Utica Public Library Children’s Room Policy for Unattended Children

The Utica Public Library welcomes children of all ages to the Library.  The Library is committed to providing an environment of learning and literacy and to working with parents and caregivers to insure a safe place for children.  The Board of Trustees has approved the following policy so that this is accomplished

  • Children under 10 years of age must be supervised by a parent, caregiver, or older sibling (who is at least 15 years old) at all times.  This person is responsible for their child’s behavior and must remain in the Children’s Room with the child.
  • If a child who is under 10 is found in the Children’s Room without a parent or caregiver, every attempt will be make to find the parent or caregiver.  If this cannot be done, the Library staff may call the Utica City Police Department.
  • Children 10 years of age or older can use the Library without adult supervision but they must have the current phone numbers and home address for their parents or caregivers with them.  These children are responsible for their own behavior and will be asked to leave the Library if they do not follow established rules.
  • It is the responsibility of parents and caregivers to know the Library’s opening and closing times.  Library staff will not leave a child waiting for a ride at closing time.  Staff will wait with the child for 15 minutes and if transportation has not appeared the Utica City Police Department will be contacted.
  • School aged children are not allowed in the Library during the school day unless they are accompanied by a parent, caregiver or other responsible adult such as a tutor.