises by such actions as loud talking or
singing, screaming, or using audible devices without
headphones or with the volume set high enough to be
disruptive even with headphones. Using cell phones,
pagers, and other communication devices in a way that
disturbs others. Audible cell phone and pager ringers
must be turned off in the library.
restrooms for bathing, shampooing, shaving, doing laundry,
changing clothes, or for any other purpose for which
they were not intended. Library materials may not be
taken into restrooms.
chewing, and other tobacco use in library facilities
or within 20 feet of library entrances (Jefferson
Parish Code of Ordinances, Sec 20-122).
the library barefoot, without a shirt, with offensive
body odor or personal hygiene, or being otherwise attired
so as to be disruptive to the library environment. Emitting
an over-powering or strong fragrance.
in articles that are too large to fit under one library
wheeled devices on library property or on library grounds,
except in designated areas, including skateboarding,
roller-skating, bicycling, scooters, and shopping carts
(except for wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers).
or lying down on any couch, table, seat, or floor in
the library or restrooms. Blocking aisles, exits, or
entrances by sitting or lying down in them (Jefferson
Parish Code of Ordinances, Sec 20-101).
pets or animals, other than service animals necessary
for disabilities, into the library, except as authorized
by the library director.
and group activities which are disruptive to the library
library furniture from where it is placed by library
in nonpublic areas, being in the library without permission
of an authorized library employee before or after library
operating hours, refusal to leave the library at designated
closing times, disregard of fire regulations, or camping
on library grounds (Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances,
to comply with a reasonable staff request.
outside designated areas or consuming beverages from
authorized by the library, food and beverages may
be consumed in library meeting rooms and at special
events. Food consumption is further permitted within
the coffee shop at East Bank Regional Library. Consuming
beverages from lidded containers is permitted in the
library. Lidded containers include covered coffee,
water, soda, and juice cups, glass and plastic beverage
bottles, and beverage cans. Babies may be nursed in
are asked not to leave their possessions unattended.
The library is not responsible for the loss of unattended
property. The library reserves the right to inspect
all bags, briefcases, backpacks, containers, books,
and any similar items.
June 21, 2005
Jefferson Parish Library Board