Rules of Conduct

By , March 27, 2012 11:40 pm


It is the policy of the Board of Trustees that patrons of the Waterford Public Library have the right to use Library materials and services without being unduly disturbed, impeded or offended by other library users. All library patrons and staff have the right to a secure, congenial and respectful environment.


Any behavior that disrupts or hinders public use of the Library is prohibited on Library property. This includes, but is not limited to, loud or boisterous behavior, verbal or physical harassment, drunkenness, running, fighting, loitering or lack of personal hygiene.

  1. All patrons using the library should be properly dressed including shoes and shirt and non-revealing attire.
  2. Smoking or chewing tobacco is not permitted in the Library. Public eating and drinking is permitted only when specifically approved as part of a program in Library meeting rooms.
  3. Bicycles are not permitted in any Library public area or entryway. Roller-skating, roller shoes, rollerblading and skateboarding are not permitted in the Library. Wagons and strollers may not be left obstructing a corridor, hallway, aisle, entry or exit.
  4. The seating at library tables, carrels and chairs is limited to the number posted or the discretion of the librarian in charge.
  5. Selling products or services, or soliciting donations, is not permitted in the Library, except as part of a Library-sponsored program.
  6. Taking surveys, circulating petitions, distributing leaflets, and other similar activities are permitted in the Library only when authorized by the Library administration.
  7. Animals, except those used to aid persons with disabilities, are not permitted in the Library, except as part of a Library-sponsored program. Animals may not be left unattended on Library property,
  8. Parents or other legal guardians are responsible for the behavior of individuals in their care in the library.
  9. The violation of federal or state laws or local ordinances will not be permitted on Library property. Possession of weapons, theft, vandalism and mutilation of Library property are criminal offenses and may be prosecuted.  The Library reserves the right to inspect all bags, briefcases, backpacks and other such items when the staff has reason to believe this rule has been violated. The Library is not responsible for personal belongings left unattended.
  10. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted on Library property, except as part of a Library-sponsored program authorized by the Library Administration.
  11. Failure to comply with these rules may result in the loss of Library use privileges.



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