Patron Code of Conduct

The Library’s mission is to advance knowledge, inspire lifelong learning and strengthen our community. The Library’s “Code of Conduct” is designed to foster this mission. Toward these ends, certain behavior becomes unacceptable when it interferes with this mission and compromises the rights of others, causes damage to the buildings, equipment or materials, or causes injury to oneself or others.

The Library System is supported by the taxes of the residents of St. Lucie County who have a right to expect each of our  facilities to be clean, pleasant and safe places for selecting materials, browsing, reading, researching, writing, using Wi-Fi, thinking, and attending Library programs.

Those willing to cease unacceptable behavior are always welcome to stay. However, those unable to comply will be asked to leave. If necessary, the authorities will be called. Parents, guardians, and/or caregivers are solely responsible for the safety and behavior of their children. They are  advised that children, like all Library users, are expected to comply with the Library’s “Code of Conduct,” and a child who violates those rules may be asked to leave Library  premises.

People who have received a notice that restricts future access to the Library may request a hearing. The request must be made in writing within 48 hours of the notice (exclusive of weekends and holidays). The Library Manager will conduct an informal hearing of the people involved in the incident. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Manager may affirm, modify, or cause the notice to be canceled. An appeal of the Manager’s decision may be made to the County Administrator.

Examples of unacceptable Library behavior include:
  1. Abusing or harassing Library patrons or staff physically or verbally. Abusing or vandalizing Library buildings, materials,computers, equipment or other property.
  2. Bathing, shaving, or washing clothes or other inappropriate use of the restrooms.
  3. Begging, soliciting, hawking, peddling and/or other forms of commercial activity.
  4. Behaving in a manner which reasonably can be expected to disturb other patrons or staff.
  5. Being loud, unruly or boisterous.
  6. Bicycling, roller skating and/or skateboarding on Library property.
  7. Bringing animals, except service animals for persons with disabilities, into the Library.
  8. Bringing weapons, or facsimiles thereof, into the Library unless authorized by law.
  9. Consuming or possessing any food or beverage at a Library computer work station; small wrapped foods or dry snacks and beverages in covered containers are permitted in other Library areas.
  10. Engaging in sexual activity including inappropriate displays of public affection.
  11. Entering staff areas of the facility without being accompanied by a Library employee.
  12. Entering without shirts and shoes.
  13. Harassing, intimidating, stalking or prolonged staring at patrons or staff.
  14. Leaving individuals, minors or adults requiring care or   supervision unattended for long periods of time or at closing.
  15. Loitering, sleeping or the giving the appearance of sleeping.
  16. Misusing the computers. 
  17. Operating a radio, telephone or other device at a volume that others can hear.
  18. Placing feet on table or chairs.
  19. Possessing, consuming or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
  20. Running, throwing or other forms of physical activity inappropriate in a Library setting.
  21. Smoking or using other tobacco products including smokeless cigarettes.
  22. Stealing.
  23. Violating an active trespass warning.
  24. Violating the St. Lucie County Library System’s Internet Policy.
  25. Wearing perfumes or having bodily hygiene that generates strong odors that is so offensive as to constitute a nuisance or health risk to others.