Public Code of Behavior

A high priority of the Powers Memorial Library is to provide its public with an environment that is safe, pleasant and conducive to comfortable library use.

The purpose of the library’s rules for behavior as described in this policy is to protect the rights of individuals who are in the library to use materials or services, to assist staff members in conducting library business efficiently, and to preserve library materials and facilities.
Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 43.52 (2), states: “Every public library shall be free for the use of the inhabitants of the municipality by which it is established and maintained, subject to such reasonable regulations as the library board prescribes in order to render its use most beneficial to the greatest number. The library board may exclude from the use of the public library all persons who willfully violate such regulations.”

The library staff may require such a patron to leave the premises, may call the police, and/or ultimately bar a patron from the library for noncompliance with this code of conduct. Such exclusion from the library shall occur on the order of the director or his/her designee.