Library Use By Minors

Library use by children

The library affirms that parents or legal guardians are best suited to judge which materials are checked out by their children under age 16. Wisconsin State Statutes 43.30(4) dictate that parents may not legally request to see their child’s library records or be told what their child has checked out. The privacy laws are in place for the protection of the privacy of teenage patrons. Therefore, children age 16 and older may obtain a library card without having a parent’s signature. Parents must sign the registration form of children who are under the age of 16.

Children and teenagers who are under the age of 18 must have signed parental permission to check out movies from the library. Parents are advised that the library may contain library materials, including unrated films, in the adult collection that may be unsuitable for their children. By signing the permission form, parents acknowledge that the library will not sensor the materials their children borrow except to check that they have signed parental permission to borrow movies, and with the exception that children under 17 will not be allowed to check out R-rated movies. Patron records of children who have signed permission to check out movies or use the Internet will be clearly marked to make it easy for staff to check for permissions.

If specifically asked to do so by a parent or legal guardian, and if the child is under age 16, the library will restrict a child’s ability to check out library materials or to use the public Internet workstations. This request will be indicated by a note on the child’s library card record.