Policy on Patron Conduct

Patrons not engaged in reading, studying, or using library materials may be asked to leave the building.
The following activities are not permitted in the library:
  • Consuming food or beverages except as part of a library program
  • Playing audio equipment so that others can hear
  • Smoking (NJSA 26: 3D - 38 through 26: 3D - 45)
  • Gambling, card or game playing of any type not authorized by Library
  • Carrying a weapon
  • Engaging in public indecency (NJSA 2C: 14 - 1 through 2C: 14 - 8)
  • Using illegal drugs or alcohol (NJSA 2C: 2 - 8)
  • Bringing animals, except those needed by patrons with a disability
  • Misusing the facilities, i.e., using restrooms as a laundry or the floor for sleeping
  • Talking loudly, using offensive language, making noise or engaging in other disruptive
    behavior (NJSA 2C: 33 - 2), staring at another person with the intent to annoy that person, by following another person about the building with the intent to annoy that person, or by behaving in a manner which reasonably can be expected to disturb another person.
  • Interfering with another person's use of the library or with the staff s performance of their duties
  • Leaving a child under the age of twelve unattended in the library without adult supervision (NJSA 9:6 - 1)
Patrons are expected to adhere to the following rules or they may be required to leave the building:
  • Shoes and shirts must be worn.
  • Bodily hygiene and/or attire, which are offensive so as to constitute a nuisance to other
  • persons, are unacceptable.
  • Patrons must stay within the areas designated for library users.
Library privileges may be limited for the following reasons:
  • Damaging property
  • Stealing materials (NJSA 2C: 20-12 through 2C: 20-15)
  • Threatening or physically harming staff or patrons
  • Misusing facilities
  • Disruptive conduct
Procedures governing the suspension of privileges will be available at the Circulation Desk. Revision adopted by Dover Free Public Library Board of Trustees, 4/8/2010
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