Library Policies

Patron Behavior Policy

Entrance into the Library signifies the willingness of each individual to behave courteously toward all other persons here, to act respectfully with regard to public property, and in accordance with all the rules of this facility. The Library reserves the right to expel any person or persons whose behavior is disruptive or whose actions interfere with the use of the library by others.
The following are not permitted in the library:

  • Smoking, consuming alcoholic beverages, or using illegal drugs.
  • Weapons of any kind.
  • Food
  • Beverages in open containers (containers with tight lids are permitted except near computers and other electronic equipment)
  • Playing of audio equipment so that others can hear.
  • Talking loudly, making noise, or engaging in other disruptive, disorderly, or boisterous conduct.
  • Interfering with another person’s use of the library or with library personnel’s performance of their duties.
  • Verbal or physical harassment or assault of patron or staff, and any other form of obscene, threatening or intimidating language or behavior.
  • Destruction or theft of library property or personal property of patrons or staff.
  • Sleeping
  • Disposal of soiled diapers and/or baby wipes

Other activities:

  • Patrons must wear shirts and shoes, and their personal hygiene, body odor, or fragrance must not interfere with the ability of others to use and/or enjoy the library.
  • Parents or caregivers are responsible for the supervision and behavior of their children and may not leave children under the age of twelve (12) unattended in the library. See the policy for Unattended Children.
  • Solicitation of any kind, including political campaigning, is prohibited.
  • Leaving personal belongings unattended. The Library is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Approved by the Warren Public Library Board of Directors September 18, 2019

Material Circulation Policy Regarding Minors Under the Age of 17

Warren Public Library materials are freely available to all regardless of age. The Library’s policy of open access is based upon each person’s right to read, collect information, and maintain confidentiality. Librarians are not censors of books or films. Ratings on films are for guidance on content. It is the responsibility of parents to monitor the materials their child borrows from the Library’s collections.

Approved by the Warren Public Library Board of Directors December 14, 2016

Unattended Child Policy

Children are always welcome at the library. However, the library is a public building
and very busy on a daily basis. For the protection and well-being of children, the
Warren Public Library has established an Unattended Child Policy.

(Please note that program attendees must also comply with the Library’s Unattended Child Policy)

  • Age 0-7 must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times.
  • Age 8-11 must be accompanied by parent/guardian remaining in the Library.
  • Age 12+ may be unaccompanied provided child is able to use Library independently and follow the Library’s Code of Conduct.
  • Those supervising children must be age 15 or older.
Approved by the Warren Public Library Board of Directors November 14, 2018