Welcome Parents!

Help your child have a safe, enjoyable visit to the library...

Your library is a great place for spending time with your children, meeting new friends, and using and borrowing books, movies, toys and other materials. However, unlike at your child’s school or day care, staff cannot supervise your child in the library, and you, the parent or legal guardian, are  responsible for your child’s safety and behavior. 

Because library employees do not supervise children, it is not a good idea to leave your child alone in the library.    Please remember that our libraries are open to everyone and may not be a safe location for a child left alone, even briefly. In order for everyone to have a safe and enjoyable experience, consider these tips:

  • Children 7 or younger must be fully supervised by a parent or responsible caregiver and may not be left alone. If a young child is not being closely watched, library staff will contact you to pick up your child. Often, even older children are uncomfortable when left alone in the library.

  • Please make sure that your child can get home safely. Arrange for your child to get home before the library closes. It is frightening and possibly dangerous for a child to wait outside the library alone.

  • Please make sure that your child can contact you. Children may use the library phone for emergencies only. Make sure that your child knows your address, your phone number, and the number of another adult who can provide a ride home in an emergency. Remember, the library does not keep personal emergency information for your child.

  • Disruptive children will be asked to leave the library. Even the most well-behaved child can become restless, hungry, or tired.

Help your child enjoy library resources...

The Library respects the right of each person, regardless of age, to choose his or her own books and other items.  Our collection serves the diverse interests, values, and needs of our community.

Children's Librarians  can help suggest age-appropriate and appealing materials, but we do not restrict children's access to any library resources, including online. You may wish to monitor your child’s choices, but we cannot place any restrictions on your child’s library record.

  • Only your child may use his or her card.  If your child is not present, you may not use your child’s card to check out items.  We are happy to assist you with your own library card.

  • Your child’s library record (like yours) is private by law. If your child is not present, the library cannot tell you what your child has checked out, except when a fine is owed.  We are happy to show you and your child together how you can review your own records online.

  • Your child can use any materials from any section of the library. The library cannot limit the types of books or movies your child checks out, even if you ask.

  • Some materials have fines.  You are responsible for any charges  your child receives for lost, damaged or late materials.  

If you, or your child, needs a library card, you can apply for one here. Your library has a wealth of resources, and we want you and your family to be able to use them.   Please let us know what we can do to help you.

If you have any questions about our policies or services regarding children, please talk to the children’s librarian at your location, or contact the Supervising Librarian for Children’s Services, Nina Lindsay, at 510-238-6706 or nlindsay@oaklandlibrary.org