General Rules & Regulations

To protect the rights of all persons using the library and to provide a safe/secure environment, the following principles governing behavior are to be posted and enforced by library staff:


The following activities are NOT allowed at the Waterford Township Public Library.

  1. Smoking on library property.
  2. Bringing animals into the library except those needed to assist a patron with a disability.
  3. Misusing the restrooms.  (e.g. more than one person at a time, shaving, bathing or washing clothes.)
  4. Leaving a child unattended in the library without supervision of an adult. Please read the library’s Unattended Children Policy.
  5. Engaging in loud, noisy, profane, obscene, abusive speech, gestures or any other disruptive conduct, including harassing or threatening behavior.
  6. Annoying other library users or Interfering with another person’s use of the library or with the library personnel’s performance of their duties.
  7. Using cell phones outside designated areas.
  8. Playing music or other media without headphones, or at a level with headphones that is disruptive to others.
  9. Leaving unattended or not attending to any disruptive children.  Disruptive behavior includes but is not limited to running, screaming, crying, etc. Caregivers may be asked to soothe or settle a disruptive child outside of the library premises.
  10. Being in possession of weapons, firearms or explosive devices on library property.
  11. Fighting, gambling, smoking, being in possession of and/or under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances on library property.
  12. Consuming food or beverages except in areas designated for that purpose.
  13. Entering staff work areas without permission.
  14. Campaigning, soliciting, surveying, panhandling, and conducting sales on library property.
  15. Distributing or posting literature on library property without prior approval.
  16. Photographing, filming, recording or using television equipment on library property without prior permission from the Director or Director's designee.
  17. Remaining in the library after its regular closing hours.
  18. Bringing large bedrolls, backpacks or other large bulky items into library buildings.
  19. Neglecting personal hygiene so that it interferes with others’ enjoyment of the library.  This includes but is not limited to excessive body odor, soiled diapers and unlaundered clothing.
  20. Blocking entranceways, vestibules, book returns, restrooms, staircases or other common areas or travel ways.
  21. Engaging in any activity in violation of federal, state local or other applicable law or Library policies.

Please also be aware that:

  • You must wear clothing and shoes in the Library, and your body odor must not be so offensive that it disturbs others.
  • The library is not responsible for personal items that are lost, stolen, or damaged on Library premises.
  • Library staff can ask visitors to show their Library cards or other ID at any time.
  • Large groups that want to visit the Library have to get permission before they visit.
  • Library staff can inspect any of your property when you come in or leave.

Library privileges may be limited or revoked for the following reasons:

  • Damaging library property.
  • Stealing or improperly removing library owned library property.
  • Threatening or physically harming staff or patrons.
  • Repeated violations of prohibited activities.
  • Defacing or in any way destroying, damaging or misusing any library property, which includes but is not limited to, equipment, computers, software, furnishings, walls or items in the library’ collection, which includes books, magazines, newspapers, audio visual or other items in the library collection.
  • Interfering with the safety and/or enjoyment of all library users.

Persons violating library regulations will be asked to leave the building.

Violators of these rules who refuse to leave the building as requested will be reported to the proper authorizes.