Information for Parents and Guardians Regarding After School Use of the Scarborough Public Library

Dear Families,

Students are visiting the Library after school in record numbers. We are pleased so many are choosing to come to the Library for a quiet place to read or to work on homework, but the number of students often exceeds the capacity of our Youth Services area. We appreciate the cooperation of students and families as we continue to work on strategies to accommodate this demand, while also ensuring access and safety for all our Library users. Please remember, a child under the age of 10 cannot be in the Library unattended.

We offer the following reminders and suggestions and encourage you to share this information with your child. 

  • The Library is not an afterschool care facility. Please be sure that your child has appropriate work to do, such as homework, research, or reading. We want to emphasize that our Youth Services team is here to assist your child in finding library resources in support of their studies and/or interests. We expect that students will be respectful of appropriate use of the Library, and that they have a plan for getting home when their work is finished.
  • The Library’s free wireless Internet. Our hope is that this service will assist students in their studies. Groups of students gathered around laptops are often disruptive and will be discouraged. Please be aware that the Library staff is not responsible for monitoring what your child may choose to access on his/her computer. Internet safety is a family matter and we encourage you to review your expectations with your student.
  • The comings and goings of students visiting the Library are not monitored. Please review your preferences with your child regarding leaving the Library grounds. Students must take any personal belongings with them should they leave the building.
  • Backpacks and laptop bags often spill into aisles and common areas, creating safety hazards for all our users – particularly those with mobility difficulties. Students will be asked to tuck their belongings under tables when possible, but we recommend that large bags and sports equipment not be brought to the Library.    
  • We expect that students will be respectful of appropriate use of the Library. We will ask a child to leave the Library should he/she exhibit inappropriate behavior. Keep in mind that if your child has been asked to leave the Library, that means they must leave Library grounds as well. In addition, loitering is not permitted on Library grounds.
  • Finally, we encourage parents and guardians picking up students to familiarize themselves with closing times as there is no staff coverage in the building after hours, and no protected area outside for students to wait on cold, snowy, or rainy days. Hours are posted on our website at www.scarboroughlibrary.org.


The Scarborough Public Library appreciates the many parents and guardians who encourage their children to use the Library in support of their studies and personal interests. We are committed to working closely with school administrators and other community partners to create a safe, nurturing environment for your child. We thank you in advance for your help and cooperation in making this possible. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Louise Capizzo, Youth Services Librarian, at 883-4723 option 3 or lcapizzo [at] scarboroughlibrary.org or Nancy Crowell, Library Director, at 883-4723 option 6 or ncrowell [at] scarboroughlibrary.org