Code of Conduct

In order to provide a positive experience at the Library for all persons, the Austin Memorial Library Board has adopted and the Cleveland City Council has approved the following rules and regulations.


Patrons shall respect the rights of others patrons and of Library employees.  Patrons shall not harass or annoy others through any activity.


*       Patrons shall not use cellular phones inside the library.

*       Patrons using the Internet shall be considerate of others.  Patrons shall not display images on public computer screen that are disturbing to other Library users.

*       Patrons shall not consume food, beverages, or use tobacco products in the Library, except where permitted.

*       Patrons under the age of 18 shall not use Internet computers to receive or view obscene or sexually explicit matter that is harmful to minors unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Patrons under the age of 18 shall not use the Internet without parental approval.

*       Patrons shall not interfere with the use of the Library by other patrons or interfere with Library employees as they perform their duties.

*       Patrons shall not damage or deface Library property.

*       Patrons shall enter the Library appropriately attired, including shirt and footwear.

*       Each patron shall be responsible for any fines, fees, or other charges due in accordance with the Library’s established fines and fees schedule.  Failure to comply will result in the suspension of borrowing privileges.

*       All materials removed from the Library must be checked out on a valid library card.

*       Patrons shall not make any solicitations in the Library.

*       Patrons shall not leave children under the age of 10 unattended.

*       Patrons shall not leave minors on the Library property before or after open hours.


Patron identification, including name, address, and telephone number may be requested.  Any patron not abiding by these or other rules and regulations of the library may be required to leave the Library premises and may forfeit their Library privileges.  Any patron may appeal to the City Manager of Cleveland in respect to any action taken under this Code of Conduct.