Fresh Start Trespass Policy

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Approved by the Rochester Public Library Board of Trustees on November 20, 2019.

Rochester Public Library (RPL) expects members of the public to follow Rochester Public Library’s Behavior Policy.   

All RPL staff and contracted security staff may tell patrons they must leave the library for not following the Behavior Policy per Minnesota Statute 609.605. 

RPL offers patrons a two-step process to appeal trespasses.

Step One:

Trespassed patrons may request a meeting with RPL’s Fresh Start Committee in order to remove or change the trespass order. All requests made to the Fresh Start Committee must be in writing. Forms for this purpose are available on RPL’s website at rplmn.org/policies or may be requested by calling 507.328.2322. [Printable copy of the Fresh Start Request Form (PDF)]

Step Two:

Trespassed patrons who wish to appeal the decision of the Fresh Start Committee may request a hearing before the Rochester Public Library Board of Trustees or a neutral party assigned by the City Administrator. All hearing requests must be made in writing to the Board of Trustees. Scheduling a hearing can take up to 2 months.

If the Trespass Notice was issued because of a threat, or any form of violence, the Fresh Start Committee and Board of Trustees may refuse the request for a meeting or hearing. In that case, the trespassed patron may pursue resolution through the courts.

Trespassed patrons may call 507.328.2322 to ask about the status of their Trespass Notice.

After a completed trespass, patrons are welcome back to RPL with a fresh start.

Questions? 507.328.2322

Printable copy of the Fresh Start Trespass Policy (PDF)

Printable copy of the Fresh Start Request Form (PDF)

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