Behavior and Conduct Policy


The McKinley Memorial Library is committed to providing a consistently secure and supportive environment for use of its resources and services. To maintain an atmosphere appropriate for work, study and enjoyment for all library users and staff, the Board of Trustees has established the following policy on behavior in the library and on library property. This policy will be courteously, but firmly, enforced by library staff.

Appropriate library activities include doing homework, writing reports, researching, browsing for materials, computer use, reading, and thinking. Group study by four at one table and quiet talking of one or two students are permitted. Any group work which creates enough noise to disrupt other users is not permitted.

Disruptive behavior is defined as any noisy, boisterous or acting-out behavior which is inappropriate in a setting where business is being conducted. This behavior may represent a physical danger to people or property, or may interfere with the legitimate library business of other users or staff.

Users who are behaving inappropriately or in a disruptive manner will be warned that the behavior must stop. If the behavior is not corrected, the person will be told to leave the premises. Anyone who does not leave after being told to do so will be considered a trespasser and will be treated accordingly. Habitual abusers of library rules may be banned from the premises for a period ranging from one day to six months. A juvenile who creates chronic problems may be required to bring a responsible adult who will remain with him or her in the library.

Inappropriate activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Any illegal activities of any kind; vandalism, fighting, using drugs, selling drugs, etc..
  • Threatening or harassing other patrons or library staff members
  • Running, throwing, loud or abusive talking or gestures
  • Eating
  • Drinking beverages without closable lids, drinking beverages at the computers 
  • Fighting, sleeping, vaping, tobacco use
  • Improper use or destruction of Library resources or facilities, such as bathing, shaving, washing hair or clothes in public restrooms, moving furniture, putting feet on the furniture, any use which is likely to cause personal injury to self or others
  • Petitioning and distributing non-Library approved materials in the Library, loitering, excessive socializing, proselytizing, panhandling, soliciting, selling, distributing leaflets
  • Bringing animals inside the Library, with the exception of service animals
  • Entering the Library wearing swimsuits, no shoes or no shirt.
  • Offensive and pervasive odor
  • Recreational use of bicycles, roller blades, skates or similar items
  • Interfering with the access, or use of Library facilities.

Exceptions to this policy are limited to Library authorized events or functions.

Violation of the library’s Behavior and Conduct in the Library policy can get the violator banned from the library. Based on the offense, the Library Director will determine whether a warning or suspension is warranted. In the director’s absence, the director can designate another individual to determine whether a warning or suspension is warranted.

            Revised and approved by the McKinley Memorial Library Board of Trustees on May 13, 2019

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