The following rules of conduct are designed to protect the rights, and ensure the safety of, Library patrons and staff and to preserve Library materials, equipment and facilities.
The Board of Trustees of Washington-Centerville Public Library is responsible for determining the rules of conduct necessary to:
- protect the right of individuals to use library materials and services
- ensure the safety of library patrons and employees
- protect the rights of library employees to conduct library business without interference
- protect and preserve library materials, equipment, and facilities
No person while on the premises of the library shall engage in ANY behavior that hinders the use of the library by others, nor shall any person refuse to obey the reasonable request of an employee of the library. The following rules of conduct, approved by the Library Board of Trustees, are designed to provide a pleasant environment for all who visit the Library.
- Avoid making unreasonable noise, such as talking, singing, or listening to music loudly. Socialize and use cell phones in active areas to avoid disturbing others.
- Using vulgar language is prohibited, and threatening language or behavior will be reported to police.
- Observe quiet and refrain from any vulgar or threatening language or behavior
- Leave food and beverages without a lid outside Library buildings
- Refrain from use of any form of tobacco and e-cigarettes in all Library owned, leased or managed buildings, entrances and exits, parking lots, grounds, and vehicles.
- Stay with children under age 8 at all times, and ensure that children under 16 are met before closing
- Move with safety: do not run or climb on furniture, desks, or shelving. Burning of candles, incense and other materials is strictly prohibited
- Refrain from using skate boards, in-line skates, or scooters. Performing tricks of any kind in Library buildings or on Library property is not permitted.
- Sleeping is prohibited
- Wear shirts and shoes
- Take care of hygiene needs elsewhere: do not use public restrooms to bathe or wash clothes
- Refrain from soliciting inside the library or panhandling (aside from exceptions outlined in the Solicitation Policy)
- Leave pets outside the building, except those used in Library programming or service animals
- Leave handguns and weapons outside the Library building locked in a motor vehicle; concealed handguns are prohibited unless locked in a motor vehicle or in the process of being locked in a motor vehicle (see Ohio Revised Code Section 2923.12 and related other sections)
- Abide by all local ordinances, and state and federal laws
- Keep furniture in its original location and condition, and refrain from adhering items to walls or furniture
Any person who violates these regulations may be asked to leave the library premises and/or have library privileges withdrawn.