Library Code of Conduct 

These rules and guidelines are for the protection of all who use the library. The Library staff may require a patron to leave the premises, call the police or ultimately bar a patron from the library for noncompliance with this Code of Conduct. If you observe patron behavior which does not meet this Code of Conduct, please contact a staff member. (Updated 9/2013)

  • ALCOHOL/DRUGS: Alcohol or illegal drugs may not be brought into the library, nor may persons under the influence of either use the library.

  • ANIMALS: Only animals trained to assist disabled individuals or certified therapy animals are permitted in the library.

  • DISORDERLY CONDUCT: Harassment, disorderly conduct or other behavior that disrupts library use is not acceptable. Disorderly conduct includes (1) brawling or fighting; (2) disturbing an assembly; or (3) engaging in offensive, obscene, abusive, boisterous, harassing, or noisy actions or using offensive, obscene, or abusive language which may harass or arouse alarm, anger, or resentment in others.

  • FOOD/BEVERAGES: Food may not be brought into the library. Beverages in covered containers are allowed in the library.

  • GANG COLORS: No gang colors or symbols are allowed in the library.

  • LANGUAGE: Offensive or abusive language is not acceptable.

  • LOITERING: Entrances, doorways and stairs must be kept clear at all times.

  • NOISE:
    The library is a busy environment and as such a certain amount of ambient noise is to be expected. Unreasonably loud talking or other loud sources of noise are not allowed. Cell phone conversations are prohibited at all computer/viewing stations, but occasional exceptions may be made by library staff.

  • PHOTOGRAPHY:
    Filming and photography is allowed if it does not interfere with the delivery of library services. Persons filming or taking photographs on library premises are responsible for gaining all necessary permissions to use the photos.

  • SKATEBOARDS AND IN-LINE SKATES: Carry skateboards and remove skates while in the library.

  • SMOKING/CHEWING TOBACCO: Tobacco products (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, etc.) cannot be used or displayed in the library .

  • SOLICITATION:
    Solicitation is not allowed in library public areas or on the library sidewalks.

  • STAFF AREAS: The public is not permitted behind the public service desks or in other non-public areas.

  • THEFT/DAMAGE TO PROPERTY: Intentional damage and/or defacement of materials, furnishings, equipment or premises, or attempts at theft will be prosecuted according to Minnesota Statutes 609.541. Clipping coupons, cutting articles out of magazines, removing pages from any books or magazines, hacking or altering computer settings, writing on, scratching or in any way damaging materials, furniture, or premises are included in this policy.

  • THEFT DETECTION SYSTEM (SECURITY GATES): If the security gates sound an alarm as you exit, you must return to the checkout desk to verify that the materials were handled properly by staff.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • CLOSING TIME: Please leave the library, including vestibule and the corridor to the skyway, promptly at closing time.

  • COMPUTER USE:
    A maximum of two persons may use the internet terminals simultaneously. Viewing and listening stations are limited to one person. Please sign off the equipment promptly at the end of your time period.

  • DRESS: Shoes or sandals and shirts must be worn in the library.

  • EMERGENCIES: When the alarm sounds, please follow staff directions promptly.

  • FURNISHINGS: Furnishings should be used only for their intended purposes.

  • RUNNING:
    For the safety of all patrons, please do not run in the library.

  • TELEPHONE: Please limit use of the public telephone to three minutes if someone is waiting. Staff will make one call for a patron in an emergency if the public telephone is not available.

  • UNATTENDED CHILDREN: Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied in the library. (Accompanied is defined as "within sight".) It is strongly recommended that all children are accompanied by someone who can take responsibility should an emergency occur.
printable version of the Code of Conduct (PDF)

last updated: 02/21/2014