Respect for Rights to Use the Library and Access to Information

The Greater Sudbury Public Library provides its users a wide range of library services in a safe and pleasant environment that is conducive to reading, learning and the appropriate use of materials and services. To ensure that all persons enjoy the benefits of the Library, individuals using or visiting the Library must comply with the following guidelines for library use.

Conduct of Patrons

  1. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied at all times by a parent, guardian or other responsible person.
  2. Libraries are publicly funded and as such, soliciting, selling and fund raising activities, other than those activities which are in direct support of the library, will not be permitted.
  3. Threatening, abusive or harassing language or behaviour is prohibited. Disruptive or intrusive behaviour is not allowed.
  4. Shirts and shoes or other footwear are required.
  5. Beverages in covered containers and cold, snack foods are permitted in the library. Citizens are asked to remain seated while eating and drinking and to dispose of all garbage in the containers provided.
  6. Animals other than service animals assisting persons with disabilities are not permitted inside Library facilities or within 3 metres of any door.
  7. People, animals or property must not block aisles, doorways, stairways, elevators or ramps. Large objects, such a s bicycles may not be brought into library facilities.
  8. Library materials may not be taken into washrooms.
  9. Members of the public must open all bags, books and papers for inspection if requested by staff.
  10. Smoking is not permitted in the library nor near building entranceways as defined by the City of Greater Sudbury's by-laws .
  11. Use of sports equipment is not allowed on library property.
  12. Library entrance areas shall be used exclusively for entering and exiting the library and as temporary waiting areas for library users.
  13. Photographing, filming or video recording on library property must not be conducted without prior permission of library staff.
  14. Sleeping or lying on the floor or furniture is prohibited.
  15. Persons under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs are not allowed on library property.

Suspension of Library Privileges

  1. Library users who breach library rules and have been dealt with according to proper library procedures may have their library privileges suspended. Individuals who participate in illegal behaviour will have their library privileges suspended and the police will be contacted in all cases of illegal behaviour.

  2. The misuse, tampering, misrepresentation or misappropriation of library membership, material or equipment will result in suspension from the library and possible legal action.

  3. Library users who have had their privileges suspended may not have access to library facilities, property or services.

  4. The length of suspension:

    1. for a breach of library rules will be not less than one month
    2. for repeated breaches of library rules will not be less than three months
    3. for abusing staff or clients, damaging or destroying library property or any illegal behaviour will not be less than six months
  5. Notice of suspension where the library user's name and address are known will be issued by mail.

Staff Intervention on Behalf of Children

  1. Staff are expected to intervene on behalf of children in difficult situations.
  2. Staff will attempt to contact the parent or guardian of unattended children in or on library premises. The Police and Children's Aid will be notified if the parent or guardian cannot be reached.
  3. Staff will inform the Director of Citizen Services or designate by means of an Incident Report of any suspected case of child abuse.

Staff Intervention - Threat of Bodily Harm or Damage of Property

  1. In a situation where there is a threat or a perceived threat of bodily harm to staff or clients, staff will contact the Police or Emergency Medical Service immediately.
  2. The Police will be notified in the event of damage to library property or personal property damage of others.

Revised May 19, 2009