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Patron Code of Conduct

(revised September 2010)

Our library is supported by the taxes of the citizens of the City of McMinnville who have a right to expect the library to be clean, pleasant, and safe for selecting materials, reading, studying, researching, writing, and attending programs and meetings. This Code of Conduct is intended to encourage behavior that supports the library’s mission to provide the best possible resources in a warm, welcoming environment. Behavior becomes unacceptable when it interferes with this mission, impinges on the rights of others, causes damage to buildings or equipment, or is hazardous to self or others. Those willing to modify unacceptable behavior are always welcome to stay. However, those unable to comply will be asked to leave. If necessary, the authorities will be called.

Examples of Unacceptable Behavior Include:

Abandonment or leaving young children unattended

-Children from 0-6 years of age must have a responsible caregiver with them at all times

-Children from 7-9 years of age must have a responsible caregiver somewhere on the library premises at all times

-While in the library children are expected to adhere to the same standards of conduct expected of adults.

Abuse or vandalism of library equipment and materials

Bare feet and/or being "shirtless"

Bathing, shaving, washing clothes, or other misuse of restrooms

Bikes, scooters do not belong in the library

Bringing animals into the library (except service animals)

Bringing food or uncovered beverages into the library

Disruptive use of telephones, radios, television, or other electronic devices

Emergency exits, stairs and aisles must be kept free of obstruction

Illegal activity of any kind

Inappropriate use of library computers

Keep personal items with you- the library is not responsible for lost or stolen items

Loitering, including refusing to leave at closing

Loud talking, crying, yelling, whistling, or any other disruptive noise

Offensive hygiene, odor or scent that constitutes a nuisance to others

Placing feet on chairs, tables, windowsills, railings, etc.

Playing with or misusing elevator or other library equipment

Possessing, using, or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs

Promoting or operating a commercial enterprise

Running in the building

Soliciting in a non-designated area

Skateboarding, rollerblading, or any similar activity on library property


Smoking or related tobacco use

Unruly, disruptive behavior

Verbal or physical abuse or sexual harassment of library patrons or staff

Weapons are not allowed on library property


Approved: August 2010

Jill Poyer, Library Director