Policy on Unattended Children

The Scarborough Public Library has as one of its goals to operate as a facility to assist children enjoy their visits to the library and to develop, through their visits, a love of books, reading and libraries. However, children left unattended in the library are not safe. The staff cannot know if children are leaving the building or the grounds with parents or strangers. Unattended children often become anxious which may lead to behavior problems. The following policy has been adopted to clarify for parents, children, and the staff, the concern of the library for the well being of its patrons:

  1. Scarborough Public Library welcomes children to use the library services and encourages parents to enjoy the library with their child(ren).
  2. Children and young people are welcome at the library for any period during which they engage in appropriate activities which include: doing homework, reading, browsing for books or other library materials, researching, writing, thinking.
  3. The responsibility for the safety and behavior of children visiting the library rests with the parent / guardian or assigned chaperone, not with library personnel.
  4. Children under the age of ten may not be left in the library unattended nor may they be left at the library or on its grounds at closing time.
  5. Children under the age of ten are expected to be in the immediate presence of and under the control of the parent / guardian / chaperone who is responsible for supervising the safety and behavior of their child(ren) while in the library or on library grounds.
  6. Library staff has been charged by the Board of Trustees with the responsibility to enforce this policy. Use of the library may be denied for due cause.

Amended 2/20/98