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Library Rules of Conduct

Library Rules of Conduct

The Pawtucket Public Library welcomes everyone to use its collections and services. We strive to maintain a safe, enjoyable environment so that patrons and staff always feel comfortable and secure when they are on the grounds or in the building.  In order to attain this goal, the Board of Trustees has approved a policy concerning behavioral expectations and prohibited activities.  Patrons who do not abide by this policy may be required to leave the Library.

Behavioral expectations:

  1. A parent, caregiver or a responsible person has to accompany and monitor children 9 years of age or younger. 
  2. Patrons will wear clothing appropriate to a public place including shoes and shirts.
  3. Patrons will abide by Library rules/hours of operation.
  4. Patrons will remain in public areas of the Library.

The prohibited activities include:

  1. Violation of any federal, state, or city law.
  2. Any behavior, which infringes on the rights or safety of others to use or work in the Library.
  3. Eating or drinking in public areas except for capped beverages.
  4. Verbal or physical assault, harassment, or abuse.
  5. Indecent or obscene conduct.
  6. Following/stalking any individual.
  7. Damaging or stealing Library/patron’s/staff property.
  8. Having offensive odor, which constitutes a nuisance to other persons.
  9. Loud, disorderly, or aggressive behavior.
  10. Sleeping or lying down in the library.
  11. Consumption, possession, or sale of alcoholic beverages or any controlled substance.
  12. The appearance of being under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance to an extent that causes behavior problems.
  13. Operating audio equipment or using the audio option on computers so that others can hear. 
  14. Smoking in the Library or within 50ft. of library entrance.  This prohibition includes all tobacco products and e-cigarettes.
  15. Photographing, filming or use of other recording devices that appears to interfere with a patron’s use of the library, the library’s ability to conduct business, or that compromises public safety or security. 
  16. Bringing any animal into the Library (except a service animal required because of a disability or as a participant in a Library program).
  17. Bathing or shaving in the restrooms.. 
  18. Bicycles, shopping carts or other wheeled conveyances except for accessibility equipment and strollers.
  19. Loitering or obstructing of public access to library and its services.
  20. Panhandling

Personal Items

The Library is not responsible for personal items that are lost, stolen or damaged in or on the grounds of the Library.   


Violations of this policy or refusals to cooperate with the staff may result in a restriction or loss of Library privileges, including the privilege of access to the Library.


Any patron whose privileges have been restricted or denied may appeal the restriction or denial to the Library’s Board of Trustees by submitting a written appeal to the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees with a copy to the Library Director.

Approved by Library Board of Trustees 4/17/2018, 7/17/2018, 1/15/2019, 2/19/2019


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