Unattended Child Policy

The West Iron District Library welcomes and encourages children to use the library’s resources and services. Our staff is happy to help children use the library, but staff members cannot baby-sit, supervise, or entertain any children left alone in the library. Staff members are not responsible for the safety of an unattended child, even for short periods of time. 

Children who are eight years old or younger shall at all times be attended and adequately supervised by a responsible adult. Children nine years of age and over may be unaccompanied and are free to use the library’s resources, so long as they obey the library’s rules of conduct and their behavior is not disruptive to other library patrons or staff members. 

Parents and guardians should be aware of the library’s opening and closing times and make suitable arrangements to meet and/or transport their children. 

If unaccompanied children are still in the library fifteen minutes before closing time, staff members may assist them in calling to arrange for transportation. Staff members are not required to stay with the children after closing time, nor are they permitted to drive children home. 

If children are left in the library at closing time, the staff may ask the local police to escort the children home. Violations of this policy may result in the suspension of library privileges.