Unattended Children in the Library

The Livonia Public Library takes pride in introducing young readers to the joys of reading. Library staff members are committed to providing a safe and friendly environment for patrons of all ages, however they cannot monitor every area or act as babysitters to young children.
Children under the age of five must be accompanied by a parent or a responsible caregiver over the age of 17 at all times. Children under the age of five cannot be left in the library while a parent or caregiver attends a meeting, program, or uses the Internet computers.
Children ages five through ten may use the library and attend library programs independently while a parent or caregiver over the age of 17 remains in the library.
Children ages 11 and older may attend library programs and use the library independently.
It is against the law for a parent or guardian to leave children unattended. “Unattended” means that the caregiver is not in the same library service area as the child. If library staff determines that a child under the age of 10 - or an older child who is obviously upset or concerned - has been left alone in the library, the building will be searched for the adult’s location. If the adult is located, library staff will explain that the staff is not responsible for children’s safety and they must always be accompanied by an adult.
Staff retains the option to contact police if they determine that the child has been left alone for an extended period of time. Parents of all minors, present or not, are responsible for their children’s behavior in the library; damage to materials; and for injury to themselves and others.
If a child is left at the library after it has closed for the day and conditions are present which makes it unsafe for the child (age, darkness, cold weather, uncertainty about arrangements), the staff will notify the police who will keep the child in their custody until a parent can be reached.
Please note: Unless specifically stated, all library programs will end BEFORE the library closes. In the event of an “after hours” program, please be at the library promptly at the end time of the program.
Your cooperation helps make the library a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone.