Library patrons are expected to be engaged in activities associated with the use of public libraries while in any of the facilities.
In order to ensure public safety and security and provide a suitable environment for appropriate library use, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will uphold all state and local ordinances regarding public behavior.
You are welcome to:
Ask questions of staff and receive needed information in the library
Borrow certain materials by using your library card through established lending procedures and take them home for use, treating them carefully so others may use them after you are finished
Bring your children to the library and enjoy materials and programs
Comply with House Bill 60, the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014, when visiting libraries
Use the materials in all public areas of the library. However, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is committed to ensuring the safety of all of its patrons, with a special emphasis on the safety of children in our libraries. For that reason, the materials, services and equipment in the children’s areas are intended primarily for the use of children, their parents and/or caregivers. Others needing to access materials or services specific to the children’s area do so with the understanding that the library staff will determine whether or not a particular use or activity is appropriate in the children’s area. Thus, patrons may be asked to use alternative areas of the library, at the discretion of the library manager or designee.
Read, study, type, and write while using library materials
Read materials held behind the desk or other off site locations to maintain their availability and reading access for all interested patrons. You will be required to provide a valid piece of identification which will be held at the desk until the item(s) is (are) returned.
Register and use free library computers
Speak quietly on cell phones near restrooms and in lobby areas
Speak quietly with others in the library
You are NOT permitted to:
Be indecently exposed, engage in sexual acts/behavior, or use profane language or profanity
Bring animals or pets into the library (except service animals)
Bring a weapon into any of the libraries unless you have a “weapons carry” license
Bring a weapon into libraries that have a security checkpoint
Bring infested personal items into the library
Bring personal items that do not fit comfortably under your chair (a maximum of two bags of any type will be permitted – 12” X 36”):
Bedrolls, blankets, frame backpacks or suitcases are prohibited
Large duffle bags or plastic bags measuring over 12” X 36” are prohibited
Change or wash clothes, bathe, shave or misuse public rest rooms
Consume or carry open food or beverage containers
Consume or possess alcohol/illegal drugs or be intoxicated or under the influence of narcotics
Damage, destroy, steal or intentionally tamper with any library property, patrons’ property or employees’ property
Display disruptive behavior
Distribute or post printed materials/literature that have/has not been approved by library staff
Engage in disorderly conduct including fighting, challenging to fight or using offensive words or gestures likely to provoke violence
Enter the library without proper attire. Proper attire conforms to the standards of the community for public places and includes wearing shirt and shoes and having clothing properly fastened.
Enter staff areas, offices or supply areas unaccompanied by staff
Harass staff in person, by phone, by email or by regular mail
Have bodily hygiene so offensive as to constitute a nuisance to others
Interfere with another person’s use of the library or with the library personnel’s performance of their duties
Leave a child under nine years of age unattended in the library; however, children between the ages of 9-13 cannot be unattended for more than 2 hours. (Caregivers must be at least 14 years old or older.)
Leave a child or young adult under the age of 17 at the library after closing time
Leave personal items unattended (Library staff can not be responsible for the personal items of the public)
Monopolize library equipment, materials, facilities, outlets or spaces
Panhandle, sell or solicit for services, money or items
Place legs/feet on furniture
Play cards or games of any kind unless part of a sponsored program
Rearrange/Disarrange library furniture
Shout or disrupt others
Sleep or rest head on furniture
Smoke or use tobacco products
No Vaping of any kind.
Speak loudly on cell phones or allow a cell phone to ring in the library.
Take library materials into the rest rooms or remove library materials from the premises without authorization through established lending procedures
Use a wheelchair, walker or stroller to transport items or personal belongings
Violate the directives listed in the Meeting Room Policy
Failure to comply with this Code of Conduct may result in exclusion from the library permanently or for a specified period of time. Law enforcement may be contacted which may result in an arrest and/or prosecution.
This Policy supersedes any and all previous Library policies governing Code of Conduct.
Approved by the Board of Trustees
July 26, 2017