Sonoma County Library

Mouse reading bookSonoma County Library Standards of Behavior


Sonoma County Library welcomes you.

Everyone has a right to quality library service in an atmosphere that is calm, safe and free of disturbances from others. While you are here, please be considerate of others.

The Library has adopted this policy to ensure a positive library experience for everyone who visits any Sonoma County Library.

Failure to comply with these standards may result in loss of Library privileges.

Help us keep the Library a safe place.

  • Obey the requests of a Library staff member or Library security officer.
  • Follow all laws (including, but not limited to, those outlawing theft and defacement of library property; possession of weapons, illegal or controlled substances, and alcohol; prohibiting sexual activity in public places, prohibiting harassment, or behaving in a threatening or abusive manner; and prohibiting the display or dissemination of child pornography, obscene material, or material that is harmful to minors).
  • Follow all Library policies.
  • Child Safety:
    • Ensure that a qualified caregiver over the age of 14 closely supervises all children under the age of 8.
    • Make certain that children do not engage in unsafe activities, including, but not limited to, swinging, climbing, or standing on furniture and equipment.
  • Tobacco use:
    Do not smoke or use any tobacco products anywhere on the Library’s property, including interior and exterior spaces.
  • Wheeled devices:
    • Wheeled devices should not be used in the Library. EXCEPTIONS: Disabled patrons may use assistive devices, and caregivers may use strollers for children in the Library.
    • Small, wheeled devices may be carried into the Library if they do not block aisles and can be stored under tables (e.g. carts, scooters, skateboards, and skates).
    • Secure all bicycles on outside racks, away from doors and book drops. Library staff may remove bicycles not secured on the racks provided.

Use your Library appropriately and with respect.

  • Property:
    Use the Library’s facilities, materials, and furnishings as intended. Theft, malicious damage and/or destruction of Library property is a violation of the law.
  • Furniture:
    Leave furniture in its place. Avoid putting feet on the furniture or sitting on any furniture other than a chair or couch.
  • Animals:
    Animals are not allowed in the Library, with the exception of service animals on duty or in training and animals that are part of library-approved events. Do not tether pets near library entrances or book drops.
  • Restrooms:
    Use the Library’s restrooms as intended; do not use them for bathing, shaving, washing hair or laundry, or changing clothes.
  • Food and Drink:
    Leave all food and drink outside the Library (capped water bottles and/or baby’s sippy cups excepted).
  • Follow Staff Instructions:
    • Stay in public areas of the Library unless accompanied by a staff person.
    • Vacate the Library at closing time and during emergency situations.
    • Do not enter the building when the Library is closed.

Help us create an environment that allows everyone to enjoy visiting the Library.

  • Noise:
    Keep noise levels down to avoid disturbing others by:
    • Lowering voices,
    • Using headphones on low volume,
    • Silencing ringing or other sounds created by cell phones and other electronic devices.
  • Behave in a manner that does not interfere with another person’s ability to use and enjoy the Library. Unacceptable behaviors include, but are not limited to:
    • Soliciting,
    • Begging,
    • Selling,
    • Sleeping on the premises, including entry areas and patios.
    • Using public computers or personal laptops in a manner that is inconsistent with the Library’s mission and policies.
  • Personal Items:
    • Keep personal items with you at all times. Library staff may remove unattended items.
    • Do not monopolize library space, seating, tables, or equipment.
    • Do not unpack personal belongings that are not necessary for library use.
    • Leave aisles, walkways, and entrances open.
    • Store large packages or personal effects out of the way of other library users.
  • Attire / Hygiene:
    • Dress appropriately. Inappropriate attire includes, but is not limited to, bare feet, bare chests, clothes that are unbuttoned or unzipped, or being attired in any way that is disruptive to Library users and staff.
    • Maintain good personal hygiene so that body odor and excessive use of scented products are not offensive to others or cause allergic or asthmatic reactions.

Please report inappropriate or questionable behavior to Library staff or a Library security officer immediately.

Under the authority granted by the Joint Powers Agreement, the Sonoma County Library Commission determines all Library policies, including standards for public behavior on the premises of all public libraries in the County. The Library retains the right to take any action necessary to ensure a safe and appropriate environment for everyone.

These standards of behavior are available as a brochure and online at The Library Director and his/her designated staff are responsible for interpreting these rules in accordance with applicable law and for ensuring appropriate behavior in all Library facilities.

Enforcement of these rules will be conducted in a fair and reasonable manner. Any person who violates these standards will be asked to bring their behavior into compliance immediately or leave the Library. Failure to comply with the Library’s established rules, regulations, and policies could result in removal from the premises and suspension from the Library for one day to one year. Violations could also result in the restriction and/or termination of Library privileges, including use of library computers and other equipment.

Individual patrons have the right to request an Administrative Review of a suspension order that is for a period greater than seven days.

Revision adopted by the
Sonoma County Library Commission
January and March 2010.

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