is the responsibility of each staff member to assist
in maintaining a welcoming environment at the Vineland
Public Library. Since the library is free and open
to the public, unattended children may be at risk
for of injury, illness, interaction with strangers,
and emergency situations.
While children are encouraged to visit the library
and use resources for educational and entertainment
purposes, parents and caregivers must be aware that
Library staff have many duties to perform and cannot
monitor the whereabouts of individual patrons –
child or adult. The Vineland Public Library cannot
assume parental responsibility for the care and
safety of children or the supervision of children
displaying disruptive conduct.
Library has established the following policies in
the best interest of Library staff and Library patrons.
• All Library patrons, regardless of age,
are expected to follow the Patron Behavior Policy.
• Children under the age of 9-years-old must
be accompanied by an adult while on Library property
or in the Library building.
• Children displaying or participating in
disruptive or prohibitive conduct (see Patron Behavior
Policy) may be asked to leave the Library property,
individually or as a group.
• Parents or legal guardians are responsible
for their children’s conduct while on Library
property, whether they are with the child or not.
• If any child, below the age of 9, is left
unattended by an adult when the Library closes,
Library staff will attempt to contact a parent or
guardian. If a parent or guardian cannot be contacted
or has not arrived to pick the child up within 15
minutes of the Library’s closing, the local
police will be notified.