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Rules for Library Users

  1. Food and drinks are to be consumed in the lobby areas, not in the library.
  2. Personal property is your responsibility. Do not leave laptops, purses, cellphones, or any other valuables unattended.
  3. Please speak quietly to those around you. Headphones are permitted as long as the sound doesn’t come through and disturb others. Cell phones shall be on silent or vibrate. Please take any cell phone calls in the lobby areas.
  4. Shirts and shoes are required to be worn at all times.
  5. Chairs and couches are provided for sitting; please keep feet on the floor and be respectful of the furniture. There is a limit of 4 people at a table.
  6. Sleeping in the library or in the library’s lobbies is not permitted.
  7. Service animals that support people with disabilities and animals used for library programs are welcome in the library.
  8. Security staff may inspect bags, backpacks, or other articles. Prohibited items in the library: luggage, sleeping bags/bed rolls, duffel bags, garment bags, shopping bags, trash bags, boxes holding personal belongings, food/drink, musical instruments and their cases, computers larger than laptop size, shopping carts.
  9. Children under the age of 8 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver who is at least 16 years old. Caregivers must actively supervise the child(ren) in their care and remain within sight and conversation distance of the child(ren).
  10. Any unattended child in the library or on the premises found by Security or Library staff who is under the age of 8 years old will be reported to a security guard immediately. The security guard AND a member of the library staff will then ask for personal information from the child, such as name, phone number, and address. Security will attempt to contact the child’s parent/guardian. If parent/guardian cannot be found, Security will call the Norristown Police and leave the child in the care of the officer.
  11. The Library staff or Security will not provide transportation to children under any circumstance.

Enforcement of the Rules for Library Users

  1. In most cases of inappropriate behavior, a verbal warning will be given by a member of the library staff or Security.
  2. If the behavior continues, the patron will be asked to leave the library.
  3. Patrons asked to leave the Library for disciplinary reasons are, at a minimum, barred for the remainder of the day and/or evening.
  4. Security will contact the Norristown Police if the patron is asked to leave and refuses to do so.
  5. Restriction of privileges shall be for progressively increasing periods of time, and patrons with repeat offenses may be permanently expelled from the Library.

The Library is a public building with staff trained to provide public library services. They library staff is not equipped, nor is it the role of the library staff, to provide childcare. We encourage parent/guardian cooperation and involvement regarding our policies. Working together, we better ensure a safe setting for patrons of all ages.

Approved at Board Meeting 5/20/2019