Unattended Children Policy

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The Boulder Public Library welcomes and encourages children to use materials and services of the libraries. As libraries are essential to the lives of children, we strive to provide useful, safe and inviting spaces for youth in all our facilities.

However, neither the library nor its staff members act in loco parentis (in place of parents). The libraries are public facilities which are open to everyone, and parents and caregivers are expected to accompany children in need of supervision on 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.

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 attempt to locate the parent or caregiver. If the parents or caregivers 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 a legally authorized caregiver, custodian or custodial parent of the child.

The city is released from any and all liability regarding this policy. Parents, guardians, and caregivers acknowledge the risk of leaving a child unattended in the library and release the city from all claims which they may have or which they may have on behalf of their child/ward.

Adopted by the Boulder Public Library District Board of Trustees, December 12, 2023.