Using the Library
Kiel Public Library will serve all residents of the community and the
public library system area. Non-residents, temporary residents, and visitors
may also use the library, although there may be some restrictions related
to the borrowing of library materials. Service will not be denied or abridged
because of religious, social, economic, housing, or political status;
or because of mental, emotional, or physical condition; age; or sexual
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, or any other illegal, disruptive,
or objectionable conduct on library premises.
Responsibilities and Conduct
have the right to use library materials and services without being unduly
disturbed or impeded by others, and patrons and staff have the right to
a secure and congenial environment. Unacceptable behavior on the part
of library users will result in the loss of library privileges. If a patron
creates a public nuisance, that patron will be subject to disciplinary
measures ranging from a verbal warning to denial of the right to use the
library for a specific period of time. If a patron who has been asked
to leave by a staff member refuses to leave, the police may be called to intervene.
is a partial list of examples of acceptable and unacceptable behavior:
violation of federal, state, or local laws will not be permitted on
library property. Theft, vandalism, and mutilation of library property
are criminal offenses and may be prosecuted. The library reserves the
right to inspect all bags, briefcases, backpacks, or other such items
when the staff has reason to believe that this rule has been violated.
The library is not responsible for personal belongings left unattended.
tricycles, or other similar equipment, with the exception of strollers,
are not to be brought into the library. A bicycle rack is provided outside.
or the use of chewing tobacco or similar products is not permitted in
the library. Food and beverages are only permitted
as part of a library program.
pets or animals of any kind, with the exception of assistive animals
or animals being used as part of a library-sponsored program, will be
allowed in the library. Animals should not be left unattended on library
are not allowed in non-public areas of the library.
apparel, including footwear, should be worn in the library. All patrons
must wear shoes at all times. Out of consideration for others, personal
cleanliness is expected. Patrons whose body odor proves offensive to
others may be asked to leave.
behavior that disrupts or hinders public use of the library is prohibited.
This includes, but is not limited to, loud or boisterous behavior, verbal
or physical harassment, drunkenness, running, and fighting.
use is restricted to a single person at any one computer station at a time, unless
a class or workshop is in progress.
must leave the library by closing time.
Kiel Public 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 the age of nine
must be accompanied by a parent or designated responsible person (someone over the age of 16) while
in the library. Also, if the young child is attending a library program,
a parent or guardian must remain in the library throughout
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 continuously disruptive will be given a warning to settle down or they will be asked to leave the library. If after a
warning the disruption continues, the child will be asked to
leave. If the child needs to contact a parent, he or she may do so using the library phone.
For their safety, children under the age of nine should never be left alone.
The Kiel Public Library is not a child care provider but a public institution
where all patrons have an equal right to a safe and relaxed environment.
If a child is left unattended in the library, the staff will attempt
to locate his or her parents. Staff are not permitted to remain after
hours with an unattended child nor to give him or her a ride home. If
a parent cannot be reached by the time the library is to close, the
Police will be called to escort the child home or keep the child until
the parents can be reached.