The staff of the Dayton Metro Library is happy you are visiting with us. We are concerned about the safety of all Library users, especially children. We strive to make the Library an enjoyable place to visit so that you, your family and friends will want to return many times.
Library staff cannot, however, supervise children or function as substitute baby sitters. Parents and responsible patrons need to be as careful of their children's safety in the Library as they would be in a shopping mall or any other public building. Children can easily wander out the door, into the street or parking lot. They can be injured by moving doors or by falls from furniture.
Due to the concern and interest in the safety of youth in libraries, the Children's Services Department developed the following policies on Unattended Youth and Disruptive Youth. The Board of Library Trustees adopted these in September, 1999. Both have been revisited on a regular basis since these were originally adopted.
POLICY on Unattended Youth
Children age 8 and under may not be left unattended in the Library. Children age 8 and under must be accompanied by a parent/responsible person (age 15 or older) at all times. Parents/responsible persons are accountable for their children's behavior and safety while in the library.
Children shall be considered "attended" as long as they are within sight of the parent/responsible person at all times.
An exception would be children attending a story time or other library program without a parent/responsible person in the room. However, the parent/responsible person must remain in the library building and immediately join the child at the end of the program.
Children 14 and under who are left at the Library at closing may be turned over to police custody.
POLICY on Disruptive Youth
All patrons, regardless of age, are expected to follow the Library Rules of Conduct as approved by the Library Board of Trustees. Disruptive behavior is any behavior on library premises which infringes on the rights of others using and/or working in the Library. Disruptive patrons, regardless of their age will be asked to leave using established procedures.
If the disruptive patron is age eight or under, the parent/responsible person accompanying the child along with the child will be given two warnings. If the child is approached for the third time the child, along with the parent/responsible person accompanying the child, will be asked to leave for the day.
Disruptive youth over the age of 8 will be asked to leave after 2 warnings.
If disruptive behavior continues over the course of several visits to the Library, notification of this behavior along with action to be taken will be given to the parent and/or local authorities.
Updated, May, 2017