Children’s Behavior


Using the Library should be an exciting experience for children, but remember, other people are here trying to read or study. And even though playing in the Library is fun, safety issues are a concern for both library staff and visitors. In order to insure that everyone visiting the Library enjoys their time here safely, the following are rules for Library Behavior.

  1. Please walk in the Library.
  2. Pick up after yourself.
  3. Do not climb on the bookshelves, furniture, or pool tables. Parents and caretakers, please do not let children sit on top of the shelves as this is very dangerous.
  4. Please do not move furniture, stepstools, etc.
  5. Use your inside voice at all times.
  6. Children eight and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

Parents and caregivers are responsible for the behavior, safety and supervision of their children while in the Library and on Library property. Caregivers must be over the age of 16.

Children under the age of 8 must be supervised by a parent /caregiver at all times while in the library.

Children of all ages are expected to display behavior that is respectful of library staff and which does not interfere with other patrons’ use and enjoyment of the library. Running, hitting, and shouting are some examples of behavior that is not allowed in the library. If a child cannot comply with respectful behavior, the library will first give the child the opportunity to correct their behavior. Subsequent problems will result in the child being asked to leave the library in the custody of their parent/caregiver until they can comply with this policy.

Parents and caregivers, not library staff, are responsible for the actions and safety of children while in the library.

Library Policy on Unattended Children

Eglin Base Library establishes the following policy for youth supervision in the library facility and on library grounds. This policy is based on guidelines established in AAC Instruction 40-301. The intent of the policy is to provide a safe and pleasant library experience for all users.

Children under the age of 8

  • Parent, guardian or responsible caregiver must provide immediate “line of sight” supervision for children less than 8 years of age.
  • Children under the age of 8 may not be unsupervised in any area of the library.
  • Children under the age of 12 may not act as responsible caregiver for younger children.

Children ages 8 to 15

  • “Line of sight” supervision is not required for children ages 8 to 15 provided a caregiver age 16 or older is present in the building and assumes responsibility for the child’s conduct.
  • Children under the age of 12 may not act as supervisor for younger children.

Children ages 16 and older

  • Children over age 16 may be unattended in the library but must demonstrate appropriate behavior for safety, courtesy and proper library usage as determined by the librarian.
  • Library assumes no responsibility to ensure children do not leave the library by themselves or with an unauthorized person.
  • Children must carry military-issue identification and present it upon request by librarian.
  • Parents or caregiver must be available for immediate contact anytime their children are present in library. Children must know where their parents are and how to contact them.
  • Parents will be notified of misbehavior and must assume responsibility for child’s conduct by collecting the child. If parents cannot be reached, child will be escorted to Security Police to await parent’s return.