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Policy: Children in the library

Reglas: Niños en la Biblioteca

Orange Public Library wants children and families to view the library as a warm, inviting, and fun place to be; to enjoy their visits; and to develop a love of books, reading, and libraries.

To help achieve that goal disruptive and inappropriate behavior by library users of any age, including children, may result in that person being asked to leave the building on a short-term or long-term basis.

Disruptive and inappropriate behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • disturbing other library users
  • eating
  • drinking
  • misuse of the computers
  • talking loudly on cell phones
  • smoking
  • using abusive language
  • restricting others’ use of the library
  • rowdiness
  • disorderly conduct
  • fighting
  • running
  • vandalism
  • excessive or overly loud talking
  • disregard for other library policies

It is the responsibility of parents and guardians to ensure their children’s safety, welfare and behavior while in the library.  Library staff members are not responsible for the direct supervision, safety, or welfare of any child. 

While in the library, children age 12 or younger must be accompanied and adequately supervised by an adult (age 18 or older) other than library staff. The adult must remain in the building with their child at all times. Children age 12 or younger, that come to the library alone will be asked to call a parent to pick them up immediately.

While inside the library, children age 7 or younger, must have an adult in the same vicinity supervising them directly at all times. Children ages 8 – 12, may be in a different area of the library than their supervising adult as long as the adult remains in the building at all times. If children ages 8 – 12 are disruptive, they will be taken to their parent who will be asked to supervise them directly or remove them from the library.

All children who visit the library with organized groups (including but not limited to school or preschool classes, day care groups, camp groups, Scouts, etc.) must be accompanied and adequately supervised by a responsible adult or adults other than library staff to ensure the children’s safety, welfare and appropriate behavior.

Library staff may not treat or take medical responsibility for a child, except in life-threatening situations when circumstances allow for staff help (such as in conditions requiring CPR in which a trained staff member is available).  Staff will call 9-1-1 for assistance in all medical emergency cases.

Library staff may not take a child away from the library for any reason.

The Orange Police Department may be called to handle cases of extreme disruptive, inappropriate and/or threatening behavior, or to take over with unattended children, particularly after library service hours.

Adopted by Orange Public Library Board of Trustees,
May 21, 2001, Revised November 16, 2009 

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