Notice to parents: Use of library facility and municipal grounds

JANUARY 18, 2018

In order to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for reading, learning and other library activities, the Overstrand Libraries require all visitors to comply with the following general rules and regulations.

Parents and guardians are responsible for the safety and behavior of their children while in the library and that children, like all library users, are expected to comply with the library’s rules and regulations.  Therefore, a child who has been found to violate- these rules may be asked to leave the library premises.

Children under the age of ten may not be left unattended at any time. 

Children between the ages of seven and twelve should not be left unattended for extended periods of time or at closing times. 

Parents and guardians must inform themselves as to scheduled library closing times and be aware that, at times, the library may have to close unexpectedly due to operational reasons.  It is the responsibility of the parents / guardians to let their children know what they should do if they are required to leave the library. 

Library staff will be available to assist and support children with their use of library resources.  Learners will be allowed a maximum of 1 hour for library related work (homework or research).   However, the library is not equipped - and it is not the library’s role - to provide long or short term childcare or serve as an aftercare facility for young learners. 

The Municipality assumes neither responsibility nor liability for the actions, care, supervision or safety of minors during their use of or engaging on library premises.   Library staff may call the Law Enforcement Department if a child is left unattended when the library closes, or if a child otherwise appears to be at risk or refuses to adhere to the rules or instructions of the library Staff.

The following is further NOT allowed at any of the Overstrand libraries or surrounding premises:

Engaging in conduct that disrupts or interferes with normal operations of the library and municipal offices; or that disturbs staff, library users or members of the public.  This includes, but is not limited to:

-              Conduct of a harassing or threatening nature
-              Using obscene or abusive language or gestures
-              Making excessive noise, including talking loudly on a cell phone or otherwise
-              Running, jumping  or chasing each other in the library or immediate vicinity
-              Sleeping, napping or dozing in or on library premises
-              Lying andsitting on floors or tables in or on municipal premises  

Contact Franchisee Liande Barnard
Overberg contact number 086 163 6845
Overberg email address