Unattended Minors Policy

The Saugus Public Library welcomes and encourages patrons of all ages to visit the Library and make use of the programs, services and resources offered.  In addition, the Trustees and staff of the Saugus Public Library care deeply about the well-being of the children who are our patrons.  However, the Saugus Public Library is not responsible for the welfare of the children who are left unattended in the library. Responsibility for the safety and behavior of minors always rests with the parent, guardian, or assigned adult caregiver, and not with library staff.  Staff cannot act in loco parentis, nor can library staff supervise unattended youth.  No children under the age of 7 may be left unattended anywhere in the library.

Because the Library is a public building, open to all, parents are strongly urged to accompany their children, especially younger children, at all times during their visits to the library.

Unattended Minors at Closing Time

No stranded child shall be ejected from the library at closing time. Two library staff members will remain after hours and attempt to contact a parent, guardian or assigned caregiver up to 15 minutes after closing. After that time, staff will call the police and ask them to assume responsibility for the unattended child.


Board of Library Trustees

January 8, 2015