Children & Use of UWF Libraries

February 1, 2005 / Reviewed and Reaffirmed July 24, 2012

The mission of the University of West Florida Libraries is to provide information resources to its primary clientele - students, faculty and staff of the university. The resources and computer access provided are directed to supporting the curricular and research needs of the university, with a commitment on the part of the library to intellectual freedom and free access to information. In that regard, the libraries' resources are directed to intellectual and maturity levels of university students and professionals, not to children.

Children may use the resources of the libraries under the direction of a responsible adult. Those under the age of 18 are ineligible to check out materials from the library unless they have been designated by a responsible adult as having circulation privileges using that adult's library card.

To assure their personal safety, children should not be left unattended in the library. It is the supervising adult's responsibility to protect a child and oversee his/her activities. Unless special provisions have been made with designated library staff members, any child discovered to be unaccompanied by an adult will be referred to UWF Security.

If a child is causing disruptions that make it difficult for other library users to study or otherwise use the library, the supervising adult will be asked to either bring the child under control or leave the library. The adult may be responsible for monetary damages should a child, under their care, damage library materials, equipment, furnishings, and/or the physical structure.

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