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Rules of Conduct at Dickinson Area Public Library

It is our goal to have an atmosphere that is welcoming and comfortable for all as well as one that is conducive to the proper use of the library. The public is expected to behave in a manner that is respectful of the library’s users, staff, materials, and equipment. A person who behaves otherwise will be required to leave the building.

Patrons shall be engaged in activities associated with the use of a public library while in the building. Patrons not engaged in reading, studying, or using library materials may be required to leave the building.

The following behaviors will result in eviction from the library building and/or suspension of library privileges:

  • Defacing or destroying library property
  • Theft of library property
  • Creating excessive or disruptive noise (Cell phone use is only allowed in the west lobby or outside)
  • Running or other boisterous behavior
  • Loitering
  • Trespassing (Remaining in or around the building when asked to leave or attempting to enter the building while under suspension of library privileges)
  • Failure to comply with the Dickinson Area Public Library Acceptable Use Policy when using public computers.
  • Smoking anywhere in the building
  • Not wearing shoes in the building
  • Use of cellphones (except incoming calls limited to 3 minutes)
  • Skateboarding in the building or on the premises is prohibited and violators will be prosecuted.

For the safety and comfort of children:

  • All children under 7 years shall be accompanied by a parent caregiver at all times.  Older siblings or babysitters under 16 are not acceptable substitutes for legal guardians or caretakers.
  • Children between ages 7 and 11 may be left unattended for up to an hour and a half, subject to the rules and regulations of the Library.  Children who have special needs related to physical or mental ability, disruptive behavior, emotional problems, lack of adequate attention span, incomplete social skills, etc. shall be attended by responsible persons at all times.  Caregivers should make sure any child left unattended at the Library knows emergency contact information.
  • Children 12 years and older may use the Library unattended subject to the rules and regulations of the library.
    If the person responsible for unattended children cannot be located, the police will be notified and asked to pick up the child or children.
  • Minors who remain at the Library after closing may be referred to the police to ensure their safety.
  • A group of individuals that has been warned of disruptive behavior and/or excessive noise and continues to exhibit such behavior will all be asked to leave the building. Repeated disruptive behavior will result in the permanent suspension of library privileges.
  • Library security monitors, staff, and the Dickinson Police Department enforce these rules. Actions that violate state and local laws will be prosecuted.

Creating a public nuisance by improper dress, conduct, or conversation may result in the restriction of library privileges and/or use of library facilities. Patron identification – name, address, and telephone number – may be requested.

Respect library property and the property of others. Keep feet off chairs, tables, and counter. Treat the collection, furnishings, facilities, and equipment with care.

Be watchful of your personal possessions. The library is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen personal property.  Personal property must be kept with you at all times.

For security purposes, all bags, backpacks, or other personal items that are brought into the library are subject to search by library personnel or the Dickinson Police Department.  Weapons or explosives are prohibited from library property and will be confiscated. Bags, backpacks or other personal items that are left unattended in the library may be confiscated and searched.  

Adults are responsible for the conduct of children in their charge and are required to monitor their behavior.

It is not advisable to leave children unattended. The library is not responsible for the safety of children left unattended.

Please report criminal conduct or vandalism of any kind to a staff member immediately so the police can be notified.

(Adopted 3/29/2001)

(Updated 4/2014)

Approved by Library Board 5/10/2016