Code of Conduct Policy

Welcome to Pikes Peak Library District. The Library’s first priority is public service.

The PPLD Board of Trustees has established this Code of Conduct to ensure that PPLD can carry out its mission and to ensure that no person or group is denied access to Library facilities or services as a result of behaviors that create an unsafe or unwelcoming environment on Library properties. Failure to comply with PPLD’s Code of Conduct could result in expulsion from the Library and revocation of Library privileges or in prosecution or arrest.

Library users must be engaged in activities associated with library purposes while in Library buildings or on library property (reading, studying, using library materials and equipment, participating in a library or community program).

THE FOLLOWING ARE PROHIBITED AT ALL PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT FACILITIES AND PROPERTY:

1. Engaging in any activity prohibited by law.

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

3. Use of loud, abusive, threatening or insulting language.

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

5. Sexual misconduct such as exposure or threatening touching, or any excessive public display of affection.

6. Activities or behavior that may result in injury or harm to any library patron or staff member, including challenging another person to fight or engaging in a fight. Open display/carry of firearms or other weapons is prohibited on Library property.

7. 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.

8. Activities or behavior that may result in damage to library property.

9. Eating or drinking, except in areas designated for those purposes and/or when served with prior approval of the Library.

10. Sleeping.

11. Use of tobacco products, synthetic tobacco products or electronic (smokeless, or their equivalent) cigarettes, use of marijuana products. Spitting.

12. Use of alcohol or illegal drugs, or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

13. Misuse of Library restrooms or water fountains (including bathing, shaving, and changing or washing clothes).

14. Animals, except for service dogs.

15. Bicycles, skateboards, shopping carts, or other conveyances are not permitted inside library buildings. Wheelchairs and strollers are permitted if being used for the transport of an adult or child.

16. Petitioning, soliciting, panhandling or distributing/selling merchandise without the express permission of PPLD.

17. Staring at, or following, a patron or staff in a manner that reasonably can be expected to disturb him or her, including photographing or filming persons without prior approval from PPLD.

18. 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 behaviors listed above are for guidance and are not intended to constitute a complete list of violations.

IN ADDITION:

The Library is not responsible for children under the age of 11 who are left unattended on Library property. Misconduct or misuse of library property on the part of juveniles will be reported to their parents.

Personal property brought into the Library may be no larger than 10” x 16” x 24” (the size of a typical book bag). The Library may limit the number of parcels brought into the building and all bags are subject to search.

The Library is not responsible for personal items that are lost, stolen, or damaged on Library property.

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

Users of PPLD’s internet and computer resources must abide by all terms of the PPLD Internet Use Policy.

ENFORCEMENT:

Pikes Peak Library District reserves the right to restrict the use of its facilities and property from persons who do not abide by the Code of Conduct. Library staff and/or local law enforcement officers are authorized to expel persons who, advised of Library regulations, fail to comply with them.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

For questions related to Pikes Peak Library District’s Code of Conduct, please contact:

PPLD Security
719.531.6333, x2310

PPLD Administration
719.531.6333, x2011