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 and applicable health and safety regulations as mandated or recommended by local, state, or federal health officials.

  • Respect the privacy of all who visit the Library. If you are taking pictures or filming for personal use, please review and adhere to the Library's Photography and Videography Policy.


  • 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.
  • Offensive and pervasive odors, which are a nuisance to patrons 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 Suspension Guidelines.

  • To help protect Library resources, we may ask to inspect briefcases, bags and other packages upon leaving the Library.
  • Children and teens (ages 0-16) are welcome in Library buildings and are expected to understand and follow the Behavior Guidelines. The safety of all Library customers and their ability to use Library services without disruption is the priority of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. Children and teens who can understand and follow the Behavior Guidelines and who can care for themselves may be in the Library unsupervised. The responsibility for the safety and behavior of children in the Library always rests with the parent or caregiver and not with the Library staff. Library staff cannot act in place of parents or caregivers.
  • Parents and/or responsible caregivers (age 13 or older) are accountable for their children’s behavior while in the Library. Parents and/or responsible caregivers must remain within sight and conversational distance of their children age 4 and younger. All children and teens should have contact information for someone who can assist them in an emergency.
  • Any person committing a criminal act on Library premises (including violating local ordinances, state and/or federal laws, applicable health and safety regulations as mandated or recommended by local, state, or federal health officials), or using Library resources, in violation of the law, including acts of vandalism or theft, may 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 Director of Public Services or other appropriate personnel. Youth 13 and younger may be able to continue to access Library services during their suspension with parent/guardian supervision. A customer may appeal such a determination by sending a written objection within seven days of being notified of the determination to: Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Main Library Director of Public Services, 325 Michigan St. Toledo, OH 43604. The Executive Director or the Director of Public Services have the power to affirm, modify or revoke any suspension or eviction.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Approved by the Board of Trustees - June 2009 and updated – August 2021

Patrons who fail to abide by the Library’s policies are subject to suspension of their Library privileges and/or eviction from Library facilities. A patron may appeal an eviction by sending a written objection to the attention of the Director of Public Services (325 Michigan St., Toledo, OH 43604) within seven days of being notified of the eviction. The Director of Public Services has the power to affirm, modify, or revoke any suspension or eviction.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.