Safe Child Policy 

The Plymouth Public Library is not responsible for unattended children.  The library cannot ensure the safety of any library patron of any age, especially children.   Library staff duties cannot include babysitting or taking over any parental responsibilities for children when they come into the library.  While the Plymouth Public Library is concerned about the safety and welfare of all children, parents or caregivers who are thirteen or over are the ones responsible for safety and welfare, as well as monitoring children’s activities and behavior.

Children ten and under must be directly supervised by a parent or responsible caregiver who is at least thirteen or over at all times while in the library.  Parents or caregivers are responsible for the safety and appropriate behavior of each child in their care.  Parents or caregivers cannot leave children unattended in the children’s department while using other parts of the library.

Children or groups of children visiting the library from any preschool, day care, or babysitting facility must also be directly supervised at all times by adult caregivers to insure safety and monitor behavior.

Children and/or teens who are not in school for either behavior or illness reasons will not be allowed in the library without an adult caregiver.

If any unattended child is disruptive, the parent or caregiver will be contacted to come and remove the child from the library.

A child left habitually unattended is deemed to be at risk.  If a parent or caregiver of an unattended child under the age of eleven cannot be contacted or located within one-half hour of the discovery that the child is unattended, the library will contact the local law enforcement or child protective authorities will be notified to take custody of the child.

Upon closing, if a child is left unattended, the staff may assist him/her in calling home to arrange for transportation.  If the child is not picked up within 15 minutes after close, the police will be called to take responsibility.  Library staff are not permitted to transport a child to another location.


Revised: 08/27/2018