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Unaccompanied Child Policy

In an effort to provide a library environment that allows patrons of all ages to use the David & Joyce Milne Public Library and its collections and services in a safe and responsible manner, the Board of Trustees of the David and Joyce Milne Public Library has adopted a policy statement concerning unattended children.
The safety of children left alone in a library building is a serious concern. Librarians, staff, and volunteers are not responsible for children who are unattended or unaccompanied. Children under the age of 10 must be under direct supervision of a caregiver at all times while using the library. Children under the age of 10 may not be left unaccompanied in the library.

Should it be determined that a child has been left at the library without a ride or means of transportation at closing time, an attempt will be made to contact an adult caregiver. Staff are not permitted to remain after hours for an extended time with an unattended child nor give him/her a ride. If an adult or family member cannot be reached, the Williamstown Police will be called to escort the child home or keep the child until parents can be reached. The staff member will remain with the child until the police have arrived. The Library Director will be informed whenever this action becomes necessary. The Director will contact the child’s parent or guardian to explain the library policy and why the action was required.

Remember, library doors are locked 10 minutes before the building is emptied, which is reflected in the hours noted below:

  • Monday:     10:00 a.m. – 5:20 p.m.    (building empty by 5:30 p.m.)

  • Tuesday:    10:00 a.m. – 5:20 p.m.    (building empty by 5:30 p.m.)

  • Wednesday:    10:00 a.m. – 7:50 p.m.    (building empty by 8:00 p.m.)

  • Thursday:    10:00 a.m. – 5:20 p.m.    (building empty by 5:30 p.m.)

  • Friday:        10:00 a.m. – 5:20 p.m.    (building empty by 5:30 p.m.)

  • Saturday:    10:00 a.m.  – 3:50 p.m.    (building empty by 4:00 p.m.)


Adopted September 9, 2020

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