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Montgomery City Public Library

MCPL Behavior Policy

The Behavior Policy outlines what is expected and acceptable behavior at the Montgomery City Public Library.

Behavior Policy

The Montgomery City Public Library is a tax-supported community agency, which is available to all regardless of age, residence, race, education, socioeconomic status, or religion. Everyone using this facility or seeking assistance in finding materials and information should receive impartial, high-quality, and friendly service.

A set of guidelines for behavior in the library is necessary to ensure the existence of an environment that promotes the use and enjoyment of the library's resources and at the same time, protects the public, the staff, the materials, and equipment. The library must provide appropriate safeguards against illegal behavior and enforce policies and procedures that address such behavior when it occurs. 

Guidelines and Rules

  • Respect for other patrons' right to use the library for reading, research, study, etc. shall prevail at all times
  • Shouting or disruptive behavior is not permitted
  • No person shall threaten the safety or rights of another person while on the premises of the library by violent or disorderly behavior or by abusive, obscene, or profane language
  • Conversations on cell phones should be kept brief
  • Members of the public must use only authorized entrances and exits
  • All persons are expected to comply with reasonable requests of any library staff
  • Any person who, in the opinion of the library staff, is engaging in conduct described here as inconsistent with the orderly operations of the library will be asked to leave
  • A person may be required to leave the library if their personal hygiene interferes with the orderly operation of the library or with the ability of the other patrons to use and/or enjoy the facility
  • A patron may be asked to show his or her library card and/or other identification
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