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Rules of Behavior

General Principles and Purpose

The Cary Memorial Library is supported by the taxes and the charitable contributions of the people of Lexington, MA.  Our users can expect the library to be a clean, comfortable, and welcoming place for reading, researching, studying, and attending library or community sponsored programs and meetings. To this end, the Trustees of the Cary Memorial Library have established these Rules of Behavior to ensure the rights and safety of library users and staff, and to preserve and protect the library’s materials, equipment, facilities, and grounds. These rules, along with other library policies, will be applied in a fair and reasonable manner. 

Respect for other library users and library staff members shall be maintained at all times. Disruptive or inappropriate behavior that infringes on others’ use or right to use the library shall not be permitted.  The library staff reserves the right to determine if other actions not listed below constitute “disruptive or inappropriate behavior.”

Individuals who will not respect these expectations may be asked to leave the library, have library privileges suspended, or be subject to legal action.

Examples of disruptive or inappropriate behavior include (but are not limited to):

  • Smoking, vaping, using electronic cigarettes, using alcohol, or any other controlled substance while on library property. 
  • Loud talking, loud audio equipment, use of profanity, running, throwing things, fighting, pushing or shoving.
  • Stealing, damaging, altering, or inappropriate use of the library facilities, collection, or technology.
  • Distributing written leaflets and/or soliciting patrons within the library facility, in the parking lot, or on walkways immediately adjacent to the library entrances are not permitted.  (Such activities may be conducted on public sidewalks a reasonable distance from the library entrances in order not to impede entrance into and egress from the library.)
  • Using personal electronic equipment, such as CD players, IPods, MP3 players, laptop computers, and cell phones in a manner that disturbs other library users.  Devices that play music may be used with headphones so long as the volume does not disturb others.  Cell phones may be used so long as their use does not disturb others.  Those holding loud or extended conversations will be asked to use their cell phones in the lobbies or outside.
  • Using the public restrooms for bathing, laundry, or any other unintended purpose. Single person restrooms are intended for use by one person unless a parent or other caregiver is required.
  • Using the Meeting Room kitchen for personal use.
  • Excessive public displays of affection.
  • Indecent exposure/public indecency.
  • Interfering with others’ use of the library, its services and materials.
  • Interfering with library staff members’ ability to perform their responsibilities.

To Ensure That the Library is a Clean, Welcoming Environment for All:

  • Beverages in covered containers are permitted in most areas of the library.  They are not, however, allowed in the Genealogy Room or at the public computers.
  • Food is limited to the Main Level Commons, the Lower Level Corridor, and the Teen Space or in other designated spaces during library sponsored events.
  • Appropriate attire, including shirts and shoes, should be worn by patrons of all ages.  Examples of inappropriate footwear include roller skates, roller blades, cleats and golf shoes.
  • Walkways throughout the building and access to library materials should not be obstructed. Sports equipment, musical instruments and other bulky objects brought into the library should not obstruct access to library materials nor block walkways throughout the building. 
  • Power cords should not cross pathways or be used in ways that create a trip hazard.
  • Animals, except for service animals, are not permitted.
  • The use of study rooms and meeting rooms is limited to those who have signed up.
  • Personal belongings should not be left unattended. Library staff members are not responsible for patrons’ personal property. Police may be called to remove items that appear to have been abandoned.
  • The library reserves the right to inspect all bags, purses, briefcases, backpacks, etc., for concealed library material.
  • Patrons should not bring personal property into the library that the library staff considers to be hazardous.  The library staff may refuse to permit a patron to have access to the library in such circumstances.  
  • The telephones at all service desks are business phones.  They may only be used by patrons, with staff permission, in cases of emergency.
  • The material and equipment in the library are here for patron and staff use.  Any purposeful damage done to the material, equipment, furniture, building or property of the library is against the law and will be reported to the police.
  • Bicycles should be placed in the bike rack and locked.  Bikes and scooters (or other similar wheeled items) may not be left inside the library or on the handicap ramp leading into the library.
  • Guns and other weapons are not allowed in the building at any time (except by law enforcement officers).

Policy approved by the Library Board of Trustees – 03/03/2014
Last updated – 11/6/2019