Rules of Conduct

Alameda County Law Library users have the right to quality service in an atmosphere that is respectful, safe, clean, and free of disturbances. Behavior that disrupts or obstructs others’ use of the library, threatens the safety or health of patrons or staff, or inhibits the ability of staff to perform their duties is strictly prohibited (CA Penal Code sec. 602.1(b)).

The Law Library’s Rules of Conduct are designed to ensure equitable community access to library services and have a threefold purpose:

  1. To protect the rights and safety of library patrons.
  2. To protect the rights and safety of staff members.
  3. To preserve library materials, facilities, and property.

Alameda County Law Library reserves the right to restrict the use of its facilities and premises for anyone who does not abide by the Library’s Rules of Conduct.

Failure to comply with the Rules of Conduct, library signage, or the directives of library staff or security personnel, or to cooperate with staff or security personnel in their enforcement of these rules, may result in the loss or suspension of library privileges, including but not limited to temporary or permanent removal from library premises by library staff, security personnel, or a peace officer.

Penal Code Sec. 602.1(b) Interfering with, obstructing, or intimidating a public agency:

Any person who intentionally interferes with any lawful business carried on by the employees of a public agency open to the public, by obstructing or intimidating those attempting to carry on business, or those persons there to transact business with the public agency, and who refuses to leave the premise of the public agency after being requested to leave by the office manager or a supervisor of the public agency, or by a peace officer acting at the request of the office manager or supervisor of the public agency, is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for up to 90 days , or by a fine of up to four hundred dollars ($400), or by both that imprisonment and fine.