Library Cards for Minors Policy
(Approved by the Library Board July 17, 2023)
Individuals under the age of 18 (minors) need permission from a legal guardian to obtain a Library card. In granting permission, the legal guardian acknowledges that all materials of the Library will be available to the minor. The legal guardian assumes responsibility for items, fees, and use of the minor’s Library card. If the parent or legal guardian wishes to limit access to certain Library materials, they may do so by having the minor use their “adult” Library card. If a minor already has a Library card, and the parent wishes to restrict access, the parent can visit any branch to have the minor’s Library card revoked.
Exceptions to this policy for obtaining a library card are made for people who are at least 16 years of age and:
● Are emancipated or no longer live in the home of a parent or legal guardian,
● Are signing as the parent/guardian for their child’s Library card,
● Are legally married.
A child must be present to receive a Library card, and the parents/guardians must provide identification for themselves. A Library card may be issued without a parent/guardian only if it is issued through a school program and the Library has an agreement with the school or district relating to parent consent and/or opt out.
Parents/guardians are financially responsible for any loss of, or damage to, materials borrowed using their minor children’s Library cards. They also have the responsibility for determining which Library materials their children may access.
This policy is effective from the date of approval by the Library Board of Trustees.