Springfield Free Public Library is supported by the taxes of the citizens of Springfield who have the right to expect the library to be a safe, clean and pleasant place for both patrons and staff therefore, the Board of Trustees sets the standards for acceptable library behavior.
When the behavior of any person becomes such that it interferes with use of the facilities, or become disturbing to other patrons or the staff, that person may be asked to desist or leave. If this fails, the police may be called. Repeated violations of the standards of acceptable behavior will be cause for temporary or permanent suspensions of library privileges.
The Board has defined the following as unacceptable behavior:
- Noisy or boisterous behavior, including but not limited to running, throwing, loud talking or crying, fighting, jumping, pushing, shoving, staring at another person with intent to annoy that person, following another person about the building with the intent to annoy that person, stalking another person, or by behaving in a manner which reasonably can be expected to disturb other persons.
- The use of offensive language or behavior that disturbs or threatens other patrons or members of the staff.
- Harrassment of other patrons or members of the staff, whether verbal, physical, sexual or the display of objectionable materials on computers screens.
- Actions that obstructs or unreasonable interferes with another person's use of any entrance, exit, aisle or other library facility.
- Actions indicating that a person is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Inappropriate use of library furniture and equipment.
- Maintaining bodily hygiene in such a way as to be offensive and to constitue a nuisance to other persons using the library.
- Eating or drinking of food or beverages, except in specially designated locations and time periods.
- Smoking anywhere in the building.
- The presence of any animals in the building except for guide dogs for the blind or hearing ear dogs for the hearing impaired.
- Solicitations or distribution of any material.
- Unruly or unattended children.
- Failing, as the guardian, to safeguard and monitor the behavior of a youth.
- Playing of audio equipment so that others can hear it.
- Carrying a weapon into the library.
- Misusing the restrooms.
- Attending library without shoes, shirt or other appropriate attire.
- Taking of people, exhibits, activities or programs.
- Cell phone conversation in any part of the library other than the lobby.
- Use of scooters, roller blades or other devices on library property.
- Use of the library property as a playground or athletic field.
- Sleeping in the library.
Please Note: Effective June 1, 2015 Children must be at least ten (10) years of age to be in the library without a supervising adult. Caregivers for children younger than age ten must be at least thirteen (13) years of age.