The St. Mary’s County Library staff is responsible for providing a safe and pleasant library for all of our customers. The following rules will serve as guidelines. Library staff is responsible for enforcing the rules and making the decisions necessary to stop any behavior which is disruptive to library use; including but not limited to:
- Loud Voices
- Loud Noises
- Obscene/Abusive Language
- Violence or Threat of Violence
- Sexually Provocative Acts
- Harassment of staff or customers
- Displays of Obscenity in any form
- Use of Personal or Electronic equipment if it disturbs others
- Running, Pushing, or Climbing
- Inappropriate use of Internet and computers
- Unattended Children under 8 years
- Inappropriate clothing
- Smoking or vaping
- Alcohol, Narcotics, or Intoxication
- Swim Suits
- Bare Chests
- Bare Feet
- Unauthorized or improper use of library facilities or property (e.g. bathing, shaving, washing clothes, storage of personal belongings, camping, overnight parking, etc.)
- Animals (except service animals)
- Offensive odors or infested clothing/items
- Eating or drinking near equipment
Photographic or video recording of any kind is prohibited inside the library at all times, except with prior approval or in conjunction with private or public meetings within a conference room.
Cell Phones must be on vibrate.
The children’s area of the Library is reserved for children, their parents or responsible adult caregivers, and adults interested in children’s literature, such as teachers and college students. Out of concern for the safety of young customers, adults who are unaccompanied by a child or children in the children’s or teen areas of the Library may be questioned by staff. They may be asked to move to another area of the Library.
Parents, Guardians, Caregivers are responsible for their children’s use of the library. This includes seeing that their children follow library rules and telling their children what to do when the library closes.
Librarians are not responsible for unattended children and will enforce the library’s rules. If a child under 8 years of age is left in the library unattended or with a guardian who is under 13 years of age, the Sheriff’s Department will be called to locate the parent/guardian. If a child under 16 years of age is left unattended when the library closes, the Sheriff’s Department will be called.
Personal items should not be left unattended in the library. Library staff cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen items.
Mutilating, defacing, obliterating and damaging any library property is prohibited and subject to penalties provided by law.
Library materials must be charged out in accordance with established procedure before being taken from the library building.
Library staff reserves the right to inspect briefcases, handbags, carry-alls, packages, and shopping bags.
Those who fail to follow Library Rules may be asked to leave and/or may have their library privileges suspended.
Suspension of Privileges
St. Mary’s County Library (SMCL) may find it necessary to suspend certain privileges of library users including access to library facilities, for violations of library policies or violations of any applicable law. Any suspension from one facility of the SMCL system is in effect at all facilities in the system.
All library users, regardless of age, are subject to the St. Mary’s County Library’s “Rules and Regulations Governing Public Behavior in the Library.” Any violation of the St. Mary’s County Library’s policies, rules, regulations, procedures or any applicable law will be grounds for suspension of any or all library privileges of that customer.
If illegal activity takes place, or if the health, safety or security of staff members or customers is threatened, library staff may take all appropriate action, including, but not limited to, calling the police for assistance and for immediate removal of the individual.
The length and manner of the suspension will depend on the severity of the misconduct. Suspensions can vary from one day to permanent suspension. The staff in charge, at the time of the incident, has the authority to determine the length of the suspension.