Children’s Policy

For the purposes of this policy, child/children or young people refers to anyone aged 0 to 17.

The Norman Williams Public Library welcomes children of all ages to use the library. We are committed to making the library an inviting and fun place to spend time. Special Programs, story times, books, and games are some of the ways we reach out to young people to help them develop a love of books, libraries and learning.  The following policy is in place to provide for the general welfare of all patrons and staff.

NWPL resources for young people include:

  • Fiction and non-fiction
  • Magazines
  • DVDs
  • Computer and Internet Access
  • Assistance from staff in accessing collection and information
  • Internet training
  • Special Programs
  • Baby and Preschool Story times
  • Space for study
  • Educational games and puzzles

Library collections and Internet access are available to all library users without restriction.    It is not the responsibility of NWPL staff to exercise a supervisory or restrictive role in determining which library resources young people may use or access. Parents/caregivers are responsible for their children’s use of library resources as well as the Internet, in line with the library’s Computer and Internet Use Policy.

Responsibility for the behavior and well-being of children using the library rests with the parent, guardian or caregiver assigned by the parent, and not with the library staff. The staff is not responsible for the whereabouts of children at any given time, whether inside the library or outside.

Children eight years and under need to be accompanied and adequately supervised by an adult or responsible adolescent (at least 12 years old) at all times.  A child is considered unattended when out of sight of a parent or caregiver.

Children are expected to adhere to the Library’s posted Rules of Conduct.

All children must be picked up by closing.

The library realizes that special circumstances may arise on occasion.  The Library Director or Youth Services Librarian will address these issues on an individual basis.