Library Behavior Policy

Mae S. Bruce Library

Library Behavior Policy

The Mae S. Bruce 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 library services.

Library users should…


Check out all library materials before leaving the building. The Library reserves the right to inspect any bags or backpacks.


Patrons should exit the building promptly when closing procedures begin.


Treat staff and other patrons with courtesy and dignity. Refrain from behavior that could be construed as offensive, abusive, harassing, stalking, obscene or sexually explicit. Converse in designated talking areas and speak quietly. Treat library materials and equipment with respect.


People demonstrating disruptive behavior will be required to leave the Library after one warning from Library staff.  Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to: 1) noisy, boisterous actions; 2) inappropriate behavior, including eating, smoking, running, loud talking, loitering, or soliciting; 3) misuse of Library property; 4) uncooperative attitude; or 5) actions that deliberately annoy others or prevent the legitimate use of the Library and its resources.  Abusive language and behavior toward staff will not be tolerated. Law enforcement may be summoned at the discretion of library staff.


Shoes and shirts or blouses must be worn at all times.


Obey all laws including those regarding firearms, weapons, alcohol, and drugs.


Be responsible for personal belongings, including materials that have been checked out of the library. Check for lost items at the Circulation Desk.


Personal appliances, such as computers, cassette players, and calculators, may be used if the noise level is low and use does not interfere with others.  Because of lack of outlets and concern for electrical overload, all appliances must be battery-powered or plugged into designated Library outlets.  Cell phones and pagers should be turned off or switched to a non-audible signal and should be answered outside the Library. Headphones are required with portable audio devices, and the volume must be set so others cannot hear the sound.


*Bringing animals into the library unless they are service animals or part of      an approved library program.

*Eating or drinking except in designated areas or, at events sponsored or approved by the library.

*Loitering and blocking areas such as the entrances, foyer, hallway,           restrooms, and book stacks.



*Soliciting or petitioning


Keep library phones free for staff use. If a special situation arises, the public may ask to use the telephone in the Staff Workroom. Patrons should advise people who might call them that the library does not offer a paging / messenger service, except in emergencies.


Intentional damage and / or defacement of materials, furnishings, equipment or premises, or attempts at theft may be prosecuted. See also Theft of Materials Policy.


Young children are not safe when left unattended in the Library.  Staff cannot know if children are leaving with a parent, a friend, or a stranger.  Library staff will not deliberately seek out unattended children; however, unattended children frequently become disruptive when they become bored.  Parents are responsible for ensuring the appropriate behavior of their children while in the Library. ( See also Unattended Children Policy).

 Reviewed and Approved by the Library Advisory Board – July 7, 2010

Approved by the Santa Fe City Council – August 12, 2010



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