A. Library Behavior

The Kingston Library is committed to providing an atmosphere where people of all ages may come to read, browse, do research or study. This policy does not prohibit quiet conversations between patrons and/or staff members or conversation required to carry on library programs or business. It is designed a safe and reasonably quiet atmosphere where library patrons may use library materials and services without disturbance. In order to maintain such and atmosphere, library users are expected to abide by the following guidelines:

  1. Any food or drink that is brought into the library for consumption must be removed or disposed of properly by the person who brought it in. NO food or beverages may be consumed at or near the computers.
  2. Use or exchange of tobacco, e-cigarettes, alcohol or illegal substances is prohibited.
  3. Pursuant to New York State Public Health Law Section 1399-0, smoking is prohibited in libraries. Further, smoking is prohibited within the fenced area outside the library building where hazardous to health second hand tobacco smoke can effect individuals health and where quality of the environment is decreased by the litter of cigarette butts and packages. Signs shall be displayed in appropriate smoke free areas to identify the smoke-free status of the area.
  4. Appropriate dress, including shoes and shirts mist be worn in the library.
  5. Bicycles are not allowed in the library. Bicycle racks are provided on a first come first served basis. The library assumes no liability for damage or theft.
  6. Use of roller blades and skateboards is prohibited on library grounds.
  7. Selling, advertising, petitioning or soliciting for contributions or support is prohibited, except as authorized.
  8. Patrons are expected to abide by federal, state, and local laws, ordinances and regulations. Anyone found in violation of such will be reported to the proper authorities.
  9. Disruptive behavior is prohibited. Disruptive behavior consists of actions which are illegal, or which infringe upon the rights of others using the library and/or disturb the tranquility of the library, or the proper activities of its staff and patrons. Disruptive behavior includes but is not limited to the following:
    • Lewd behavior or sexual misconduct including exposure, offensive touching or sexual harassment of other patrons or staff.
    • Any behavior involving an unwilling person, or inappropriate or indecent behavior with a child.
    • Behavior that makes it impossible for another patron to continue using the library.
    • Loud or boisterous behavior including loud talking, shouting, running or fighting.
    • Misuse of library property.
    • Profane, obscene or offense language directed at another person.
    • Use of radios, stereos, video games, etc. without earphones.
    • Verbal harassment of staff or patrons.
    • Interference with library operations or other patron’s use of the facilities though extremely poor personal hygiene.