Expectations of Behavior

The Toledo Lucas County Public Library is proudly:

  • Open to all
  • A judgement-free place for everyone
  • Shared by the community
  • Used by many different people for many different reasons

We Expect Customers To:

  • Respect the comfort and safety of fellow Library customers and staff. If your behavior is making others unsafe or uncomfortable, we'll ask you to stop.
  • Comply with requests from Library staff. If you don’t, we reserve the right to suspend privileges and/or access.

  • Comply with local, state and federal laws. If you break the law, we may prosecute.

  • Respect the privacy of all who visit the Library. If you are taking pictures or filming for personal use, please be respectful of others and do not include other people in your photography or videography. If you are a professional photographer, videographer, film or media professional, secure permission to photograph in our spaces by seeing Library staff or calling Marketing at 419.259.5267.

  • If you feel that someone or something is making your experience here uncomfortable or unsafe, please let a staff member know.

Behavior Guidelines

The following actions and behaviors are prohibited in the Library:

  • Inappropriate dress: i.e., no shirt, no shoes.
  • Creating unreasonable noise or mess.
  • Smoking, including electronic smoking devices.
  • Sleeping.
  • Loitering.
  • Bullying.
  • Offensive and pervasive odors which are a nuisance to customers and staff.
  • Bringing pets into the Library with the exception of service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Soliciting, panhandling, gambling for personal profits.
  • Monopolizing or obstructing library space, including the entry.
  • Improper use of library facilities and/or equipment, to include, but not limited to: bathing, shaving, or washing clothes
  • Violating Library policies and/or guidelines, including the Eviction Procedures and Guidelines.
  • Violating local ordinances, state and/or federal laws.

To help protect Library resources, we may ask to inspect briefcases, bags and other packages upon leaving the Library.

Parents, guardians or other caregivers are responsible for their children and their behavior while their children are in the Library.

Any person committing a criminal act on Library premises, or using Library resources, in violation of the law, including acts of vandalism or theft, will be subject to prosecution.

Suspensions and Evictions

Customers who fail to abide by the Library’s policies are subject to suspension of their Library privileges and/or eviction from Library facilities.

Evictions or suspensions of privileges will be determined by the Public Safety Coordinator or other appropriate personnel. A customer may appeal such a determination by sending a written objection to the attention of the Director or Deputy Director of the Library (325 Michigan St., Toledo, OH 43604) within seven days of being notified of the determination.The Director and Deputy Director have the power to affirm, modify, or revoke any suspension or eviction.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees on June 25, 2009 - Updated December 2013.