Rules of Conduct

The San Leandro Public Library endeavors to provide all of its customers with a safe and pleasant library experience. The following rules of conduct have been adopted to ensure the welfare and safety of every person in the Library.

Minor children visiting the San Leandro Public Library are the responsibility of their parents or guardians. The Library does not serve in loco parentis. The Library cannot accept responsibility for the safety and supervision of minor children. The Library may require minors to be accompanied by a parent or guardian when visiting library facilities.

The San Leandro Public Library endeavors to provide all of its customers with a safe and pleasant library experience. The following rules of conduct have been adopted to ensure the welfare and safety of every person in the Library.

Minor children visiting the San Leandro Public Library are the responsibility of their parents or guardians. The Library does not serve in loco parentis. The Library cannot accept responsibility for the safety and supervision of minor children. The Library may require minors to be accompanied by a parent or guardian when visiting library facilities.

Any persons violating the Library's Rules of Conduct may have their Library privileges revoked or suspended. Length of suspension will be determined by Library Administration.


The following activities are prohibited:

  • Leaving minors without adult supervision
  • Eating or drinking in the Library
  • Using cell phones
  • Using electronic devices at volumes that disturb others
  • Harassment
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Shouting, cursing, using obscene or abusive language
  • Physical altercations including threats, assaults, or violent acts
  • Loitering or sleeping in the Library or outside the Library property, including the plaza and parking lot
  • Misusing public restrooms, including such things as bathing
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Theft or attempted theft, including Library materials
  • Monopolizing Library resources, including computers
  • Moving Library furniture
  • Mutilating Library property
  • Reconfiguring or hacking Library computer hardware and/or software
  • Displaying obscene texts or graphics for public view
  • Using controlled substances in the Library
  • Smoking within 20 feet of the Library
  • Using bicycles or any sort of "transportation" equipment in the Library. This also includes roller skating, skate boarding, or scootering.
  • Possessing weapons
  • Vandalism
  • Graffiti
  • Littering
  • Distributing leaflets or posting notices not authorized by the Library staff
  • Soliciting or unauthorized selling in or around the Library

When the above listed behaviors are observed or other behaviors not listed that appear to be threatening, abusive, or disruptive to person and/or property, Library staff may impose limits on the use of the Library services or facilities. Library staff may call local law enforcement officers to assist in the enforcement of this policy.

Personal hygiene shall conform to the standard of the community for public places. This shall include the repair or cleanliness of garments. Persons whose bodily hygiene is offensive so as to cause a nuisance to others shall be required to leave the building. Customers are expected to wear appropriate clothing while using library facilities, including shirts and shoes.

Library staff has the discretion to discard personal items left unattended on Library property.

Minors who are in violation of these policies shall be required to be accompanied by a parent/guardian during visits to the Library for a period to be determined by Library Administration.

Disruptions that create hardship for Library neighbors are included in this Policy.


Approved by Library-Historical Commission and San Leandro City Attorney, June 2006