Patron Code of Conduct

Mutual respect makes it possible for everyone to enjoy library materials and services. You can help by refraining from behavior that interferes with the rights of others and the duties of the library staff.
The Library Board of Trustees is responsible for determining the rules for public behavior in the Library that are necessary to:

  • Protect the rights of individuals to use Library property, materials, and services;
  • Protect the rights of Library employees and volunteers to conduct library business without interference;
  • Preserve Library materials and facilities from harm; and
  • Ensure the safety of Library patrons, employees, and volunteers.

Library employees are authorized to bring to an individual's attention any act or omission which violates these rules. The individual will be asked to change the problem behavior to conform to the rules. If such change is not evident or forthcoming, that individual will be asked to leave Library property.

These rules are in addition to the City of East Lansing Ordinance, Chapter 108, Disorderly Conduct, Sections 9-101-9-104; and state and federal statutes which apply.
The rules and regulations included in this policy are cited by way of illustration and not limitation.

Behavior that Interferes with the rights of other’s includes, but is not limited to:

  • Leaving children under age 9 unattended.
  • Being unreasonably noisy including: loud talking, singing, boisterous activity, cell phone and audio/visual equipment usage.
  • Using profane, obscene or abusive language; racial or ethnic epithets.
  • Harassing patrons or staff. Deliberate repeated behavior that is intimidating, hostile, or offensive, or adversely impacts others. Including staring; noisy, boisterous activities; accosting; molesting; or otherwise annoy by touching, word of mouth, by sign or motion any person.
  • Damaging, destroying or stealing any property belonging to the library, another patron or staff.
  • Using the internet for unlawful purposes as defined by federal, state and local laws.
  • Loitering or interfering with the ingress or egress of others in or on library premises.
  • Soliciting, petitioning, distributing written materials or canvassing inside the library, including the doorway or vestibule, or in a manner that interferes with or impedes access to the library.
  • Running.
  • Snoring or disrupting patrons/staff while sleeping.
  • Gambling, panhandling, soliciting money.
  • Monopolizing/obstructing space, seating, tables or equipment to the exclusion of others.
  • Trespassing, violating an eviction, or entering upon library property when banned.
  • Entering the non-public areas of the library, unless conducting official business or as part of a library tour.
  • Fighting, challenging someone to fight, physical abuse or assault.
  • Engaging in or soliciting a sexual act. Indecent exposure.
  • Dressing improperly, including bare feet, no shirt, pants not fully on.
  • Committing theft, vandalism or other illegal acts which are subject to prosecution.
  • Distributing/posting unauthorized materials (Materials must be submitted for review and approval for posting and distributing).
  • Photographing, videotaping of library property, staff, volunteers and patrons should only be done with consent of Library Director and/or individuals.
  • Being under the influence, possessing alcohol or drugs, selling drugs or alcoholic beverages.
  • Bathing, shaving or washing clothes on the premises.
  • Roller skating, roller blading, skateboarding.
  • Bringing bicycles in the building or similar devices; please use bike racks outside; please lock them up.
  • Bringing animals, other than service animals, into the library.
  • Smoking, chewing tobacco.
  • Having offensive body odor.
  • Committing or attempting any activity in violation of any federal, state or local statute, ordinance or regulation.
  • Bringing in to the library or on library premises any weapons, unless otherwise permitted by law.
  • Engaging in other acts disruptive to patrons and staff.

If you are confronted with the violation of any of these rules, please inform a staff member immediately.

Adopted by the Library Board of Trustees:
November 25, 1986
Revised:  June 16, 2004
Revised: January 16, 2008
Revised: April 17, 2013