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The Indiana State Library is a research library serving Indiana State agencies, government officials, historians, researchers and the general public. All visitors are asked to respect the Libraryís mission and required to behave appropriately while on the premises. This is particularly important in the research, circulation, and reading areas of the first and second floors, where patrons expect an atmosphere conducive to reading, research, and study.

To ensure that all patrons and visitors are able to use the Libraryís resources and services effectively, the Indiana State Library requires all visitors to comply with the following rules and regulations.

1. Behavior that interferes with library services and activities is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to:

a. Unauthorized removal or attempted removal of materials
b. Being in an unauthorized area
c. Disorderly or disruptive conduct
d. Obscene, profane, or abusive language or acts
e. Possession or use of alcohol or illegal drugs
f.. Intoxication or impairment
g. Mutilation, defacement, or theft of library property
h. Use of furniture, library equipment and facilities in a manner for which they were not intended or designed
i. Sleeping and offensive bodily hygiene
j. Harassing or threatening others
k. Selling, soliciting or mass distribution of materials
l. Smoking in the library
m. Failure to evacuate in an emergency or during drill
n. Bringing animals in the building (except guide/assisting dogs)

2. Internet stations are located in public areas and patrons are expected to use the Internet in a manner that represents the library environment. It is inappropriate to view or print sexually graphic and/or explicit materials at public workstations. Staff will ask patrons to exit websites disruptive to an atmosphere suitable for study, reading, and activities in support of research. Failure to comply will result in the loss of Internet privileges. Patron User Agreement for Internet and Indiana State Library Public Computer Use.

3. Consumption of food or beverages is permitted only in the designated area of the Ohio Street lobby. No food or beverage items or containers are permitted in the first and second floors research and reading areas. These items may be stored temporarily in the lockers provided on each floor.

4. Patrons will keep the volumes of their conversations as low as practical while in the research and reading rooms.

5. Patrons will use headphones with all audio/video and computer equipment with sound.

6. Patrons will use personal telephones only in the lobbies of the Ohio and Senate Avenue entrances. Ringers on pagers and cell phones must be muted in the research and reading areas.

7. All briefcases, handbags, luggage, packages, overcoats and shopping bags may be subject to inspection by library or security staff.

8. Lockers are the property of the Indiana State Library and are provided for the temporary, daily use by patrons. Any items remaining in lockers at close of business will become the property of the library.

9. Interference with employees in the performance of their duties is prohibited. This includes engaging in inappropriate conversation or behavior, sexual advances, or physical and/or verbal harassment.

10. Any violation of federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulations will be reported to the State Police Government Facilities Unit.

Visitors whose conduct or activities violate this policy will be asked to modify their behavior. Failure to comply with these rules and regulations may result in the loss of library privileges and removal form the building. An patron who is aggrieved by a State Library conduct decision may consult Library management.

Adopted by the Indiana State Library and Historical Board

Date: February 14, 2003