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Library Policies
For information on circulation policies and procedures, including fines and check-out periods, please see the Tampa Hillsborough Public Policy webpage.

Code of Conduct
Our library is supported by the taxes of Hillsborough County residents who have a right to expect our facility to be a clean, pleasant, and safe place for selecting materials, reading, researching, studying, writing, and attending library or community-sponsored programs and meetings.

This Code of Conduct is intended to encourage behavior that supports the library's mission of providing the best possible resources in a warm, welcoming environment. Behavior becomes unacceptable when it interferes with this mission, compromises the rights of others, causes damage to buildings or equipment, or causes injury to oneself or others. Those willing to modify unacceptable behavior are always welcome to stay. Those unable to comply will be asked to leave. If necessary, authorities will be called. Parents or guardians are responsible for the conduct and safety of people under their care.

Examples of Unacceptable Library Behavior
  • Violation of an active trespass warrant
  • Abusing or vandalizing the library building, materials, computers, equipment, or other property
  • Bathing, shaving, washing clothes, or other inappropriate uses of the restrooms
  • Behaving in a manner that reasonably can be expected to disturb other patrons or staff members
  • Personal hygiene that is offensive or constitutes a nuisance or health risk to others
  • Bringing animals into the library, with the exception of certified service animals
  • Operating any radio, telephone, television, or other disruptive electronic devices
  • Drinking beverages in open containers or at library computer stations
  • Consuming food in non-designated areas
  • Failure to follow library rules and regulations
  • Harassing, intimidating, stalking, or prolonged staring at other patrons or staff members
  • Inadequate or improper attire (shirts and shoes required)
  • Leaving individuals who require care or supervision unattended at closing
  • Loitering on library property
  • Loud, boisterous or disruptive behavior, or using abusive language
  • Misuse of computers
  • Placing feet on tables or chairs
  • Possessing, consuming, or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Verbal or physical abuse of library patrons or staff members
  • Skateboarding, roller skating, or any similar activity on library property
  • Selling, soliciting, or proselytizing
  • Sleeping
  • Smoking
  • Putting up posters, signs, or sandwich boards for non-city sponsored events
  • Setting up tables or displays in the lobby without library approval
  • Illegal activity of any kind
  • Any other activity deemed inappropriate or harmful to the library's mission