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Patron Behavior Policy


The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library is a private organization operated under the auspices of The Grundy Foundation and governed by a Board of Trustees.  The Trustees reserve the right to change this Policy of accommodation without notice, and have unfettered discretion to deny any individual or organization access to the Library space, its materials, or programs if it is in the best interests of the Foundation to do so.

In order to allow individuals use of The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library premises to the fullest extent, the Library Board of Trustees has adopted the following rules and regulations:

  1. Individuals shall not access unlawful materials via the Internet. If an individual should access unlawful materials at the library, the appropriate law enforcement authorities will be contacted.
  2. Individuals shall be engaged in activities associated with the use of a public library while in the building. 
  3. Individuals shall not consume food or beverages, unless part of a library program.
  4. Individuals shall not smoke, use tobacco or tobacco products in the library.
  5. Individuals shall not bring weapons onto library premises.
  6. Individuals shall not have alcoholic beverages on library property, be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Individuals shall not engage in any illegal activity while on library premises.
  8. Individuals shall silence beeper, cell phone and other electronic devices upon entering the building. 
  9. Individuals shall respect the rights of other people and shall not harass or annoy others through noisy or boisterous activities or by behaving in a manner which reasonably can be expected to disturb other persons.
  10. Individuals shall not interfere with the use of the library by other people, or interfere with library employees’ performance of their duties.
  11. Access to inappropriate materials, defined as text or graphics, which may be reasonably construed as obscene or constitute pornography, is strictly prohibited.  This includes materials belonging to individuals that do not originate in the library as well as materials procured through use of library resources.  The Grundy Foundation, in its sole discretion, shall determine what materials are considered inappropriate.
  12. Any materials removed from the library must be checked out on a valid library card or through other standard library procedures such as inter-library loans.
  13. Individuals shall not deface or mar books, magazines, newspapers, recordings or other items of the library collection; nor shall they deface, mar, or in any way destroy or damage library furnishings, walls, machines, or other library property.
  14. Individuals shall not be permitted to enter the building without shirt or other covering of the upper body or without shoes.  Patrons whose bodily hygiene is offensive so as to constitute a nuisance to other patrons may be required to leave the building. 
  15. Individuals shall not misuse restrooms.
  16. Each individual or their legal guardian shall be responsible for any fines, fees or other charges due in accordance with the library’s standard schedules.  Failure to pay these fines will result in suspension of borrowing privileges.
  17. Individuals shall not bring pets or animals into the library, other than guide dogs for the handicapped.
  18. Children under the age of 10 years may not be left in the library without a parent/guardian or caregiver. Children under the age of 7 must remain within sight distance of an attending parent/guardian or caregiver at all times. A caregiver is an individual 13 or older who is assuming responsibility for a younger child with the permission of the child’s parent/guardian. Please see the Unattended Children Policy for details.
  19. Abusive individuals may be referred to the librarian in charge.  If the individual continues to be abusive, the police will be called.

Any individual not abiding by these rules and regulations of the library may be required to leave the library premises.  Library employees may contact the Bristol Borough Police if deemed advisable.

Any individual who violates the library rules and regulations may be denied the privilege of access to the library.  Any individual, whose privileges have been denied, may have the decision reviewed by the Library Director or the Executive Director of The Grundy Foundation.