Patron Conduct

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Patron Conduct

The Stokes Brown Public Library Board of Trustees welcomes visitors and encourages them to use its resources.  The Board also acknowledges the necessity to maintain an environment in which patrons and staff can be free from harassment, intimidation, threats to their safety and well-being, and protects library resources and facilities from damage.  To provide safeguards against such behavior and damage to property, the Library Board has adopted the following Rules of Conduct, which specify the type of activities or behavior that is not permitted on library premises.

The Library will actively monitor all behaviors of patrons and visitors to ensure safety and a secure environment.  The Library reserves the right to enforce restrictions on access to the Library of any person listed on the sexual offender registry as authorized under Tennessee Code Annotated 40-39-216 on a case by case basis when made aware of a problem situation.
These rules of conduct shall apply to the interior and exterior of the building and to all persons entering in or on the premises.

Listed below are the library’s rules of conduct.  Persons who violate these rules may be ejected from the premises and excluded from all library premises for the time prescribed below.


RULES OF CONDUCT – Class I Offenses

Any person engaging in the following prohibited behavior will be given a verbal warning and explanation of the rule and will be asked to comply. If the person violates these rules for a second time, they will be given a written warning. For a third offense the patron will be asked to leave the premises for the remainder of that day. A fourth violation of these rules will result in a suspension for one day. A 5th violation will result in a 5 day suspension. A sixth violation will result in a suspension up to 30 days. Should any person refuse to comply or leave the premises for the remainder of the day they will be considered in criminal trespass and in violation of class II offense # 19. This will result in an expulsion from thirty (30) days up to one (1) year.

  1. Distributing or posting printed materials and literature that have not been approved by the library, soliciting, petitioning, or canvassing on library premises.
  2. Participating in a gang or gang-related activity. Gang-related activity includes (but is not limited to): the display or possession of gang symbols or paraphernalia, gang recruitment, gang initiation, and gang intimidation.
  3. Food and covered drinks are allowed; debris, mess and strong odors are not. Unless specifically authorized by library administration for facility events, alcohol is not permitted on library property.
  4. Smoking in the library or in areas immediately adjacent to any entrance or use of smokeless tobacco in the library.
  5. Sleeping, placing head on table for prolonged periods of time; congregating on library premises in a manner which obstructs access or interferes with use of library facilities or services or where such activity may result in an unsafe or intimidating environment; not using the library for intended purposes, lying or sitting on floors, tables or planters; lying on benches; school age students being on library premises during school hours excluding home school students or school sponsored visits.
  6. Using library materials, equipment, furniture, fixtures or buildings in a manner inconsistent with the customary use thereof; or in a destructive, abusive, or potentially damaging manner; or in a manner likely to cause personal injury. Bringing bicycles, shopping carts or similar devices into library buildings including vestibules and covered doorways, the use of skates, skate boards and/or roller blades or similar devices on library premises.
  7. Bringing animals or pets, other than those assisting persons with disabilities, into the library facility. Leaving animals tethered and unattended on library premises.
  8. Creating loud noises and/or disturbances which interfere with staff and or other patrons’ use and enjoyment of the library including, but not limited to, by verbal utterances or with electronic devices.
  9. Leaving children unattended or unsupervised where the child may be in danger or when the child’s behavior is disruptive to other patrons. Leaving children or young adults in library facilities after closing time (see library's policy regarding children remaining at the library after closing time).
  10. Misuse of rest rooms. Misuse includes shaving, washing clothing and bathing (other than face and hands).
  11. Being on library premises between one (1) hour after official public closing time and one (1) hour before official opening time except for returning library materials to after-hours book drops and attending special events authorized by the library.
  12. Entering the library with no shoes or shirt.
  13. Disturbing others because of offensive odor of the body, clothes or belongings.
  14. Unauthorized use of another patron's library card or library card number.
  15. Violations of posted Library policies, procedures or guidelines.

RULES OF CONDUCT – Class II Offenses

Any persons engaging in the following prohibited behavior will be suspended from the Stokes Brown Public Library for a period of Thirty (30) to ninety (90) days. Subsequent violations by that person will result in a suspension of up to one (1) year depending upon the number of repeat offenses.


  1. Directing a specific threat of physical harm against an individual, group of individuals or property.
  2. Intentionally damaging, defacing, destroying, or stealing property belonging to the library, a patron or employee. Library patrons are subject to search.
  3. Intentionally engaging in harassing or threatening behavior towards other patrons or library employees for the purpose of annoying, intimidating or causing fear to the recipient. Using obscene or abusive language or gestures in a manner which reasonably can be expected to annoy or disturb other patrons or library staff (including following persons around the premises or prolonged staring).
  4. Entering library premises while on suspension for patron conduct rules.
  5. Any violation of Federal, State, or local laws


Any person engaging in the following prohibited behavior will be suspended from the Stokes Brown Public Library for a period of one (1) year and the library will pursue criminal charges. If the person is convicted or pleads guilty to criminal charges, the patron will be suspended for five (5) years or for the length of the sentence imposed by the court, whichever is longer, pending review and approval by the Library Director.

  1. Physical assault of a customer or employee.
  2. Engaging in sexual conduct including but not limited to indecent exposure or the physical manipulation or touching of a person’s sex organs through a person’s clothing in an act of apparent sexual stimulation or gratification.
  3. Intentionally damaging, defacing, destroying or stealing property belonging to the library, a patron or employee resulting in felony charges.

(adapted from the Nashville Public Library’s Safety –Security Patron Rules of Conduct, 6/12/2014)