SOMERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Rules of Conduct
must use the authorized entrances to and exits from the library.
near, or the obstruction of, the public entrance or exit doorways
or foyers, is not allowed. Also, loitering in, or the obstruction
of, aisles in the building is not allowed. Long-time visiting
or socializing on library premises disrupts the enjoyment of
the Library for other patrons and is not permitted.
must be turned off anywhere inside the library building
except in the entrance foyer or the exit foyer.
The doors separating these areas from the library lobby cannot
be held ajar during cell phone or pay-phone conversations in
the foyer areas.
animals are allowed in the library, in accordance with the applicable
requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Massachusetts
General Laws, Ch. 272, Sec. 98A. Other animals are not allowed.
The following is a link to the ADA page related to service animals:
a disturbance by making noise, talking loudly, yelling, or engaging
in disruptive behavior is prohibited. (Massachusetts General
Laws, Ch. 272, Sec. 41)
or jumping is not allowed in the library.
bouncing, or playing with a ball or other game or sport object
is not allowed.
audio equipment so that others are able to hear it is not allowed
on library premises.
shall threaten the safety or rights of another person, public
or staff, or interfere with the library staff’s performance
of their duties, while on the premises of the library, be it
by violent, riotous, or disorderly behavior, by abusive, obscene,
threatening, or profane language, or by the possession of weapons.
The harassment, intimidation or coercion of library patrons
or staff shall not be tolerated. (Massachusetts General
Laws,, Ch. 272, Sec. 10)
is prohibited anywhere on library property. Massachusetts
General Laws, Ch. 270, Sec. 14)
exposure, as well as lewd, wanton and lascivious speech or behavior,
shall not be allowed on library premises. (Massachusetts
General Laws, Ch. 272, Sec. 53)
defacement, or damage of library materials – or property – is
against state law. (Massachusetts General Laws, Ch. 266,
Sec. 99 and 100) Parents can be held liable for damage
done by a child under the age of 18. (Massachusetts General
Laws, Ch. 231, Sec. 85G)
of false identification to obtain a library card or to check
out library materials, or the use of another person’s library
card without his or her permission, is against state law. (Massachusetts
General Laws, Ch. 266, Sec. 99)
are responsible for the behavior and supervision of their young
children. Leaving a child under the age of 7 unattended in
the building is not allowed. If a problem arises with children
of any age, and we are unable to locate the parent(s)/older
sibling (14 or older)/other guardian, or if the library is closing
and the parent(s)/older sibling/other guardian cannot be located,
the police will be called at the discretion of the staff.
may not enter areas designated Staff Only without authorization.
clothing, including footwear and shirts, must be worn within
and drink are permitted in public areas of the library, with
the exception that no drinks are allowed while using a library
computer. Drinks must be in enclosed containers. Patrons must
clean up after themselves (ie: dispose of crumbs, wrappers,
containers, etc. in wastebaskets.)
is not permitted in public areas of the library, including restrooms.
(Massachusetts General Laws, Ch. 270, Sec. 22)
is not permitted anywhere on library premises.
person at a time is allowed in the restrooms, with the exception
of a person attending a young child or an infirm or disabled
person. Misuse of the restrooms (e.g., using them as a laundry,
bathing facility, or other inappropriate purpose) is not allowed.
use, and/or riding of bicycles, roller blades, scooters, skateboards,
and other recreational wheeled devices are not allowed in the
library or on library grounds. These items may be carried
on library premises, but at no time should they be left anywhere
inside the library building.
to prevent theft and to enhance the security of the library,
upon reasonable suspicion, the library and its staff reserve
the right to check all backpacks, knapsacks, and other items
that may be used for carrying or transporting items, including
weapons, whether an alarm has been triggered or not.
TO COMPLY WITH ONE OR MORE OF THE LIBRARY’S ESTABLISHED POLICIES
MAY RESULT IN THE SUSPENSION OF LIBRARY PRIVILEGES.
by City of Somerville Law Department, April 2003
by Somerville Public Library Board of Trustees, May 7, 2003