Children Policy

Nichols Library welcomes students, faculty, staff, and the public to use its facility to further their knowledge, education and research. It is imperative that the library’s atmosphere remains conducive to study, research and reflection. As a public facility, situations may arise that could present risks to unattended children. Because of this, the library must outline some guidelines in regards to children in the building.

  • The library and the university are not responsible for a child’s safety in the absence of the parent/guardian.
  • A child who is under the age of 14 must be under the direct supervision of an adult (parent or caregiver 18 years of age or older) who assumes responsibility for the child.
  • If a child under the age of 14 is left unattended in the library, personnel may contact campus security to locate his or her parent/guardian.
  • All activities and behavior of a child under the age of 14 must be monitored by the supervising adult at all times.
  • Any child who is disruptive while on the premises will be asked to leave the building. If they are accompanied by an adult, the adult will be notified.
  • Librarians and library staff are not permitted to stay with any child after the library has closed.
  • Under NO circumstances will library personnel transport or take minors away from the library building, i.e. drive them home or to another facility.

Faculty, staff and students may refer to the University’s policy for children on campus/in the work place for further guidelines. Failure to honor these rules will result in the loss or suspension of library use privileges.