Lady of the Lake College
Center for Information and Learning (CIL)Policy
on Children in the Our Lady of the Lake College Library
Rationale: This policy attempts to
strike a balance between maintaining the library as an
open, accessible place of students while acknowledging
the library’s responsibility to ensure that minors using
the library are kept safe and do not interfere with
scholarly mission of the library. OLOL Library
recognizes that minors can be legitimate users of the
library and its resources, but reserves the right to
take reasonable measures in regard to potential abuses
of the library’s environment. There are three reasons
for establishing this policy:
- Physical Safety: The physical
safety of unsupervised children is paramount
- Disruptive Behavior: Children
who are not being properly supervised by an
accompanying adult can create disruptions that are
detrimental to the study and research environment
needed by faculty and students.
- Potential Danger: In an
academic library with materials designed for adult
use, as well as unrestricted internet-accessible
computers, unsupervised children have access to
books, websites, and other materials that parents
might deem inappropriate for their children.
- Children under high school age
may enter the library only under the supervision of
a responsible adult.
- Children must stay within
sight of the accompanying adult at all times and not
be left unattended.
- The adult is responsible for
the child’s conduct and will be asked to remove the
child from the library in the case of inappropriate
- Disruptive behavior includes,
but is not limited to, loud talking, running,
abusing the library materials and equipment, and
other conduct likely to disturb persons using the
library for research and study.
- If problems arise, library
staff will take appropriate action. This action may
include contacting parents, campus police, and/or
juvenile authorities as well as physical removal or
expulsion from OLOL Library. In addition, parents
of children engaging in disruptive behavior may have
their library privileges revoked.
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