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Library Rules

The Long Beach Public Library welcomes you to read, write, research, study and reflect in a clean, pleasant and safe environment. The Rules of Conduct listed below are intended to protect the rights and safety of Library patrons and staff, and to preserve and protect the Library’s materials, facilities and equipment. Click here to download a copy of this policy.

Rules of Conduct:

  • Abide by all federal, state and local laws including but not limited to laws prohibiting theft, possession of weapons, possession of any illegal or controlled substance, consuming alcohol or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, engaging in any sexual activity, harassing others or behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.
  • Abide by all Library policies including the Library Internet Access and Use Policy (available online and at all Library computer stations), and the Library card self-use policy. Do not engage in any activity or behavior that may result in damage to Library materials, furniture or property, including any attempts to damage computer equipment or alter software configurations.
  • Patrons must wear shoes and shirts. Patrons with hygiene or health-related conditions, including but not limited to odor and lice, that interfere with the use and enjoyment of the Library by other patrons or the functioning of Library staff, may be asked to leave.
  • Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a person over the age of 14. The Library is not responsible for children who are left unattended in or on Library premises. Please refer to the Library Policy on Unattended Children for more information on this subject.
  • Keep personal items with you at all times, or Library staff or the police may ask you to remove them. The Library is not responsible for personal items that are lost, stolen or damaged in or on Library premises.
  • Secure all bicycles on racks outside Library buildings. Do not bring other wheeled devices into the Library including but not limited to wheeled carts. Skateboards, scooters and skates must be hand-carried into the Library, unless otherwise directed by Library staff. Disabled patrons may use assistive devices and caregivers may use strollers for children in the Library.
  • To avoid disturbing other patrons, mute the volume of electronic devices such as cell phones, I-Pods and radios. Keep conversations brief and quiet.
  • There is no smoking, shaving, sleeping, eating or bathing on Library property. Food and drink is not allowed in the library except in designated areas. However, capped water bottles may be brought into the Library.

Patrons Must Refrain From:

  • Engaging in any disruptive or unsafe behavior including any conduct that interferes with the use or enjoyment of the Library by others or with the functions of library staff.
  • Engaging in any activity or behavior that may result in injury or harm to any Library patron or staff member.
  • Occupying more than one seat per person, or monopolizing Library space, tables or equipment. Do not unpack personal belongings that are not necessary for Library use.
  • Bringing into the Library any items larger than 24” x 16” x 10.” Leave aisles, walkways and entrances unobstructed by electrical cords or cables, backpacks and other personal effects.
  • Soliciting money, donations or signatures in the Library.
  • Posting or distributing printed material in the Library.
  • Using photographic equipment in the Library without the permission of Library Administration.
  • Bringing in animals except for licensed guide or service dogs.


  • Individuals who do not comply with the Library’s Rules of Conduct or with the requests of Library staff or security personnel to modify their behavior to comply with these Rules of Conduct may be required to leave the Library premises and their Library privileges may be curtailed or revoked. They may also be subject to arrest or prosecution. (Cal. Pen. Code section 602.1) State law permits library staff to search purses, bags, parcels, briefcases and other packages in order to prevent the theft of books and library materials. (Cal. Pen. Code section 490.5) State law makes it a misdemeanor to cut, tear, write in, mark, deface, break, or injure library property. (Cal. Ed. Code section 19910)

These Rules of Conduct shall apply in all buildings, interior and exterior, and all grounds controlled and operated by the Long Beach Public Library referred to as the “premises”. “Patrons” means users of the Long Beach Public Library. The Library reserves the right to take any action necessary to ensure a safe and appropriate environment for patrons and staff.

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