Lancaster Public Library encourages individuals of all ages and abilities to visit the Library, attend Library programs, and take advantage of resources and services. Staff members are happy to assist everyone in using Library resources; however, staff cannot provide child care or assume responsibility for the safety of children or vulnerable adults left unattended on the Library’s premises. Parents, guardians, and/or caregivers are responsible for the safety and supervision of those in their care at all times in the Library and on Library property. These adults must be in the immediate vicinity of and in visual contact with the child or vulnerable adult while in the Library.
Children under 11 years of age must be in the presence of a parent/caregiver at least 14 years of age.
Children between 11 and 14 years of age must have a parent/caregiver in the Library.
Children of an age to be unattended in the Library must follow the Library’s Code of Conduct. If a child violates the Code of Conduct, staff members will attempt to contact the parent or guardian of the child. Children will be subject to the same consequences of misbehavior as all Library patrons.
If an unattended child is found, staff members will attempt to contact the parent or guardian of the child. In the event that a parent/guardian cannot be found, the child will be placed in the care of the Lancaster Police Department.
Vulnerable adults must have a caregiver in the immediate vicinity, and the caregiver must be in visual contact. Vulnerable adults must follow the Library’s Code of Conduct and will be subject to the same consequences of misbehavior as all Library patrons.