Code of Conduct Policy

For the safety and comfort of patrons and staff, patron behavior will be held to the standards outlined in the Code of Conduct Policy approved by the Library Board of Trustees. 

Conduct violations may result in removal from the library. Removal for longer than one day is determined by the Library Director. Decisions will be made based upon frequency and severity of the disruption to the library environment. All appeals must be made to the Library Board of Trustees. 

The consequences of misconduct may be any of the following: verbal warning, eviction, loss of library privileges, or prosecution to the full extent of the law. If the police are called, the offender may be cited. 

The following actions are examples, but not a complete list, of conduct not allowed on Library property:

Behavioral Problems

  • Failing to comply with a reasonable staff request.
  • Verbally, physically, or sexually threatening or harassing other users, volunteers, or staff, including stalking, staring, lurking, bullying, obscene language, offensive touching, and obscene acts such as indecent exposure.
  • Being under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.
  • Fighting or challenging to fight, running, roughhousing, pushing, shoving, or throwing things.
  • Creating disruptive noises and/or disturbances which interfere with others use of the library.
  • Participating in group activities which are disruptive to the Library environment.
  • Stealing, damaging, altering, or inappropriate use of library property, furniture, or equipment.
  • Selling and/or soliciting for money or items or services, except as authorized by the Library Director.

Safety Issues

  • Use or possession of latex products.
  • Blocking aisles, exits, or entrances.
  • Bringing animals that disrupt the library environment, except for service animals that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability in compliance with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) regulations. Patrons are responsible for any damages to other users or library property.
  • Leaving packages, backpacks, luggage, or any other personal items unattended. Library staff will not store these items for library users.  The library is not responsible for missing or lost property.
  • Entering or being in the Library with inadequate clothing so as to be disruptive to the Library environment or an issue of patron safety.

Violations of Law and Library Policy

  • Using tobacco or vapor products in the building.
  • Trespassing in non-public areas or being in the Library without permission of an authorized Library employee before, during, or after Library operating hours.
  • Carrying firearms and dangerous weapons of any type, unless otherwise authorized by law.
  • Engaging in any activity in violation of federal, state, local, or other applicable law or Library policy.

Food and Beverages

Food and beverages in containers with lids are permitted in the Library, except in any areas posted as being prohibited.

Photography and Videography of Library Activities

Activities may be photographed or recorded to promote the Watertown Regional Library in print or digital media. 

Adopted April 2, 2019
Revised: April 4, 2023