Code of Conduct

Approved by the Board of Trustees October 4, 2016

The United States Court of Appeals decision (Kreimer vs. Bureau of Police for the Town of Morristown, N.J., 1992) found that a library is a “limited public forum” created for the specific purpose of providing public access to materials. Further, the library may draft rules of behavior that assure that the library is used for the general purposes for which it is intended.

  1. The Nashua Public Library System will uphold all state laws and local ordinances in regard to public behavior.
  2. Patrons shall be engaged in activities associated with the use of a public library while in the building. Patrons not engaged in reading, studying, using library materials, or attending library programs, shall be required to leave the building.
  3. The following list of activities not associated with the use of a public library are specifically prohibited:
    • Smoking, including electronic cigarettes, on library property
    • Sleeping
    • Bringing food into the library
    • Drinks without a secure cover
    • Any drink in a computer area
    • Bringing animals into the library (except certified service animals)
    • Abusing or vandalizing library facilities or equipment
    • Rearranging/ disarranging library furnishings or materials
    • Damaging/ mutilating/ cutting pages from library materials
    • Using restrooms for washing clothes, bathing, or shaving
    • Bringing a weapon into the library unless authorized by law (a person authorized to carry a weapon must notify library staff that he/she is carrying a weapon in the library)
  4. Patrons shall respect the rights of other patrons and staff and shall not harass or annoy others by:
    • Noisy or boisterous activities
      • Staring at another person
      • Following another person
    • Playing audio or electronic equipment so that others can hear it
      • Singing or talking loudly to others or in monologues
    • Behaving in a manner which reasonably can be expected to disturb other patrons or staff
    • Soliciting funds or offering any goods or services for sale (unless authorized by the library Director)
  5. Patrons shall not interfere with another person’s use of the library or with the library personnel’s performance of their duties.
  6. Patrons must wear proper covering attire, including shirts and shoes, while on library property.
  7. Patrons shall maintain bodily hygiene that is not so offensive as to constitute a nuisance to other persons
  8. The Nashua Public Library understands cell phones are a vital component of communication and information gathering. Polite cell phone use and text messaging is permitted throughout the library. Remember to speak quietly and respect your neighbors, and please set your cell phone to vibrate.
  9. Children under the age of seven shall not be left alone in the library.
    • Responsibility for all children using the library rests with the parent/guardian or assigned chaperone and not with library personnel.
    • Adults unaccompanied by a child who do not require immediate materials from the Children’s area shall be asked to relocate to other areas of the library.
    • Unaccompanied minors needing assistance with government information or government publications should contact the Government Document staff prior to visiting the library
  10. Any person violating any of these rules shall be required to leave the building and may lose library privileges or be subject to legal action upon the discretion of the library Director.