Kitsap Regional Library Board of Trustees sets library policies governing activities such as access to Library materials, rights and responsibilities of Library users and use of Library-owned facilities. All of our current policies are incorporated into the Policy Handbook shared below.
STANDARDS FOR PATRON CONDUCT
Kitsap Regional Library is open to the public for the specified purposes of reading, studying, researching, meeting and using Library resources appropriately. Standards for patron conduct promote an environment that encourages all Library patrons to be responsible for their personal safety, the safety of the children in their care, the security of their personal belongings and the respect of others.
The following are Library standards:
1. Library patrons will be engaged in normal activities associated with its use. Patrons not engaged in reading, studying, research, meeting or using Library resources appropriately may be asked to leave the building.
2. Children below school age must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times. Library staff is not responsible for the care, safety and supervision of children.
3. Library patrons will respect the rights and privacy of other patrons, Library staff and volunteers and will not annoy others through noisy or boisterous activities, cell phone use, monopolizing resources or other behavior that may reasonably result in the disturbance of others.
4. Library patrons are expected to wear appropriate clothing while in the Library, including shirts and shoes. Personal hygiene will conform to the standards of the community for public places. This includes the repair or cleanliness of clothing and bodily hygiene.
5. Physical, sexual or verbal harassment of other Library patrons, Library staff and volunteers will not be tolerated.
6. Smoking or other tobacco use is not allowed on library property.
7. Library staff reserves the right to limit or prohibit the consumption of food and beverages within any Library facility.
8. Pets or animals, other than service animals, may not be brought into the Library without prior permission of Library staff.
9. Library patrons will not interfere with the free passage of others in or onto Library premises including, but not limited to, placing objects such as bicycles, skateboards or leashed animals in areas where they may impede movement.
10. Library patrons may not bring into the library large bundles or packages which cannot be placed safely within the patron’s personal space. Patrons may not leave or store any bundles, bags or packages unattended on the library premises.
Library staff and/or local law enforcement officers will intervene when standards for patron conduct are not being met. This may be up to and including written trespass, arrest and prosecution.
RCW 27.12.290: A board of library trustees may exclude from the use of the library under its charge any person who willfully and persistently violates any rule or regulation prescribed for the use of the library or its facilities or any person whose physical condition is deemed dangerous or offensive to other library patrons.
DIGITAL MEDIA POLICY
Kitsap Regional Library (the “Library”) uses intentionally chosen platforms to facilitate sharing ideas and information about library-related subjects, issues and events, including those in partnership with other organizations. These platforms are not intended to be traditional public forums for the general exchange of ideas and viewpoints but limited public forums for discussing Library services, programs, events and materials.
Digital media used by the Library may include but is not limited to: blogs, social networks, forums, instant messaging, email, websites, mobile applications and video conferencing. For simplicity, this policy refers to these platforms collectively as “Digital Media." Comments shared by online users do not necessarily reflect the official position of Kitsap Public Library or its staff.
All comments and posts received by the Library are public records under Washington State Law RCW 42.56. Users are responsible for protecting their privacy when commenting or posting online. Since the Library uses different digital platforms, all individuals using Library websites agree to abide by these platforms' rules of conduct.
Kitsap Regional Library upholds every individual's rights to read, seek information and speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment.
1. Posting and Commenting
Kitsap Regional Library does not discriminate against any views and welcomes comments and conversation. Individuals are fully responsible for the content of their comments.
Comments should relate to the issue or discussion topic.
Abusive, vulgar, offensive, libelous, illegal, racist, threatening or harassing content, personal attacks of any kind, suggestions or encouragement of illegal activity or content targeting specific individuals or groups is prohibited.
Avoid sharing spam, commercial advertising or sales content, content involving political campaigning or lobbying or links to sites not related to the discussion. All such content will be removed.
Users should not post content they do not have the right to publish (i.e., copyrighted or other intellectual property). The Library will follow a notice and takedown procedure for copyright violation complaints under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Comments containing personally identifiable information, including home address, home or cell phone number or personal email address, will be removed to protect the individual’s privacy.
Communication made to the Library through social media posts, instant messaging or video conferencing does not constitute a legal or official notice to Kitsap Regional Library or any Library staff member for any purpose.
Users should exercise their judgment about the quality and accuracy of the information presented.
The Library may choose to close comments at a predetermined time.
Content that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, political ideology, veteran status or marital status, is strictly prohibited.
Content shared may not compromise the safety or security of the public or the Library.
2. Removal of Content
The Library reserves the right to not post or to remove submissions or comments and may block users who post in violation of this policy. A blocked user may appeal this decision in writing to the Library Director, who has 30 days to affirm or reverse the decision.
3. Separation of Accounts
Kitsap Regional Library staff members may possess personal social media accounts. The Library makes a distinction between personal and organizational accounts. The views expressed by the personal accounts of Library staff members do not represent the views of Kitsap Regional Library.
MEETING ROOM POLICY
It is the intention of Kitsap Regional Library to provide free, accessible meeting rooms which support the needs of our communities. Library meeting rooms are available to the public on equal terms, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of the individuals or groups requesting their use. Meeting attendees must abide by the following provisions, the Standards for Patron Conduct, as well as guidelines specific to each of our nine locations.
1. All meetings must be open to the public and attendance may not be restricted based on gender, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.
2. Meeting rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. Library programs and library-sponsored events will be given priority in the use of meeting room space. The Library and/or building owner, reserve the right to limit, cancel, or change reservations.
3. Library staff are not responsible for the setting up or taking down of equipment.
4. Use of the Library meeting room does not constitute endorsement by the Library of a program or points of view expressed. No advertisement or announcement implying sponsorship, co-sponsorship or approval by the Library may be used unless written permission to do so had been previously given by the Library Director or designee.
5. The Library does not assume liability for injuries or damage to personal property that occur as a result of meeting room usage by outside parties.
6. The applicant for the room is responsible for any damage to the facility, property, or equipment and for the cleanliness of the facility at the close of the meeting.
7. With the exception of the Manchester and Bainbridge Island location meeting rooms, which are owned and operated by outside parties, meetings planned by a business or individual to promote, advertise, or lead to the sale of a product or service are not permitted. Further, paid services may not be provided as part of the meeting room use, nor may admittance fees be charged for attendance. Fundraising activities of Kitsap Regional Library, recognized Friends of the Library groups, the Kitsap Regional Library Foundation or for the sale of materials related to a program sponsored by the Library, Friends, or Foundation are permitted.
8. Applicants denied the use of a meeting room may appeal the decision to the Branch Manager within ten days from the date of denial of use. If the appeal to the Branch Manager is denied and the applicant is still dissatisfied with the reasons offered, the applicant may then choose to file a formal complaint under the Patron Grievance Policy.