Children in the Library remain the responsibility of their parents and designated caregivers. The Library is not legally responsible for the safety and welfare of children. The Library staff does not care for or directly supervise children. The Library staff’s responsibility is the safe and effective operation of the facility and its services as a public resource.
Children age 6 or under must be directly supervised by a responsible parent, guardian, caregiver, or baby-sitter age 14 or older.
Children age 6 through 8 need not be directly supervised, but their parent, caregiver, etc. must remain in the library and remains responsible for their care and behavior and for compliance with library procedures and policies.
If a child age 8 or younger is unattended, library staff will call the parent or guardian to pick up the child. If the child is not picked up within 30 minutes of such a phone call, library staff will transfer custody of the child to the Coeymans Police.
Children ages 9 and above may be unattended, but their legal guardian, even when not in the building, is responsible for their behavior and well-being. The Library should have up-to-date contact information on file for children who regularly use the library but do not have library cards. Unattended older children must have with them information that allows them to contact a parent or guardian during the time they plan to be at the library. In event of an emergency, the library staff will make every effort to contact the parent or guardian. If they are not able to do so, responsibility will be transferred to authorized medical personnel or the Coeymans Police.
Unattended at Closing Time. If a child is not picked up within 15 minutes past closing time, library staff will transfer custody of the child to the Coeymans Police. Repeated instances will result in loss of library privileges for the caregiver and the child.
Dependent adults using the Library must be directly supervised by a responsible parent, guardian or chaperone 18 years of age or older. If the dependent adult is unattended or in case of an emergency, the policies described above for transfer of legal responsibility will apply.