Public Service Policies

Children In The Library

Service to children is a major focus of the library’s mission. Children are welcome to use the library at any time it is open. However, the library does not have a specific responsibility to care for, or to watch out for children left unattended in its facilities. Parent or caregiver is responsible for the behavior of their children; teachers are responsible for the conduct of their students while they are in the library for a class visit or tour.
Approved July 20, 2010

 Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times, with exception of special circumstances in the teen zone. Children under 12 are only to be permitted to stay in the Teen Zone at the discretion of Teen Zone staff. If staff should decide that circumstances permit those younger than 12 to stay in the Teen Zone, the child's behavior must be kept under control, and they must have an older sibling or supervising family member present.


If unattended children are left at the library, parent(s)/legal guardian(s) will be notified to pick them up. If a parent cannot be reached, the police will be called to escort them to the police station to be picked up by parent/legal guardian.

Under no circumstances will a library employee or volunteer transport a child from library premises.


Behavior and Use of Facilities

 The Missouri River Regional Library Board of Trustees strives to maintain safe and secure facilities for public library service. The Library Board and staff have the right and responsibility to protect the safety of all library patrons and to maintain order on library property, which includes setting rules of behavior and regulations for the use of library buildings. These rules do not replace or preclude the use of good judgment on the part of library staff in specific situations.

1. Noise levels will be kept to a minimum within the library.
2. The library and its grounds, are a smoke-, tobacco- and drug-free environment.
3. For safety and hygiene reasons, shirts and shoes must be worn at all times.
4. Skateboarding, rollerblading and roller-skating are not allowed on library property.
5. Threatening, illegal, harassing or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated on library premises.
6. Certified service animals are welcome, however no other animals are allowed in library buildings unless as a part of a library-sponsored event.
7. Weapons as defined in RSMo 571.010 are not allowed on property leased or owned by the library, except by on-duty law enforcement officials. Concealed firearms are prohibited on all property leased or owned by the library.
8. Solicitation of funds and sales of goods by the general public are not allowed on library property unless on behalf of the Library, or on behalf of its affiliate Friends groups or Foundation.
9. Food and drink are not allowed in the library, except for specially designated areas and events.
10. Theft of material will result in loss of library privileges.
Prohibited Behaviors include:
1. Indecent conduct or exposure of one’s person.
2. Harassment of or any intentional annoyance of any patron or staff member.
3. Sexual harassment of anyone on library premises.
4. Lingering without library intent in the Children’s Department.
5. Making inquires of an unduly personal nature of Library users or staff
6. Using abusive or foul language.
7. Being present in non-public areas of the Library without permission.
8. Public intoxication.
9. Lack of personal hygiene to such an extent that it interferes with library use by others.
10. Disobeying the reasonable direction of a library staff member.
11. Cell phone use in undesignated areas.

A patron(s) who breaks the above regulations may be approached by a library employee and asked to stop the behavior; if they refuse to cooperate they will be asked to leave the library. If the patron refuses to leave, law enforcement will be notified.

Repeated incidents of prohibited behavior or single incidents of illegal behavior may result in permanent banishment from library property. In such cases, the library director will notify the patron immediately or in writing, and will notify local authorities.


Smoke-Free Environment

The Library has an obligation to provide a smoke-free environment for employees and patrons.

Approved July 20, 2010



 Smoking is prohibited on library property.