January 23, 2022

That Was Fast: “Boulder Library Reconsiders Rule Barring Unattended Children Under 12”

That was fast.

On December 31st infoDOCKET posted that a new rule banning unattended children under 12 was about to go into effect at the Boulder Public Library.

Now, The Boulder Daily Camera reports that the library has reconsidered and replaced this rule with a different rule.

From The Daily Camera:

Boulder Public Library officials are walking back a policy change that would have barred children under the age of 12 from the city’s libraries unless they were with a parent.


On Tuesday night, the Boulder Library Commission voted unanimously to replace the new rule about unattended children with language used by the Poudre River Public Library District in Fort Collins, where the policy says that children in need of supervision must be accompanied by a parent.

The policy also states that the library will not act “in loco parentis,” or in place of the parents, and if a child has a significant problem in the library and a parent cannot be located, the child can be placed in the custody of the police.

The article goes on to mention that the new rule will not go into effect immediately but must first go through a review period.

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Full Text: Poudre River Public Library District Policy Manual

Poudre River Public Library District Unattended Children Policy by LJ's infoDOCKET

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.