New rules: Multnomah County libraries get tough

Updated rules at Multnomah County libraries take effect November 1, 2017

Books in a library (Public Domain Photos, Junior Libby)
Books in a library (Public Domain Photos, Junior Libby)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — There are updated rules going into effect at the Multnomah County libraries that go well beyond being quiet.

Beginning November 1, the updated rules will apply to “all buildings, interior and exterior, and all grounds controlled and operated by Multnomah County Library.”

Multnomah County library rules

Violators of these rules will get a library-goer tossed and excluded from all Multnomah County libraries for up to 3 years and the incident may be reported to police, library officials said on their website.

Among those rules:

— Committing or trying to commit an illegal act
— Directing a specific threat against a person or group of people
— No sexual conduct of any kind
— Being under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance
— Possessing, selling, distributing or consuming alcohol or marijuana or its derivatives

Other rules cover a variety of topics: disturbing conduct, using library materials inappropriately, leaving personal items unattended, bringing bikes into the library, smoking or vaping, bringing animals into the library, sleeping in or on the library premises, using a bathroom to bathe or shave, wearing shoes, bad odor, carrying an unauthorized weapon.

Many of these rules have been in place for years, but what will change is the new rule about consuming food and/or drink on library premises because of a potential issue with “odor, garbage or spills.” But 24-ounces of beverage in a closed container is allowed. Another new rule limits the items someone can bring in to fitting around your own immediate space, such as under your seat.

The Multnomah County Library system is taking online comments through their website prior to the rules taking effect.