Unattended Children Policy
The Library desires to provide a safe and appropriate environment for visitors of all ages. An unattended child is a child of any age who is apparently unaccompanied by a parent, guardian, and/or responsible caregiver. Children who are unable to care for themselves may not be left alone in the Library and must have adequate supervision while in the Library. Staff members are available to help and support children; however, the Library is not able to provide short- or long-term child care, or be responsible for unattended children.
Parents, guardians, and/or caregivers are responsible for the safety, behavior, and supervision of children at all times in the Library and on library property. Children are expected to respect library property and adhere to the rules outlined in the “Birmingham Public Library Rules.”
As in all public places, children should be aware of the danger associated with individuals whom they do not know. Library staff cannot prevent children from interacting with or leaving with persons who are not the appropriate chaperone.
If the Library is closing, at a regular time or in an emergency situation, and a parent, guardian or caregiver of a child cannot be located in the building, the Birmingham Police Department will be called to take the child.
The Library is not responsible for any consequences of parents forfeiting their responsibilities.
This policy applies to all children visiting the Central Library and all branch libraries.
Adopted by the Birmingham Public Library Board on April 28, 2016.