1700 Unattended Minors and Vulnerable Adults Adopted December 20, 2016
The Dormann Library staff is concerned about the safety and well-being of all its users. Library facilities are public buildings and open to the public. Due to the many responsibilities of the Library staff, monitoring of vulnerable adults or unattended minors is not possible. Library staff does not assume parental responsibilities or oversight for minors or vulnerable adults while in the Library. A parent, legal guardian, or caregiver is responsible for monitoring the activities and managing the behavior of minors or vulnerable adults during their library visit. A vulnerable adult is defined as an individual over the age of 18 who is mentally or physically challenged to a degree that significantly impairs the individual’s ability to provide adequately for his/her own care or manage his/her own behavior without assistance.
Minors or vulnerable adults left unattended may be at risk. There are many factors that could place them in danger; a minor or vulnerable adult could be tempted to go off with a stranger or could become ill. Either of these or other emergencies could take place in a public building.
- Minors under the age of 8/vulnerable adults must have a parent/legal guardian/caregiver in the immediate vicinity of or in visual contact with the minor/vulnerable adult at all times while in the Library.
- Appropriate law enforcement or child/vulnerable adult protective authorities may be notified to assume responsibility for the welfare of a minor or vulnerable adult left unattended.
- Minors age 8 and older may use the Library on their own. However, a parent/legal guardian is responsible for the actions and the well-being of his/her own child.
- Minors displaying inappropriate behavior may be asked to leave the Library. If a minor 8 or older is not able to leave the Library without an adult, he/she should not be in the Library alone. This is a particular concern in inclement weather and after dark.
- All minors/vulnerable adults should have the telephone number of someone who can assist them in an emergency.
- If a minor or vulnerable adult is left at the Library after closing time or in the event of an emergency situation, staff will attempt to contact a parent, guardian, or adult caregiver. If transportation is not available within 30 minutes of closing, the police or sheriff will be called to assist.
Under no circumstances will Library staff transport or take a minor or vulnerable adult away from the library building.
Dormann Library Board of Trustees and Library Director will establish guidelines, regulations, and procedures for the implementation of this policy including, but not limited to, staff enforcement and time limits.