Unattended & Disruptive Children and Young Adults

Providence Public Library welcomes children and young adults and wishes to encourage them to use the Library. The Library is a public facility and responsibility for children and young adults using the Library rests with the parent, guardian, or assigned chaperone. Children who are six years of age or younger must be accompanied by an assigned caregiver who is capable of being responsible for the child and who stays with the child at all times while in the Library.

Children who visit the Library with their school, daycare, or any other child care group must be supervised at all times by employees or volunteers of the group. Parents/guardians are responsible for arranging to pick up their children/wards before closing time. The Library cannot take responsibility for ensuring the safety of children left beyond closing hour. In the event children are left unattended at closing, the Library may report the situation to the police or to the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF).

Library users are expected to engage in appropriate activities. Behavior that impairs our ability to provide service cannot be tolerated. Therefore, users who are disruptive or unattended will be asked to leave the library.

Unattended child is a child 11 years of age or younger who (a) visits the Library without supervision; or (b) is not picked up at closing time. Young adult is a child 12 to 17 years of age.

Assigned caregiver for a child four years of age or younger is someone who is capable of being responsible for the child, with a minimum age of 12.

Appropriate activities include: browsing for books, reading, doing homework, writing reports, using computers, thinking, and participating in library programs.

Disruptive behavior is any behavior which impinges upon the rights of others to use the Library and includes, but is not limited to, loud boisterous behavior, running, congregating in loud groups, punching, shoving, littering, damaging library property, using foul, abuse or threatening language. Decisions with regard to whether an individual’s behavior is or is not disruptive are the prerogative of the Library.