Behavior Policy

Behavior Policy:

Hall Memorial Library is open to all. While everyone has an equal right to access library services and facilities, no one may interfere with another's ability to use and enjoy the library, or with a library staff's ability to provide services.
For the safety and comfort of library visitors, volunteers, and staff, and the protection of library property, behavior that is prohibited in the library includes, but is not limited to, the following:
  • Any activity in violation of federal or state law, or town ordinances.
  • Carrying firearms or dangerous weapons of any type, except by law enforcement officials.
  • Vandalism of any kind including defacing or damaging library property.
  • Verbally or physically threatening other visitors, library staff, or volunteers, including stalking, staring, touching, bullying or using offensive language.
  • Harassment of any kind.
  • Being under the influence or in possession of alcohol or illegal drugs.
  • Loud, unruly behavior such as running, yelling, pushing, shoving, spitting of throwing objects. 
  • Playing of audio equipment so that others may hear it.
  • The use of cell phones beyond the entry area.
  • Using the library, when your personal hygiene is disruptive to the library environment. This includes wearing wet clothing.
  • Shoes and shirts are required.
  • Using the elevator without an appropriate reason.
  • Walking back and forth or in and out of the library to the distraction of other library users.
  • Obstructing any entrance, exit, or passageway.
  • Public displays of affection.
  • Lying down or placing feet on furniture.
  • More than one person sitting in a single chair.
  • Bringing animals into the building unless they are on a leash.
  • Soliciting, canvassing, or campaigning.
  • Children under ten (10) years of age must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Persons needing continuous supervision or assistance must be accompanied by the appropriate supervisor while using any area of the library.

Persons not engaged in reading, studying, using computers, visiting quietly with other patrons, participating in a library program, or such kinds of behaviors associated with libraries may be asked to leave at any time by any staff person. When a person is asked to leave the library, the request includes leaving the library grounds. At such times the Northfield Police Department will be immediately informed of our actions. Loitering is not permitted on library grounds.

Updated and Approved on August 1, 2011, August 2016

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