Clifton Community Library
Cranberry Lake, NY
Code of Conduct

The following are the policies and guidelines of Clifton Community Library, as adopted by the Library’s Board of Trustees on May 17, 2022

I. Who May Use the Library

The library will serve all residents of the community and the public library system area. Service will not be denied or abridged because of religious, racial, social, economic, or political status; or because of mental, emotional, or physical condition; age; or sexual orientation. The library makes every effort to be fully A.D.A. compliant.

II. Patron Responsibilities and Conduct

A. Please turn your cell phone to “vibrate only” mode or turn power off while inside the library. Patrons are asked to step outside the library building to talk on their cell phone.

B. Patrons are not permitted to use the library for sleeping/napping.

C. Weapons or instruments/devices that may be used as a weapon are not allowed in the library.

D. If a patron creates a public nuisance, that patron may be restricted from the Library and from the use of the library facilities at the discretion of the library director. Those who are unwilling to leave or do not leave within a reasonable amount of time, after being instructed to do so by the staff, will be subject to the law.

The use of the library may be denied for due cause. Such cause may be:
• failure to return library materials or to pay penalties
• destruction of library property
• disturbance of other patrons due to objectionable language, odor, or behavior
• illegal, disruptive, or objectionable conduct on library premises including alcohol or drug use, sexually inappropriate behavior, or violent behavior
• violation of any of the above outlined policies

III. Young children:

A. The Clifton Community Library encourages visits by young children and it is our desire to make this important visit both memorable and enjoyable for the child. Library staff is not expected to assume responsibility for the care of unsupervised children in the library. Therefore, it is library policy that all children under age [ten] must be accompanied by a parent or designated responsible person while in the library. Also, if the young child is attending a library program, we require the parent/responsible person to remain in the library throughout the program.

B. The library staff is not responsible for supervising children left alone when the library is closed but will make attempts to reach a parent or caregiver for immediate pick-up. If a parent cannot be reached within [fifteen minutes] of the closing of the library, the police department will be called to pick up the child. Under no circumstances will a library staff member drive a child home.

C. Children of all ages are encouraged to use the library for homework, recreational reading, and program attendance. The library staff realizes that the library will be noisier at busy times and that children by nature can cause more commotion. However, children (whether with parents or not) who are being continually disruptive will be given a warning that he/she must settle down or will be asked to leave the library. If after a second warning the child continues to be disruptive, he/she will be asked to leave the library. If the child needs to contact a parent, they may do so and then wait with a staff person until the parent arrives.

IV. Filming and Photography in the Library

A. Use of photographic, videotape, or film equipment within the libraries
• Must be accomplished without interfering with the study, research, privacy, or safety needs of library users
• Must not interfere with the ability of library staff to function
• Must not hinder access to exits, stairways, corridors, doorways, and other library facilities
• Cannot involve the use of camera dollies, smoke, and smoke effects, etc.
Responsibilities of the filmmaker, photographer, and/or film crew
• Library facilities must stay in the original condition. Furniture may not be moved for filming. Library staff will not be responsible for moving furniture, setting up film shots, or assisting with the film setup or take down.
• Bear of the cost for the repair of any damage incurred.
• The filmmaker/photographer shall not present any individual in a defamatory manner or violate any individual’s expectation of privacy.
• Persons who could be photographed or recorded should be informed when such activity is imminent.
• Any individual may decline being photographed or recorded and is not required to be subject to photography or recording.
• The filmmaker/photographer is encouraged to obtain the prior written consent of any individual, including any library users or library staff, who will appear in or be the subject of the photography/videotaping/filming. Obtaining written consent is especially encouraged for any individual having a prominent role (e.g., speaks at some length) in the photography/videotaping/filming or for any individual who displays or creates a copyrighted work during the photography/videotaping/filming.
The Libraries reserves the right to terminate any photography, videotaping, or filming that causes an undue disturbance, violates Libraries or University policies or regulations, or endangers the health and safety of participants, library users, or library staff.

V. Personal Belongings

The Library is not responsible for lost or stolen items. It is recommended that patrons do not leave personal belongings unattended.