Patron Behavior Rules in Libraries - Articles and Guidelines

Mary Minow


American Library Association. Guidelines for the development of policies and procedures regarding user behavior and library usage. Adopted by the Intellectual Freedom Committee January 24, 1993; rev. November 17, 2000 and

Janet Balas, Useful resources for writing library policies. (Online Treasures), Computers in Libraries, (June 2002)

Harold W. Furchtgott-Roth, The Art of Writing Good Regulations, Federal Communications Law Journal (2000) Aimed at federal regulators at the FCC, but useful analysis at

Kim Helper, Kreimer v. Bureau of Police for Morristown: The Sterilization of the Local Library, 23 Stetson L. Rev. 521 (Spring 1994).

Philip J. Morin, Why Kreimer Can't Read: Striking the Proper Balance Between Library Access and Problem Patrons in Kreimer v. Bureau of Police, 46 Rutgers L. Rev. 1845 (Summer, 1994)

Ellen Richardson, Library of Michigan. Trustee Corner: Four Tests for a Legally-Enforceable Library Policy at

Judi Silver, Libraries and the Homeless: Caregivers or Enforcers, The Katharine Sharp Review (Winter 1996) at

U.S. Department of Justice. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Problem Oriented Guides for Police Series No. 6.Disorderly Youth in Public Places (60 pages)

Looks at three general approaches: control, developmental and accommodation. Gives tips such as playing classical music to disperse youth. See also No. 13. Panhandling (72 pages)