Supervising and ensuring the safety of minor children in the Kellogg Library, as in any other public place, is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. Children should be accompanied at all times for their safety and well being by a parent or adult. Library employees cannot supervise or oversee the activities of a minor child. Parents or adult caregivers are responsible for any act of vandalism by a minor including, but not limited to, cutting, tearing, defacing or destroying library materials, equipment, furniture or any part of the Library facility.

Safety Concerns

Parents or guardians should be aware of the following safety concerns:

  • Kellogg Library is open to the public, a situation which may present risks to minors.
  • If an unattended minor is injured or becomes ill while in the Library, Library staff does not know the parent/caregiver to contact nor can they authorize medical care for the child.
  • If a child wishes to leave the Library, the Library staff cannot legally detain the child, even if the parent has told the child to remain in the Library in the parent’s absence.
  • This is a University Library whose collection is geared primarily towards adults. It both houses, and has Internet access to material(s) that may not be age appropriate for minors under 18 to read or see. Access to, or use of, the Internet by minor children is solely the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.

Responsibilities of Kellogg Library Staff

  • If unattended minors are being disruptive, or if there is a concern for their safety, Library employees will call University Police to escort the minor off the premises and locate the parent/caregiver.
  • If minors are left in the Library at closing time or in the event of an emergency situation, Library personnel will immediately call University Police to take custody of the minors.

JB 11/16/09