Unattended Children Policy

Broome County Public Library 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.