Patron Behavior Policy

The following activities are not allowed in the library:

  • Smoking (Massachusetts General Laws [MGL, Ch. 270, Sec. 21-22]
  • Creating a disturbance by making noise, talking loudly, or engaging in other disruptive behavior [MGL, Ch 272, Sec. 41]
  • Interfering with another person's right to use the library or with the library staff's performance of their duties.
  • Threatening behavior, including, but not limited to-violence, threats of violence and possession of weapons.
  • Bringing animals into the library except those needed to assist a disabled person
  • Playing audio equipment so that others can hear it
  • Gambling
  • Misusing the restrooms (i.e. using them as a laundry or washing facility)
  • Soliciting or canvassing of any kind 
  • Entering areas posted "Staff Only" without permission
  • Leaving a child under the age of ten unattended by someone at least fourteen years old.
  • Running
  • Sleeping
  • Wearing rollerblades, roller shoes, or rollerskates, or using skate boards inside the library.
  • Persons without shoes or improperly attired will not be allowed in the library
  • Food and/or beverages are not allowed in the library, except at designated times or in designated rooms.
  • Those who damage or deface library materials or property will be prosecuted [MGL, Ch 266, Sec. 100].
  • Theft of library materials, use of false identification to obtain a library card, or use of another person's library card without his/her permission are against state law and will be prosecuted [MGL, Ch. 266, Sec. 99].
  • Parents are responsible for the behavior and supervision of their children and may be liable for any damage caused by their children.
  • Patrons may be required to leave the library if their personal hygiene interferes with the ability of other patrons to use and /or enjoy the facility.

Voted on by the Westfield Athenaeum Board of Trustees, 1995 Produced by the Massachusetts Library Association, 1995

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