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Lake County Public Library

Patron Rules of Conduct Policy

These Patron Rules of Conduct were adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Lake County Public Library to promote a safe, attractive, and orderly atmosphere; to ensure every person’s ability to use the library and library materials to the maximum extent possible; and to have reasonable access to library facilities without interference from any other person. The policy cannot anticipate every possible event or situation.  Employees are expected to use their best judgement in the spirit of this policy. 

The Lake County Public Library supports the rights of all individuals to:

  • Friendly, courteous, and respectful service;

  • Free and equal access to information;

  • Privacy and confidentiality in their use of library services and collections;

  • A clean, comfortable, and pleasant environment; and

  • Use of the library undisturbed without threat of harm, interference, or discrimination.

Use of library facilities and resources implies acceptance of our Patron Rules of Conduct, which are based on these basic principles:

  • Respect other patrons and their right to have a positive experience of the library.

  • Respect library employees whose responsibility it is to help you get the most from your library experience and to maintain a safe and comfortable atmosphere for all patrons.

  • Respect all library facilities, materials, computers, equipment, and resources, and understand and follow rules related to their use.

Noise Policy

The mission of the Lake County Public Library (LCPL) is to provide the highest quality informational, educational, cultural, and recreational resources and services to residents of all ages in the Lake County Public Library District. We welcome all ages and abilities and also protect the right of library users to speak/play at a respectful volume.

Lake County Public Library is committed to providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere for people of all ages and abilities. A wide variety of activities are encouraged in our buildings, including some activities that produce noise. Library users are welcome to converse, play and collaborate at a volume that is respectful to other library users. It is the responsibility of library staff to determine what noise level is best suited to the needs of its users. Please direct any noise complaints to library staff.

Respect of other patrons

To ensure individuals' rights to use the library free of disruption, library patrons shall be engaged in activities associated with the use of a public library while in the building. Patrons not engaged in reading, studying, using library materials or services, attending programs or classes, or viewing exhibits may be asked to leave the building.

Noise and conversations are expected to be kept at low levels out of consideration for other patrons. Bringing pets or animals into the Library, other than service animals necessary for accommodation, must be authorized by the Director.

Respect of library employees

The safety and security of our employees and patrons are of the utmost importance. Library employees have the right to a safe and respectful workplace environment. Patrons will use polite language and keep the tone of voice moderate.

Conduct that causes or threatens harm to others, interferes with library employees’ performance of duties, or constitutes persistent, unwanted behaviors will not be tolerated.

All patrons are expected to comply with reasonable requests of any library employee.

Respect of facilities, materials, computers, equipment, and resources

The Library is supported by taxpayers who reside in the Lake County Public Library district. These patrons expect our facilities to be clean, comfortable, and safe. It is expected that all library users will treat library materials, furniture, and equipment with care, and use library facilities, materials, and furnishings as intended.

Single-serving, dry snacks and covered beverages are permitted in most areas.

Soliciting is not permitted except in support of the library and sanctioned library activities. 

Enforcement of the Patron Rules of Conduct Policy

  • Library employees may at any time request that patrons show library cards and other documents (driver's license, school ID, e.g.) for purposes of identification.

  • The library reserves the right to inspect all bags, purses, briefcases, or backpacks for concealed library materials.

  • It is expected that patrons will follow federal, state, and local laws and policies. Library employees are authorized to call the police for assistance in the case of violent behavior or illegal activities; or to ensure enforcement of this policy.

  • Library employees have the authority to decide what is considered appropriate behavior and to enforce the Patron Rules of Conduct. Library staff will inform the patron of the relevant conduct policy and warn the patron that continued violation will result in a loss of privileges. Staff may ask the patron to leave the Library property for one day if they are uncooperative or argumentative. The Library reserves the right at all times to immediately eject a patron who is dangerous or in any way threatening employees or other patrons. In addition, the

  • Library may pursue remedies under Federal, State, or local law where applicable.

  • Unattended minors who do not abide by library rules and policies, or who exhibit unacceptable behavior, will be asked to leave, and/or call their parents for a ride home. If unable to reach their parents, or if a ride is unavailable, the children may be considered abandoned and the local police department will be called.

Suspension of Library Privileges

  • The Lake County Library Board of Trustees authorizes library staff and law enforcement officers to enforce the library’s published Patron Code of Conduct Policy up to and including long-term suspension of library privileges, permanent banning from the library or prosecution.

  • Depending on the nature and frequency of the behavior, consequences may include suspension of library privileges or permanent banning.  The Library Director has the authority to ban from the library premises any individual whose behavior is a sufficient threat to the ability of the library to operate in a safe manner or individuals who repeatedly violate the Patron Code of Conduct. If the individual facing exclusion is under the age of eighteen (18), then banning will not occur until the minor’s parent or guardian is notified in writing. 

  • Banning or exclusion from library premises denies the patron access to the building, grounds and services of any library within the Lake County Public Library system as well as from all telephone reference.  The individual will receive the suspension notice in writing and a copy will be kept at all library locations. The patron may still access from an offsite computer the library’s webpage and any databases available through that site.  

  • If any individual named in a suspension notice enters a Lake County Public Library before the return date listed on the suspension notice, it will be considered criminal trespass and the individual will be asked to leave. If the individual does not leave when asked, staff will contact local law enforcement.

  • Individuals who have had their library privileges suspended may appeal the suspension. The request must be in writing and will be evaluated by the Library Board.

  • It is the sole responsibility of the individual banned to apply for reinstatement of library privileges. These are not automatically available at the end of the period of exclusion. A Request for Resolution must be completed to be eligible for reinstatement.

DANGEROUS WEAPONS POLICY

Except for law enforcement officers, possessing on library property any dangerous weapon, including but not limited to the following items, regardless of any permit for the same: knife, billy club, blackjack, nunchuks, throwing star, martial arts weapon, pellet or BB gun, paint ball gun, dart gun or electrical device designed to disable or incapacitate someone is prohibited. An individual may possess a chemical spray, such as mace, as long as such a device is carried only for personal self-defense and is not brandished about or displayed in an aggressive or threatening manner.

An individual who possesses a valid permit or who otherwise is legally authorized may possess a firearm, provided that said individual complies with this policy. All individuals possessing firearms on library premises must comply with state and federal law and also must comply with the following provisions. Failure to comply with these rules will result in removal from the library premise.

  • Handgun Possession – Ind. Code § 35-47-2-1. No person may possess a handgun on library property or inside any library building (“Library Premises”) unless they also possess a valid permit to carry a handgun in the State of Indiana. Any person carrying a handgun on Library Premises must provide proof of license if requested by law enforcement personnel.
  • Criminal Recklessness – Ind. Code § 35-42-2-2. All firearms carried on Library Premises must be secured in a manner which prevents potential injury or serious bodily harm to any other person or to property.
  • Criminal Recklessness – Ind. Code § 35-42-2-2 and Pointing a Firearm – Ind. Code § 35-47-4-3. No person may point, brandish or display a firearm in any manner that is intended to threaten or intimidate any library patron or library staff member.
  • Criminal Recklessness – Ind. Code § 35-42-2-2. Persons may not carry a firearm in any manner which violates Indiana’s Criminal Recklessness Statute.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Lake County Public Library

Adopted 7/23/15

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Upcoming Events
Tue, Jun 18, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early literacy skills.

Tue, Jun 18, 10:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
What are you doing to take care of your brain? Participants will enjoy fun and interactive activities in four sessions presented by... more
What are you doing to take care of your brain? Participants will enjoy fun and interactive activities in four sessions presented by Linda Curley from Purdue Extension Services. Registration Required.

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
This half hour lap-sit program is for children ages birth to 23 months and their caregivers. We use songs, rhymes, and finger plays to... more
This half hour lap-sit program is for children ages birth to 23 months and their caregivers. We use songs, rhymes, and finger plays to encourage interaction and foster language development. 

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Toddlers and their adult caregivers will enjoy a storytime with books, rhymes, music, and a craft.

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Where It Hurts by Reed Farrell Coleman

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
The Lake County Enviromobile is here! Kids will have fun playing a sorting game and learning more about recycling. This program is for... more
The Lake County Enviromobile is here! Kids will have fun playing a sorting game and learning more about recycling. This program is for kids 1st grade (6yrs old) and up.

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room
This ancient empire needs no introduction. From the Circus Maximus to the Colosseum, Rome's beauty still flourishes.

Tue, Jun 18, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Families are invited to join us for a 45-minute story time. We will read books, sing songs, and do fun activities!

Tue, Jun 18, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids ages 4-5.

Tue, Jun 18, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Make a cyanotype print using a chemical solution, found objects, and the sun's rays. Registration required. Please wear clothing that... more
Make a cyanotype print using a chemical solution, found objects, and the sun's rays. Registration required. Please wear clothing that can be stained!

Tue, Jun 18, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Come to the library for an open play session designed for children with sensory challenges. Children of all abilities are also welcome... more
Come to the library for an open play session designed for children with sensory challenges. Children of all abilities are also welcome to attend. Caregivers must accompany participants to the program.

Tue, Jun 18, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Picture books, flannel boards, puppets, songs, fingerplays and a craft bring language to life in this fun program.

Tue, Jun 18, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Join us as Humane Indiana brings 5 animals and discusses the natural history of each species. We will explore the history of the rehab... more
Join us as Humane Indiana brings 5 animals and discusses the natural history of each species. We will explore the history of the rehab center, and what they provide for the wildlife in need.

Tue, Jun 18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Join us for green screen fun at the library! You will be able to write your own skits and perform, while learning how to use the green... more
Join us for green screen fun at the library! You will be able to write your own skits and perform, while learning how to use the green screen technology. Please register. Ages 10-18.

Tue, Jun 18, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Brain Fitness Camp is meant to engage aging adults in fun and interactive activities that challenge thinking and help participants... more
The Brain Fitness Camp is meant to engage aging adults in fun and interactive activities that challenge thinking and help participants stay mentally active.

Tue, Jun 18, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Children will determine which common household items should end up in a landfill as waste and which are actually resources that should... more
Children will determine which common household items should end up in a landfill as waste and which are actually resources that should be recovered by reusing or recycling.

Tue, Jun 18, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Come in and try Minecraft Pi. Play by yourself or with others. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Tue, Jun 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Preschoolers, ages 4, 5 & 6 will hear stories, enjoy music, games, STEM, finger plays and make a craft to take home.

Tue, Jun 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Children (completed grades K-5) may free build with the library's LEGO® blocks or build a 'challenge' project. Constructions will be... more
Children (completed grades K-5) may free build with the library's LEGO® blocks or build a 'challenge' project. Constructions will be displayed in the library until the next LEGO® Club meeting.

Tue, Jun 18, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Join us for the screening of an anime movie or TV series. Ages 12-18. Please Register. Snacks will be served.

Tue, Jun 18, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books,... more
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help early literacy skills.

Tue, Jun 18, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Play a friendly game of Chess or Go.

Wed, Jun 19, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs,... more
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs, stories and a craft.

Wed, Jun 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books,... more
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help early literacy skills.

Wed, Jun 19, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Children ages 2 & 3, accompanied by an adult caregiver, will enjoy a story time with books, finger plays, music and a craft.

Wed, Jun 19, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
New and expectant parents will learn how to care for their baby during the first 6 months of infancy. Class is geared towards anyone... more
New and expectant parents will learn how to care for their baby during the first 6 months of infancy. Class is geared towards anyone preparing for baby including mom, dad, and grandparents.

Wed, Jun 19, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs,... more
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs, stories and a craft.

Wed, Jun 19, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Enjoy a movie during summer break. Bring the whole family! Rated PG ; 111 minutes Snacks are welcome (clear drinks only)! *Children... more
Enjoy a movie during summer break. Bring the whole family! Rated PG ; 111 minutes Snacks are welcome (clear drinks only)! *Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult 18+.

Wed, Jun 19, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what craft... more
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what craft you enjoy!

Wed, Jun 19, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
A rogue star pilot and his trusty sidekick must come to the rescue of a Princess and save the galaxy from a ruthless race of beings... more
A rogue star pilot and his trusty sidekick must come to the rescue of a Princess and save the galaxy from a ruthless race of beings known as Spaceballs. PG. 96 min. Refreshments will be served.

Wed, Jun 19, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
First Man, the riveting story of NASA's mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. PG-13;... more
First Man, the riveting story of NASA's mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. PG-13; 138minutes.

Wed, Jun 19, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Veterinarian, Emily Hawrysio, from Hanover Vet Hospital will lead an interactive program on the subject of animal body language and pet... more
Veterinarian, Emily Hawrysio, from Hanover Vet Hospital will lead an interactive program on the subject of animal body language and pet safety.

Wed, Jun 19, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Teens will use paper and straws to make rockets. Who's rocket will go the farthest? Ages 12-18. Please register.
This event is full

Wed, Jun 19, 3:00pm - 3:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
In this brief 30-minute session, elementary students, who have finished kindergarten, will try different kinds of electronic gadgets.... more
In this brief 30-minute session, elementary students, who have finished kindergarten, will try different kinds of electronic gadgets. They'll even draw inky planets with a 3D pen! Please register.
This event is full

Wed, Jun 19, 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Children of all ages are invited to this special two part program! Bring your stuffed animal friend for storytime and a craft and then... more
Children of all ages are invited to this special two part program! Bring your stuffed animal friend for storytime and a craft and then leave them overnight for an adventure.

Wed, Jun 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Snacks will be served and plans will be made for upcoming projects. Bring your ideas and be prepared for a fun time.

Wed, Jun 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime for preschoolers and their families. Enjoy an evening storytime with books, finger plays, and music. Feel free to wear pajamas!

Wed, Jun 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Learn about how astronauts live aboard the International Space Station. Then try some astronaut food.

Wed, Jun 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Need help paying for Medicare? You may not be aware that there are many programs and resources available that may save you money. Don... more
Need help paying for Medicare? You may not be aware that there are many programs and resources available that may save you money. Don Camp will help you learn about cost-saving programs for Medicare.

Wed, Jun 19, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong... more
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight.

Wed, Jun 19, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Visit many points of interest including the Cyclades Islands of Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete and the city of Heraklion. Join us... more
Visit many points of interest including the Cyclades Islands of Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete and the city of Heraklion. Join us as we explore Greece, and enjoy a local snack.

Thu, Jun 20, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Every Thursday, bring and work on your own project while enjoying the... more
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Every Thursday, bring and work on your own project while enjoying the company of others.

Thu, Jun 20, 11:00am - 11:30am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Children of all ages are invited to this special two part program! Leave your stuffed animal at the library June 19th and come back the... more
Children of all ages are invited to this special two part program! Leave your stuffed animal at the library June 19th and come back the 20th for a party to see how much fun your friend had.

Thu, Jun 20, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Jim Hubbard of SCORE will help new and existing business owners learn to create a business plan that works! You must register in... more
Jim Hubbard of SCORE will help new and existing business owners learn to create a business plan that works! You must register in advance. If you would like a lunch, there is a $10 charge.
Register

Thu, Jun 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Make a sun catcher out of glue, glitter and paint.

Thu, Jun 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
The Challenger Learning Center will present three different space-themed science stations for kids to explore. Come learn about Earth,... more
The Challenger Learning Center will present three different space-themed science stations for kids to explore. Come learn about Earth, the moon, and the planet Mars.

Thu, Jun 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Children will learn to identify 7 types of plastics and sort items by arranging a “living human bar graph”!

Thu, Jun 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Join our discussion about this inspirational title. Pick up a copy of the book at the Highland Branch.

Thu, Jun 20, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Teens will have their choice of space-themed crafts to make their summer dazzle.

Thu, Jun 20, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Working with acrylics & canvas, participants will follow an example to create an original piece of art. A $20 cash fee covers all... more
Working with acrylics & canvas, participants will follow an example to create an original piece of art. A $20 cash fee covers all materials. Registration is required.

Thu, Jun 20, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Learn to code by playing Minecraft or even making your own games. Recommended for grades 6 to 12. Beginners welcome!

Thu, Jun 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Children in grades K-6 will have fun making their own unique LEGO® creations. The only requirement is imagination!

Thu, Jun 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Every month, come to the library and make a different craft. This month we will be making space galaxy jars! All materials provided.... more
Every month, come to the library and make a different craft. This month we will be making space galaxy jars! All materials provided. Registration required.  

Thu, Jun 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Use the green screen to get lost in space!

Thu, Jun 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Inviting teens, ages 12-18, to LEGO® and Board Game Night. Stop in to build your creation or pick a board game to play instead. Please... more
Inviting teens, ages 12-18, to LEGO® and Board Game Night. Stop in to build your creation or pick a board game to play instead. Please register. Snacks will be provided.

Thu, Jun 20, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Working with acrylics & canvas, participants will follow an example to create an original piece of art. A $20 cash fee covers all... more
Working with acrylics & canvas, participants will follow an example to create an original piece of art. A $20 cash fee covers all materials. Registration is required.
This event is full

Thu, Jun 20, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Bring your projects and join us. Chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home. All are welcome.