Printer-friendly General Library Rules

To ensure that the library will be enjoyed by all patrons, the following rules must be observed.

  1. Patrons shall not interfere with other patrons' use of the library or with library employees' performance of their duties.
  2. Failure to promptly comply with staff directive will result in suspension of library privileges.
  3. Damage to library property and theft of library materials is a criminal offense. (MGL, Ch. 266, Sec. 100)
  4. Creating a disturbance by making noise, talking loudly, or engaging in other disruptive conduct is forbidden. (MGL, CH.272, Sec. 41)

In support of these basic rules, the following, while not an exhaustive list, is not permitted in the library: Smoking (MGL, Ch.270, Sec. 22); Shouting; Running; Sleeping; Pushing; Shoving; Putting feet on furniture; Throwing any object; Talking or singing loudly; Using electronic equipment audible to others; Harassing, either verbally or physically, any staff person or patron; Bicycles; Rollerblades; Skateboards; Basketballs; Soccer balls, etc.

  • No animals shall be allowed in the library except service animals (MGL, CH.272, Sec. 98A).
  • Parents are responsible for the behavior and supervision of their children. (See Policy on unattended children.)
  • The second floor of the library is reserved for silent study.
  • No more than four people may sit at a table, or more than one person in a single chair. Sitting on furniture other than chairs is not permitted.
  • Intruding on other library patron's privacy is forbidden. No campaigning, petitioning or soliciting is permitted.
  • Library patrons are responsible for their personal property. Items should not be left unattended. The Library is not responsible for any lost or stolen material.
  • Shirts and shoes must be worn in the library.
  • All materials must be checked out before leaving; bags may be inspected at circulation desks.
  • Food and drink are permitted only in designated areas, but never around the computers or in the Waltham Room.
  • Patrons must leave promptly at closing.
  • Theft of library materials, use of false identification to obtain a library card, or use of another personís library card without their permission, are against state law and will be prosecuted. (MGL, CH.266, Sec. 99)