Sometimes a campus develops a school-wide set of behavior expectations and those are posted everywhere, including in the library. Here's an example of this type of signage:
If there aren't any campus-wide expectations in place, librarians are free to develop their own guidelines for behavior, but we're not talking about traditional classroom "rules." Library expectations are generally based on these ideas:
- the library is a community space that is shared with others
- in a shared space, users of that space must demonstrate respect/consideration for other people and take care of the facility and the materials
- the library belongs to everyone, so everyone has a responsibility to help take care of it
We've seen several examples of library expectations that reflect these ideas around the district:
If you don't currently have expectations posted, think about the best way to simply convey to students how you'd like them to treat materials and people in the library and go from there!