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Library policies and procedures are reviewed on a regular basis and are subject to change as the circumstances change.

Eviction Procedure & Guidelines

Visitors must behave in a socially acceptable manner on the premises of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. Guidelines for addressing infractions and evicting visitors from Library property are:

Infractions 1

First Violation: 7-Day Eviction
Second Violation: 30-Day Eviction with Approval
Third Violation: 6-Month Eviction with Approval

1. Violation of Internet policy, including the display of profanity or sexually explicit graphics.

Infractions 2-4

First Violation: 6-Month Eviction with Approval
Second Violation: 1-Year Eviction
Third Violation: 2-Year or more Eviction

2. Efforts to bypass the security of the network, misuse of the computers or Internet access.

3. Possession of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs. Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent that one is unable to exercise care of self, or presents a risk of physical harm to himself or another, or to property of another.

4. Verbal and/or physical harassment of staff or patrons to include, but not limited to: using threatening language; stalking behavior, i.e., following persons on premises without their permission: staring or watching persons in a manner which could reasonably be construed as threatening.

Infractions 5-10

First Violation: 1-Year Eviction
Second Violation: 2-Year Eviction
Third Violation: 3-Year Eviction

5. Destroying or defacing library material and/or property. Eviction period may be extended longer until financial restitution is paid for damage.

6. Selling, soliciting or distributing illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages on library premises.

7. Theft, or attempted theft, of library property or personal property of another. Eviction period may be extended longer until financial restitution is paid for theft.

8. Failure to surrender or remove from the premises any items, upon request of Library staff or security person, that are deemed by them to be a weapon, dangerous ordnance or contraband.

9. Engaging in fighting, challenging another person to fight, physically abusing or assaulting anyone on library property.

10. Engaging in sexual activity, including solicitation of prostitution or indecent exposure.

In addition to the listed eviction guidelines for the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, any criminal offense committed on the Library premises, in violation of local or municipal ordinances or the Ohio Revised Code, will be subject to prosecution, subject to the discretion of the Director, Deputy Director or Security Operations Coordinator.

In cases where the patron disagrees with the eviction letter, he/she can send a letter of appeal to the Deputy Director’s Office (325 Michigan St., Toledo, OH 43604) within seven days of receipt of the eviction letter.

Revised and adopted by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Board of Trustees: June 25, 2009

Visitors who fail to abide by the Library’s Behavior Guidelines and policies are subject to having their Library privileges suspended and/or being evicted from the premises of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

In some instances, the repeated misbehavior of visitors or the seriousness of their actions may indicate that a longer eviction than that in the eviction guidelines is appropriate.