A local public librarian is wondering about what the library's legal rights/responsibilities/liabilities are when a patron comes in with a highly communicable disease.
I know this a weird question, but it has come up twice now in the last two weeks.
If we have a patron who we know, or who announces to us that he or she has a contagious disease, what is our legal liability in asking that person to leave and not come back until they have a doctor's statement certifying that they are no longer in a contagious state?
Pink Eye was one of the two occasions we had.
So far, people have been addressing the social aspects of this question, but I was more interested in the legal aspects.
When asked to leave, the patrons responded that we were a public facility and had to let people in.
They left, threatening to sue.
I would imagine that at the least, we need to add something to our patron behavior policy … something about a threat to others...
by way of Kate Sherrill, Librarian, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Carter Library
Anyone want to comment?