Code of Conduct

Calgary Public Library is your destination for information, inspiration, and enrichment. We provide welcoming, safe, and clean facilities for all Calgarians to access our services and collections. This Code of Conduct has been established to ensure a positive Library experience for everyone. We ask that everyone be:

  • Respectful of others in the library: patrons, visitors, staff and volunteers
  • Careful and considerate of Library property
  • Lawful
  • Responsible

We expect every patron to:

  • Dress appropriately: shoes and shirts must be worn
  • Create and hold no more than one Library membership account
  • Attend to and supervise children in their care
  • Attend to personal belongings
  • Use library furniture, equipment, washrooms and property properly and for their intended purposes only
  • Leave the Library promptly at closing time and when requested to do so in emergency situations

Examples of behaviours which are NOT permitted include:

  • Threatening, abusive, harassing language, behaviour or actions
  • Behaviour that disturbs others’ use of the Library or damages Library property
  • Being under the influence of alcohol or intoxicating substances
  • Selling, using, or possessing alcohol or intoxicating substances (including rolling cigarettes and publicly visible intoxicants)
  • Carrying weapons or implements which can be used as weapons
  • Damage or theft of Library materials
  • Sleeping
  • Offensive body odour or offensive clothing odour
  • Use of cell phones, pagers, head phones, and other communication devices which disturbs others’ use of the Library
  • Taking Library materials into washrooms
  • Bringing large bags into the Library (maximum of two small bags)
  • Entering non-public areas
  • At Central: No food or drink beyond the Main floor

Violation of any provisions of Calgary Public Library's Code of Conduct may result in charges for damage or misuse, suspension of library privileges, exclusion from all Calgary Public Library locations, and/or criminal prosecution.

Behaviour in the Library is governed by the Calgary Public Library Board Policy, which states "All persons using Library premises shall conduct themselves so as not to disturb other persons in the Library or cause damage to Library property.”