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BCPL Unattended Children Policy

  • Children under 11 years old MUST be accompanied and supervised by a parent, guardian or caregiver age 16 and older.

  • Children 11 and older may come to the Library wihtout a parent, guardian or caregiver.

  • Further Guidelines

    Because the Library does not provide childcare services:

  • Children must be within eyesight of the parent/caregiver at all times.

  • Parent/caregiver is required to remain with the child during a library program.

  • Parent/caregiver attending meetings on Library property must keep their children with them in the meeting.

  • Any child (under 16 years old) on Library property 15 minutes after closing times will be placed in the protection of Broome County Security.

  • Under no circumstances is Library staff allowed to take a child home in his/her own car, or use any other mode of public transport.

  • Vandalism and disruptive behavior will not be tolerated and may serve as grounds for removal from Library property.

Reasons For This Policy

  • Young children may become frightened or confused and wander away.

  • Older children cannot be expected to deal with a small child who is frightened, tired or ill.

  • Older children left on their own for extended periods may become bored or restless.

  • Since the library is a public building, strangers might approach children.

  • If an unattended child has a medical emergency, the library staff cannot take legal responsibility.

  • A child could wander outside and become lost or injured.

  • An emergency could require that we evacuate the building.

  • Children left alone may wander through the building and may encounter hazards such as elevators, stairs doors, furniture or electrical equipment.

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