Rules of Conduct and Exclusion Policy
Every member of the public has the right to use the facilities and resources of the Longview Public Library. Along with that right is the obligation to behave in a socially acceptable manner and a
responsibility to comply with Federal, State, and Local laws as well as the Library's established rules and policies. Engaging in conduct that violates the Library's Rules of Conduct may result in an
individual being excluded from the Library. In some instances, the repeated misbehavior or the seriousness of their actions may warrant a longer exclusion.
Code of Conduct
We strive to create a community of kindness, belonging and safety. We respectfully ask that everyone use spaces as intended:
- Sleeping, smoking, consuming alcohol and drug use are not permitted.
- Keep your belongings near you; otherwise items may become lost or stolen.
- Keep entries, exits and aisles open.
- Enjoy food outside of the library; covered drinks are okay but please keep them away from computers.
- Take care of library property and materials for the enjoyment of everyone.
- The Public Restrooms are for toilet use (including diaper changes), handwashing and limited grooming only--No extended stays are permitted.
- Take care of computers and ask for help when needed.
- We ask that furniture stay where it is placed.
- Sleeping in the Library is not permitted. Please be aware that for your safety and in consideration of others, you will be asked to stay awake or leave.
- Enjoy roller and wheeled sports outside; bikes belong outside.
- Children's and Teen's areas are designated for use by children, their caregivers, and teens.
- Cell phones are ok when used quietly.
- Staff will address the source of offensive odors.
- Shoes and clothing are required.
- Offensive noise, language and gestures detract from others' library experience and are
Communicate with respect
- Obscene, harassing, abusive language, gestures or behaviors are not allowed.
- Staff are here to help. Ask for assistance.
- Respect fellow library users when you talk to them.
- Violating any law, ordinance or regulation is not allowed. We want our libraries to be a
welcoming place for everyone. Those disrupting the intended use of the library will be
asked to leave. Please comply with staff requests.
- We want children to be safe. Keep them under your care. Children under the age of 10
need to be supervised, per Unattended Children Policy.
- Respect one another; concerns about fellow library patrons should be addressed to
- Violating any law, ordinance or regulation is not allowed; including library policies.
- Carrying, exhibiting, displaying, or drawing any firearm in a manner that demonstrates
an intent to intimidate another or that warrants alarm for the safety of other people is
prohibited as is the possession of any other dangerous weapon. The Police will be
called when any of the following occur: physical assault, report of weapon; smoking, use
of tobacco products; behavior that demonstrates a person being under the influence of
alcohol or illegal drugs.
- We love animals, but only service animals defined under the law are allowed inside.
- Soliciting and panhandling are unlawful and may not take place in the library or on
Prohibited Behavior Rules While Using the Library
- Engaging in or attempting to engage in any activity that would be a violation of any
federal, state or local criminal law, statute or ordinance.
- Engaging in sexual activities including physical contact with self or others as well as
sexually harassing comments or behaviors.
- Possessing, selling, distributing, consuming or being impaired by or under the influence
of a controlled substance or alcohol.
- Refusing to comply with the direction of a library staff member.
- Violating US copyright laws or the Library Internet Use Policy.
- Engaging in loud, disruptive, destructive, or unsafe behavior that interferes with others'
use of the library or with the ability of staff to perform their job duties.
- Engaging in threatening or harassing behavior that creates a hostile environment on
library premises or through remote communication such as frequent or abusive chats,
texts or phone calls.
- Consuming tobacco products or e-cigarettes in library buildings or within 25 feet of any
entrance or open window, per RCW 70.160.
- Destroying, damaging, or defacing library facilities, materials, equipment or software.
- Bringing animals into the library other than trained service animals (as defined by law),
except as approved by authorized library staff.
- Using another person's library account without their permission.
- Viewing explicit sexual material.
- Dressing inappropriately (bare feet or bare chest), per RCW 27.12.290.
- Discomforting others due to offensive body odor, per RCW 27.12.290.
- Improper use of library grounds (camping, skateboarding, overnight parking, etc.); or
library restrooms (bathing, shaving, loitering, washing clothes, etc.).
- Monopolizing library spaces (sleeping, excessive belongings, congregating, etc.) or
otherwise interfering with others' access to the library.
Consequences for violating Rules 1-4:
Violators will be immediately excluded from the Library without prior warning at discretion of
staff and will be excluded for a minimum of one year. The Library reserves the right to
trespass offenders through the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Consequences for violating Rules 5-16:
Violators will be given up to two warnings at the discretion of staff and may be excluded for
up to one year. Consequences for repeated behavioral infractions of the same or similar
nature may have cumulative exclusions (i.e. one day, one week, one month, and one year)
at the discretion of library staff. The Library reserves the right to trespass repeat offenders
through the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Right of Appeal
The Board of Trustees delegates to the Library Director the responsibility for administering
library policies, establishing procedures for their implementation, and for making the
policies available to the public in the Library and via the Library's web site. The Library
Director may authorize qualified staff to assist with these responsibilities. All library staff
members are expected to apply library policy in a fair, reasonable and positive manner.
The Library recognizes the right of individual patrons to question the way that library
policies have been applied. The following appeal process applies to any library policy that
does not include a specific appeal procedure.
When a patron disagrees with the way a policy has been interpreted or applied, he or she
may notify any staff member of his or her concern. Staff will attempt to explain or resolve
the situation at the branch level or in consultation with other staff members such as
If the patron wishes to appeal, he or she has up to 14 calendar days to appeal by
submitting the concern in writing to the Library Director. The Library Director will respond
to the complaint within 14 calendar days.
Patrons who are not satisfied with the disposition of an appeal may ask the Library Director to place
their concern on the Board of Trustees Agenda, or they may address the Board during a regular
meeting under the agenda item, "Constituent Comments," or during any other time set aside for
general public expression of opinion. The Board, after receiving public testimony from the patron
and from the Library Director, will decide whether, or not, library policies were followed. The Board
will have one month to respond to the complaint in writing.
Enjoy your visit
Please contact the Library Director at 360.442.5309 if you would like to share your library
experience with us.
Revised, Board of Trustees Approved, Implemented 03-08-2022