Patron Behavior Guidelines

The purpose of the Library's Guidelines for Patron Behavior is to protect the rights of Library patrons to use Library materials and services, to protect the rights of staff members to conduct Library business without interference, and to preserve Library materials and facilities. The Library is open to all with the understanding that an atmosphere conducive to research and study is maintained.

The Library's mission includes:

  1. Meeting the information needs of the Legislature and State government
  2. Meeting the administrative, developmental and technical assistance needs of Michigan libraries
  3. Meeting the library service needs of individuals and agencies as a statewide resource

On the Library's premises, patrons may not engage in illegal activities. Furthermore, they must adhere to the "Procedures for the Use of the Public Areas of the Michigan Library and Historical Center."

Specific patron behavior guidelines include:

Alcohol and Illegal Drugs - Patrons shall not possess or consume alcohol or controlled substances in the Library.

Animals - Except for service animals, patrons shall not bring pets or animals into the Library.

Bathing or washing clothing - Patrons shall not wash or dry clothing or bathe in any rest room.

Bikes, roller blades and skateboards - Patrons shall not bring bicycles into the Library building or secure them anywhere except in designated bike racks. Roller skates, roller blades, and skateboards may not be worn or used in the Library.

Blocking aisles or doorways - Patrons shall not obstruct aisles or doorways or otherwise cause a dangerous situation with use of electrical cords or belongings. Library equipment may not be unplugged to accommodate non-Library equipment.

Fees - Patrons shall be responsible for any of their fees or other charges in accordance with the Library's standard schedules. Failure to pay these fees may result in the suspension of borrowing privileges.

Food - Patrons shall not possess or consume food or beverages in the Library, except in designated areas. Patrons are welcome to eat in the concession area on the first floor of the Michigan Library and Historical Center.

Noise and Other Disturbances - Patrons shall not run or disturb others by such activities as loud behavior, talk or music. With the exception of patrons using adaptive technology devices, patrons shall use head phones with all audio equipment and at a volume which cannot ordinarily be overheard by others.

Personal belongings - Patrons shall take responsibility for their own belongings. The Library of Michigan is not responsible for patrons' personal property.

Photography - Commercial photographers are requested to notify the Department of History, Arts and Libraries' Public Information Officer before filming or taking photographs. For permission to photograph Rare Book Collection materials, or to publish photographed materials from that collection, contact the Rare Book Librarian to obtain written permission forms.

Respecting Other's Rights - Patrons shall not interfere with the use of the Library by other patrons or by Library employees performing their duties.

Shirt and shoes - Patrons shall wear footwear and a shirt or other covering of their upper bodies.

Solicitation - Patrons shall not solicit funds or sell any article or service, except that charitable organizations may solicit funds with written authorization from the Director of Facilities for the Michigan Library and Historical Center.

Theft and Mutilation - Patrons shall not deface, mar, damage or destroy Library materials, furnishings, walls, machines or other Library property. Patrons shall not destroy, alter, dismantle or disfigure any electronic data, information technologies, properties or facilities. Any materials removed from the Library must be checked out on a valid Library card and returned by the item's due date.

Tobacco - The Library is a designated smoke-free environment and the use of tobacco products is prohibited.

These guidelines reviewed 01/11/2008