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 community and cultural activities.  We expect patrons to behave responsibly, respectfully and with consideration for others.  The following rules and regulations should be observed.  Although everyone is welcome at the library, patrons 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. Patrons should respect the rights of others and not engage in loud conversations and noisy activities, and abide by the signs of designated quiet areas.  Please use audible devices with headphones in the building.
  2. No selling, using, or possessing alcohol or illegal drugs is permitted in the library. Tobacco and marijuana use of any kind is prohibited in the library. An exception for the use of alcohol will be made at a sanctioned or licensed event.
  3. Patrons are welcome to bring drinks and food in spill-proof containers. Patrons 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. Purposefully damaging library property is forbidden. All materials must be checked out before leaving the building.
  6. Athletic equipment is not allowed in the library, including but not limited to hockey & lacrosse sticks, basketballs/volleyballs/baseballs, and bats.
  7. Verbally or physically harassing or threatening any staff member, volunteer or patron, including, but not limited to, possessing a weapon, stalking, staring, lurking, offensive touching and language, and behaving obscenely is forbidden.  Violating other library patrons’ privacy by campaigning, soliciting, surveying or petitioning is also forbidden.
  8. With the exception of service animals assisting library patrons, 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. Patrons are responsible for their personal property. Please do not leave items unattended.
  11. Wheeled devices may not be used in the building with the exception of wheelchairs, walkers, other ADA assistive devices, and baby 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. If you have a concern about a policy or procedure, or about another patron’s behavior, please speak directly with a staff member. Your cooperation will help promote excellence in library service for everyone.

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

Patrons whose privileges have been denied may have the decision reviewed by the Board of Library Trustees at one of their regularly scheduled meetings.

Amended by the Library Board of Trustees – March 2018; December 12, 2023