Unattended Children Policy

For the purpose of this Policy:
  • Child is defined as a child less than 8 years of age.
  • Responsible Party is defined as a parent, guardian, or caregiver. A caregiver must be age 14 or older.


  1. Children under the age of 8 years may not be left alone in the Library or on Library grounds at any time. Adequate supervision must be provided by a Responsible Party.
  2. The Responsible Party must remain in the immediate vicinity of the children in their charge at all times.
  3. Library staff does not assume responsibility for the care or supervision of minor-aged children.
  4. The Library may call law enforcement if children are left unattended in the Library.
  5. All children are expected to observe the Library Rules of Conduct. If inappropriate behavior occurs and a responsible party is not in the vicinity, law enforcement will be called.
  6. The Library does not assume responsibility for unattended children; children are the responsibility of their parent, guardian, or caregiver.
  7. If children are left unattended after the Library closes or before the Library opens, Library staff will notify the appropriate law enforcement agency, who will keep the child until the Responsible Party is contacted.

Rev. 04.2019