The St. Cloud Public Library welcomes all people. We are an inclusive organization, and we embrace the diversity of our area. We strive to provide free and equal access to information, and we encourage lifelong learning in our community. With these goals in mind, the St. Cloud Public Library Code of Conduct ensures that everyone can enjoy the library and its resources without obstruction.
- Library visitors shall be engaged in the normal activities associated with the use of a public library building. Those not engaged in reading, studying, research, or appropriate use of library resources may be asked to leave the building.
- Library visitors shall respect the rights of other library users and library staff and shall not disturb others through noisy or boisterous activities, or by any other behavior that may reasonably result in the disturbance of other persons in the library. Any behavior disruptive to other library users is not allowed.
- Young children shall be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times; Great River Regional Library staff is not responsible for the care, safety, or supervision of children.
- Appropriate clothing shall be worn in the library. Required garments include shoes, shirts, and pants, shorts, or skirts.
- Library visitors must keep personal belongings with them at all times while in the library. Great River Regional Library staff is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
- Food and drink are permitted in the library while in designated areas. Beverage containers must have re-sealable caps. Please see the library’s Food & Drink Policy for more information.
- Library visitors shall comply with all federal, state and local laws. Infringement of copyright laws, including illegal downloads of copyrighted material is not permitted.
- Animals are not permitted in the library, with the exception of service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, service animals in training, or animals present for library programming purposes. Emotional support animals, which may also be referred to as therapy animals, assistance animals, or comfort animals, are not protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and are not permitted inside the library.
- Sleeping is not permitted on library property.
- Running, roller-skating, skateboarding, rollerblading or similar inappropriate activities are not permitted on library property. Bicycles are not allowed inside the library.
- Tobacco use is not permitted on library property, except in designated outdoor areas. This includes, but is not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, snuff, and e-cigarettes or other vaping devices. Rolling cigarettes is also prohibited.
- Alcoholic beverages and/or illegal drugs are not permitted on library property. Intoxicated persons and those under the influence of illegal drugs are not permitted on library property.
- Intimidating and/or abusive behavior is not permitted in the library. This includes, but is not limited to, obscene language, threats of violence, physical altercations, or any type of harassment toward staff or other patrons.
- Sexual misconduct is not permitted in the library. This includes sexual harassment, excessive displays of public affection, and engaging in or soliciting sexual acts.
- Theft and/or purposeful destruction of library property will result in being prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Violation of the above policies may result in a warning, a request to leave the premises, being escorted out of the library, a library trespass, and/or police notification.