On Monday, January 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), Hennepin County libraries are closed.
The purpose of this policy is to further delineate the Hennepin County Library Board Patron Use of Library Spaces Policy and ensure its fair and consistent application.
Each patron has a personal responsibility to ensure that Hennepin County Library is a welcoming public library environment for all.
No one shall engage in behaviors that are contrary to the principles, roles, and responsibilities defined in the Library Board Patron Use of Library Spaces Policy.
The following examples are provided in this administrative policy as a way to illustrate ways in which a patron’s conduct would violate the responsibilities defined in the Library Board policy. The examples are intended to guide staff decision making. It does not presume to be a complete list.
Patrons are participants in a shared, public use environment and must conduct themselves accordingly. They will be courteous, considerate and understanding of library patrons and staff. Examples of conduct that would violate this principle:
Parents and caregivers are responsible to supervise the activities and choices of their charges. Example of conduct that would violate this principle:
Patrons are stewards of the library and its resources. They will value and respect library resources and conduct themselves in a safe and orderly way. Examples of conduct that would violate this principle:
Patrons will comply with federal, state, and local laws and policies. Examples of conduct that would violate this principle:
Failure to follow the Patron Use of Libraries Policy may result in eviction from the library and may include a trespass order or arrest. Inappropriate conduct will be referred to the proper authorities for legal action in accordance with Minnesota Statutes. The Security Division of Hennepin County addresses any appeals to a trespass notice.
Staff play an important role to ensure that Hennepin County Library is a welcoming public library environment for all.
Roles and Responsibilities taken from the Hennepin County Library Board Policy: Patron Use of Library Spaces.
This administrative policy is reviewed every four (4) years by the Library Services Division Manager (or designee). The review is done in conjunction with the Hennepin County Library Board’s review of the Patron Use of Libraries Policy. Upon completion of the review, this policy is revised or reaffirmed.
Next review: 2022
Adopted: June 2018