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Roland Public Library's Behavior and Supervision Policy

The public library is a fun place to learn and explore, and it is a place where appropriate public behavior is required and supervision by staff is not guaranteed. The library staff will use these policies for the best fit safe judgment to each case.


  • All patrons are expected to behave in a manner appropriate for a public library.
  • Guardians are ultimately responsible for their children, even if the child is unattended or with a child-care provider.
  • The library is not to be used as a day-care service for unattended children.

Unattended Child.

An unattended child is not supervised by an adult or enrolled in library program, and is typically 6 years or younger but a judgment on the child’s maturity level and emotional status must be considered.

These guidelines apply to Unattended Children:

  • It is not the library’s intention to seek out unattended children, but to create a safe public learning environment.
  • Distraught children may be comforted by the staff.
  • Staff may use library resources to contact child’s guardian or child-care provider, and may request immediate collection of the child.
  • The child will be encouraged to remain in the building until collected.
  • The staff may refuse to release the child to a non-guardian.
  • The staff may contact the sheriff's office if judgment warrants the situation.
  • Under no circumstance will a staff member take a child out of the library.

Disruptive Behavior.

This is behavior that interferes with patron library use, or staff ability to conduct library duties. These guidelines apply towards Disruptive Behavior:

  • Staff will determine if a child is unattended and disruptive, and act accordingly.
  • Patron accompanying a disruptive minor may be informed of the behavior.
  • Patron will be warned to correct behavior.
  • Patron may be told to sit quietly.
  • Patron may be excused from a library program.
  • Staff may ask patron and patron’s party to leave for the day.
  • Staff will avoid evicting a patron from the library who is not capable of getting to a safe place.
  • Staff may use library resources to contact a minor’s guardian or the patron’s care provider and inform them of the situation and resolution, and/or request them to collect the patron.
  • The staff may contact the sheriff's office if judgment warrants the situation.