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Unattended Children Policy

To provide for the general welfare of all persons and to ensure the safety of children using the Albany Public Library, the policy of the Albany Public Library is:

  • The Library cannot be responsible for children left unattended in the Library.
  • Children under 10 years of age, shall, at all times, be attended and adequately supervised by a responsible caregiver at least 12 years old who shall be responsible for the child’s activity and behavior.  Children should be in sight of their caregiver at all times.
  • If a child is left in the Library or outside the Library after closing hours, an attempt will be made to reach the child’s parents or caregivers.  If they cannot be reached, the Albany Police Department will be called after 15 minutes.
  • The Oregon Revised Statutes (163.545) state: “A person having custody or control of a child under 10 years of age commits the crime of child neglect in the second degree if, with criminal negligence, the person leaves the child unattended in or at any place for such period of time as may be likely to endanger the health or welfare of such child.”
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