Unattended Children Policy


Parents are responsible for the behavior of their children while they are in the library.  The Lawrence Public Library District staff is committed to helping children with activities related to the Library.  However, library staff cannot, nor is it their responsibility, to serve as babysitters, teachers, or disciplinarians. Violations of this policy are grounds for suspension of library privileges.  When advisable, the library will notify the parent of incidents involving an unattended child.

Children under the age of eight must be accompanied and directly supervised at all times by a parent or responsible caregiver. When the safety of an unattended child is in doubt, the parent or responsible caregiver cannot be located, or the library is closing, library staff is authorized to call the police and stay with the child until the police arrive.

From time to time, the Lawrence Public Library District schedules or provides programs which are designed and suitable for attendance by children without parental supervision. Such program announcements will so indicate, and if no indication is included, then supervision is required. When so indicated, if the parent or caregiver intends to be absent, they must leave word at the circulation desk as to their whereabouts, and if possible, a phone number where they or a responsible adult can be contacted.

Children over the age of eight may use the library unattended by an adult, subject to other library rules and policies concerning behavior, conduct, and demeanor.

In the event a young person is still at the library 15 minutes after the library closes to the public, the police will be called to pick up the young person. Attempts will be made during that 15 minute period to reach parents, but in no instance will staff take young people home.