Code of Conduct

Hermiston Public Library welcomes every member of the community to use and enjoy the library’s facilities and services. To protect each individual’s access to information and library services, we have established the following rules.

These rules and guidelines are for the protection of all who use the library. The Library staff may require a patron to leave the premises, call the police or ultimately bar a patron from the library for noncompliance with this Code of Conduct. If you observe patron behavior, which does not meet this Code of Conduct, please contact a staff member.

The following are prohibited:


Engaging in any activity in violation of Federal, State, local or other applicable law, or Library policy.
Failing to comply with a reasonable staff request.
The final determination as to what constitutes a violation of the code of conduct rests with the Library Director and in her absence with the senior staff member on duty at the time of the incident.


Alcohol or illegal drugs may not be brought into the library, nor may persons noticeably under the influence of either use the library.


Bringing pets or animals, other than service animals necessary for disabilities, into the Library, except as authorized by the City Librarian.


Using wheeled devices in the Library or on Library grounds, except in designated areas, including skateboards, roller-skates, bicycles, scooters, and shopping carts (except for wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers).
Leaving bicycles in places other than the bike rack provided for the purpose of securing bicycles.

Cell Phone and other Audible Devices:

Using audible devices without headphones or with headphones set at a volume that disturbs others. Using cell phones, pagers, and other communication devices in a manner that disturbs others. Audible cell phone and pager ringers must be turned off or placed on inaudible signal. Patrons are requested to make and take cell calls outside of the library.

Closing Time:

Please leave the library, including vestibule, promptly at closing time. Staff will assist unattended children who remain at the library at closing time to contact their parents. The Police will be notified if unattended children’s parents cannot be notified and the children turned over to their safekeeping until the parents can be located.

Computer Use:

A maximum of two persons may use any computer simultaneously. The use of cell phones is not permitted in the computer area. No food or drink is allowed in the vicinity of the computers. Please observe all library computer polices and sign off the equipment promptly at the end of your time period.

Disorderly Conduct:

Disorderly conduct is not acceptable. Disorderly conduct is (1) brawling or fighting; (2) disturbing an assembly; or (3) engaging in offensive, obscene, abusive, boisterous, harassing, or noisy actions or using offensive, obscene, or abusive language which may harass or arouse alarm, anger, or resentment in others.


Proper attire, including shirts and shoes, will be worn in the library. Offensive odors and clothing disruptive to the Library environment is not permitted


When the alarm sounds, please follow staff directions promptly.


Library exits must be kept clear of obstructions at all times. Patrons will refrain from any obstacles in front of doorways.


Carrying firearms and dangerous weapons of any type (except by law enforcement officers) is prohibited.


Food may not be brought into the library. Beverages in covered containers are allowed in the library except in the computer area.


Please refrain from placing feet or shoes on furniture, sitting on arms of chairs, or laying down on the furniture. Moving Library furniture from where it is placed by Library staff is also unacceptable behavior.


Gambling and group activities, which are disruptive to the Library environment, are not permitted on Library grounds.


Offensive or abusive language whether directed toward a particular individual or used in general, is not acceptable.


Entrances, doorways and stairs must be kept clear at all times. Loitering in entrance ways is forbidden.


The library is a quiet environment. Loud talking or other loud sources of noise are not allowed. Audible use of radios, CD players, or other electronic devices is not allowed in the library. Creating disruptive noises such as loud talking, screaming, or banging on computer keyboards is also grounds for removal.


Using restrooms for bathing or shampooing or doing laundry is prohibited.


Sleeping in the library is prohibited.

Smoking/Chewing Tobacco:

The use of all forms of tobacco is prohibited in the library.


Soliciting is not allowed on Library grounds.


Abusive behavior (yelling, obscenities, or perceived threatening behavior) from patrons toward staff members attempting to perform their duties will not be tolerated. Patrons who have complaints with or about staff members may bring them to the attention of the Library Director.

Staff Areas:

The public is not permitted behind the public service desks or in other non-public areas.


Phone use is limited to five minutes duration of no more than three calls during the day. The courtesy phone is not to be used as a number to receive calls at the library or to replace a personal phone. Only the person using the phone is permitted in the immediate area of the phone. Abuse of this privilege will be grounds to deny future phone use or access to the library.

Theft/Damage to Property:

Intentional damage and/or defacement of materials, furnishings, equipment or premises, or attempts at theft will be prosecuted. Clipping coupons, cutting articles out of magazines, removing pages from any books or magazines, hacking or altering computer settings, writing on, scratching or in any way damaging materials, furniture, or premises are included in this policy.

Theft Detection System (Security Gates):

If the security gates sound an alarm as you exit, you must return to the checkout desk to verify that staff handled the library materials properly.


Trespassing in staff areas, being in the Library without permission of an authorized Library employee before or after Library operating hours, or camping on Library grounds are prohibited.

Unattended Children:

Neglecting to provide proper supervision of children. Please see the library policy on unattended children.

Effective January 1, 2006