Youth Specific Library Policies
Youth Library Cards
A person must be at least 6 years old to have their own library card.
A parent or guardian must sign the registration form. Parents assume full responsibility for the materials checked out. This includes making sure materials are returned on time, payment of overdue fines, and payment for lost or damaged items.
Fines over $10 total, and payment of lost/damaged items must be resolved before further checkouts are allowed.
We bill for items more than one month overdue. An account with a billed item is restricted. If a child's account has a billed item, the responsible parent/guardian's account will be restricted as well.
Kids in the Library
Children are encouraged to visit the library to read, borrow books, use our computers, do homework or crafts, and hang out. Here are our guidelines:
We have two Internet-connected computers for public use in the Children's Library.
Kids can sign up for one computer session per day.
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, we have 30 min sessions
3:00 – 5:30 pm, we have 15 min sessions
No "killing" computer games are allowed.
One person may sit at each computer. One "watcher" per computer is allowed.
Children 8 or younger must be attended by a responsible person at least 16 years old.
Children 9 and older may be unattended, and are subject to the Rules of Conduct. Anyone violating the Rules of Conduct will be asked to leave the premises. If a child is removed from the Library, a parent or guardian must then contact the Children's Librarian about conditions for returning to the library.
Parents/guardians assume all liability for damage done by their children to library resources or the library facility.
If a child needs to use the library phone to call a parent a librarian will assist them.
Children who have not been picked up by parents at closing time: The staff will make every effort to contact the parent. If we can't reach a parent or guardian, we will call the Montpelier Police and the unattended child will be taken to the police station to ensure their safety until a parent can be reached.
Please see the Unattended and Attended Children Policy for more information.