Mutual respect makes it possible for everyone to enjoy library materials and services. You can help by refraining from behavior that interferes with the rights of others and the duties of the library staff.

At the Columbus Metropolitan Library, we strive for every customer to experience the joy and satisfaction of learning and enrichment. In order to preserve that opportunity, we ask customers to be respectful of each other and behave in a manner that does not disrupt other customers or staff.

The Library Board of Trustees is responsible for determining the rules for public behavior in the Library that are necessary to:

  • Protect the rights of individuals to use Library property, materials, and services;
  • Protect the rights of Library employees and volunteers to conduct library business without interference;
  • Preserve Library materials and facilities from harm; and
  • Ensure the safety of Library customers, employees, and volunteers.

The rules for public behavior will be prominently posted in the Library. Library employees are authorized to bring to an individual’s attention any act or omission which violates these rules. The individual will be asked to change the problem behavior to conform to the rules. If such change is not evident or forthcoming, that individual will be asked to leave Library property. Failure to leave if asked may result in the police being called and a possible charge of criminal trespass per Section 2911.21 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Behavior that interferes with the rights of others includes, but is not limited to:

  • Improper dress including bare feet and no shirt.
  • Offensive body odor.
  • Leaving children under age 7 unattended.
  • Insufficient supervision of children under age 7 by older siblings or caregivers resulting in acts disruptive to customers and staff.
  • Bringing animals, other than service animals, into the library.
  • Being under the influence, possessing alcohol or drugs, selling drugs or alcoholic beverages.
  • Sleeping.
  • Abuse or improper use of furniture, equipment or materials.
  • Smoking, chewing tobacco, or using electronic cigarettes or similar devices.
  • Unreasonable noise including: loud talking, singing, boisterous activity, cell phone and audio/visual equipment usage.
  • Monopolizing/obstructing space, seating, tables or equipment to the exclusion of others including rest rooms.
  • Profane, obscene or abusive language; racial, ethnic, or sexual orientation epithets.
  • Gambling, panhandling, or soliciting money.
  • Use of the internet for unlawful purposes as defined by federal, state and local laws.
  • Running, pushing, rough play, or other dangerous physical activity.
  • Distributing/posting unauthorized materials (materials must be submitted for review and approval for posting and distributing).
  • Bathing, shaving, or washing clothes on the premises.
  • Roller skating, roller blading, skateboarding, game playing, or cycling.
  • Other acts disruptive to customers and staff.
  • Intentionally damaging, destroying or stealing any property belonging to the Library, another customer or staff.
  • Possessing weapons or other items that a reasonable person would consider to be dangerous to themselves or others in a public library environment. Violation of posted concealed weapons prohibition.
  • Trespassing.
  • Theft of personal or library property.
  • Inducing panic. False 911 or emergency calls.
  • Harassing customers or staff. Deliberate repeated behavior that is intimidating, hostile, offensive, or adversely impacts staff work performance.
  • Possession of drugs or alcohol. Actively distributing drugs or alcohol.
  • Engaging in or soliciting a sexual act. Indecent exposure.
  • Fighting, challenging someone to fight, physical abuse or assault.

For more information, please see our Policy and Procedure here.