Behavioral Policies

Rules of Conduct

The following rules of conduct have been established in order to ensure the rights of all people to use the facilities of this free public library in a clean, pleasant and safe environment.

The following are prohibited at any Altadena Library District Facility: 

  • Disruptive, unsafe, destructive, or illegal behavior. 
  • Eating or Drinking, except for water in closed containers only. Absolutely NO food or beverage containers are allowed at library computer stations, online catalog stations, or near library Chromebooks. 
  • Using the public restrooms as bathing facilities 
  • Animals, except for guide/assistance dogs and those sanctioned as program participants. 
  • Petitioning, soliciting or selling merchandise without the express permission of the District Director. 
  • Panhandling 

 

 In addition, the following also apply to the rules of conduct:

 

  • The library district is not responsible for children who are left unattended in or on the grounds of the library district facilities.
  • Only one person is allowed at each public computer workstation.
  • The library district is not responsible for personal items that are lost, stolen or damaged in or on the grounds of the library district facilities. 

 

The Altadena Library District reserves the right to restrict the use of its facilities and premises to persons who do not abide by the District's Rules of Conduct. District staff may ask persons who are exhibiting inappropriate behavior to modify their behavior. Noncompliance with the District's Rules of conduct may result in an individual being required to leave the library premises or in arrest and prosecution

 

Policy Regarding Unattended Children

The Altadena Library District, as a public institution, is devoted to serving the needs of patrons of all ages. The Library staff, however, cannot assume responsibility for the safety and conduct of children left unattended. Parents are advised that:

 

  • Children aged nine and under shall be attended and adequately supervised by a responsible person (parent, guardian, other caregiver, or mature adolescent age fourteen or older). The responsible person must remain in the immediate vicinity of the child at all times and is responsible for the child’s activity and behavior during his/her visit.
  • If a child in this age group is found unattended, the Library staff will attempt to locate the parent/caregiver in the Library and inform him/her of this policy. If the parent/caregiver is not found within fifteen (15) minutes, the child will be asked for the names and phone numbers of people who can pick him/her up at the library. If no responsible adult is reached or the child is not picked up within fifteen (15) additional minutes, Library personnel may notify the sheriff to assume custody of the child. The child will be required to sit in a monitored location until the parent/guardian/other designated adult or the police pick him/her up.
  • At Library closing time, children up to the age of seventeen who do not have transportation home will be asked for the names and phone numbers of people who can pick them up. If no responsible adult is reached, or the child is not picked up within fifteen (15) minutes, after the Library closing, Library personnel may notify the sheriff to assume custody of the child. Two staff members will wait with the child until the parent/guardian/other designated adult or the police pick him/her up.