Unattended Children in Polk Library Policy

Unattended Children in Polk Library

Polk Library strives to provide an environment conducive to meeting the research, scholarship and study needs of students, faculty and staff at UW Oshkosh. We are pleased to support parents, guardians and caregivers of children in their academic pursuits and welcome them to bring their children into the library provided they are under appropriate supervision during their visit.

Library staff are not trained or licensed caregivers and cannot watch over or monitor unattended children. Polk Library is a public space and as with any other public location, in the interest of safety, children must not be left unsupervised.

  • Parents, guardians or caregivers must accompany children under age 14 at all times.
  • Parents, guardians or caregivers are responsible for the conduct of the children under their supervision and must monitor their activities and behavior while they are in the library.
  • If a child is found to be unattended or unsupervised in Polk Library and library staff are unable to locate or identify an adult responsible for the child, UW Oshkosh University Police will be contacted.

Library privileges

  • High School aged children (14-17) may be eligible for a Fox Valley Library Council courtesy card from their school library which will enable them to check out materials for a specific project or homework assignment. Please check with your school library.
  • High school students enrolled as UW Oshkosh special students (e.g., CAPP students or Youth Options students) are considered undergraduate students and are eligible for a TitanCard at UW Oshkosh. These students are welcome to use Polk Library for their research needs.
  • Wisconsin residents aged 18 and older are eligible for limited borrowing privileges with a valid ID and can be issued a NEW ERA guest card.

Computer privileges

  • Computers in Polk Library are intended to be used for research and course work and require users to log in to access them.
  • All users are required to log in to use a library computer with either a Net ID (UW Oshkosh students, faculty and staff) or an internet access account (NEW ERA guest card holders; limited to one hour of use per day).
  • All computer users are required to abide by UW Oshkosh’s Acceptable Use Policy and/or Polk Library’s Community Use of Polk Library Computing Facilities policy.

September 9, 2013