Youth Safety

While the Ypsilanti District Library welcomes young patrons and families to use its resources and facilities, the safety of children left alone in our public library buildings is a concern of the Library Board and the Library staff. Unfortunately, no public place can guarantee the safety of children and the ultimate responsibility for child safety rests with the child’s parent or guardian. Therefore, YDL has adopted the following guidelines regarding children in library facilities:

  1. Children under the age of 10 may not be left unattended in the library.
  2. All children should know or have in their possession emergency contact information.
  3. Children between the ages of 10 and 17 years of age should not be left unattended for an unreasonable length of time. The “reasonable “ duration will be determined based on the maturity of the child, and the ability of the child to demonstrate knowledge of appropriate public behavior.
  4. Care providers for those children under the age of 10 must be at least 16 years of age and must directly supervise their charges at all times. Care providers may be a parent, legal guardian or other assigned by the parent or legal guardian.
  5. Those responsible for minors should know that unattended minors between the ages of 10 and 17 years of age who do not abide by library rules will be asked to leave the library. If staff is unable to contact a parent or guardian for transportation from the facility, either the police or the sheriff will be called.
  6. If unattended minor children remain fifteen (15) minutes after library closing, staff will call the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction (Sheriff’s Department or the Police Department.) The minor child will be turned over to the custody of the law enforcement agency for his/her safety.

Approved by YDL Board 6/27/02, replaces “Unattended Child Policy.” Revised by the Ypsilanti District Library Board 8/26/2004.

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