Patrons shall engage in reading, studying, using library materials or similar activities associated with the use of a public library. Any person not so engaged may be required to leave the library premises. Patrons are prohibited from engaging in any activity which constitutes an annoyance, disruption or distraction to patrons and the orderly and peaceful utilization of the library and library premises such as:
interfering with Library staff’s performance of their duties
engaging in unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including viewing material of a pornographic nature.
staring at another person or following another person about the premises such that the other person could reasonably be considered to be annoyed or disturbed
leaving children unattended on the premises
using harassing, obscene, abusive, or insulting language or gestures
causing a disturbance by arguing, propagandizing, or preaching
engaging in loud or boisterous activities, playing audio or video equipment so that others are disturbed
eating (except for Library approved programs), congregating, soliciting, or sleeping
smoking, including E-cigarettes, in the building and on all grounds controlled and managed by the library
using or carrying skateboards on Library premises
using cell phones in other than designated areas
improperly using Library restrooms or facilities for purposes such as bathing, shaving, changing or laundering clothes
possessing, distributing, or consuming alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, narcotics, or controlled substances
possessing or using a dangerous weapon
damaging, defacing, destroying, or stealing any material, equipment, or property belonging to the library or to other patrons
rearranging library furniture or using it improperly, including sitting on or putting feet on tables
entering the building without footwear as well as both upper and lower body covering
evidencing bodily hygiene so offensive as to constitute a nuisance to other persons
bringing any pets, with the exception of trained guide dogs or pets assisting disabled persons
Library personnel and security guards will enforce these rules. Patrons not complying will be asked to leave.
Library personnel and Security guards are authorized to contact the police if necessary.
Any patron who violates the Library rules and regulations may be denied the privilege of access to the Library by the Library Board of Trustees, on recommendation of the Library Director. Any patron whose privileges have been denied may have that decision reviewed by the Board of Trustees.
Adopted January 19, 1994 by the Board of Trustees of the Middle Country Public Library.
Revised February 23, 1994, February 10, 1999, March 24, 2004, March 23, 2010, September 22, 2010, June 15, 2011, September 18, 2013, July 15, 2015, January 20,2016.