Unattended Children Policy


The Fort St. James Public Library welcomes and encourages children to enjoy the many resources and programs available in the library.


Parents/caregivers are ultimately responsible for the safety and conduct of their children in the Fort St. James Public Library. The library is a public place and young children should not be left unattended. Unattended means that a parent or caregiver is not in the building with the child. Parents/caregivers should be aware that staff are not able to watch the children.

Parents and/or caregivers are expected to make arrangements for their children to be supervised and, when necessary, to have rides home when the library closes.


  1. The Library Board has established specific guidelines to be followed depending upon the age of the child:
    • Children under the age of nine must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver at all times, except where participating in programs which allow otherwise.
    • Caregivers of children must be 12 or older.
    • Children nine years of age and older may come into the library independently but should not be left unattended for more than one hour.
    • Unaccompanied older children are expected to follow the posted Library Code of Conduct.
  2. Parents and/or caregivers will be contacted by library staff if children are left unattended for more than one hour.
  3. If a child under the age of 12 is unattended when the library closes and library staff cannot locate a parent and/or caregiver, the library staff is directed to remain with the child until appropriate arrangements have been made for the police to take responsibility for the child.
    • The senior staff person on duty will contact the police if it becomes necessary.
    • The senior staff person on duty will fill out an incident report on the situation requiring the police callout.
  4. Under no circumstances should a staff member drive the child home or leave the child outside the library at closing.

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