Rules of Conduct


The Everett Public Library provides library service to Everett residents and cardholders of different ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Our library cultivates an atmosphere that enables the public to use and enjoy the facilities, collections, programs, and services. This policy gives examples of behaviors that interfere with the safe, secure, and respectful use of the library and its grounds, but is not intended to be exhaustive. Please speak with library staff if you believe another library visitor is unreasonably interfering with your use and enjoyment of the library.

Statement of Policy

The following observable behaviors and activities are not allowed on Library property. 

Any activity that unreasonably interferes with others’ use and enjoyment of the library and its grounds, including but not limited to:

  • Lying down or sleeping.
  • Dressing inappropriately.  Shoes, shirt, and bottoms must be worn at all times.
  • Poor bodily hygiene or scent so strong as to interfere with others use of the library or offend others.
  • Not providing proper supervision of children. See Unattended Child Policy.
  • Leaving personal items unattended. Unattended items are subject to confiscation.
  • Eating, preparing, or displaying food inside the library. Beverages with lids are permitted.
  • Fraudulent use of an Everett Public Library card, or using someone else’s card number. 
  • Loud talking or noises that disturb others.  Examples include, banging on keyboards, talking on phones, and setting audible devices like cellphones, music players, or pagers, at a volume that disturbs others (anything more than a vibrating notification function).
  • Inappropriately using areas of the library designated for specific functions or age groups.  For example, the internet stations are for browsing the internet and the children's room is for families and patrons browsing for and reading children's literature.  Inappropriate use may  include but is not limited to, resting, sitting, or lingering, but not using the area as intended
  • Failing to comply with a reasonable staff request. 
  • Bringing animals other than service animals into the library unless authorized by the library director. Animals must be under control at all times, and never left unsupervised.
  • Distributing literature, gathering signatures, soliciting contributions or conducting surveys inside a library or on library grounds, including plazas outside library entrances, without Library authorization. No Library authorization is required to distribute literature, gather signatures, solicit contributions, or conduct surveys on the public sidewalks adjacent to Library property.

Using library materials, equipment, fixtures, furniture, buildings, or grounds in an unsafe or inappropriate manner that:

  • Could result in injury, damage to library property, or the property of others.
  • Creates a safety hazard.  Examples include, but are not limited to running, riding on skateboards or other recreational equipment.  Strollers and ADA assistive devices are allowed.
  • Is inconsistent with normal library uses.  Examples include, but are not limited to, changing or washing clothes, bathing, shaving, hair washing, or any other extensive personal grooming. 
  • Interferes with access to the facility or library materials, including blocking entrances, taking up extra seats, blocking aisles, bringing in large bundles or large quantities of personal belongings, or moving library furniture. 

Any observable behavior that is prohibited by law or library policy, including but not limited to:

  • Littering.
  • Theft, damage, or destruction of library materials or items belonging to staff or other library users.
  • Verbally hostile or physically threatening behaviors, including 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, stalking, offensive touching, fighting, pushing, or throwing things.
  • Trespassing in nonpublic areas, being in the library before or after library operating hours without permission of an authorized library employee, or camping on library grounds.
  • Any use of tobacco, marijuana, e-cigarettes, or any vapor device on library property or within 25 feet of the library as prohibited by law.
  • Engaging in sexual activities. 
  • Being under the influence of, selling, using, or possessing alcohol or drugs, including marijuana. Lawful possession of marijuana that is concealed and not accessible to others is not prohibited.

All briefcases, backpacks, tote bags, etc., are subject to inspection by library staff. Staff may also ask patrons to remove hoodies, hats, dark glasses, or other apparel concealing identification.

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.

Approved by Board of Trustees, Everett Public Library

Adopted by the Library Board of Trustees, June 17, 2014