Youngstown Free Library Code of Conduct
The purpose of the Youngstown Free Library is to provide
library materials and services to the public. The Library is a
place to study, read, write, research, and attend programs or
meetings. The Library strives to provide a safe and orderly
environment for everyone. The Library is responsible for
establishing rules of conduct to protect the rights and safety
of Library patrons and staff. The Library requires that
patrons shall be engaged in activities associated with the use
of the Library while on Library premises.
Those not so engaged shall be required to leave the property.
Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated and may serve as
grounds for removal from Library property.
The Library reserves the right to evict from Library premises
and refuse further admission to any individuals, and/or groups
who infringe upon the rights of Library staff or patrons in
their proper use of Library facilities, or who create disorder
on the premises of the Library so as to interfere with the
functions for which the Library was designed, such behaviors
include, but are not limited to:
Unattended Children: Children 11 years of age and younger
are not to be left unattended in the Library. Children 11
years of age and younger must at all times be attended and
supervised by a responsible adult (parent, guardian, other
caregiver, age 18 years or older) on Library premises.
Unattended children over 11 and under 18 will be required to
have made arrangements to leave the Library premises 15
minutes before closing, and by closing time, no loitering
outside will be permitted.
Violations of Law: Committing or attempting to commit an
activity in violation of state, federal or local law,
ordinance or regulation is prohibited including vandalism,
theft or endangering the safety of others.
Interference with Staff: Patrons may not interfere with
staff members’ performance of duties on Library property. This
includes engaging in conversation or behavior that monopolizes
the attention of a staff member for an inappropriate period of
time; making inappropriate personal comments, sexual advances,
harassment of a physical and/or verbal nature; or refusing to
comply with staff requests.
Inappropriate Use of the Library Building: Patrons shall not
use Library study rooms, meeting rooms, restrooms or any
Library property in ways other than for designated purposes.
Library premises may not be used for social gatherings,
soliciting, laundering, shaving, hair cutting/trimming,
bathing, sleeping or sexual activity of any type.
Harassment: Threatening others by staring, photographing,
following, stalking, etc. is prohibited.
Hygiene: Offensive body odor due to poor personal hygiene,
overpowering perfume, or cologne that causes a nuisance is
Noise: Loud, unreasonable, and/or disturbing noises that
interfere with other patrons’ use of the Library, or that can
be reasonably expected to disturb other persons, including
noises from electronic, entertainment, and communication
devices, are prohibited. Cell phones and other communication
devices should be set to vibrate, not ring. Patrons shall use
headphones with all audio equipment. Persons disrupting
others may be asked to relocate or leave the building.