Library Policies: Library Behavior Policy

The Keokuk Public Library is used by all members of the public.  Patrons are expected to use the library for its intended purposes and to observe the rights of other patrons and staff.  The director and supervisory library staff have the authority to determine when behavior is inappropriate and the responsibility for enforcing discipline within the library.

The following behaviors will not be allowed in the library: 

  • Any behavior that endangers safety or health.

  • Violation of any local, state or federal law.

  • Vandalism or deliberate destruction of library material.

  • Theft of library material or of property belonging to others.

  • Willfully annoying, harassing, or threatening another person.

  • Using profane, obscene, or abusive language.

  • Creating unreasonable noise or engaging in boisterous activity unless caused by a disability.

  • Fighting or challenging to fight, running, pushing, shoving or throwing things.

  • Consuming food or beverages in a manner that creates an unclean environment, disrupts other patrons or is harmful to Library resources.

  • Possessing, consuming, selling or being under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or other substances.

  • Dressing inappropriately (a patron’s upper and lower body should be covered and the soles of the feet should be protected from sharp objects).

  • No firearms, concealed or openly visible, are allowed on library premises with the exception of those carried by authorized law enforcement agents.

  • Using audible devices without headphones or using headphones set at a volume that disturbs others. Using any communication devices in a manner that disturbs others.

  • Cell phones should be set to silent or vibrate mode upon entering the library building.  If you must make or receive a phone call, go to one of the lobby areas.

  • Impeding passageways through physical presence or with personal property.

  • Bringing animals into the library, except service animals, unless authorized by the Director or designee.

  • Leaving unattended personal items in the building. The Library assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, or unattended personal items. Items left may be removed or taken to Lost and Found.

  • Failing to comply with a reasonable staff request, unauthorized entry in a staff area, or failure to leave the library during emergencies and at closing time.

  • Fraudulent use of another person’s library card or account number.

  • Having offensive hygiene, odor or scent that constitutes a nuisance to other persons.

  • Relocating tables, chairs, equipment or other furniture without staff permission.

  • Trespassing or entering Library property when banned.

  • Soliciting, panhandling or gambling.

  • Campaigning, petitioning, interviewing, survey taking, posting notices, fundraising or selling, unless authorized by the Director or designee.  


Response to inappropriate behaviors should be immediate and follow the procedures described below.

  • Warning:  In most cases, patrons who are behaving inappropriately will be given a warning and asked to behave in an appropriate manner.

  • Expulsion:  Patrons who do not behave appropriately after being warned will be asked to leave the library and its property.

  • Denial of Access Privilege:  Any patron who consistently violates library rules and regulations may be denied the privilege of access to the library and its property.  Any patron whose privileges have been denied may request to have this decision reviewed by the Board of Trustees.

  • Calling Police:  The police will be called if a patron clearly poses a danger to himself or others, if a patron deliberately violates the law or if a patron refuses to cooperate after being asked to leave the library and its property.

Revised 5/15/2000
Revised 5/20/2002
Renewed 2/28/2011
Revised 4/19/2011
Revised 11/20/2017


Keokuk Public Library

210 N. 5th Street

Keokuk, IA 52632


Library Hours:

Monday - Thursday (June - August): 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Monday - Thursday (September - May): 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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