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Guidelines governing the use of Montgomery County Public Libraries

Please help us to be a welcoming environment by observing the following guidelines when you are in our libraries:

Choose civility. Library staff and customers are expected to treat one another with mutual courtesy and respect. Threatening speech or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated and may result in the person being barred and/or the police being called.

Directions given by library staff must be followed. Library staff have the authority to maintain order, to ensure the safety of staff and customers, and to enforce these and other regulations.

All Internet and computer customers must comply with our stated computer use and printing policies. Library resources, including materials, furniture, Internet access, computers and other equipment, are to be shared.

Library property should be respected. For example, feet should not be placed on chairs or tables. Shoes must be worn. Ball playing, running, rollerblading, skateboarding, and other physical activities are not permitted in the library or on library property.

Children under the age of 8 must be supervised at all times in the library by a responsible person who is at least 13 years old. Children over the age of 8 should not be left alone for prolonged periods of time.

Belongings should not be left unattended or stored in the library.

Food and drink (soda, juice, etc.) cannot be consumed in MCPL branches libraries. Water is allowed.

Noise of an excessive nature should not inconvenience others who are browsing, reading, or working in the library. Please be considerate of others. Loud conversation of any nature is disruptive.

Cell phones must be set on vibrate. Conversations must be kept to a reasonable volume so as not to disturb other library customers. Ear phones must be used with other electronic equipment.

Smoking is not allowed inside the building or within 50 feet of the outside of the library building.

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the library or on library property.

Service animals are welcome.

Loitering, defined as "remaining at the library when not engaged in library-related business or activities" is not allowed.

Sleeping, bathing, or storage of personal belongings is not permitted. The library staff will provide information for those in need of temporary shelter, food, counseling, or other emergency services.

Failure to comply with these rules or the directions of staff may result in the individual(s) being excluded from the premises and/or police being summoned on authority of the Administrative Regulations of Montgomery County Public Libraries.

effective Feb. 1, 2011