Patron Behavior Guidelines

Allegany Public Library ‘s Patron Behavior Guidelines*

The Allegany Public Library has established rules of conduct to protect the rights and safety of all Library visitors and staff and to preserve the Library’s materials, equipment, facilities, and grounds. Staff will enforce these rules in a fair and reasonable manner in order to make the Library a clean, safe, comfortable place for everyone.


Cell phones, Electronic Devices

Please restrict cell phone use to web, app, and texting features. Use headphones with electronic devices or set the volume so others cannot hear the sound. Phone calls will be occasionally tolerated for emergencies and library related inquires (i.e. calling a friend to ask him for a book recommendation). Please move to a private area away from other patrons.

Check Out/Inspection

Check out all library materials before leaving the building. The Library reserves the right to inspect any bags or backpacks.

Closing Time

Exit the building promptly when closing procedures begin.


Treat staff and other patrons with courtesy and dignity. Refrain from behavior that could be construed as offensive, abusive, harassing, stalking, obscene or sexually explicit. Please remember to speak quietly. Treat library materials and equipment with respect.



Wear shoes, tops (shirts or blouses), and bottoms (pants, skirts, shorts) at all times. Please no t-shirts that could be construed as offensive to others.


Food & Drinks

Non-alcoholic beverages in spill-proof containers and light snacks are permitted at study tables No food & drinks at computer workstations and around electronic equipment.

No begging the staff for food or beverages. They may occasionally offer it on special occasions.



Practice personal hygiene and use perfumes or colognes so they do not interfere with other people’s ability to use and enjoy library facilities.


Obey all laws including those regarding firearms, weapons, alcohol, and drugs.


Dispose of trash in receptacles conveniently located around the library. We do recycle soda cans. Please leave empty cans at the front desk.

Monopolizing Staff Time and Library Materials or Equipment

Accept that library staff are unable to spend a considerable length of time assisting any one patron. Be prepared to surrender materials or equipment for someone waiting to use them.

Outside Only, Please

Running, Jumping and Horse Play


Bicycles, scooters, roller-blades, skates, stilts, and pogo-sticks

Personal Belongings

Be responsible for personal belongings, including materials that have been checked out of the Library. Check for lost items at the Circulation Desk.


Recording Equipment

Please refer to the Allegany Public Library Photography and Video Policy.

Refrain from

Well-trained dogs are permitted in the Library. Please refrain from bringing other animals into the library unless they are service animals or part of an approved library program. Prior permission can be obtained from the Library Director.

Loitering and blocking areas such as the entrance, stairs, ramp, and restrooms.


Soliciting or petitioning


Staff Areas

Remain in public areas, not behind service desks or in the other staff work zones.

Use of the office microwave is permitted upon approval of the Director. Occasionally, use of the mini-fridge will be allowed.

Do not linger in the office unless you have business with the Director.


If a special situation arises, ask to use the telephone at the Front Desk. Advise people who might call you that the library does not offer a paging/messenger service, except in emergencies.


Theft/Damage to Property

Intentional damage and/or defacement of materials, furnishings, equipment or premises, or attempts at theft may be prosecuted. Patrons will be charged the cost of damaged items. Patrons may also be summarily expelled from the library.



A person who knowingly enters or remains unlawfully on the premises is trespassing. Staff will call police if patrons refuse to leave after being banned from the library.


Unattended Children

Parents or caregivers must take responsibility for their children’s behavior. If rules are broken, parents or caregivers may be asked supervise their children in the library. Children under the age of 10 are expected to be supervised by a parent, caregiver, or older sibling at all times.

Book and Materials Selection

The Allegany Public Library subscribes to the Intellectual Freedom and Anti-Censorship Policies of the American Library Association. We believe it is the job of parents to determine what is right or wrong for their children and that they should be present if they have concerns about what their children are selecting.

Wheeled Vehicles

Wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers are absolutely encouraged inside the library. Please address a staff member if you require assistance or have mobility concerns.


Failure to comply with these policies could result in removal from the library, expulsion, arrest or prosecution. Violators may also have library privileges, including use of library computers and other equipment, restricted or terminated. The Library Board (in conjunction w/ the Library Director) will consider written appeals from users who have been expelled more than a week.

* Special Thanks To The James Prendergast Library for use of their User Behavior Policy in the creation of this document.

Updated 8-21-23