Rules Governing Use of the Library


Library facilities are created for the specific purpose of providing public access to materials, programs, and services. It is expected that patrons engage in activities associated with use of a public library while in the building. The Rules Governing the Use of the Library outline the behaviors deemed inappropriate while visiting a library facility.


All state laws and local ordinances regarding public behavior shall apply.
Patrons shall follow applicable rules and policies designated for specific library services
The following types of behavior are not acceptable:

  • Abusive or disruptive behavior towards staff or patrons
  • Abusing or vandalizing library facilities, equipment, or materials
  • Bringing animals into the library (except assistance animals)
  • Cellular phone, mobile device, or audio device use that disturbs others.
  • Gambling
  • Sleeping
  • Smoking tobacco products or utilizing electronic cigarettes/personal vaporizer devices
  • Soliciting funds or offering goods/services for sale
  • Talking loudly or making noise so that it disturbs patrons
  • Using restrooms for washing clothes or bathing
  • Using the wrong restrooms
  • Voyeurism and peeping (including the use of cameras or video equipment for this purpose)
  • Using/riding roller blades, scooters, or skateboards on Library property
  • Parents must chaperone and supervise their children. Children under age nine should not be unattended in the library. Parents are responsible for their children’s behavior while in the library.
  • Adult patrons, who are not in the Children’s Section to select materials, nor to consult with library staff, shall be required to move to another area in the library.
  • Patrons may not bring into the library the following:
  • Food (except in community rooms as outlined in the Meeting Rooms Usage Policy)
  • Bicycles
  • Grocery carts
  • Illegal substances
  • Bedrolls, blankets, large plastic bags or large boxes

Adopted April 22, 2014 Arlington Public Library Advisory Board

Rules Governing the Use of the Library by Children

  • Minors under the age of nine should never be left unsupervised in any area of the Library. If a parent cannot be located, staff will call 911 to report an abandoned child.
  • Disruptive minors will be asked to leave the library. If the minor cannot safely leave the library to return home on his/her own, staff will permit the minor to call a parent.
  • If the parent or guardian cannot be contacted, library staff will either allow the minor to remain at the library under close supervision until a parent or guardian can be contacted or call 911, depending upon the severity of the situation.
  • Minors who have not been picked up at closing time will be given the opportunity to call a parent or guardian.
  • Two library staff members or one library staff member and a security guard, if one is available, will be assigned to wait with the minor(s) until the situation is resolved and the minor(s) are picked up.
  • Thirty minutes after closing, if minor(s) is still waiting at the library, and staff has been unable to contact parents or a responsible adult, library staff will call 911 to report an abandoned minor.
  • Library Administration has the option of reporting the incident to Child Protective Services.

Adopted April 22, 2014 Arlington Public Library Advisory Board