Apache Public Library seeks to provide a safe, friendly, and welcoming environment for library patrons and staff. In order to effectively accomplish this mission, it becomes necessary to outline certain prohibited behaviors. A complete understanding of what is and is not permissible within the library benefits patrons, staff, and any visitors to the premises.

Individuals or groups engaging in activities defined as unacceptable conduct will be subject to library use restrictions, up to and including loss of library privileges. The nature and length of such restrictions will be decided by the Library Director (or Library Director’s appointed representative) based on the circumstances of the infraction.

Unacceptable Behavior

  • Acts such as mutilation, defacement, or theft of library property.
  • Acts of violence or threats of such acts.
  • Acts or actions that disrupt the peaceful use of library service by any person or group.
  • Comments, acts, or actions that involve harassment based on sex, race, color, religion, national origin, or handicap, including those that create a “hostile environment”.
  • Bathing or shaving in public restrooms and/or fountains.
  • Smoking and/or usage of any tobacco products in the Library, as well as within 25 feet of the building.
  • Bringing any animals into the building, except guide animals.
  • Entering unauthorized workspaces, loading, and building equipment areas.
  • Blocking of aisles, elevators, or traffic-ways that impedes access by others.
  • Eating or drinking within the library, except in cases of medical necessity.

Any other acts or actions not otherwise listed that would constitute criminal action, whether misdemeanors or felonies.