About » Rules and Regulations for Public Behavior in the Library

The Lakewood Public Library has a responsibility to provide its materials, services and the use of its facilities to the greatest number of individuals possible. It also has a duty to protect the rights and see to the safety of both patrons and staff. To that end, the following rules and regulations have been established by the Lakewood Public Library Governing Board of Trustees.

Employees are required to notify patrons of these rules whenever necessary to preserve the tranquil atmosphere of the Library. When necessary, the police will be called in to assist in the enforcement of these rules. Patron privileges may be suspended on a temporary or permanent basis as determined by the Library Director.

  1. Any conduct that interferes with another person's use of the Library is prohibited. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:
    1. Loud or boisterous activity.
    2. Conversations and behaviors that distract others.
    3. Music played at levels that can be heard by others.
    4. Abusing Library furniture, equipment or materials.
    5. Running in the Library.
    6. Harassing others, either verbally or physically.
    7. Impeding access to the Library's facilities.
    8. Unwanted conversation.
  2. Photography, videography and sound recording within the Library are forbidden without the written permission of the Library Director or a Manager.
  3. Fighting is not allowed in the Library.
  4. Smoking is prohibited by law throughout the Library and on all Library property, including outdoor areas.
  5. Bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, roller shoes and other wheeled objects may not be ridden on Library property. These items may not be brought inside the building for any reason. (Wheelchairs and other aid vehicles are excepted.)
  6. Cell phone conversation is not permitted inside the Library. All ringtones should be turned off upon entering the building.
  7. Eating and drinking are prohibited in all public areas. Any food or drink brought into the Library must be stored in a sealed, unopened container. The Library Director may grant exceptions to groups that seek permission in advance.
  8. Sleeping is not permitted in the Library.
  9. Loitering in the Library without making use of its materials is not acceptable. Aimless wandering through the building or anywhere on the grounds is likewise prohibited.
  10. Shoes and proper attire must be worn at all times.
  11. An acceptable standard of personal hygiene is expected of all individuals. Unpleasant body odor, which may offend other individuals in the Library, is considered unacceptable.
  12. Personal grooming, beyond washing one's hands, is not permitted anywhere on Library property.
  13. Belongings such as bedding, blankets (except small blankets used by babies), pillows, sleeping bags, and changes of clothing may not be brought into the Library.  Carts used to convey personal belongings and large parcels exceeding 14”x14”x22” are prohibited.
  14. All diaper changing conducted within the Library must take place on the appropriate tables found in public restrooms.
  15. The Library is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
  16. All commercial activities are forbidden on Library property unless special permission has been granted by the Library Director. All charitable solicitations are likewise forbidden.
  17. Distribution of leaflets, flyers and posters is prohibited throughout the Library. Organizations that wish to have their literature displayed in select locations must submit those materials to the Administration for approval.
  18. No surveys or petition drives may be conducted within the Library.
  19. Only licensed service animals are permitted on Library property.
  20. Children under six years of age may not be left unattended in the Library or on Library property. They must be under the direct supervision of an attentive parent or effective caregiver at all times.
  21. The Library reserves the right to limit the number of individuals who may sit together. There is a limit of one person per chair.
  22. The Quiet Room and Grand Reading Room at Main Library and the Adult Room at Madison Branch are specifically intended for quiet reading and studying. No conversations are permitted. All electronic devices should be silenced.
  23. Adults may not use the Homework Room in the Children's and Youth Services Area for individual or group purposes, except when providing tutoring or other services to children and teens.
  24. The Library reserves the right to inspect all bags, purses, briefcases, etc., for Library materials.
  25. Firearms and other weapons are not permitted in the Library.
  26. The Library respects all copyrighted material and does not tolerate violations anywhere on the premises.
  27. The public viewing of materials that is harmful to minors, including but not limited to sexually explicit material, is forbidden on all Library property.
  28. Illegal activity of any kind is prohibited. The Library will cooperate with the authorities in all enforcement matters.

The Library reserves the right to dismiss individuals who violate these rules from the premises and suspend their privileges.

Patrons have the right to be notified of any disciplinary action being taken against them. They also have the right to contest charges made against them by scheduling a meeting with the Library administration.

If a patron is unsatisfied with the decision of the Library administration, they have the right to appeal to the Lakewood Public Library Governing Board of Trustees. Appeals should be made in a written letter, addressed to the Lakewood Public Library Governing Board of Trustees, care of the Main Library at 15425 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107.

These rules and regulations are based upon the powers of the Lakewood Public Library Governing Board of Trustees under Ohio Statutory and Case Law to operate a public building and upon a codified Ordinance of the City of Lakewood.

Adopted by the Governing Board of Trustees April 21, 1988
Revised January 15, 2004
Revised June 10, 2010
Revised April 12, 2012
Revised October 11, 2012

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