Code of Conduct

The North Castle Public Library is a public institution governed by the laws of the State of New York which prohibit disorderly conduct in public places. The Board of Trustees has adopted a Code of Conduct which is now in effect for all patrons. A copy of this code is available upon request at the Circulation Desk or from the Reference Librarian, and on our web site.

Under the Code of Conduct, the following are prohibited:

  • abusive or profane language
  • Radios or other audio equipment
  • defacement of books or other property
  • disruptive behavior
  • dogs, cats or other animals
  • food
  • lewd conduct
  • loud conversation or noise
  • moving furniture out of place
  • running
  • skateboards, roller blades, or personal transportation devices
  • smoking
  • soliciting
  • unattended children

The Board of Trustees of the North Castle Public Library, in order that the Library may operate and be administered in the best interest of the citizens it serves, publish and post these regulations applicable to all patrons of the library.

  1. No person shall destroy, injure, or deface books or any other property and/or materials belonging to the Library or move or remove any furniture, fixtures, equipment, decorations or accessories from their proper places.
  2. No person may abuse or threaten to abuse other patrons or members of the staff, nor follow other patrons or members of the staff in or about the Library for no legitimate purpose.
  3. No person while on the premises of the Library shall conduct himself/herself in a violent, riotous, or disorderly manner, or use abusive, obscene, or profane language, or engage in lewd conduct or disturb any public meeting or assembly. Any person found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs in such a condition as to threaten the safety and rights of others will be asked to leave. The Library premises include not only the building, but the land surrounding it, such as the front, rear, sidewalks, and the parking lot.
  4. No person shall smoke in the Library building. The consumption of food or drink in the public areas of the Library is prohibited except with the express permission by the Library Director or designee. Beverages must be in closed containers
  5. No person while on the premises of the Library shall engage in loud or disruptive conversation or conduct of harassment or unruly behavior which inhibits the use of the Library by others nor shall any person refuse to obey the reasonable requests of an employee of the Library regarding same. No person may use an audio device on Library premises without using earphones which make the sound inaudible to others. If sound is heard, despite the use of earphones, the patron must silence device. The use of cellular phones for conversations shall be limited to the lobby areas of the library.
  6. No person while in the Library building shall obtain or attempt to obtain signatures to a petition, conduct surveys or investigations, or distribute printed material without the express permission of the Director or designee. No posters, flyers or other forms of material may be posted without the express permission of the Director or designee. Solicitations for charitable, religious, or other purposes or selling of tickets, magazines, or merchandise of any kind are prohibited on Library premises except for on-going book sales and other fund-raising events conducted by the Library or conducted with the express permission of the Library.
  7. No person shall bring animals into the building, except for services animals, dogs used by law enforcement agencies, or any animals used in Library programming.
  8. No person shall leave children under the age of eight unattended on Library premises. Parents, guardians, or other responsible persons who bring children to the library are expected to supervise those children while visiting the Library with them.
  9. Roller skates, skateboards and roller blades are not permitted in the Library or on Library premises.
  10. The Library reserves the right to limit the amount of time an individual may use any Library equipment.


Librarians and security personnel on duty are authorized to ask persons who violate these rules to immediately leave the Library and Library ground. Violation of these rules may result in such violator being banned from the Library. In addition, violation of these rules or failure to abide by such banning may lead to criminal prosecution. Any person who is banned from the Library for a period in excess of one (1) week has the right to appeal by requesting a hearing before the Board of Trustees of the Library, provided such hearing is requested by written notice addressed to “Board of Trustees, North Castle Public Library, 19 Whippoorwill Road East, Armonk, N.Y. 10504″, received no later than five (5) days after such person has been first notified that he or she has been banned from the Library.

Adopted by the Library Board of Trustees – February 13, 2006
Adopted: August 12, 2008
Adopted: April 25, 2011
Adopted: April 19, 2016