Code of Conduct

The Little Silver Public Library strives to provide the highest level of service to all library users. The following rules of behavior have been adopted by the Library Board of Trustees to protect and to assist with the use of information and cultural resources in a safe and pleasant environment, conducive to reading and learning.

PARTICIPATING IN ANY ILLEGAL ACTIVITY OR IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE LIBRARY.

TO MAINTAIN PERSONAL SAFETY, PLEASE DO NOT:

  1. Leave any child who is under the age of seven or any other person who needs care unattended in the Library without adult supervision.
  2. Request staff to protect or monitor children, adults needing care or personal belongings.
  3. Film, photograph or interview patrons within the Library, unless approved by the Library Director.
  4. Smoke, use alcohol, narcotics or hallucinogens on Library property or come intoxicated or display behavior of being under the influence of in the Library.
  5. Bring animals into the Library, except service animals to assist patrons with disabilities.
  6. Fail to wear proper attire, including shoes and shirt.
  7. Skateboard, roller blade or the like.

TO PRESERVE A PEACEFUL AND PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT, PLEASE DO NOT:

  1. Harass Library users or staff, verbally, physically or sexually.
  2. Carry a weapon into the Library, unless authorized by law.
  3. Use computers to display sexually explicit graphics or materials that are obscene, pornographic or harmful to minors.
  4. Engage in disruptive behavior that include, but not limited to: speaking above a normal tone, use of strong language, disrespect staff, running, pushing and fighting or fail to respect designated quiet study areas.
  5. Interfere with another person’s use of the Library, materials or services or interfere with the Library Personnel’s performance of their duties.
  6. Play any electronic device, including but not limited to any cell phones, audio equipment, handheld games or the like, unless the same are inaudible to others in the Library.
  7. Solicit or attempt to obtain signatures to a petition, conduct surveys or distribute printed materials without the authorization of the library director.

TO PROTECT OUR FACILITY AND HOLDINGS, PLEASE DO NOT:

  1. Steal, damage or deface Library materials, premises or equipment.
  2. Misuse the restrooms, e.g. as a laundry or bathing facility.
  3. Use fire exits, except in emergency.
  4. Move or misuse furniture, e.g. sitting on work surfaces or putting feet on chairs or tables.
  5. Enter non-public areas without permission.
  6. Consume food. Beverages are allowed with lids but not in proximity to the computers.
  7. Place bicycles anywhere on Library property other than the bicycle rack.

FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENFORCING THESE RULES, THE LIBRARY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO:

  • Inspect all Library materials, backpacks, over-sized handbags, overcoats, luggage, shopping bags & packages.
  • Report repeated disruptive behavior to parents, in the case of children, or to the police.
  • Require anyone who engages in disruptive behavior to leave the premises. Anyone asked to leave the Library is NOT allowed to loiter in the vestibule and must leave the building and its grounds.
  • Restrict library phone use by patrons unless a member of the staff determines there exists an emergency situation.

LIBRARY USERS WHO FAIL TO OBSERVE LIBRARY RULES AND REGULATIONS MAY LOSE LIBRARY PRIVILEGES AND/OR BE SUBJECT TO POLICE INTERVENTION, INCLUDING ARREST.
ANY USER WHOSE PRIVILEGES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED MAY REQUEST IN WRITING TO HAVE THE DECISION REVIEWED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.

Policies on Unattended Children

The Little Silver Public Library is concerned for the safety and well-being of children left unattended in the library.

We urge parents to remember that the library is a public building and it is not in any child’s best interest to be left here unattended. The library has implemented the following policy for the safety of all children visiting the library.

  1. Children under the age of seven years must be accompanied by an adult caregiver (age 13 or over) at all times while in the library.
  2. Children ages seven through twelve may be left in the library without an adult for reasonable periods of time, but parents are responsible for their behavior and will be contacted if necessary. (Reasonable periods of time may vary with a child’s maturity, but generally one to two hours (is) shall be considered acceptable).
  3. Children thirteen and over may be in the library without an adult. However, should disciplinary problems arise; the library may ask the child to leave. In the event that such child does not comply, the Police Department will be requested to assist. In that event, the library assumes no further responsibility for the child.
  4. If problems arise while younger children are using the library, or if they are left alone, the library staff will attempt to contact the parents. If the library staff is unable to reach the parents, the Police Department will be requested to assist.
  5. Parents are required to be at the library no later than fifteen minutes before closing to pick up children. If, after fifteen minutes, the child is still left unattended, the Police Department will be called to assist.
  6. Under no circumstances will the library assume custodial responsibility for any child.
  7. An unattended child is any child under the age of seven who is in the library unaccompanied by a parent or responsible caregiver (age thirteen or over).
  8. Parents and/or guardians, not library staff, are responsible for the behavior of their children using the library and their respective parents and /or guardians may be held liable for any damage they cause.

Confidentiality of Library Records

The Trustees and Staff of the Little Silver Public Library recognize the need to protect library user’s right to privacy regarding the questions asked and the materials borrowed.

Policy:

We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted. The records of patron use of library resources, materials or services are confidential. Patron borrowing records are protected by New Jersey Statute. No staff member or trustee shall reveal the borrowing history of an individual except under the circumstances outlined by this procedure.

New Jersey Law:

N.J.S.A. 18A:73-43.2. Confidentiality of library users’ records Library records which contain the names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of libraries are confidential and shall not be disclosed except in the following circumstances:

  1. The records are necessary for the proper operation of the library;
  2. Disclosure is requested by the user; or
  3. Disclosure is required pursuant to a subpoena issued by a court or court order.

Procedure:

A patron may request that staff identify items currently charged to his/her card. If a parent possesses their minor child’s library card staff will honor requests for the disclosure of information related to that card. Children over the age of 12 years and having full possession of their library card will have their records protected.

Some records may require a special search of the transaction database maintained by the Monmouth County Library System. In the unusual circumstance that a record of an item transaction needs to be documented, the Library Director will make a request to the Monmouth County Library System.

Lawful Requests:

All records concerning library users, materials used or checked out by users and computer use are confidential and will not be made available to any agency of the federal, state, county or local governments or to any other person unless a court order or search warrant requiring disclosure has been entered by a court of competent jurisdiction or persons acting within the scope of their duties in the administration of the library.

The Library is legally required to comply with information requests pursuant to the USA PATRIOT Act (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act, P.L. 107-56, Oct 26, 2001) in providing information pursuant to this act or by other court order.

THE LIBRARY SHALL ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES:

  1. Any requests for information regarding a library user are to be referred to the Library Director, or designee, who will explain the Library’s policy and the New Jersey law.
  2. If the Library staff member is presented with a subpoena, he/she is to refer the presenter to the Library Director or the Director’s designee, who is to contact the Library’s attorney to verify its validity and advise the Library of what action to take. The President of the Library Board of Trustees shall also be notified of the request immediately.
  3. If the Library staff member is presented with a search warrant from a law enforcement officer, he/she is not to interfere with their search and seizure. The staff member is to contact the Library Director or designee, as soon as possible, that a search warrant has been served. The Director can ask the officer to allow them to consult with legal counsel and to ask that the Library’s counsel be present during the search. Whether or not the law enforcement official agrees to await the arrival of counsel, the Library’s attorney shall be contacted. Library staff shall not interfere with a search conducted with a search warrant. A search warrant must be specific as to the information requested. Information outside of the scope of a search warrant cannot be released.

The USA Patriot Act requires a search warrant and not a subpoena. A search warrant can be executed immediately upon service. A subpoena, on the other hand, allows a party a period of time to respond.

These policies were reviewed and approved by the Library Board of Trustees.