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Library Code of Conduct

(Adopted by the Library Board on January 22, 2007. Revised December 17, 2007, April 19, 2010, July 21, 2014, September 21, 2015, June 20, 2016, April 24, 2017, August 28, 2017, August 20, 2018)

St. Louis County Library strives to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all library users. Patrons are expected to show respect for all library users, and Library staff. Patrons should comply with all Library policies and instructions given by Library staff and observe the following:

  • Engaging in any illegal activity or behavior will not be permitted.
  • Patrons may not behave in a disorderly or disruptive manner. The use of profane or threatening language or other harassment of library users or Library staff will not be permitted.
  • Weapons are prohibited on Library property except as permitted under Missouri State law.
  • Selling, soliciting, panhandling, or loitering on Library property is not permitted.
  • Only library activities are permitted on Library property outside of business hours.
  • Tobacco use and smoking in all forms is not permitted anywhere on Library property.
  • Entering Library property while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is prohibited. The consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited except as authorized by the Library Director for specific events.
  • Children under ten years of age, or persons of any age with mental, physical or emotional needs who require supervision, must be accompanied and adequately supervised by a responsible adult or caregiver age 18 or older.
  • Entering the Library without shoes or shirt is prohibited.
  • Neglecting personal hygiene so that it is offensive and constitutes a nuisance to other patrons will not be allowed on Library property.
  • Bathing, shaving, or washing clothes in public restrooms is not permitted.

Failure to observe this code may result in the revocation of Library privileges, including being banned from all facilities for a specified period of time. The revocation of privileges may be appealed in writing to the Library Director within 10 days of receiving notice of the revocation. The patron will then be given an opportunity to participate in a telephone conference with the Library Director to present the case. Revocations of more than 6 months may be further appealed in writing to the President of the Library’s Board of Trustees within 10 days of receiving notice of the Library Director’s decision. The patron has the right to submit written relevant information for the President to consider. The President of the Board of Trustees will consider the appeal and make a determination within at least 30 days after receiving written notice of the appeal. The patron may not use any Library facilities during any appeal period. Once notification of revocation has been communicated to a patron, further visits to any Library property by the patron will result in an extension of the revocation by a minimum of 30 days.