The Wichita Public Library welcomes all community members to enjoy library service. In order to manage public spaces, a code of conduct is in place to provide a safe and pleasant environment for its customers. This Code is applicable to all Library property.
No person shall engage in any conduct that violates federal/state statutes or local ordinances or that creates a safety threat to other people, including but not restricted to the following:
When a customer is observed engaging in illegal conduct, the police will be contacted. In addition to any court-imposed penalty the customer may be temporarily or permanently banned.
The following behavior by a member of the public is not allowed in Library facilities as it disrupts the smooth and proper functioning of the Library:
All items brought into the Library are subject to inspection.
Customers observed behaving in ways identified as unacceptable in this code of conduct will be instructed to cease the behavior or leave the library. Failure to observe these rules by refusing to change conduct when asked will result in loss of Library privileges, including the right to visit Library facilities and grounds. Banning will vary based on the circumstances of the offense.
Permanent or long-term banning for serious offenses and unacceptable behavior must be authorized by the Director of Libraries or his/her designee and will be used when attempts to correct unacceptable behavior have failed or serious offenses have occurred. All bans may be appealed pursuant to
Every child's visit to the Library will be an enjoyable and safe experience. For the safety of the child, parents/legal guardians and caregivers should realize that Library personnel are not responsible for small children. Children under seven years of age may not be left unattended in the library. Older siblings under 12 years of age are not acceptable substitutes for legal guardians or caregivers.
If an unattended child under seven cannot locate a parent, legal guardian, or caregiver in the building within fifteen minutes of staff becoming aware of the problem, police will be called.
If an unattended minor under eighteen years of age remains in the Library fifteen minutes past closing, police may be called. Attempts may be made by staff to contact the minor's parent, legal guardian or caregiver prior to calling the police.
It is the responsibility of the Wichita Public Library to maintain a healthy and clean environment for all Library users and to protect the City's investment in Library collections, equipment and property. In order to fulfill this responsibility, the Library may restrict a user’s ability to borrow materials and/or to visit Library facilities when such use may jeopardize the health and cleanliness of Library facilities, collections and users.
Examples of situations where borrowing of materials may be suspended include, but are not limited to:
Examples of situations where access to Library facilities may be suspended include, but are not limited to:
Should it become necessary to suspend Library privileges of a customer in order to protect Library collections, facilities or other users, notification of the suspension will be made by the Director of Libraries, Collection Development Division Manager, or in their absence a designated staff from the Collection Development Division.
Any customer that has privileges suspended under the terms of this policy may request a re-evaluation of the suspension under the terms of the reinstatement of Library privileges policy,