Rules for Library Use


Any behavior which is disruptive to library use is not allowed.  This includes, but is not limited to the following:

One warning

  • Animals except service animals
  • Disturbing other patrons
  • Drinking (except capped non-alcoholic beverages)
  • Eating
  • Excessive loudness (talking, laughing, cell phone ring, etc.)
  • Improper attire (swimwear, no shoes, no shirt)
  • Littering
  • Loud music (audible to other patrons) from electronic devices, including headphones, cell phone rings, etc.
  • Misuse of collections, equipment
  • Misuse of public restrooms (bathing, etc.)
  • Moving furniture without permission
  • Profanity
  • Rowdy behavior (horseplay, running, gymnastics, etc.)
  • Sleeping
  • Soliciting for sale or selling of any item, article, service, food or product of any kind whatsoever; distributing any leaflet or similar item or posting any notice, except in accordance with library policy; or circulating petitions or surveying by non-library groups.
  • Unaccompanied Adults in Youth Services who aren’t using Youth Services collections.  The Racine Public Library reserves the right to evict from the Youth Services Department any adult loitering without a legitimate purpose.
  • Unattended belongings
  • Violations of the Safe Child Policy

Out for the day

  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Internet violations
  • Personal hygiene so offensive that it disrupts use of library facilities or collections
  • Rude, disrespectful behavior towards staff or patrons
  • Smoking


One month ban

  • Damaging materials
  • Destruction of library property
  • Harassing staff or patrons
  • Setting off fire alarm intentionally


Permanent ban

Illegal behavior, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Exposure, masturbation
  • Fighting or violent behavior
  • Nudity
  • Observed use of drugs, alcohol
  • Sex
  • Theft or attempted theft of library materials
  • Threatening staff or patrons
  • Weapons