Unattended Children Policy

For the purpose of this Policy:

  • Child is defined as a minor child, age 12 or under.
  • Responsible Party is defined as a parent, guardian or authorized caregiver.


  1. Children, 12 years old and under, may not be left alone in the library or on library grounds at any time; adequate supervision must be provided by a Responsible Party.  A caregiver must be age 13 years or older.
  2. The Responsible Party must remain in the immediate vicinity of the children in their charge.
  3. Library staff does not assume responsibility for the care or supervision of minor-aged children.
  4. The Library may call Child Protective Services if unattended children are in the Library.
  5. Children are expected to observe the Library Rules of Conduct.  If inappropriate behavior occurs, they may be asked to leave the Library. A parent may be contacted or, if warranted, Child Protective Services will be called.  The Library does not assume responsibility for unattended children; children are the responsibility of their parent, guardian or authorized caregiver.
  6. If unattended children are left during closed hours, Library staff will notify the appropriate law enforcement agency who will keep your child until a responsible adult is contacted.

Rev. 01.2013