Unattended Minors

The library welcomes and encourages patrons of all ages to visit the library and take advantage of the programs, services and resources that it offers. Responsibility for the safety and behavior of minors always rests with the parent, guardian, or assigned adult caregiver, and not with library staff. Staff cannot act in loco parentis. The library has set guidelines for staff to follow when dealing with unattended minors.

 Age limitations

  • Minors through age 7 should have a parent or caregiver within eyesight unless the child is participating in a library program.  
  • Minors age 8 and up may use the library unattended for an amount of time appropriate to their age and maturity. 
  • It is understood that on occasion students age 7 or less may need to wait at the library after school by themselves or in the company of older siblings. 

Disruptive Behavior by Minors

It is important for staff to take note of disruptions caused by children who are apparently unaccompanied. Children displaying inappropriate or destructive behavior will be informed of the rules. If inappropriate behavior continues, the child may be asked to leave the library. If a child is unaccompanied by an adult or appropriate-aged caregiver, and, in the judgement of the staff, is too young to travel the streets alone, the staff may attempt to contact a parent, guardian, or assigned caregiver. Police officers may be asked to intervene if the situation warrants.

Parents or guardians will be held responsible for damage to items or equipment caused by their minor child.

Unattended Minors at Closing Time

No stranded child shall be ejected from the library at closing time. The library staff will attempt to contact a parent or guardian or assigned caregiver up to 15 minutes after closing. After that time, staff will call the police and ask them to assume responsibility for the unattended child.