Code of Conduct

The Laurel Public Library’s goal is to serve the members of our entire community in a professional and courteous manner while providing print and non-print materials, services and programming to meet the educational, informational and recreational needs of our patrons. While at the library, all patrons have the right to expect a safe atmosphere and areas designated for quiet study.

Patrons are expected to:

  • Respect the rights of other patrons
  • Supervise children in their care at all times
  • Follow Delaware Computer Acceptable Use Policy
  • Treat library staff and fellow patrons with courtesy

Rules of Conduct:

Patrons who engage in dangerous, destructive or criminal conduct will be instructed to leave the Library immediately. These include:

  • Physical abuse or assault
  • Making violent/threatening remarks
  • Engaging in or soliciting any sexual act
  • Damaging or destroying library property or grounds

Misconduct that may result in suspension of library privileges:

  • Illegal activities/vandalism
  • Using another patron’s library card
  • Harassments/threats
  • Loitering/soliciting
  • Lying on the floor/sleeping in chairs
  • Unsafe/rowdy behavior
  • Profanity
  • Animals (except service animals)
  • Public displays of affection
  • Behavior impaired by drugs/alcohol
  • Using wheeled recreational devices
  • Smoking, eating or drinking
  • Inappropriate restroom behavior
  • Loud/disruptive use of electronic devices

Laurel Public Library Staff will firmly and courteously enforce library rules.
Laurel Police Officers will be asked to intervene if necessary.

Consequences for violations:

  • 1st Violation: Patron may be required to leave library for the remainder of the day.
  • 2nd Violation: Library privileges suspended for (7) days.
  • 3rd Violation: Library privileges suspended as determined by Library Director or Board of Commissioners

Library privileges may be reinstated by arranging an appointment with the Library Director.
Depending on the severity of the infraction and on a case-by-case basis, action is at the discretion of the Director or Board of Commissioners. We ask your cooperation in maintaining an environment that is safe and pleasant for all library patrons.