Patron Behavior Policy

The following activities are not allowed in the library:

  • Threatening behavior, including, but not limited to: violence, threats of violence and possession of weapons
  • Those who damage or deface library materials or property may 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 may be prosecuted [MGL, Ch. 266, Sec. 99]
  • Use of alcohol or drugs
  • 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
  • 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
  • Running
  • Sleeping
  • Wearing rollerblades, roller shoes, roller skates, or using skate boards or scooters inside the library
  • Persons without shoes or improperly attired will not be allowed in the library
  • Food and/or beverages are allowed in the library, except near the computers, as long as you clean up after yourself
  • Parents are responsible for the behavior and supervision of their children and may be liable for any damage caused by their children
  • Leaving a child under the age of ten unattended by someone at least fourteen years old (see Unattended Child Policy)
  • Anyone whose personal hygiene interferes with the ability of other patrons to use and /or enjoy the facility

Anyone violating these policies, or any state or federal laws, may be asked to leave the library.

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

Amended and approved, Feb. 11, 2016



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