Child Safety Policy*

KPL encourages parents to consider the safety and well-being of their children when visiting KPL.

We welcome children to use the facilities and services of the public library. However, the responsibility for the care, safety, and behavior of children using the library rests with the parent, guardian, or caregiver (age 12 and older) who is able to attend to the child’s safety and insure appropriate behavior. All patrons, including children, are expected to comply with the library’s Rules of Behavior. Children and their caregivers who do not abide by these rules may be asked to leave the library.

Children age five and younger must have a parent or caregiver in the immediate vicinity and in visual contact with the child.

Children from age six through eight may be left alone in the Children’s Room at Central Library, or the children’s area of a Branch Library, provided a parent, guardian, or caregiver (age 12 and older) is in the building.

Children age nine and older who can understand and follow the Rules of Behavior and who can care for themselves may use the Library unattended, subject to the Rules of Behavior and policies of the library. Children who do not abide by these rules may be asked to leave the library; this possibility should be taken into account when deciding whether to leave a child unattended in the library.

Exceptions to this are for children up to age nine attending a library program; the parent or caregiver must remain in the library building and rejoin the child at the end of the program. 

When the safety of an unattended child is in doubt, or the parent or caregiver cannot be located, or if the library is closing, library staff are authorized to call Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and stay with the child until police arrive. Police may then decide to keep the child in their custody until a parent or guardian can be contacted.

The library is not responsible if children leave library property unattended.

* Previously called “Unattended Children Policy”

  • Policy adopted January 26, 2004
  • Revisions adopted December 14, 2009 and March 25, 2013