Code of Conduct

The Daniel Boone Regional Library strives to be at the heart of the community, a trusted resource and partner known for excellence, creativity and open, equitable access, connecting every person to opportunities for a lifetime of discovery, learning and joy.

In fulfilling this mission, we are committed to providing a safe and positive library experience for everyone.

To maintain a welcoming environment for all, we expect all library users to:

  • Respect each other, library staff and library property;
  • Do their part to contribute to a peaceful library experience;
  • Follow instructions from library staff members;
  • Be engaged in activities associated with the use of a public library, namely reading; studying; using library materials or technology; asking reference questions; or attending an authorized meeting, program, or event; and
  • Follow the library Code of Conduct and all city, county, state and federal laws.

The following activities are examples of behavior prohibited in DBRL facilities and on library grounds. This list is not intended to be inclusive of every prohibited activity or behavior, but is provided as a guide. Library staff will intervene to stop prohibited activities and behaviors. Failure to comply with this and any other established DBRL policy could result in restriction of library privileges, immediate removal from the premises, or exclusion from the library for a defined period of time (typically from one day to one year).

Section I: Disruptive or unsafe behavior

  1. Creating a disturbance in any manner that interferes with people’s ability to use the library or staff’s ability to do their job.
  2. Speaking in an abusive, threatening, profane or harassing manner to other library users or to staff.
  3. Making threatening gestures, including prolonged staring at an individual, stalking behavior, unwanted touching, or any behavior that could constitute fighting or assault.
  4. Speaking loudly, including on cell phones, or listening to music or videos without headphones. Cell phone ringers should be set to silent. Sound from headphones must not disturb others.
  5. Sleeping in the library for any extended period of time.
  6. Eating anywhere other than designated areas. Rules vary by branch location. No food or uncovered drink is allowed while using library technology.
  7. Not being fully clothed including shirts and shoes.
  8. Emitting strong odors that interfere with or disrupt others using library spaces.
  9. Openly carrying a weapon unless authorized by law (see Policy 2-675 Weapons, Including Firearms).

Section II: Inappropriate or unsafe uses of space

  1. Blocking aisles, pathways or entrances or otherwise preventing access to areas of the library.
  2. Bringing amounts of personal belongings into the library beyond what fits under a chair or in a study carrel; leaving belongings unattended.
  3. Bringing any animal into the library except a service animal as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or an animal that is used as part of a library program. Service animals must be under the control of their handlers at all times (see Policy 2-626 Service Animals).
  4. Using restrooms for bathing or shaving, or soiling restroom surfaces.
  5. Riding on skateboards, scooters or skates in the library or on library grounds (see Policy 2-693 Parking Lots); bringing bicycles inside.
  6. Failing to follow guidelines for use of study or meeting rooms (see Policy 2-651 Meeting Rooms).

Section III: Illegal or prohibited activities

  1. Viewing online materials deemed obscene, viewing child pornography or exposing a minor to pornography (see Policy 2-655 Computer and Internet Use).
  2. Engaging in sexual misconduct, such as indecent exposure, or touching or harassing patrons or staff (see Policy 1-291 Sexual Harassment). Sexual acts of any type are not permitted.
  3. Using tobacco or smoking cigarettes or e-cigarettes inside the library or on library grounds (see Policy 2-695 Smoking); consuming alcohol or marijuana; possessing or using illegal drugs; or being intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
  4. Tampering with or stealing library materials, software or equipment; failure to follow Policy 2-655 Computer and Internet Use.
  5. Using another person’s library card without permission.
  6. Soliciting, campaigning, distributing or selling materials, or panhandling on library property (see Policy 2-690 Petitioning, Other Solicitations and Campaigning).

The library reserves the right to modify these rules at any time. Additional guidelines and policies can be accessed at


Consequences for violation of the Daniel Boone Regional Library Rules for Behavior/Conduct or the commission of other illegal conduct in the library may include:

  • Verbal and/or written warning;
  • Suspension of library privileges, including instruction to leave the library immediately and not to return to any DBRL facility for the rest of the day;
  • Suspension of library privileges, including removal from, and denial of access to, all in-person library services, facilities and grounds for a period ranging from more than one day to one year;
  • Permanent suspension of library privileges.

In the case of repeat, continuing or serious violations, or entering library premises after a denial of access, DBRL personnel may notify law enforcement and request removal from library premises or other action.

Please see Policy 2-660 Code of Conduct for further descriptions of consequences for violations, and for trespass and appeal procedures.

Updated 2022