PLSJ‛s Patron Code of Conduct
At the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, we want your visit to be a safe and
welcoming experience. Any behavior that disrupts the orderly use of the Library is prohibited. This
includes, but is not limited to, any behavior that interferes with:

• The use of Library property, materials and services by other patrons;
• The ability of Library employees to conduct Library business;
• The safety of Library patrons and employees; and/or
• The Library‛s materials, facilities or property.
Examples of prohibited behavior include, but are not limited to:
• Leaving unsupervised or unattended children who are unable to care for themselves
• Making unreasonable noise including, but not limited to, loud talking, singing, other loud or disruptive
noise, or noise from cell phone or audio/visual equipment usage
• Using profane, obscene or abusive language
• Making racial, ethnic, religious, gender or sexual orientation epithets
• Harassing patrons or staff, including without limitation deliberate or repeated language or behavior
that is intimidating, hostile and/or offensive, or that adversely impacts staff work performance or
patron use of the library
• Intentionally damaging, destroying or stealing property belonging to the Library, another patron or
• Running or engaging in horseplay
• Lying down or sleeping, including giving the appearance of sleeping
• Littering
• Abusing or improperly using furniture, equipment or materials
• Soliciting and/or panhandling Library patrons or staff, including but not limited to soliciting money
and/or donations, and/or selling or attempting to sell merchandise to Library patrons or staff
• Posting or distributing literature without permission
• Gambling
• Blocking entrance to and exit from any library building; monopolizing/obstructing space, seating
tables or equipment to the exclusion of others
• Trespassing, violating an eviction, entering Library property when banned or remaining on Library
property after having been restricted or directed to leave
• Fighting, challenging someone to fight, physical abuse or assault
• Engaging in or soliciting a sexual act or indecent exposure
• Improper dress, including bare feet, no shirt and uncovered swimsuits
• Vandalizing Library facilities or equipment
• Being under the influence, possessing alcohol or drugs, selling drugs or alcoholic beverages
• Bathing, shaving or washing clothes on the premises
• Bringing animals other than service animals to the Library
• Smoking, using tobacco or using electronic nicotine delivery systems or similar products, such as ecigarettes, in the Library or within 50 feet of the public entrance
• Using roller blades, roller skates, skateboards, spiked shoes, cleats or other sports equipment in the
library or on library property
• Entering unauthorized work spaces or work areas or other non-public areas
• Taking photographs and/or recording videos of Library staff or patrons without their permission
• Possessing weapons of any kind, either concealed or in plain view, in the Library, unless the person in
possession of the weapon is a law enforcement officer
• Violating the Library‛s Internet and Electronic Resources policy or otherwise misusing computers
• Violating other Library policies and/or guidelines
• Violating federal, state and/or local laws
• Engaging in other acts disruptive to patrons and staff
Please visit the library‛s checkout desk for a complete copy of PLSJ‛s
Code of Conduct.