Policy on Unattended Children

The Holdrege Area Public Library welcomes children and families to use its facilities and services. However, responsibility for children rests with the parent, guardian or assigned chaperone, not with library personnel.

Children under the age of eight should be supervised by someone aged 13 or older while in the library. We ask that the responsible party remain in the line of sight of the child. The caregiver is responsible for the behavior and supervision of children in their care while in the library.

Children 8 and older visiting the library on their own are subject to library rules as set out in the Acceptable Behavior Policy. The Library reserves the right to contact parents, guardians or proper authorities if unattended minors require supervision.

Parents, guardians or other caregivers are responsible for picking up children prior to closing time. In the event that a minor 16 or younger is left after Library hours and no one can be contacted to provide transportation, the staff will call the Holdrege Police Department for assistance within 15 minutes after closing time. Staff may not transport children home or to any other destination under any circumstances.

The Library staff is not responsible for the safety, care or supervision of minors of any age at any time, whether in the library or on library premises.

(Adopted 10/10/06)

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