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Unattended Children

Children Alone in the Library
Guidelines for Parents and Staff and Unattended Children Policy

The Oregon City Public Library welcomes children. Library staff members are trained to help children with library materials and services. We want to provide a safe and appropriate environment for all library users. However, our library is a public building and childcare is not the library's role. Parents and caregivers are responsible for the safety, comfort and behavior of their children while in the library. Please make sure your child comes to the library with a responsible person.
Library staff members will take action in these or similar situations:

  1. A child is alone and frightened or crying in the library;
  2. A child is alone and doing something dangerous, or another person in the library seems to be a danger to the child;
  3. A child is alone and is not following library rules;
  4. No caregiver comes to pick a child up at closing time; or
  5. Any child under the age of 8 who is alone in the library or unaccompanied by an adult in the library. Please see Oregon City Public Library Behavior Rules.

Library staff members will evaluate the situation and try to contact the child's parent or guardian. If staff cannot reach the parent or guardian, they will place the child in the care of the appropriate local law enforcement agency.

Revised December 8, 2011