Using the Library

The 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 orientation.

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, or any other illegal, disruptive, or objectionable conduct on library premises.

Patron Responsibilities and Conduct

Patrons 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.

Below is a partial list of examples of acceptable and unacceptable behavior:

  • The 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.
  • Bicycles, tricycles, or other similar equipment, with the exception of strollers, are not to be brought into the library. A bicycle rack is provided outside.
  • Smoking 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.
  • No 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 property.
  • Patrons are not allowed in non-public areas of the library.
  • Appropriate 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.
  • Any 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.
  • Computer use is restricted to a single person at any one computer station at a time, unless a class or workshop is in progress.
  • Patrons must leave the library by closing time.
Young Children

The 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 the program.

Disruptive Children

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 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.

Unattended Children

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.

Kiel Public Library
511 Third Street
Kiel, WI 53042