The Independence County Library (ICL) welcomes and encourages children to use materials and services of the library. As libraries are essential to the lives of children, we strive to provide useful, safe, and inviting spaces for youth in our facility.
However, neither the library nor its staff members act in place of parents. The library is a public facility which is open to everyone; parents and caregivers are expected to accompany children in need of supervision during library visits to ensure the safety and well-being of children. At all times, parents or caregivers are responsible for their child's behavior and safety of all library patrons.
If an unattended child appears to be lost, is being disruptive, or if in the judgment of supervisory staff, his or her safety is jeopardized, library staff will make an attempt to locate the parent or caregiver. If the parent or caregiver cannot be located, the child may be placed in the care of the local law enforcement agency.
The library and its staff members will not, under any circumstances, be responsible for determining whether an apparent caregiver, custodian, or parent is legally authorized and responsible for the child.
According to the ICL Internet Public Access and Public Computer Use Policy, children under the age of twelve (12) require parental/guardian supervision at all times while using the library's computers.
Approved by the Independence County Library Board April 16, 2018.