Policies on library behavior

Information for Parents and Guardians Regarding After School Use of the Scarborough Public Library

The Scarborough Public Library welcomes students after school who are attending one of our many youth programs, looking for a quiet place to do homework, or using library services.

We offer the following reminders and suggestions and encourage you to share this information with your child.

  • The Library is a public facility and should not be used as an alternative to afterschool care.
  • Children under the age of 10 cannot be in the Library without the supervision of an adult.
  • Library staff do not monitor the comings and goings of students in and out of the building. The responsibility for the safety and behavior of children visiting the library rests with the parent/ guardian or assigned chaperone.
  • We require that students keep personal belongings with them at all times.
  • If a student is exhibiting inappropriate behavior, he/she will be asked to leave the Library and its grounds.
  • The Library is not responsibile for monitoring what a student accesses on his/her computer or mobile device.
  • We close at 5:00 pm on Mondays and Fridays and 8:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Students must be picked up prior to that time as they cannot remain in the building and there is no protected area outside to wait on cold, snowy, or rainy days.

The Library is committed to working closely with school administrators and other community partners to create a safe, nurturing environment for students. We thank you for your help and cooperation in making this possible.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Louise Capizzo, Youth Services Manager, at 396-6278 or lcapizzo [at] scarboroughlibrary.org or Nancy Crowell, Library Director, at 396-6266 or ncrowell [at] scarboroughlibrary.org

Scarborough Public Library Rules Related to Library Behavior

We desire to maintain a quiet space where library patrons may read, study, and otherwise use the library without disturbance.

Therefore, no patron will engage in behaviors prohibited by the Scarborough Public Library Rules Related to Library Behavior which have been approved by the Library Board of Trustees.

The library staff will enforce these rules to help ensure that all individuals can use and enjoy the Library.

While in the Library or on Library property, no person shall:

  1. Consume alcoholic beverages, smoke, vape or eat anywhere in public areas. Beverages may be consumed from securely capped beverage containers—except that no beverages are allowed at any public access computer or catalog lookup. Food and drink are permitted in the meeting room during authorized functions.
  2. Be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or engage in any substance abuse;
  3. Engage in disruptive communication on a cell phone or similar device;
  4. Take photographs of any individual(s) without the individual’s prior permission;
  5. Damage, deface or misuse Library materials or facilities;
  6. Improperly remove Library materials or equipment;
  7. Engage in loud or boisterous conduct, or physical intimacy;
  8. Enter or remain in the building outside of public service hours or without permission, or enter non-public areas;
  9. Interfere with other Library patrons or staff through poor personal hygiene;
  10. Sleep in the Library;
  11. Bring animals into the Library, except those required for personal assistance or which are part of Library programming;
  12. Engage in conduct that interferes with use or enjoyment of the Library by others;
  13. Engage in conduct that disrupts Library programs;
  14. Use any Library materials or facility for purposes other than those for which such materials or facility are intended;
  15. Engage in abusive language or abusive behavior toward other patrons or Library staff;
  16. Violate any state or local law or ordinance while in the Library or on Library grounds;
  17. Solicit for any reason except as permitted by the Board of Trustees.

Library policy does not prohibit quiet conversation between patrons and/or staff or conversations required to carry on library programs or business.

Amended: June 17, 2004
Amended: February 19, 2009
Amended: January 19, 2017

Tobacco Policy

In accordance with the provisions of the Workplace Smoking Act of 1985 and M.R.S.A. 1541–1545 enacted by PL 1993, Chapter 342 and effective January 1, 1994, Scarborough Public Library prohibits smoking and the use of  smokeless tobacco products in the Library and anywhere on Library property.

There is no area of the Library or Library property designated as a tobacco use area.

This policy applies to all employees, library users, guests, and other visitors.

An employee who violates this policy may be subject to disciplinary action.


Adopted : 09/16/2010

Use of Cell Phones Policy

The Scarborough Public Library provides an environment conducive to study and welcoming to all users. Therefore, the use of cell phones and similar wireless communication devices is not permitted within the Scarborough Public Library by the public or staff, except in designated areas:

  1. Lobby area near public telephone;
  2. Staff break area;
  3. Meeting Room (groups using the meeting room may set their own guidelines): and,
  4. Any area outside the building.

Inappropriate use of such devices is considered disruptive behavior. This policy will be enforced under the Library’s Rules Related to Library Behavior Guidelines

Adopted: June 17, 2004

Rules Related to Library Behavior revised: June 17, 2004; Amended 2/19/2009
Policy Statement Regarding Appropriate Library Behavior 10/1990