Parental Responsibility Policy

The Eisenhower Public Library District is responsible for providing the best possible library services for all users. The Library does NOT provide child care. Library staff cannot monitor children or a child’s reading choices. Parents are responsible for their children while the children are in the Library.

Children under the age of 7 must be attended by a parent or caregiver age 14 or older at all times while in the Library.

All children under the age of 14 must be picked up by closing time. If no parent arrives within 20 minutes after closing time, Library staff will attempt to contact a parent or caregiver. If no one is available, the staff will contact the police to provide custody.

Disruptive Behavior

Any professional Librarian or Department Head witnessing willfully disruptive behavior or responding to a complaint from another Patron of such behavior is empowered to eject the Patron or group of Patrons causing the disruption for the rest of the day. Children fourteen years of age and under will be detained until a parent or responsible adult can be found to collect them.

The Library Director is authorized to suspend service or ban a Patron for up to one year. Restrictions for longer periods must be approved by the Board. Notices of suspension may be given verbally but will be accompanied by a written notice to the person, parent or responsible adult that describes the offending behavior. The Library Director will meet with the Patron to discuss the facts and circumstances prior to suspending Library privileges Patrons who refuse to leave the Library when requested to leave by a Staff member, or who return to the Library when they are banned from the premises, will be reported to the police and may be prosecuted for trespassing.

Any Patron banned from the premises may file a written request for reinstatement to the Library Board within one week after having been banned. The Board will review the request in a timely manner in compliance with the Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120/) and render a decision. The decision of the Library Board is final (75 ILCS 16/30-55.55).