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Welcome to Jefferson Parish Library. This library is supported by millages paid by the residents of Jefferson Parish. Accordingly, as we are publicly funded, our facilities should be clean, comfortable, and safe. To this end, the following rules of conduct shall apply uniformly to all patrons, volunteers and staff at this and other Jefferson Parish Library facilities:

red arrow Patrons, volunteers and staff shall be treated with the courtesy and respect.
red arrow Library materials and property shall be treated with respect.
red arrow Library facilities shall be used safely and appropriately in the manner for which they were/are intended.

These rules of conduct shall be consistently and uniformly enforced in a fair and equitable manner. Library staff and/or local law enforcement officers will intervene to curb prohibited activities and behaviors. Failure to comply with the library's established rules, regulations, and policies may result in physical removal from the premises and may include arrest and prosecution. Repeated violations may also result in restricted or terminated library privileges, including the use of library computers and other library equipment.

 

For the comfort and safety of our patrons, volunteers, and staff, and the protection of library property, the following are not allowed on library property:
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Engaging in any activity in violation of federal, state, local, or other applicable law, or library policy.

red arrow Carrying firearms and dangerous weapons of any type, except by law enforcement officers (Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances, Sec 20-151.1).
red arrow Being under the influence of alcohol/illegal drugs, and selling, using, or possessing alcohol/illegal drugs (Louisiana Revised Statutes 14:103; RS 40:966).
red arrow Verbally or physically threatening or harassing patrons volunteers, or staff, stalking, offensive touching, obscene or lewd acts including acts of a sexual nature, exhibitionism (indecent exposure), and voyeurism (peeping). Such acts shall be reported to local law enforcement officials (Louisiana Revised Statutes 14:103, RS 40:106).
red arrow Using abusive, vulgar or obscene language (Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances, Sec 20-30); spitting on the floor or furniture.
red arrow Soliciting, panhandling or proselytizing, engaging in commercial activities, and conducting surveys not authorized by the library.
red arrow Failing to provide proper supervision of children. Adults are responsible for the conduct and safety of minors under their care while on library property.
red arrow Stealing, 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).
red arrow Fighting or challenging to fight, running, pushing, shoving, or throwing objects (Louisiana Revised Statutes 14:103). Fighting will be reported to the local law enforcement officials.
red arrow Creating disruption through noises, loud talking, 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 manner that disturbs others. Audible cell phone and pager ringers shall be turned off while in the library.
red arrow Using 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.
red arrow Smoking, chewing, and other tobacco use in library facilities or within 100 feet of library entrances (Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinances, Sec 20-122). This includes e-cigarettes.
red arrow Entering the library barefoot, without a shirt or being otherwise attired so as to be disruptive to the library environment.
red arrow Using wheeled devices on library property or on library grounds, except in designated areas, including skateboarding, roller-skating, bicycling, scooters, and shopping carts (wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers excepted).
red arrow Sleeping 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).
red arrow Littering.
red arrow Bringing pets or animals, other than service animals necessary for disabilities, into the library, except as authorized by the library director.
red arrow Gambling and other group activities which are disruptive to the library environment.
red arrow Moving library furniture from where it is placed by library staff.
red arrow Trespassing 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, Sec 20-45).
red arrow Failing to comply with reasonable staff requests.
red arrow Eating outside designated areas or consuming beverages from non-lidded containers.

 

As 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 the library.

Patrons are asked not to leave their possessions unattended. The library is not responsible for the loss of unattended property.

 

 

Adopted June 21, 2005
Revised December 17, 2013
Jefferson Parish Library Board

 
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JEFFERSON PARISH LIBRARY  •  4747 West Napoleon Avenue  •  Metairie, Louisiana 70001-2310
Admin. Phone: (504) 838-1100  •  Admin. Fax: (504) 838-1110  •  Renewal Line: (504) 885-8588
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