Children in the Library

All of us at the Tompkins County Public Library want a safe and secure environment for children who use the library. While the library is perceived to be both safe and secure, our experience tells us that children may occasionally be at risk in the library. We ask parents* to join with us in protecting children from harm. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. We have seen children hurt themselves and others when they run, climb on library furniture or shelving, swing on ropes, or stand too close to our sliding doors. Please help prevent injuries by watching your children at all times.
  2. Parents should be aware that there are areas of the library which are not supervised, and times when there are no Youth Services staff on duty. Young children can become frightened and bewildered if left alone for even a minute or two. For safety and security reasons, young children should never be left unattended.
  3. Your children are sharing the library with many other library users, some of whom need and expect a quiet library. Please be aware that the level of noise which parents are accustomed to may not be acceptable to others. Quiet voices are encouraged.
  4. School-age children are welcome to use the library at all times. However, the library is not a good substitute for supervised day-care or after school activities. We can help you find other after-school resources for your child.
  5. Due to the large number of children in the library and staff shortages, it is difficult for us to forward messages or phone calls for children. However, in emergencies, we will do all we can to help.
  6. We are concerned when children are left unattended at closing time. Please be sure you know the library hours and promptly pick up your child before the library closes.

Adopted August 27, 1996 Library Board of Trustees
revised November 18, 2006

* includes parents, guardians, caregivers

Page last modified May 3, 2012