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Welcome to the Everett Public Library. To create and promote an atmosphere that allows all library patrons to use the library facilities in a respectful and enjoyable manner the following conduct is prohibited. Please speak with library staff if you feel another patron is unreasonably interfering with your use and enjoyment of the library.

The following behavior or conduct is prohibited:

  1. Engaging in any activity prohibited by law or library policy.
  2. Failing to comply with a reasonable staff request.
  3. Being under the influence of or selling, using, or possessing alcohol or illegal drugs.
  4. Verbally or physically threatening, intimidating or harassing other patrons, staff, or volunteers. Examples of this conduct include, but are not limited to, carrying, exhibiting or displaying any weapon apparently capable of producing bodily harm in a manner or under circumstances that either manifest an intent to intimidate another or that warrant alarm for the safety of other persons, using offensive language, stalking, staring, lurking, offensive touching, or other obscene acts.
  5. Stealing, damaging, altering, or misusing library property.
  6. Fighting or challenging to fight, running, pushing, shoving, or throwing things.
  7. Creating disruptive noises such as loud talking, screaming, or banging on computer keyboards.
  8. Using audible devices without headphones or with headphones set at a volume that disturbs others.
  9. Using cell phones, pagers, and other communication devices in a manner that disturbs others. Audible cell phone and pager ringers must be turned off.
  10. Using restrooms for bathing, shampooing, doing laundry, or changing clothes.
  11. Littering.
  12. Smoking, chewing, and other tobacco use on library property, including smoking within 25 feet of library entryways.
  13. Dressing inappropriately, such as not wearing shoes, a shirt or having an offensive body odor.
  14. Eating food in the library; beverages with lids are permitted.
  15. Leaving packages, backpacks, luggage, or any other personal items unattended. Unattended items are subject to confiscation.
  16. Using wheeled devices in the library or on library grounds, such as skateboards, roller-skates, bicycles, and scooters (except for ADA assistive devices such as wheelchairs and walkers and library-sanctioned shopping carts).
  17. Lying down or sleeping within the library. Having feet on furniture, or blocking aisles, exits, or entrances.
  18. Not providing proper supervision of children. See Unattended Child Policy.
  19. Bringing pets or animals into the library, except certified service animals necessary for disabilities or as authorized by the library staff.
  20. Trespassing in nonpublic areas, being in the library without permission of an authorized library employee before or after library operating hours, or camping on library grounds.
  21. Bringing in articles that are too large or so numerous that they block aisles or access to any part of the library, take up extra seats, or pose a hazard to others.
  22. Soliciting or conducting surveys not authorized by the library.
  23. All briefcases, backpacks, shopping bags, tote bags, etc., are subject to inspection by library staff.

Failure to comply with the established rules, regulations, and policies, or with any reasonable request from staff, may result in removal from the premises and exclusion from the library pursuant to City Policy, or in arrest or prosecution. Violations may also result in the restriction and/or termination of library privileges including, but not limited to, the use of library computers and other equipment.