Safe Child Policy


The Richmond Free Public Library provides a safe environment for all children.  The safety and well being of our young patrons is one of our priorities and caregivers and guardians must do their part.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  Library staff cannot always see all patrons, especially young children.  Library staff cannot assume responsibility for the safety of an unattended child.  Library staff is not responsible to keep children inside the building.  We make an exception for our Young Librarians volunteer program as the volunteers are in a supervised space with a Richmond librarian. 

Should the situation arise that a child under the age of 12 is left unattended in the library; the following steps will be taken:

  • Attempts will be made to contact a parent or legal guardian
  • If the library is closing and a staff member could not contact a parent or legal guardian, the staff member will call the police.
  • Staff members, under no circumstance, will take a child out of the building or bring the child to a different location.

 Children 12-18 may use the library unattended as long as their conduct is acceptable in the library setting.  Children may browse, read, use the PAC, watch TV, research, and work on homework.  Children will be asked to leave the library if they do not display appropriate behavior for maintaining a peaceful environment.  Unattended children must be able to contact an adult and both adult and child must be aware of the library hours. 

Parents, guardians and caregivers, not the library staff, are responsible for the actions and safety of the children visiting the library.


Safe Child Policy Approved and adopted by the Executive Board



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