The Jefferson Parish Library welcomes children of all ages and is dedicated to providing an exciting and safe environment for users of all ages. Many services and programs are offered to make the library enticing to children and to help them develop a love of books, reading and libraries. Sharing this environment with other users requires that everyone follow the library's "Rules of Conduct" adopted by the Jefferson Parish Library Board on June 21, 2005 and posted in each library facility and on the library website.
The library encourages children to use its facilities and services but they should always be accompanied by a parent/guardian or assigned caregiver whenever in the library. The library is a public building, and as such, is not a safe place to leave a child unattended. Young children, left unattended, often become frightened, anxious and cry. Even though older children may be able to occupy their time for a short period, they often become bored, hungry, and disruptive, disturbing the enjoyment of other users and interfering with library operations. The responsibility for the safety and behavior of children in the library rests with the parent/guardian or assigned caregiver and not with library staff. Library staff cannot be responsible for children who are unattended or who demonstrate inappropriate behavior.
Children eleven (11) years old and younger should not be left unattended in the library, and they should be under the authority of and accompanied by a parent/guardian or assigned caregiver. This also applies when children are attending programs in the Library. Children twelve (12) years of age and older may use the library unattended. However, the parent/guardian is responsible for the behavior of his/her child while in the library. It is also the responsibility of the parent/guardian to know the hours of the library and to pick up his/her child before the library closes.
OF UNATTENDED CHILD: A child age eleven (11) or younger who is not under the authority of a parent/guardian or assigned caregiver for extended periods of time on a regular basis, or a child of any age who is not picked up a closing time.