Rules of Conduct

The Bangor Public Library requires library users to be safe, to show respect for library users and staff, and to show respect for the Library facility.

Be safe.

Library users are not permitted to:

  • engage in any illegal activity

  • smoke any substance, or use tobacco, e-cigarettes, alcohol, or illegal substances on Library property

  • block entrances, aisles, or access to Library materials

  • use sports equipment on Library property

  • possess weapons on Library property

  • sleep in the library

  • be in the library without shoes or shirt

Show respect for other library users.

Library users are not permitted to:

  • create a public disturbance

  • use obscene and/or abusive language or gestures

  • engage in harassment or threatening behavior

  • engage in sexual acts

  • solicit on Library premises

  • engage in bathing or public nudity

  • engage in cell phone use that disrupts other patrons or use cell phones in areas designated as quiet zones

Show respect for staff.

Library users are not permitted to:

  • impede staff from performing their duties

  • engage in harassment or threatening behavior

  • touch library staff

  • inquire into the personal lives of staff

Show respect for the Library facility.

Library users are not permitted to:

  • mutilate, damage, or deface any Library materials or tamper with, displace, or unplug Library furniture or equipment

  • bring pets, other than service animals or animals used for Library programs, into the building; all animals must be under control at all times

  • have food outside of the atrium

  • have uncovered drinks

Adopted by the Board of Trustees, May 5, 2009; last amended by the Board February 5, 2019


Unattended Children Policy:

The Youth Services Department is reserved for use by children, their parents or guardians, and adults interested in children's literature.

The Bangor Public Library is dedicated to providing a welcoming environment that encourages children to visit the Library. Library staff is available to assist and support children with their use of Library resources.  However, the Library is NOT responsible for children who are left unattended on Library premises. Unattended children are children of any age who are apparently unaccompanied by a parent, guardian, and/or responsible caregiver in the Library.

Parents, guardians and/or caregivers are solely responsible for the safety and behavior of their children. They are advised that children, like all Library users, are expected to comply with the Library's Rules of Conduct Policy. Parents, guardians and/or caregivers must inform themselves as to scheduled Library closing times and be aware that a Library facility sometimes may have to close unexpectedly due to emergencies or safety issues. It is the responsibility of parents, guardians and/or caregivers to let their children know what they should do if they must leave the Library.

Library staff may call the police or other appropriate City agency if a child is left unattended when the Library facility closes or if a child otherwise appears to be at risk.