Patron Behavior Policy


The David and Joyce Milne Public Library welcomes everyone who wishes to participate in its cultural, recreational, and learning activities.


The Board of Trustees of the David & Joyce Milne Public Library has established the following Patron Behavior Policy so that we may protect our patrons’ right of access to and use of library facilities to the maximum extent possible. We also wish to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff, as well as safeguard our resources and facilities from damage.


The following activities are not allowed in the library:

  • Smoking, consuming alcoholic beverages, or using illegal drugs.

  • Possessing weapons, unless authorized by law.

  • Playing of audio equipment so that others can hear.

  • Bringing animals into the library, except those needed to assist a patron with a disability or animals in service training.

  • Talking loudly, making noise, or engaging in other disruptive conduct.

  • Interfering with another person’s use of the library or with library personnel’s performance of their duties.

  • Verbal or physical harassment, or assault of patron or staff.

  • Destruction or theft of library property or personal property of patrons or staff.

  • Offensive behavior of a sexual or any other nature, such as peeping, exhibitionism, child molestation, or speaking to a patron or staff member in an obscene, abusive or threatening manner.

  • Sleeping.


Other activities:

  • Patrons must wear shirts and shoes, and their personal hygiene, body odor, or fragrance must not interfere with the ability of others to use and/or enjoy the library.

  • Unwelcome attention to library staff or other patrons is prohibited.

  • Parents or caregivers are responsible for the supervision and behavior of their children and may not leave children under the age of ten unattended in the library. See the policy for Unattended Children.

  • Tutors or study groups must reserve a meeting room and cannot hold meetings in public reading areas.

  • Solicitation of any kind, including political campaigning, is prohibited. See the policy for Use of Library Space for Fundraising and Raffles.


Anyone violating this policy may be denied the privilege of access to the library by the Library Director. Violations of this policy or engaging in any unlawful activity on library premises, will be subject to exclusion and possible Police action.

Amended by the Board of Trustees – 04/11/2018