Rules of Conduct

Welcome to the Independence County Library.

The Board of Library Commissioners has established Rules of Conduct so that library users and staff have a clean, pleasant and safe environment.


Any activity prohibited by law.

Disruptive or unsafe behavior including interfering with library employees in the performance of their duties, or obstructing or intimidating patrons of the library, or entering non-public areas without authorization.

Loud, abusive, threatening or insulting language.

Sexual misconduct of any kind.

Activities or behavior that may result in injury or harm to any library patron or staff member, including challenging another person to fight or engage in any fight. Weapons of any kind are prohibited on Library property.

Patrons with hygiene conditions, including, but not limited to, clothing odor, body odor and lice, that interfere with the use and enjoyment of the library by other library patrons or with the functioning of library staff.

Activities or behavior that may result in damage to library property, including, but not limited to, making any attempt to damage computer equipment or alter software configurations.

Eating, drinking or displaying open food or liquid containers, except in areas designated for those purposes and/or when served with prior approval of the Library.

Sleeping, smoking or misuse of Library restrooms or water fountains (including bathing, shaving, and changing or washing clothes).

Animals, except for service dogs.

Bicycles, shopping carts, or other large wheeled conveyances are not permitted inside the library. Wheelchairs and strollers are only permitted if being used for the transport of an adult or child. Skates, skateboards, and collapsible scooters must be carried while on library premises.

Petitioning, soliciting or distributing/selling merchandise without the express permission of the Library Director.

Unnecessary noise, including the use of cell phones, pagers, headphones, and other communication, audio, and electronic devices which disturbs other patrons or staff.

Monopolizing library space, seating, tables, stairways or equipment to the exclusion of other patrons or staff, or obstructing aisles or doorways with personal belongings.


The Library is not responsible for children who are left unattended in or on the grounds of the library. Misconduct or misuse of library property on the part of juveniles will be reported to their parents and possibly the Batesville Police.

The Library is not responsible for personal items that are lost, stolen, or damaged in or on the grounds of the library.

Patrons shall wear garments covering the upper and lower torso of their bodies. Shoes must be worn at all times.


The above enumerated rules are not intended to be a complete list of violations but are intended for guidance only. Library staff and/or local law enforcement officers are authorized to expel persons who, advised of the regulations above, fail to comply with them. Such personnel also reserve the right to take appropriate action(s) against any other behavior which can reasonably be deemed to be offensive or dangerous to library patrons or staff.

Failure to comply with the Library's established rules and policies could result in expulsion from the Library and revocation of Library privileges for a period determined by the Library Director.



Approved by the Independence County Library Board April 17, 2018.


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