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. The Standards for Patron Conduct promote an environment that encourages everyone to respect the rights of others and to be responsible for their personal safety, the safety of the children in their care and the security of their personal belongings.
The following are Kitsap Regional Library standards:
- Library patrons not engaged in reading, studying, research, meeting or using library resources may be asked to leave. While adults are welcome to access child and teen collections, use of these spaces is reserved for youth and their caregivers.
- Library staff are not responsible for the care, safety or supervision of minors or vulnerable adults. Children under school age must be supervised by a caregiver at all times.
- Library patrons will respect the rights and privacy of other patrons, library staff and volunteers.
- Library patrons will not monopolize resources or engage in behavior that may reasonably result in disturbing or impeding library access by others.
- Physical, sexual or verbal harassment, stalking and illegal actions will not be tolerated.
- Library patrons are expected to wear shirts and shoes. Personal hygiene and scents will conform to the standards of the community for public places.
- Tobacco use, vaping and smoking are not allowed on library property. Library patrons may not be under the influence of, sell, use or possess alcohol or illegal drugs while on library property.
- Overnight parking or camping on library property is prohibited.
- Light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages in covered containers may be consumed on library property, provided that trash is appropriately disposed of. Library staff may limit or prohibit the consumption of food and beverages within any library facility if those items impede the use of the space by others or may cause damage to library materials.
- Pets or animals other than service animals may not be brought into the library without prior permission of library staff for purposes such as educational programming. Pets must be kept under control by their owner while on library property.
- 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.
- Library patrons may not bring large items into the library which cannot be placed safely within the patron’s personal space. Patrons may not store unattended belongings on the library premises, including outdoor grounds.
- Distributing literature, gathering signatures, soliciting contributions or conducting surveys inside a library facility or on library grounds is not allowed without advance library authorization.
Library staff and/or local law enforcement officers may intervene when Standards for Patron Conduct are not met. Consequences may include trespass, arrest or 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
Kitsap Regional Library provides free, accessible meeting rooms to support the needs of our communities. Meeting attendees must abide by the provisions outlined below, the Standards for Patron Conduct, and the guidelines specific to each of our nine locations.
1. Access to the meeting space 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. The person or group reserving the meeting space is responsible for the setting up or taking down of equipment.
4. Use of the Library meeting room does not constitute an 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, including the use of Library logos or other official branding, unless written permission to do so has previously been 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.
6. The applicant for the room is responsible for any damage to the facility, property and/or equipment and the cleanliness of the facility at the close of the meeting.
7. With the exception of the Manchester and Bainbridge Island Branch meeting rooms, which are owned and operated by outside parties, meetings planned by a business or individual to promote, advertise, raise funds, and/or lead to the sale of a product or service will not be permitted. Exceptions include fundraising activities of Kitsap Regional Library, recognized Friends of the Library groups, and the Kitsap Regional Library Foundation.
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 Kitsap Regional Library Patron Grievance Policy.