Behavior and Environment Policy
Revised September, 2009
The Wethersfield Public Library encourages people of all ages to visit the library. Those using the library and its resources have the right to expect a safe, comfortable environment that supports appropriate library services. With that in mind, the Library Board has established the following rules. The Library Board is empowered to make these rules under section 11-20 of the Connecticut General Statutes and to exclude from the library any person who willfully violates these rules.
To ensure the security and comfort of people entering and exiting the building, people are not allowed to congregate on or near the entrance. Blocking the entrance is not permitted. For the safety of all, roller skating, roller blading and skate boarding are not permitted on the grounds or in the building.
Proper attire, including shirts and shoes, must be worn by anyone entering the library. No face coverings are allowed except for medical or religious reasons. People whose bodily hygiene (body odor) is offensive so as to constitute a nuisance to others may be required to leave the building.
People shall not interfere with the ability of others to use the library or interfere with library employees’ performance of their duties. Behavior which demands constant attention of the staff and/or disrupts service to others will not be permitted.
The following are examples of misconduct which are disruptive to others. Persons involved in such disruptive activities in or near the library may be asked to leave the library and grounds.
Any behavior which disrupts use of the library or interferes with the library’s operation.
Demonstrating an uncooperative attitude
Displaying print or nonprint materials of an offensive nature to others
Disruptive or frequent entering and exiting the building
Harassment, physical or verbal
Inappropriate displays of affection
Leaving children unattended
Loitering on the premises or in the parking lot
Loud noises or loud talking disturbing to other people (if headsets or cellphones are in use, they must not be audible to others)
Possessing deadly weapons
Pushing or shoving
Sitting on tables or placing feet on furniture
Staring at, lurking or following people
Taking other people’s things
Tearing, cutting or marking library materials
Theft of library materials
Threatening behavior or gestures
Verbal abuse of people
People shall not deface, mar or in any way destroy or damage library materials, furnishing, walls, machines or any other library property inside or outside the library.
Any materials removed from the library must be checked out on a valid library card or through other standard library procedures.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the library, including meeting rooms and staff areas.
Small, quiet snacks are permitted. Messy or odorous foods are prohibited. Drinks must have lids. People are required to clean up after themselves and to properly dispose of all containers. Food and drink are not permitted near the computers.
Taking surveys, asking people to sign petitions, distributing leaflets and other similar activities are permitted on Library property only when authorized by the Library Director.
Animals are not allowed in the library building, except when they are part of a library program or when they are registered service animals.
Staff may enforce a limit of two people to a table in order to keep noise and activity to an
Staff may request identification (e.g. name, address and phone number) of people using the library.
Individuals who do not conform to these rules may be asked to leave the library. Repeated misbehavior, or refusal to leave the library when asked, can result in limited or revoked library privileges, removal of offenders from the building or reporting violations to the appropriate authority.
The Library Director or a designee may deny access to the library to any person who violates these rules and regulations. If necessary, police will be contacted to assist library staff in enforcing these rules.
Approved by the Library Board
August 27, 2002
Revised September 22, 2009