Conduct & Behavior

The Canton Public Library is an active center for study and learning, cultural enrichment, and intellectual recreation. The establishment of rules of conduct is necessary to maintain a welcoming place for children, young adults and adults to gather with friends to enjoy library resources or to be alone to pursue studies and personal interests.

Disruptive Conduct

Disruptive conduct which prevents others from enjoying the library or which endangers people or property is not allowed. Unacceptable behavior may include any form of harassment which could result in physical, or emotional or mental injury to oneself, the staff, the general public, or, when it could result in damage to the facilities, equipment or materials. This policy is designed to protect the rights of individuals who are in the library or use library materials and/or services, to protect the rights of staff members to conduct library business without interference, and to preserve and protect library materials and facilities.


  • No person shall threaten the safety or rights of another person while on the premises of the library by violent or disruptive behavior, abusive or profane language, or by impinging on the rights of other patrons to use the library.
  • Children aged 10 and under must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver, aged 16 or
    older, while at the library.
  • No adult shall be allowed to use the computers in the Children's Room without a child, or to remain except for purposes of searching for information or library materials.
  • Members of the public must use only the authorized entrances and exits of the library.
  • No user of the library shall enter a non-public area without authorization from library staff.
  • Loitering is not allowed on library property. Individuals who use the library for the purpose of sleeping, lingering, or following others through library facilities may be considered to be loitering.
  • Canvassing, selling, soliciting, or distribution of circulars or other articles is prohibited without written permission of the Board of Library Trustees.
  • Shirt and shoes (excluding rollerblades, heelys, etc.) must be worn in the library building. Washing or drying clothes, bathing, or shaving in any rest room is prohibited.
  • No person shall allow any animal into the building, other than a service animal, without authorization of the Library Director.
  • Food and beverages other than water are not permitted except in designated areas.
  • Cell phone use is strongly discouraged in study, research, and reading areas; please be courteous and turn phones off in these areas.
  • Smoking in public buildings is prohibited.
  • Only library-oriented materials may be brought into the library. Items such as writing materials, book bags, briefcases, etc. are acceptable; sleeping bags, hiking equipment, sports items and other personal items are not. Library staff may patrons to leave personal items outside the library. The library is not responsible for unattended personal items whether inside or outside the library.
  • Destruction or defacement of library building, property, or library materials is punishable by law.
  • Internet and computer users must be familiar with and comply with all the Internet Acceptable Use Policy and rules governing the use of library workstations.
  • Persons who knowingly and deliberately fail to comply with these rules of conduct may be asked to leave the premises. Repeated failure to heed warnings by library staff will result in the loss of library privileges and/or referral to proper authority.
The Board of Library Trustees revised and unanimously voted in favor of these rules on April 26, 2011 and again on January 14, 2019.