Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

Library Code of Behavior & Guidelines

The Ames Free Library provides an inviting environment to read, study, use computers, and find a wide variety of materials selected for all age groups. To help facilitate the Library’s mission of serving as a learning and educational center for all residents of the community and to ensure that all visitors feel welcome and comfortable, we ask that all Library users adhere to the following guidelines while on the Ames Free Library campus.


Appropriate activities in the Library include:

  • Leisure reading.

  • Research.

  • Homework.

  • Computer use.

  • Quiet conversation with friends.


Visitors to the Library should be courteous to the staff and to other patrons. The Library should only be used for its intended purposes; therefore the following behaviors are not acceptable:

  • Physical contact including hitting, rough-housing, and physical display of affection.

  • Disruptive noise, including loud conversations in person or over a phone, and playing music on a personal device or Library equipment.

  • Soliciting or distributing materials.

  • Please be respectful of others’ privacy; including when using media and taking photographs and videos.

  • Smoking, including e-cigarettes and other forms of tobacco are not allowed in any part of the premises at any time.

  • Improper use of library furniture, computers, books, and other materials.

  • Destructive, threatening, and/or inappropriate behavior.

  • Harassment, disorderly conduct, vandalism, and theft are illegal and instances of such behavior will be reported to the Easton Police Department.


Anyone exhibiting any of the above behaviors will be asked to leave the Library immediately. Repeat incidents may result in the loss of library privileges.

July 2018