York Public Library Rules of Conduct
The Library provides services without regard to race, color, ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, and status of any group protected by federal and state laws.
In order to maintain York Public Library as a safe, comfortable and welcoming place for all members of the community, everyone who uses the Library campus, both inside the building and outside in the parking areas and grounds, must behave appropriately and observe the Library’s Rules of Conduct:
- The Library campus is a drug free, tobacco free, and weapons free environment. (See Appendix A)
- Violent or threatening behavior to persons or property is prohibited, including but not limited to fighting, assault and/or battery, taking hostages, and threats to commit violence.
- Bullying (including cyberbullying), threatening, and abusive language or behavior are not permitted.
- Sexual harassment and indecent behavior are prohibited.
- Images that can be seen by others that might be objectionable (either intentionally or accidentally, and either on screen or in print) are not permissible.
- Stealing or attempting to steal Library or personal property is prohibited.
- Skateboarding, rollerblading, or loitering on the sidewalks and in the parking lot is prohibited.
- Library users may not enter staff workrooms, offices, and storage areas without authorization.
- Unruly or loud behavior, such as yelling, swearing, hitting, is prohibited.
- Cell phones must be silenced when in the Library itself and Library users and volunteers must take all calls in the outer lobby of the Library building.
- Animals or pets are not allowed in the Library except to assist Library users or volunteers with disabilities or by specific authorization of the Library Director.
- Selling, advertising, petitioning, and soliciting are not allowed on the Library campus with the exception of Library-sanctioned programs.
- Gatherings, meetings, and use of meeting rooms require proper authorization.
- Before and after publicly posted hours, the Library is open only to those attending scheduled meetings and events. Others will be asked to leave.
These rules apply to all Library users, volunteers, and staff and for all activities and meetings held at the Library. Library users and volunteers who witness an infraction of any of the above rules should alert Library staff as soon as possible so that they can assess the circumstances of the situation and address it accordingly. Those who do not comply with the above rules will be asked to the leave the Library campus. Those who repeatedly violate these rules of conduct may have their Library privileges suspended for a time period specified by the Library Director.
Possession and/or use of articles to inflict bodily harm and/or to threaten, intimidate, coerce, or harass another person are prohibited. Examples of such articles include but are not limited to firearms, knives, bats and replicas of weapons. There is one exception. In accordance with current state law (Title 25, M.R.S. section 2011), there is no restriction on possession of firearms at municipal meetings held at York Public Library. This exception will apply only to the meeting room used at the time of the meeting and not to any other part of the Library.