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Code of Conduct

Scarsdale Public Library Code of Conduct

The Scarsdale Public Library and its staff are committed to providing a safe, comfortable and pleasant atmosphere in which people can use the library and its resources. Everyone can help achieve this goal by following the rules listed below.

Be considerate of other library users and library staff:

  • Appropriate attire to a public building, including footwear, must be worn on library property.
  • Please keep noise to an appropriate level so that it does not interfere with the use of the library by others.
  • Those whose odor impairs the ability of other users to use the library may be required to leave the building.
  • We expect all discourse to be conducted in a courteous and respectful manner.
  • Only service animals or animals used in library programs are permitted in the building.
  • Beverages in closed containers are permitted, as are non-messy snacks. Please clean up after yourself, using appropriate receptacles.
  • Use the library equipment, materials and furniture properly and for their intended use. No feet on the furniture, please.
  • The Main Reading Room is for group study. The Reference Room is designated for quiet study.
  • Cell phone use is permitted only in the lobby and outside the building.
  • Photography or taping of the library and its collections, exhibits, staff and users is permitted only with the prior approval of the Library Director or designated representative.

For everyone’s safety:

  • Personal property may not obstruct aisles, walkways or seating.
  • Please refrain from entering non-public areas including behind public service desks and offices except by invitation of a staff member.
  • Please do not run in the building.
  • Skates, rollerblades, skateboards and scooters may not be used in or around the building.
  • The library is not responsible for the care of unattended children. Children under the age of ten must be accompanied and supervised at all times by a parent or caregiver (who must be at least 14). Please refer to our Unattended Children policy for further information.

The following behaviors and activities are not permitted:

  • Physically or verbally assaulting, threatening, intimidating, harassing or abusing any other person.
  • Smoking and the possession or use of alcohol or illegal drugs. (The Library Director may grant exceptions to the use of alcohol for specific programs or events.)
  • Any form of sexual misconduct, such as exposure, offensive touching or sexual harassment.
  • Damaging, destroying, defacing or stealing property belonging to the library, a library user or a staff member.
  • Possession of a weapon by anyone other than a law enforcement officer.
  • Prolonged or noisy sleeping.
  • Soliciting, distributing materials or selling tickets or merchandise on library property, except as authorized by library policy. Obtaining signatures on petitions and surveying library users are restricted to the lobby and exterior of the building.
  • Behavior disturbing other patrons’ use of the library, including the viewing of offensive websites.

The Scarsdale Public Library:

  • Is not responsible for any personal property. Personal items left in the library may be discarded.
  • May inspect all backpacks, briefcases, handbags and other packages.
  • May limit the number of persons who can sit together.
  • May impose time limits on the use of library resources.

This Code of Conduct is not a complete list of violations, and is intended for guidance only. The Library staff is authorized to take appropriate action against any other behavior which can reasonably be deemed to be offensive or disturbing to Library users or staff.

The Library Director of staff may expel any person who, when advised of these rules, fails to comply. Staff is authorized to call the Scarsdale Police department, if necessary.

Violators of these rules may be banned from the library for a period to be determined by the Library Director, and their library privileges may be restricted or terminated. In addition, violation of these rules or failure to abide by such banning may lead to arrest and criminal prosecution.

We thank you in advance for adhering to the Scarsdale Public Library’s policies. Your cooperation will allow all library users to enjoy and benefit from the resources we provide.

Approved by the Scarsdale Public Library Board of Trustees on September 10, 2012