|Responsible University Administrator:||Vice President for Academic Affairs|
|Responsible Officer:||Dean of University Libraries|
|Current Revision Date:||02/18/13|
|Next Review Date:||02/18/17|
|End of Policy Date:||N/A|
The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries provide resources which are primarily intended for the university community in support of academic research and study. As a federal depository, the Libraries and library resources are also used by members of the surrounding communities, including children. Children of students, faculty, and employees also accompany their parents to the libraries.
This policy is required for the effective communication of university policies regarding children in the university library facilities.
All patrons of the University Libraries.
The needs of the university community and the special concerns related to the safety and welfare of children in this environment have prompted the following guidelines:
Violations of this policy should be reported to library staff at the nearest service desk. Individuals who do not comply with University Libraries policies will be asked to leave the library building.
Federal Depository Library Materials Use: To accommodate the legal use of federal depository materials in Cook Library, any unaccompanied child under 15 who needs to access federal depository materials for research will, upon request, receive mediated assistance from library assistance desk staff to identify and access this material.
The Dean of University Libraries is responsible for the review of this policy every four years (or whenever circumstances require immediate review).
Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes02/18/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout.