Regulations governing the use of AACPL and AACPL grounds by the Public

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  1. ​Customers must follow all reasonable requests of the library staff.
  2. Respect for all library users shall be maintained at all times.
  3. Members of the public will not interfere with the legitimate rights of other library users.
  4. Customers using the library Wi-Fi, computers, or printers must follow the library’s Computer and Internet Policy and Printing Policy.
  5. Adult customers may be asked to relocate from the children’s or teen areas if they are not engaged in library activity which requires materials from those areas.
  6. Parents/caregivers are responsible for supervising their children while in the library and ensuring that library rules and regulations are obeyed. Children under the age of 8 may not be left unattended in the library (MD ANN Code, Family Law 5-801). Maryland law requires that a caregiver be at least 13 years old.
  7. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted without Board of Trustees approval.
  8. Tobacco use and smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, are not permitted. Open fire, including the use of candles, is prohibited in the library. Smoking is not permitted within 25 feet of the building.
  9. Appropriate attire, including shirts and shoes, is required.
  10. Library furnishings may not be moved by customers without permission of staff.
  11. Only service animals are allowed in the library. Animals may not be tied or unattended on library property. (Anne Arundel County Code, Article 12, Title 4, Subtitle 8-801,9-905).
  12. Only for-profit meeting room groups or those approved by the AACPL Chief Executive Officer or Board of Trustees may sell goods or solicit funds.
  13. First Amendment activities must be coordinated with the branch manager at least 24 hours in advance.
  14. Library materials must be checked out before they are taken out of the building. Personal belongings may be examined before customers and staff members leave the building. If a security alarm sounds, everyone must follow reasonable requests to determine why the alarm activated.
  15. Illegal activities, public disturbances, offensive or abusive language, excessively loud talking or noises, sleeping, loitering, alcohol intoxication, illegal drugs, offensive personal hygiene, harassment of others, indecent exposure and sexual acts are prohibited.
  16. No person shall be allowed to possess, use or threaten the use of any weapon or other object in such a manner that it may be considered a weapon in library buildings or on library property, except those carried by authorized law enforcement agents. Exceptions may be made by the branch manager for library programs or for meeting room groups.
  17. Failure to comply with the library’s established regulations may result in suspension of library privileges. Suspensions may be appealed to the AACPL Chief Executive Officer in writing.

APPROVED by the Library Board of Trustees April 2017.