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Unattended Children Policy

This policy covers the rules of children visiting the library by themselves.

Unattended Child Policy

Approved: 02/19/2005

Updated: 03/2010; 09/2011; 09/24/2012; 01/26/2015

The library is a public building and all patrons, including minors, are welcome.  The following guidelines are to ensure that minors’ use of the library is a positive and safe experience:


I)        Guidelines for children in the library


A)     Children are expected to abide by the Library’s rules of behavior.


B)      The library is not responsible for the actions, supervision, or safety of a child.  At no time will the Library assume the responsibility of surrogate care provider for children in the library.


C)      All children under the age of 6 years must be attended and supervised by a caregiver at all times.  A caregiver is defined as someone 14 years of age or older who has the mental and physical capacity to care for the child should an emergency arise.


D)     Children between the ages of 6 and 8 years should not be left unattended for more than one hour.


E)      Library staff will attempt to contact a child’s caregiver in the following circumstances:

  • · a child under 6 years of age is in the library unattended at any time,
  • · a child aged 6 to 8 years is in the library unattended for more than an hour, or
  • · a child under 18 years of age is in the library unattended at the time of closing.


F)      If a child’s caregiver cannot be located within fifteen minutes, the Keota Police will be called and the child will be given into the custody of the police.


G)     Under no circumstance shall a member of the library staff leave an unattended child alone outside of the building or take them anywhere in their car.

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.