Appropriate Library Behavior Policy

Approved 7/14/2011                                 

The Board of Trustees is committed to providing an atmosphere where people of all ages may come to read, browse, do research, or study.  This policy permits quiet conversation between patrons and/or staff members or conversation required to carry on library programs or business.  It is designed to preserve a reasonably quiet atmosphere where library patrons may use library services and materials without disturbance.

Unacceptable behavior includes any activity that disturbs others, interferes with library operations, damages the building, property or furnishings, as well as rudeness, profanity, or any other behavior generally considered inappropriate in a public place.  To ensure the comfort and safety of staff and patrons and maintain order in the library the following actions are NOT PERMITTED in the library:

  • Eating or drinking, except in meeting rooms. Beverages in closed containers are permitted (No beverages, closed or otherwise are permitted at the computers)
  • Using a cell phone or pager in a way that disturbs others
  • Using or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
  • Smoking, chewing or other tobacco use
  • Entering the library without shirt, pants or shoes or otherwise unacceptable attire
  • Blocking entry, aisles or traffic areas
  • Loitering on the premises, including sleeping
  • Bringing skateboards into the library
  • Bathing or shaving in public restrooms
  • Possessing a weapon or exhibiting any instrument in a threatening manner. (except for an on-duty law enforcement official)
  • Canvassing for petitions, nomination papers or other purposes or soliciting or surveying not authorized by the Library
  • Bringing animals into the Library other than service animals or animals used in library programming

Library staff will enforce these guidelines so that the facility can be used to the fullest by all persons. Any person who is asked to leave the library as a result of the violation of these guidelines and refuses to do so shall be considered to be trespassing and may be subject to permanent exclusion from the library and/or arrest.   Questions regarding the interpretation of these guidelines will be referred to the Library Director or other staff member in charge.