UNATTENDED CHILDREN POLICY

Children in the Library should always be accompanied by a parent/guardian or assigned caregiver. Children age seven and under may not be left unattended in the library. Parents/guardians and caregivers are responsible for their children’s behavior while in the library.

When children are left alone they may become frightened of anxious. If they wander through the building they may encounter hazards such as stairs, doors, furniture, electrical equipment, or the elevator. They may also become bored and restless and could disturb the enjoyment and work of others.

The safety of children left alone in the library is a serious concern of the library staff. The responsibility for the safety and behavior of children in the library rests with the parent/guardian and caregiver, not library personnel. The library staff cannot be held responsible for children left unattended or demonstrating inappropriate behavior.

Children from birth to age 7 must have a parent/guardian or assigned caregiver in the immediate vicinity of the child. The assigned caregiver must be at least 10 years old.

If a child in this age group is found unattended, library staff will try and locate the parent/caregiver in the library and inform them of the rules. If the child is found unattended again, the family may be asked to leave the library.

Children ages 8 through 12 may use the library on their own. However, parents are still responsible for the actions of their children. Children using inappropriate behavior will be asked to leave.

Young people ages 13 through 17 are treated as adult users. However, they are still legally the responsibility of their parents and should have an emergency contact available.