Unattended Children Policy

It is a goal of the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library to provide an inviting place for children to develop a love of reading, learning, and community.  In order to ensure the safety and well-being of our young patrons, the following policy has been adopted by the Board of Trustees to clarify for parents, children, and library staff, procedures and behavior guidelines:

  • The responsibility for the safety and behavior of children visiting the Library rests with parents, guardians, or caregivers, not with Library staff. 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.
  • Children 7 and under must be accompanied at all times by a caregiver while in the
  • Caregivers must be 14 years or older.
  • When the safety of an unattended child is in doubt, or the parent or guardian cannot be located, or if the Library is closing, library staff is authorized to call the police and stay with the child until the police arrive. Attempts will be made to reach parents, but in no instance will staff take young people home or transport them.
  • Disruptive behavior is any behavior on library premises that infringes on the rights of others using the library. In order to assure an environment conducive to lifelong learning, personal development, and mutual respect, disruptive children will not be allowed to interfere with library service to others.  Library staff will approach disruptive children with a verbal warning indicating the disruptive behavior.  If the behavior continues, the parent/guardian will be given a warning.  Persistent disregard for the expectation of appropriate behavior may result in the loss of library privileges.
  • Library staff has been charged by the Board of Trustees with the responsibility to enforce this policy.

Drafted: 3-17-16