Library Behavior Policy

Library Behavior Policy       approved 4/2/07, revised 10/3/16

            The North Freedom Library is committed to providing a safe environment where people of all ages come to read, browse, do research, or study.  This policy permits quiet conversations between patrons, and/or staff members or conversations required to carry on library programs or business.  It is designed to preserve a reasonable quiet atmosphere were library patrons may use the library services and materials without disturbance.

Unacceptable behavior includes any activity that disturbs others, interferes with library operations, damages the building or its furnishings, as well as rudeness, profanity, or any other behavior generally considered inappropriate in a public place.  These policies will be enforced at the discretion of library personnel.

Unacceptable behavior consists of the following:

  • Any activity in violation of federal, state, or local laws.
  • Neglecting to provide proper supervision of children.
  • Being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
  • The municipal building is a smoke free environment.
  • Willfully annoy another person.
  • Damage or deface public property.
  • Engage in loud boisterous behavior.
  • Use profane, obscene, or offensive language.
  • Be in the library without shirt, pants, shoes, or has offensive body odor/personal hygiene.
  • Use a cell phone in a way that is disturbing to other patrons.
  • Pets in the library, unless they are a service animal, or part of a library program.
  • Solicitation of any type.

Noted & Quoted

"You see, I don't believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, and that's been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians." --Monty Python