Library Behavior Policies


All library users and employees should be free of any threat of harm, invasion of property, or gross indignity.  In order to provide an environment conducive to study, and reading, the following activities are prohibited:

Behavior Not Allowed in the Library:

  • Any behavior that endangers the safety or health of others
  • No weapons allowed, except as permitted by law
  • Eating, drinking or use of tobacco or alcohol, or any illegal substances
  • Loud talking, running or any other disruptive noises
  • Loitering
  • Abusive language or profanity or the willful harassing or threatening of another person
  • Abuse of furniture or library equipment, which defaces or destroys library property
  • Littering of any kind
  • Skate Boards, bikes, or other recreational equipment
  • Soliciting of funds or panhandling
  • Bringing unauthorized animals into the Library except as required by  persons with disabilities
  • Playing audio equipment or phone ringers at a volume that is disturbing to others
  • Use of cell phone cameras or other unauthorized cameras in the Library
  • Use of private equipment to download or obtain website images or information about other patrons from computers, such as spyware




Depending on the severity of the misconduct, enforcement of these rules will be determined by the staff on duty at the time.  These disciplinary procedures are merely guidelines.  They are not listed in any particular order and there is no requirement that any particular action precede any other action.  The Library reserves the right to implement any of the procedures listed, including the immediate banishment from the premises, depending on how serious the violation is.

1.    In the case of a minor disruption, the patron receives two warnings.  At the third offense, the patron must leave the Library for the rest of the day.

2.    In the case of any misconduct that, in the judgment of a staff member, is extreme, the offender may receive only one warning, be ordered to leave the building immediately, or the police may be called as appropriate. 

3.    Patrons, causing disruptions on repeated visits will be warned by the Director or designee that they will not be allowed to enter the building if the behavior continues.  Patrons who engage in repeated disruptive behaviors that interfere with others’ use of the Library, or who engage in behaviors that violate City Code or State Statutes, may be permanently banned from the Library premises by the Director.  An appeal of the Library Director’s decision may be made to the Library Board.  An appeal to the Library Board must be in writing.  

4.    Exceptions to the above may be authorized by the Library Director and/or her/his designee.


Reviewed: February 2011

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