Safety of Children in the Library

Library staff work with children and their caregivers to ensure Worcester Public Library facilities are welcoming and safe places.

The following guidelines help maintain a respectful and safe environment for all library users:

  1. Caregivers are responsible for the safety of both their older and young children in the Library.
  2. All children and caregivers are expected to uphold a respectful and safe environment in the Library.
  3. Staff members are not responsible for supervision of any children.
  4. Caregivers must be present and directly supervise young children and provide for their care. Library staff will notify caregivers about the Library’s policies if young children are left unattended.
  5. Older children may be left unattended for the period of time needed to complete homework assignments, attend Library programs, borrow materials or participate in other activities consistent with the library’s mission.
  6. Unattended older children need to know how to reach a caregiver. Older children waiting to be picked up should wait inside the Library. Local law enforcement may be called if a caregiver cannot be located by the library’s closing time.
  7. If any unattended child is deemed by Library staff to be at risk, staff will attempt to contact the caregiver. If the caregiver cannot be reached, the child will be referred to the local law enforcement agency.
  8. Staff members may not transport any children from the Library to any other location.
  9. In case of a medical emergency, staff will call an ambulance and contact any child’s caregiver.

Please be aware that staff is unable to monitor whether children are leaving with authorized caregivers or with strangers. We recommend that caregivers discuss personal safety with their children. Staff can help you locate library resources available on this topic.

APPROVED WPL BOARD OF DIRECTORS APRIL 9, 2013

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