Library Use Policy

William Jeanes Memorial Library

Library Use Policy

Service will not be denied to anyone who visits the library (on site, by phone, or virtually) because of religious, racial, social, economic or political status, disability, age, or sexual orientation. To help us provide a welcoming environment for hosting these activities, please do the following when you are in the Library:

  • Speak quietly to those around you. In addition, cell phones, portable audio devices (with headphones) or other entertainment or communication devices are permitted as long as they do not disturb others. Be conscious of the noise level of your conversations in order to respect others using the library. Please refrain from using profanity.
  • Bring a snack. Light snacks and beverages (with lids) are permitted in designated areas. Trash receptacles and recycling bins are provided for your convenience. Please no food or beverages near the computers.
  • Walk. Running, rollerblading, fighting, shoving, and throwing are prohibited. They are dangerous and could result in someone getting hurt.
  • Dress properly. This means a shirt and shoes (Shoes must be kept on at all times). No wet swimsuits, cleats or Heelys, please.
  • Leave your pets at home. Animals needed to assist the disabled are permitted.
  • Breathe fresh air. The library is a smoke free environment.
  • Respect library property. Mutilating, damaging, defacing or stealing library property is prohibited by law.
  • Children’s furnishings and toys in the children’s area are reserved for children’s use only. Feet should remain on the floor, not on chairs or tables. Staff may inspect bags and other articles that could be used to conceal library property.

Abide by this policy. Anyone failing to modify their behavior, when asked to do so, will be instructed to leave the building. The Library Director has the right to ban anyone from the library who defies this policy. Illegal activities will be reported to the Whitemarsh Township Police Department.

The Library as a Meeting Space:

Tables are provided in the Library for small group work. The Community Room in the children’s area and the Board Room are for library events or meetings. The Board Room, if not in use, may be used as a quiet room. Under some circumstances, library staff has the right to open the Community Room to customers during hours when the Library is crowded. This decision may only be made by a staff member who is available to supervise the room.

A note about children:

For children, the library can be an exciting place of discovery and fun. You can help us make it a safe one, too, by doing the following:
Keep children under the age of 6 with you at all times. Children under the age of 10 should not be left without a parent/guardian somewhere in the library.
Library staff is not responsible for restricting children from access to library materials or services.
Respect our closing times. Please ask a library staff member if you are unsure of our closing time before dropping off your child(ren). Police will be notified when a child under the age of 10 is left at closing. In some cases, the child will be sent to the police station to wait for his/her parent/guardian to pick him/her up.
Customers who do not adhere to the Library Use Policy may be asked to leave the library.

Approved by the William Jeanes Memorial Library Board of Directors