Rules of Conduct

Fresno County Public Library wants all visitors to have a pleasant experience when using library facilities. In order to ensure the safety, comfort, and equitable access to resources in library buildings for all members of the community, the Library has established the following Code of Conduct.


  • Hostile, violent or harassing behavior towards anyone in the facility is strictly prohibited. The Library has a Zero Tolerance Standard for such behavior. All individuals exhibiting such behaviors will be banned permanently from all County Library buildings.
  • Misuse of library materials, equipment, fixtures, furniture or restrooms.
  • Leaving children under the age of 8 unattended by a responsible person of at least 16 years of age.
  • More than one (1) bag of personal belongings or bags measuring larger than 10" x 16" x 24".
  • Any unattended personal belongings, inside or outside the facility.
  • Loud profanity, threats of violence, or violence.
  • Unaccompanied adults in the Children's Room or Area unless they are actively consulting library staff about resources or selecting materials for children.
  • Animals, other than certified service animals as defined by the US Department of Justice.
  • Anyone unable to care for, or be responsible for, him or herself. Such persons must be supervised by a responsible caregiver at all times while in the library.
  • Public intoxication, including consuming alcoholic beverages and/or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Sleeping anywhere on Library property (inside and outside).
  • Bathing or washing clothing in library restrooms.
  • Offensive body odor, due to neglected hygiene, or other strong scents that are offensive or disruptive to others.
  • Use of the library by customers not fully clothed, including shirts or shoes.
  • Blocking or obstructing any library entrance, exit, lobby area, staircase, aisle or walkway, either in person or by placing objects in such a manner as to cause blockage or obstruction.
  • Utilizing skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, bicycles or any motorized vehicle used for recreational purposes within the library or at the Library entrance/patio.
  • Campaigning, petitioning or soliciting.
  • Rearrangement of Library equipment or furniture.
  • Use of Library facilities or equipment for other than library purposes, including solicitation and/or distribution of materials, without prior written authorization.
  • Smoking, use of tobacco, vaporizers (e.g. electronic cigarettes), or consumption of illegal substances inside the building or outside within 20 feet of library windows and entrances (CA Code 7597).
  • Filming or videotaping without pre-approval from Library Administration. Requests to film can be made at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the Library.
  • Weapons of any kind.
  • Illegal activities of any kind.
  • Unnecessary noise or any behavior that is disruptive to Library use.

The foregoing is not intended to be a complete list of unacceptable behaviors, but is intended for guidance only. Persons who violate this code of conduct will be asked to leave the Library. Failure to comply with requests will result in suspension from the Library premises, up to and including a permanent ban from all County Library facilities.

Individuals are also expected to adhere to the codes and regulations governing Fresno County, the State of California, and the federal government of the United States.

Approved by County Counsel: 11/29/2016