Behavior Policy: The Library is designed to be a safe and comfortable place for all members of the public to use. The Behavior Policy is intended to protect the rights and safety of Library patrons and staff, and to preserve and protect the Library’s materials, facilities, and property.

Any behavior that disrupts library use or interferes with a pleasant and safe environment for the public and/or the staff is considered "problem" behavior.

While at the Library:
You may ...

  • Look for and retrieve materials
  • Use wifi or one of our computers
  • Ask a Librarian for assistance
  • Read
  • Do homework
  • Research topics
  • Visit quietly with others

You may not ...

  • Talk loudly, harass, use abusive or offensive language, or be disrespectful or offensive to others
  • Eat food
  • Drink beverages without a lid
  • Smoke (including e-cigarettes) or chew tobacco
  • Write in newspapers or magazines or any other material
  • Mistreat or abuse Library property, computers, or equipment
  • Loiter on Library property (indoors and outdoors)
  • Fight, push, or show any kind of inappropriate gesture or physical contact or display that is either unlawful or offensive to others
  • Run, skateboard, or roller blade

The following may not be brought into the Library:

  • Animals except for service dogs (emotional support animals are not service animals)
  • Bicycles (skateboards may be carried)

The following are examples of other behaviors that are not permitted in the library (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Excessive noise, including the use of sound equipment without headphones or at a loud enough volume to annoy other customers
  • Consuming alcoholic beverages
  • Using computers in a way that violates the Library's Electronic Resources Policy
  • Child abuse, abandonment, or neglect of children
  • Using harassment, threats, or stalking
  • Abuse (verbal or physical) of library users or staff
  • Gambling
  • Loitering, sleeping, soliciting, or begging
  • Theft
  • Abuse or vandalism of facilities, equipment, or materials
  • Littering
  • Bathing or washing clothes in the restroom
  • Inappropriate dress: i.e., no shirt, no shoes
  • Distributing pamphlets or fliers within the Library building unless such distributors have been approved in advance by the Library and allow Library users to approach them exclusively (i.e., distributors may not approach library users)
  • Carrying or displaying signs, posters or placards within Library premises without prior permission
  • Actions that will block access or egress to Library premises or create safety hazards
Library standards of acceptable behavior apply to all customers. Noncompliance may result in the customer being asked to leave the premises.The Library has the right to regulate behavior as it relates to the function of the Library.

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Last updated on March 1, 2017

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