Chapter 2.40


2.40.010    Librarian.

2.40.020    Powers and duties.

2.40.030    Library advisory board.

2.40.040    Rules of conduct – Exclusion.

2.40.050    Damage of property.

2.40.060    Failure to return library property.

2.40.010 Librarian.

There shall be a library department, the head of which shall be the librarian, appointed by the city manager for an indefinite term. The librarian shall be an officer of the city, and shall have supervision and control of the library department. (Code 1962 § 1-24)

2.40.020 Powers and duties.

The library department shall have charge of and operate the Ketchikan Public Library. (Code 1962 § 1-25)

2.40.030 Library advisory board.

(a)    There is created a library advisory board for the purpose of advising the librarian, city manager, and city council on the operation of the library and such additional matters as the council may from time to time designate.

(b)    The library advisory board shall be composed of nine voting members appointed by the mayor with the approval of the council and shall serve without compensation. One member shall be a member of the city council, one member shall be a member of the borough assembly, one member shall be a resident of the borough residing outside the boundaries of the city, one member shall be a high school student and one member shall be a member of the Friends of the Ketchikan Public Library.

(c)    The term of a member shall be for three years or until a successor is appointed; provided, however, the terms of members of the board who are members of the city council or the borough assembly and the term of the high school student shall be one year only. The first members of the board, other than those members of the city council or borough assembly shall, upon appointment, determine by lot the length of the terms so that the terms of one member shall be for one year, the terms of two members shall be two years, the terms of two members shall be for three years, resulting in staggered terms for members subsequently appointed. A vacancy on the board shall be filled by appointment by the mayor with the approval of the council for the remainder of the unexpired term.

(d)    The board shall meet at least once a quarter on the second Wednesday in the months of January, April, July, and October, or as needed, as the chair or, in his or her absence, the acting chair, shall determine.

(e)    The board shall give reasonable public notice of its meetings.

(f)    Five members of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Actions of the board are taken by a vote of not less than four members present at a meeting of the board duly held at which a quorum is present. The board shall keep minutes of its proceedings, showing the vote of each member upon each question, or if absent or failing to vote, indicating such fact, and shall also keep records of its official actions. Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the deliberations and actions of the board to the extent not otherwise provided by an ordinance or resolution adopted by the council and made applicable to the board.

(g)    Any boardmember who misses more than three regular meetings in any 12-consecutive-month period without being excused by the board shall automatically forfeit membership on the board.

(h)    Powers and duties of the board shall be as follows:

(1)    Receive, consider and evaluate public opinions and recommendations regarding the care, staffing, equipping and managing of the public library;

(2)    Advise the librarian, city manager, and the city council on planning and implementation of programs dealing with the use and development of the library and its resources;

(3)    Review and make recommendations to the city council regarding the library budget;

(4)    Strive to create public interest in and public support of programs and activities of the library;

(5)    Perform such other activities as the council may from time to time designate. (Ord. 1815 § 1, 2016; Ord. 1129 §§ 1, 2, 1988; Ord. 1060 § 2, 1986)

2.40.040 Rules of conduct – Exclusion.

(a)    No person on the premises of the Ketchikan Public Library shall:

(1)    Harass or annoy others through noisy or boisterous activities or behave in a manner which can reasonably be expected to disturb other persons;

(2)    Engage in any illegal activity;

(3)    Violate library computer use or Internet policies;

(4)    Possess dangerous weapons except to the extent allowed by state law;

(5)    Solicit funds for any person, cause, or organization;

(6)    Consume food or beverages except as specifically allowed by library staff;

(7)    Fail to follow the reasonable direction or request of a library employee;

(8)    Interfere with the use of the library by other patrons or with library employees’ performance of their duties;

(9)    Destroy, damage, or deface library property or the personal property of library patrons or staff;

(10)    Possess, use, give away, sell, or be under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance;

(11)    Bring an animal into the library, except a seeing eye or service animal, or any other animal specifically trained to assist such person with a disability, or as part of a library-sponsored event;

(12)    Present bodily hygiene odors so offensive as to constitute a nuisance to others or that interferes with others’ use of the library or library staff’s performance of their duties;

(13)    Sleep in the library in a manner that occupies additional seating, or creates an audible disturbance, or blocks access;

(14)    Improperly use a restroom, including, but not limited to, bathing, shaving, or washing hair;

(15)    Use cell phones to make or receive calls within the library;

(16)    Trespass in any area of the library closed to the public;

(17)    Smoke tobacco in the library or within 20 feet of any library entrance or exit.

(b)    Whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that an individual has violated any of the above rules of conduct in or upon Ketchikan Public Library premises, such individual may be directed to leave the library. In addition to any other penalty provided by law, violation of any of the prohibitions in this section may result in exclusion from the library for a period determined by the librarian or the librarian’s designee. Written notice shall be given to the person, or to the parent or guardian of a juvenile, excluded from the library by either personal delivery or certified mail, return receipt requested. Persons who fail to leave the library when directed or who enter the library while excluded may be arrested and prosecuted for criminal trespass.

(c)    As an alternate to excluding a juvenile from the library, the librarian or librarian’s designee may restrict the independent use of the library such that the juvenile may only use the library when accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian. Written notice of the restriction shall be given to the juvenile’s parent or guardian either by personal delivery or certified mail, return receipt requested.

(d)    An individual excluded from the library, or whose access is restricted, may appeal the exclusion or restriction within 14 days of notification of the exclusion or restriction by filing a written appeal to the city manager. The city manager or the manager’s designee will decide the appeal within 14 days of receipt of the written appeal. The exclusion or restriction shall remain in effect during the pendency of the appeal. (Ord. 1706 §§ 1, 2, 2012. Code 1962 § 1-27)

2.40.050 Damage of property.

Any person who intentionally damages any Ketchikan Public Library property shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. (Code 1962 § 1-28)

2.40.060 Failure to return library property.

Any person who willfully fails to return any book, newspaper, periodical, publication, or other property of the Ketchikan Public Library within 30 days after notice in writing to return same shall be guilty of a violation; and in addition to the other penalties provided for herein, such person may be denied the use of the library by the librarian. (Ord. 1767 § 1, 2014. Code 1962 § 1-29)