Library Facility Guidelines
The library has a responsibility to its citizens and citizens have responsibilities to the library and each other. We ask your cooperation in maintaining a safe environment conducive to study, programming, and enjoyable use of the library:
- Patrons must adhere to all state, federal, or local laws, ordinances, or regulations, or Cozby Library policies.
- Footwear must be worn while in the Library. Attire with offensive slogans, sayings, and/or pictures is not allowed.
- No animals are permitted in the Library except for service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or animals involved in a Library-sponsored event.
- Food and covered drinks are permitted in the Library. Patrons must remove and properly dispose of any leftover food or food-related trash.
- Specific spaces within the Library may have additional guidelines governing their use, either by age or behavior. These include, but are not limited to:
- Quiet Reading Room
- The Quiet Reading room is intended for quiet use by individual persons.
- Individual persons who are not adhering to quiet use (including, but not limited to talking or using electronics without earphones) or groups will be asked to leave.
- Teen Room
- The Teen Room is intended for use by school aged children in grades 5-12. At times when Coppell Independent School District (CISD) schools are not in session, the room is available to them only, and all other persons will be asked to leave.
- Persons of any age may use the Teen Room at times when CISD schools are in session.
- Toddler Zone
- The Toddler Zone is intended for use by children aged five (5) and under. Older children or adults not accompanying children aged five (5) and under will be asked to leave.
- Parents, guardians, or caretakers must remain in the Toddler Zone with their children.
- Quiet Reading Room
- In the interest of preservation of the Library facility, the following may not be used in the Library:
- lighters, matches, candles, incense, or any object or device that involves or produces open flame
- adhesives such as liquid glue, hot glue, rubber cement, or paste
- paint, inks, dyes, permanent markers, or glitter
- Actions, activities, or behavior that infringe upon the rights and safety of others using the Library and/or disturbs the environment of the Library and its patrons are not permitted in the Library. These include, but are not limited to:
- abuse or intentional misuse of the Library facility, equipment, furnishings, or materials
- abusive or foul language
- physical abuse or threats of violence
- loud, inappropriate, or disruptive behavior
- running, jumping, or climbing
- exhibiting personal hygiene that is offensive to others, including bodily odors or strong fragrances
Smoking and Alcohol Prohibited in the Library
- Smoking (including the use of electronic cigarettes) is prohibited in the Library, per Article 9-14 of the City’s Code of Ordinances.
- Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the Library is prohibited, except as part of a permitted special event, per Article 6-16-6 of the City’s Code of Ordinances.
Children in the Library
The Cozby Library and Community Commons welcomes children to use its facilities and services. Responsibility for children using the Library, however, properly rests with their parents, guardians or assigned caretakers, not with Library staff.
- Children under age ten (10) must be closely supervised by a parent, guardian, or caretaker while in the Library.
- Disruptive children will be asked to stop any unacceptable behavior. If the disruption continues, the parent, guardian, or caretaker will be asked to bring the behavior under control. A parent, guardian, or caretaker who refuses or does not bring the behavior under control will be asked to leave with the child/children.
- Occasionally, children attending a Library program may be supervised by Library staff during the program. If so, parents, guardians, or caretakers of children under age ten (10) must remain in the Library while the program is taking place and be ready to meet their children at the program’s end.
- If a child under age ten (10) is in the Library and appears to be unattended, Library staff will make a concerted effort to contact the child’s parent, guardian, or caretaker to pick up the child. If the parent, guardian, or caretaker cannot be reached or does not arrive within a reasonable time, Library staff may contact the police. Library may contact the police if a child under age ten (10) remains at the Library after closing.
Violations of Guidelines
Failure to abide by these guidelines or the Library staff’s instruction may result in revocation of Library privileges, expulsion from the Library, issue of criminal trespass warning, or criminal prosecution.
Last revised on 10/13/2022