Unattended Child Policy



The Duluth Public Library strives to provide a safe and pleasant experience for all who use it, in partnership with parents, guardians, and caregivers.

Children under the age of eight are required to be accompanied by a responsible person age 12 or older.

Library staff will attempt to connect with a parent, guardian, and/or caregiver in circumstances such as the following:

  • An unattended child is engaging in behavior that violates our appropriate library behavior policy.
  • An unattended child is involved in a situation that is potentially harmful to the health or safety of the child and/or others.
  • An unattended child is left alone at the library at closing time.

Situations are handled on a case-by-case basis with the wellbeing of the child in mind. If parents, guardians, and/or caregivers cannot be reached, or are unresponsive, library staff will contact law enforcement.


The Duluth Public Library’s policies are subject to change without notice.


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Adopted May 23, 2023
Duluth Public Library Board