Library Use Policy

Reglamento y Uso de la Biblioteca

The Denver Public Library supports the rights of all individuals to free and equal access to information and use of the library without discrimination, intimidation, threat of harm or invasion of privacy. The Denver Public Library is dedicated to providing friendly, courteous and respectful service. The goal of the Denver Public Library is to provide an enjoyable, clean and comfortable environment for all library users.

Role of the Denver Public Library

Protect Library Property
The role of the Denver Public Library is to protect collections, equipment and property for present and future users. Intentionally damaging, destroying or stealing any materials, equipment or property belonging to the library, another customer or staff member is prohibited.

Ensure a Safe and Secure Environment
The role of the Denver Public Library is to ensure a safe and secure environment. Committing or attempting to commit any activity that would constitute a violation of any federal, state or local criminal law or ordinance is prohibited on Denver Public Library property. Examples of prohibited activities include but are not limited to:

  • Sleeping
  • Sexual, physical, or other harassment
  • Bringing unauthorized weapons on library premises​
  • Possessing, selling or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Engaging in peeping, stalking, or indecent exposure
  • Soliciting, panhandling or gambling on library property
  • Trespassing or entering library property when banned
  • Impeding passageways with personal property
  • Leaving personal property unattended
  • Bringing more than the following into the library:
    • One medium size piece of luggage (wheeled or not)
    • One medium size carried bag or backpack
    • One personal item (purse/laptop bag/briefcase)
    • Any combination of these types of items, not to exceed a total of three items


Provide a Comfortable and Welcoming Environment
The role of the Denver Public Library is to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment. Mutual respect makes it possible for everyone to enjoy library materials and services. We ask library users to be respectful of each other and behave in a manner that does not disrupt other library users or interfere with normal operation of the library. Examples of disruptive behaviors include but are not limited to:

  • Using profane, obscene or abusive language, including racial, ethnic or other epithets
  • Creating unreasonable noise and engaging in boisterous activity
  • Using audible devices without headphones or using headphones set at a volume that disturbs others. Using any communication devices in a manner that disturbs others
  • Running, pushing, fighting or shoving
  • Operating roller skates, cycles, skateboards, scooters or other similar devices inside the library
  • Failing to comply with a reasonable staff request or failure to leave the library during emergencies and at closing time


Maintain a Healthy and Clean Environment
The role of the Denver Public Library is to maintain a healthy and clean environment for all library users. Considerate consumption of snack food or a covered beverage is allowed in public areas of the library unless otherwise noted. Examples of behaviors that are not conducive to providing a clean and hygienic environment include but are not limited to:

  • Using cigarettes, e-cigarettes, marijuana, chewing tobacco or other tobacco
  • Consuming food or beverages in a manner that creates an unclean environment, attracts insects or vermin, disrupts other customers or is harmful to library resources
  • Improper dress including not wearing shoes or a shirt
  • Personal hygiene that poses a health risk
  • Bringing animals inside library buildings, with the exception of service animals and those allowed during special library programs
  • Using restrooms for bathing or washing of clothes


Enforcement of the Library Use Policy
Enforcement of the Library Use Policy will be conducted in a fair and reasonable manner. Library staff and/or Denver Police Department will intervene to stop prohibited activities and behaviors. Individuals who fail to observe the Library Use Policy may be asked to leave the library building and property, be banned from the library for a period of time, be subject to arrest, or be subject to other lawful action.

Library Use Policy
Adopted by the Denver Public Library Commission, March 19, 2009
Revised by the Library Commission, January 21, 2016