Privacy & Behavior in the Library

Confidentiality of Records:

State statute provides that library records containing user information are confidential and are not to be open to the public. Library records are defined as a record in any form that is maintained by the library and that contains any of the following types of information: (a) information the library requires an individual to provide in order to be eligible to use library services or borrow materials; (b) information that identifies an individual as having requested or obtained specific materials or materials on a specific subject; or (c) information that is provided by an individual to assist a library staff member to answer a specific question or provide information on a particular subject.

Website Privacy:

The Columbiana Public Library website is provided for information purposes only. While the information contained within the website is periodically updated, no guarantee is given that the information provided in the website is correct, complete, and up-to-date.

Through the website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of Columbiana Public Library. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.

All users of the website agree to hold the Library harmless from any and all claims, losses, damages, obligations or liabilities, directly or indirectly relating to the website and/or the networked information available via the website, caused thereby or arising therefrom. In no event shall Columbiana Public Library have any liability for lost profits or for indirect, special, punitive, or consequential damages or any liability to any third party, even if Columbiana Public Library is advised of the possibility of such damages.

Behavior in the Library:

To maintain an atmosphere appropriate for work, study, and enjoyment for all library users and staff, the Board of Trustees has established the following policy on behavior in the library and on library property. Library staff will courteously, but firmly, enforce this policy.

Appropriate library activities include doing homework, writing reports, researching, browsing for materials, reading, and thinking. If library games, puzzles, computers, and audiovisual equipment are available, they are to be used quietly, so as not to disturb others. Group study by four (4) at one (1) table and quiet tutoring of one (1) or two (2) students are permitted. Group study by, or tutoring of, more students at one time, or any group work, which creates enough noise to disrupt other users, must be conducted in the Mowen Room.

Inappropriate activities include running, throwing, loud or abusive talking, eating, drinking, fighting, moving furniture, putting feet on the furniture, sleeping, loitering, excessive socializing, proselytizing, soliciting, selling, distributing leaflets, smoking or the use of any tobacco or tobacco devices inside the library, outside near any entrance, or the outdoor patio area, any illegal activities, and any other activities that disrupt the library. Vandalism will not be tolerated.

Inappropriate behavior shall be cause for dismissal from the library. Inappropriate behavior is defined as those actions that cause the discomfort of others or the destruction of property. Library staff members may issue warnings to persons engaged in such behavior, or simply dismiss those persons from the library. In extreme cases, including but not limited to, theft, vandalism, or personal abuse, the authorities may be notified.

Disruptive behavior is defined as any noisy, boisterous, or acting-out behavior that is inappropriate in a setting where business is being conducted. This behavior may represent a physical danger to people or property, or may interfere with the legitimate library business of other users or staff.

Users who are behaving inappropriately or disruptively will be warned that the behavior must stop. If the behavior is not corrected, the person will be told to leave the premises. Anyone who does not leave after being told to do so will be considered a trespasser and will be treated accordingly (Ohio Rev. Code § 2911.21). Habitual abusers of library rules may be banned from the premises for a period ranging from one (1) day to three (3) months. A juvenile who creates chronic problems may be required to be accompanied by a responsible adult who will remain with him/her at all times s/he is in the library.

Anyone banned from the library for more than one (1) week and who has been issued criminal trespass warning pursuant to state statute may request a hearing at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees to present his/her position on the matter. Any such hearing request must comply with the procedure for placing an item on the agenda as outlined in Section 20.66, Public Participation at Board of Trustees Meetings.

The examples listed above are not a complete list of violations, but instead are intended to provide guidance. The Director and other Library staff are authorized to determine what constitutes disruptive behavior.