Gloucester City Library

Policy on Unattended Children in the Library


Service to children is a very high priority of the Gloucester City Library. Children of all ages are welcomed and encouraged to use the Library's materials, programs and services and every effort is made to have a pleasant, warm and inviting library building. At the same time, the Library is an open, public building and the safety of young children left alone is a serious concern. Unattended children, left alone for an extended period of time, may become restless or disruptive. Some, especially younger children, can become frightened or anxious.

For these reasons the following policy has been established.


Parents or adult caregivers are responsible for the care of their children using the Library's facilities. Library staff members cannot and do not assume responsibility for the care or supervision of children in the Library. The library does not assume responsibility for information children may acquire at the library that parents or caregivers may find inappropriate. Only parents/caregivers may determine what their child may not borrow, view, or listen to at the library.

This policy supersedes all previous policies. Adopted by the Board of Trustees October 17, 2016.