For the enjoyment and safety of all, the library has established rules of conduct. All users are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which ensures the safety of users and staff, and protects the library's resources and facilities from damage. Behavior which does not meet this expectation may result in loss of library privileges or expulsion.
The St. Petersburg Library System will uphold all state laws and local ordinances in regard to public behavior. Any person violating any of the following rules will be asked to leave the premises.

Rules of Conduct

The following activities are not allowed in the libraries:

  • eating or drinking, except in designated areas
  • playing of audio equipment so that others can hear
  • smoking or chewing of tobacco
  • bringing animals into the library, except those needed to assist a patron with a disability
  • misusing the restrooms (i.e. using as a laundry or washing facility)
  • leaving a child under the age of 7 unattended in the library
  • talking loudly, making noise or engaging in other disruptive conduct
  • sleeping
  • interfering with another person's use of the library or with the library personnel's performance of their duties
  • solicitation within library or its grounds
  • leaving bags unattended or obstructing aisles or seating

Patrons shall maintain bodily hygiene that is not so offensive as to constitute a nuisance to another person. Nuisance shall also include threats to public health or safety, including but not limited to carrying bed bugs, lice etc. Patrons shall be engaged in activities associated with the use of a public library while in the building. Adult patrons not actively seeking materials from the youth department shall be required to relocate to other areas of the library. Appropriate attire to include shoes and shirts must be worn. Library privileges may be limited or suspended for the following reasons:

  • damaging or defacing library property
  • stealing library materials
  • physically harming staff or patrons
  • threatening or harassing staff or patrons

Users may not use the library's computers to make any unauthorized entry into any other computer or network, and may not disrupt or interfere with other computer or network users, services or equipment. Intentional disruption of the operation of computer systems and networks is a violation of Florida Statute 815.05.

Users must adhere to SPPL “Patron Rules of Conduct” and “Computer Use Policy.” Failure to comply with these policies may result in loss of computer or Library privileges in addition to any appropriate legal action including criminal prosecution.