Chapin Memorial Library Policy on Patron Conduct

As the center of learning for a diverse and inclusive community, Chapin Memorial Library encourages the use of its facilities by the people we serve. We pledge to conduct our interactions with respect and to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning and the effective delivery of library services to our patrons.  In return, our patrons are asked to conduct themselves in a lawful, orderly and considerate manner.

Any behavior that disrupts the orderly use of the Library is prohibited.  This includes, without limitation, behavior that constitutes a nuisance, or presents a safety and/or security hazard or affects the ability of the library staff to provide service to its patrons.  The following actions are examples of conduct not allowed on library property:

  1. Possessing weapons of any kind, either concealed or in plain view
  2. Using threatening, profane, or offensive language or gestures
  3. Using computers, phones, and other devices at a volume that disturbs other patrons or library staff; creating excessive noise or disruptions
  4. Bringing in luggage, duffel bags, bedrolls, frame backpacks, suitcases or other personal property; leaving packages or any other personal items unattended
  5. Leaving a child, age twelve or under, unsupervised or unattended, anywhere in or on library premises
  6. Furnishing false information to a library staff member or library representative
  7. Being in library facilities with bare feet or without a shirt, or being otherwise attired so as to create a threat to health or safety or disrupt other patrons’ use of the library facilities
  8. Violating the Library’s Policy on Internet and Computer Use; disabling, circumventing, or breaching library software on public computers and/or misusing library computers
  9. Being in the library while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  10. Soliciting, including, but not limited to, soliciting for money, donations, or signatures; or   posting or distributing material without permission
  11. Using restrooms for bathing or laundry purposes
  12. Sleeping in or on library premises
  13. Smoking or use of electronic nicotine delivery systems, such as e-cigarettes, on library property
  14. Mutilating, defacing or destroying library property, real or personal


Subject to Search

By entering into any library facility, all patrons consent to search by the Library of bundles, packages, backpacks, briefcases, purses, and other containers, upon entering or leaving library buildings, in order to protect and preserve the safety and security of property and people using the Library.

Rev. 9/14/15