Rules and Regulations

Medfield Memorial Public Library
Rules and Regulations

The Medfield Memorial Public Library’s primary function is to provide access to library materials, information, and equipment, and to serve as a location for general studies and cultural activities.  We expect users to behave responsibly, respectfully and with consideration for others.  The following rules and regulations should be observed.  Use of the library is a privilege, not a right; therefore, users who exhibit behavior inconsistent with the following rules may be asked to leave the library.

  1. Many people use the library as a place for quiet study. Users should respect the rights of others and not engage in loud conversations and noisy activities.  Please use audible devices with headphones and turn cell phone and pager ringers off while in the building.
  2. No selling, using, or possessing alcohol or illegal drugs is permitted in the library, as well as no smoking, chewing, and other tobacco use, with the exception of a sanctioned or licensed event.
  3. Users are welcome to bring drinks and food in spill-proof containers. Users will not be allowed to have food at the computers. Covered drinks are welcome.
  4. Being barefooted, without a shirt, with offensive body odor or personal hygiene, or being otherwise attired so as to be disruptive to the Library environment is not permitted.
  5. Damaging library property is forbidden. All materials must be checked out before leaving the building.
  6. Athletic equipment is not allowed in the library – this includes hockey & lacrosse sticks, basketballs/volleyballs/baseballs, bats, etc.
  7. Verbally or physically harassing or threatening any staff member, volunteer or user, including, but not limited to, possessing a weapon, stalking, staring, lurking, offensive touching and language, and behaving obscenely is forbidden. If you have a concern about a policy or procedure, or about another patron’s behavior, please speak with a staff member.  Violating other library patrons’ privacy by campaigning, soliciting, surveying or petitioning is also forbidden.
  8. With the exception of service animals assisting library users, animals are not allowed in the library without the approval of the Library Director.
  9. Parents, guardians, and/or caregivers are responsible for the behavior and supervision of their children. Children should not be permitted to engage in loud and otherwise disruptive behavior.  Children under the age of 9 should not be left unattended in any part of the library.
  10. Users are responsible for their personal property. Please do not leave items unattended.
  11. Wheeled devices may not be used in the building with the exceptions, i.e. wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers. Bicycles should be left in the racks outside the building.
  12. Please read and follow the Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Please cooperate with the library staff who must interpret and apply these rules and regulations.  Your cooperation will help promote excellence in library service for everyone.

Any user violating the above rules may be denied access to the library by the Library Director or Director’s designee. When a user is not abiding by library policies, the Library Director may use his/her discretion in allowing continued use of library materials, equipment or space.

Users whose privileges have been denied may have the decision reviewed by the Board of Library Trustees.

Amended by the Library Board of Trustees – March 2018