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Policy for child access to the Main Library

This policy is intended to ensure that students, staff and visitors of the University of Edinburgh Main Library are able to study in a quiet environment without disturbance.

Library users may visit the University’s Main Library accompanied by their children under the age of 16 for the purposes of making an enquiry, borrowing/dropping off a book, or for a pre-arranged appointment, normally requiring a maximum stay of 30 minutes. Prearranged appointments with members of University staff based in the Library may exceed 30 minutes.

Risk assessments have been carried for children under 14 and for under 5s. A longer stay, for example, for the purpose of study, is not allowed.

The parent must keep continual and close supervision of their child (the child should be at their parent’s side throughout the visit). The University’s Regulations do not permit a child to use any library equipment, including computing equipment, nor to use any device on the University wireless network. The parent must sign in with their child on entry at the library reception desk and sign out on exit. By signing, the parent accepts sole responsibility for their child, including their quiet behaviour, good conduct, safety and observation of library and other relevant regulations.

School pupils aged 14 to 16 may, under special circumstances and by arrangement with the library, obtain a Library Reference Card allowing independent access. Young persons aged 16 and over are entitled to obtain a Library Reference Card by meeting the registration requirements.

This policy was revised and approved by the Library Management Team and Main Library Building User Group in August 2016.