Library Code of Conduct

  1. The Library and its resources are open to the public for research and informational purposes. Please note, library staff are not permitted to provide legal advice to users. Borrowing is limited as set forth in the Borrowing Rules.
  2. Patrons are expected to behave respectfully towards Library employees and other library users. Disturbing, harassing, or intimidating behavior towards staff or other patrons is not allowed.
  3. Library employees may exclude for the duration of that business day or longer, any person violating these rules or causing disturbances in the Library.
  4. The Board of Trustees has the right to suspend, terminate, or restrict patrons from using the Library if the Library’s rules have been violated.
  5. Talking on cell phones is not permitted in the Library. Cell phones and other electronic devices must be set to silent mode. Staff are not permitted to allow public use of the Library telephone to make or receive phone calls. Additionally, the Law Library may not be used in lieu of an office for the practice of law or other professional activities.
  6. Silence must be maintained in the stacks area.
  7. No food or beverages are permitted in the library, with the exception of bottled water. Smoking is prohibited.
  8. Pets are not allowed in the library. Service animals for the disabled, as defined in 28 CFR §361.04, are exempt from this rule.
  9. Children are welcome in the Library as long as they are accompanied by an adult. They may not engage in any activity that is distracting to other patrons or that is destructive to Library property. In the event a child does make a disturbance, we kindly ask the parent/guardian to take the child outside the library.
  10. The Library does provide Wi-Fi access. The Wi-Fi code is available at the circulation desk upon request. Personal computers may be used at the tables and study carrels in the stacks area.
  11. Computers and internet access are provided. Staff can only provide basic computer help, and cannot perform lengthy research or type documents for the public.
  12. Sleeping in the Library is not allowed.
  13. Patrons must not bathe, wash clothing/personal belongings, or otherwise misuse the restrooms.
  14. Any activity which defaces or otherwise damages the Library’s furniture, technology equipment, or facilities is prohibited. This also includes mutilation of and writing in books and materials (CA. Education Code §19910).
  15. Do not re-shelve books. They may be placed on book trucks after use.
  16. Books and materials may not leave the Library unless they have been checked out by Library staff. Patrons will be required to stop for bag or briefcase inspection if the sensor is activated.
  17. All patrons must leave the Library at closing time. Employees may not work overtime for the benefit of patrons.
  18. Patrons must not leave personal items unattended. The Library is not responsible for any personal property left in the Library by patrons. All personal property left in the Library after closing will be placed in the Library’s lost and found. Any such property not claimed within 30 days will be donated. Additionally, patrons cannot obstruct aisles or restrict the movement of staff or other patrons around the library.

Revised and updated by the Board of Trustees, June 13, 2018.