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Minors Policy

 The Mayville Library welcomes and encourages children to use its facilities and services. However, the Library cannot provide long or short-term care for children of any age. Parents or guardians should remember that the Library is a public building, open to all and must use the same precautions for ensuring your child’s safety as you would in any other public location. While our staff is concerned about the well-being of our patrons, the Library is not responsible for keeping your child safe from harm.

  • Parents or guardians are responsible for the care, safety and behavior of children of any age while the child is using the library.
  • Children under the age of 10 must be directly supervised by the parent/guardian when using the internet.
  • Children ages 10-17 must have a signed internet permission slip on file prior to using the internet.
  • No one may interfere with another person’s right to use the library free of disruption.  Those unattended minors who do not abide by library rules and policies, or who exhibit unacceptable behavior, will be asked to leave and/or call their parents for a ride. 
  • The library staff does not monitor children leaving the premises, nor is it their responsibility to know if a child is leaving with a parent, guardian, relative, friend or stranger.
  • The library is not responsible for children’s selection of materials.
  • All children should have a telephone number of someone who can assist them in an emergency.
  • Children must be picked up or return home by closing time.  Unattended children will be asked to contact their parent, guardian or caregiver 30 minutes prior to closing time.  If a parent, guardian or caregiver cannot be reached and does not arrive by closing time, the child will be placed in the custody of the Chautauqua County Sheriff.  After closing time, library staff will leave a note on he door stating “Unattended child is in the custody of the Chautauqua County Sheriff – phone number 716-753-4232” once the child is in the care of the sheriff.  The child’s name will not be listed on the sign.

Policy revised and approved on 10/19