Rules and Policies
Closter Public Library Patron Behavior Policy
Closter Public Library facilities are available to patrons of all ages. While everyone has an equal right to access library services, no person has the right to interfere with the ability of others to use and enjoy library resources and services. To this end, the Closter Public Library sets standards of acceptable behavior on Library premises to ensure an atmosphere that encourages the use and enjoyment of Library resources and services, promotes the safety of the general public and the Library staff, and protects Library materials, equipment, building, and grounds.
This policy pertains to children, teenagers, and adults. Parents are solely responsible for the actions of their children on Library premises, whether or not a caretaker attends to the children. The Closter Public Library prohibits unattended minors less than ten years of age to be in the Library. Library staff cannot, and will not, serve as caretakers.
Disruptive and unacceptable behavior includes any activity that:
- Interferes with the rights of other patrons to use the Library
- Disrupts the normal functioning of the Library
- May result in physical, emotional, or mental injury to oneself or others
- May result in damage to materials, equipment, building and grounds
- Constitutes a failure to comply with Library staff directives
The Library reserves the right to:
- Require anyone who engages in disruptive behavior to leave the premises
- Restrict Library privileges of disruptive individuals for a specified period of time
- Ban disruptive individuals from Library premises for a specified period of time or permanently
Library staff will verbally notify the disruptive individual that he or she is in violation of the standards of acceptable behavior. Repeated disruptive behavior may be reported to parents or the police. Further disciplinary action will be determined on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Library Director. Unlawful activities will be reported immediately to the Closter Police Department.
Closter Public Library Unattended Child Policy
The Closter Public Library desires to provide a safe and appropriate environment for patrons of all ages. The library, as a public building, has staff trained to provide public library services. The staff is not equipped to provide long or short term child care.
A parent or adult caregiver must accompany children under the age of ten (10) years of age for their safety and comfort while using the library. Children, like all library patrons, are expected to behave appropriately. Parents and caregivers, not library staff, are responsible for the behavior and supervision of their children in the library. Library staff cannot assume responsibility for the care, safety or well-being of children in the library.
Unattended Children under Ten Years Old:
- Children under the age of ten years may not be left unattended in any part of the library. If children under the age of ten are found without a parent or adult caregiver, staff will attempt to locate the parent or caregiver. If the staff is unable to locate the parent or caregiver within a reasonable time, the Closter Police Department will be contacted to pick up the child.
Unattended Children over Ten Years Old:
The above procedure will also be applied to the following situations involving unattended children over ten years old:
- If unattended child is found frightened or crying in the library
- If unattended child is perceived to be endangering him or herself, or that another person in the library poses a perceived threat to the unattended child.
- If unattended child exhibits inappropriate behavior
- If unattended child has not been met by a responsible caregiver at closing time
After evaluating the situation, library staff members will attempt to contact the parent or guardian of the unattended children. In the event that a parent or guardian cannot be reached, the children will be placed in the care of the Closter Police Department.
If a parent or responsible adult caregiver does not arrive to pick up the children within 10 minutes after closing time, a staff member will call the police and turn the children over to them.
Youth Services Program Policy
The Closter Public Library wants as many children as possible to attend and enjoy programs. Empty seats do NOT serve our community. The policy for attendance at our programs is as follows:
- Arrive 5-10 minutes before the start -- enables program to run smoothly
- Contact library if you cannot attend -- enables a child on the wait list to attend
- Contact the library if you are not sure of the time and date of your child’s session
- Let us know as soon as possible if your child cannot attend a session or can no longer come to the program—another child can then attend
- If your child is absent 3 consecutive times without notifying us, your spot will automatically go to someone on the wait list. We also reserve the right to place you on the wait list the next time you register if you have consistently been absent without notifying us, so another child will not be denied a place. This allows us to better serve our community and creates space for children who will attend our programs.
Internet Use PolicyThe Closter Public Library offers free access to the Internet. We hope to provide the public with the best resources available for finding information and exchanging ideas. The Internet is one of many tools you may use. The following is our Internet use policy.
- Downloading of files is not allowed.
- Patrons access and use the Internet at their own risk. The connection provided is NOT secure. The library has NO control over the information and is NOT responsible for its content or accuracy.
- Library staff will NOT monitor or supervise Internet access. Because the library is a public place, the staff reserves the right to end a session when material inappropriate to a public library setting is displayed.
- Parents of minor children MUST assume responsibility for the materials accessed. Parental supervision is advised.
- Staff will help users in getting started, but we cannot offer extensive assistance.
- Failure to use the Internet workstation properly may result in revocation of Internet privileges.
- Anyone tampering with the library computers will be held financially responsible for repairs.
- During periods of high computer use, games, nonacademic email, and other non-scholastic computer use is restricted.
- There is a fee of 10¢ per page for black & white and 25¢ per page for color to print materials.
- The Closter Public Library may modify this policy at any time.