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Visiting the Library

Tips for a Successful Visit Group Visits Unattended Child Policy


Tips For a Successful Visit at the Library

  • The student should come to the library in person. Locating information is part of the research experience.

  • Bring the assignment in writing when possible. This will help eliminate confusion. If the assignment is unclear to you, consult the teacher first.

  • Remember that other students are looking for similar books. If a copy of the book you want to read is checked out or your branch does not have a copy of it, in most cases the book can be borrowed from another branch or from another library system. This may take a week or more.

  • Start early. If many students have the same assignment, and you leave your assignment to the last minute, most materials may be checked out. We can transfer materials from other branches in approximately a week.

  • Don't be afraid to try something you might not usually like to read. Who knows? You might enjoy it.

  • Be prepared to make copies. Books that can be checked out may not be available on your subject. You may need to make photocopies from reference books, microfiche, electronic databases, or the Internet. Copies are $.10 a page.

  • Allow plenty of time. Library research can be a slow process. Be flexible. If information is not available on your subject, you may want to consider changing your topic.

  • Ask for help. Library staff often know of additional sources of information. Each of the large branches has a Reference Librarian and a Youth Services Librarian. The St. Tammany Parish Library staff is eager to help you.

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Group Visits to the Library

Classes, homeschool groups, scouts, clubs, camps and daycare groups are all welcomed at the St. Tammany Parish Library. Tours, special presentations, instruction and storytimes may be available.

If your group would like to visit the library for a field trip, please call the branch at least three weeks before you would like to visit, so that we can accommodate you.

If your class or group is working on a specific assignment, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can have resources available.

If you would like to schedule a special storytime program, please contact children's services staff.

Please be aware that we may not be able to offer your group a tour or special presentation because of staffing or we may not be able to accommodate you on the date you request. We will try our best to ensure your group has a productive and fun visit to the St. Tammany Parish Library.

Please contact your local branch for more information.

Abita Springs • 893-6285
Black River • 845-4819
Bush • 886-3588
Causeway • 626-9779
Covington • 893-6280
Folsom • 796-9728
Lacombe • 882-7858
Lee Road • 893-6284
Mandeville • 626-4293
Pearl River • 863-5518
Slidell • 646-6470

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Policy on Unattended Children

The St. Tammany Parish Library welcomes the use of its facilities and services by children of all ages. Our services and programs are offered to make the library enticing to children, to encourage them to visit the library and to develop a love of books, reading and libraries.

The safety and welfare of young children left alone in the library is a serious concern of Library Board of Control and the administration. Young children, left unattended, often become frightened and anxious. Even older children, though they may be able to occupy their time for a short while, often become bored hungry, and disruptive, disturbing the enjoyment of the library by others.

It is not desirable to have unattended children in the library. The library is a public building and staff cannot know if the children are leaving the building with parents or strangers or even by themselves. Parents are responsible for their children's care and behavior at all times while in the library. The library staff cannot be responsible for children left alone without proper supervision.

For the protection and well being of children who enjoy our libraries and to prevent undue disruption of normal library activities, the St. Tammany Parish Library Board of Control has adopted the following rules. Library supervisors and staff have been authorized to enforce these rules and procedures, effective March 10, 1997.


  1. Children age 9 and younger may not be left unattended in any branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library. They must be accompanied by a responsible person - an adult or mature adolescent (16 year of age or older). Responsible parties not attending children's program with children age 9 and younger must remain inside the library facility.

  2. The parents guardians and assigned chaperons are responsible for their children's behavior while in the library and while attending library programs.

  3. Children age 10 and older may use the library unattended, but must display acceptable library behavior, conduct, and demeanor.

  4. Staff members are not allowed to assume responsibility for any child in the absence of an adult or assigned chaperon, even for a very short time.

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Last updated 11 May 2011
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