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Afterschool Rules for Students: Home

Resources needed for guardians and students to understand what is expected of students who visit the library after school.


We welcome Boerne students back to school and to the Patrick Heath Public Library! 

During these unprecedented times, the library is committed to offering the best possible service while respecting the safety of our visitors and staff. Therefore, we want to share with you what we have on offer for afterschool visitors. As you will see, many of our services are still available, but they might look a little different! We appreciate your patience.

We still expect all students to abide by the library's regular policies as well.

Please check out our Homework Help page geared toward students K - 12. 

Click on the "Sign Up" button in our catalog, and be sure to upload your student schedule. If you are an adult, please upload proof of residence.

Library Policies

Children ages 10 and under must be attended by a responsible “Adult” (defined as parent, guardian, teacher or assigned caregiver who is at least 16 years of age) at all times.

If a child age 10 and under exhibits disruptive behavior:

· Staff will ask the child to stop the behavior.

· If the behavior continues staff will inform the parent. In the event the parent is unable to control the child, the entire party will be asked to leave the library.

Children 11 years of age and older are welcome to visit the library without adult supervision. They are expected to understand and follow the rules of library use.

If a child 11 years of age and older exhibits disruptive behavior:

· Staff will ask the child to stop the behavior.

· If the behavior continues after the verbal warning, staff will attempt to contact the child's parent/guardian.

· If the child does not comply with instructions from staff, or staff is unable to contact the child's parent/guardian,  the Boerne Police Department may be contacted for assistance.


Safety First!

· Consider whether your children are old enough and mature enough to use the library unattended.

· Make clear arrangements about when and where you will pick up your children after their library visit.

· Be aware of the library’s opening and closing hours.

· Make sure your children know personal and emergency contact information.

· Discuss basic safety rules with children, especially stranger danger

· Make sure your children have what they need in the library.

· Introduce your children to library staff.



We May Need to Call the Police

Staff will contact the Boerne Police Department for assistance when:

· We are unable to contact a parent or guardian;

· Anyone exhibiting a behavior problem will not leave the library;

· Children ages 14 and under are left unattended after closing hours for longer than 20 minutes.

· Anyone exhibits behavior that is deemed to be illegal, dangerous, or harmful to patrons or staff.


We Consider This to be Disruptive Behavior!

The library’s behavior policy applies to everyone. Examples of disruptive behavior may include, but are not limited to:

Rude actions
No shoes
No shirt
Loud music
Talking back
Teasing others
Misuse of restrooms
Misuse of library property
Blocking walkways
Leaving bags or backpacks unattended
Using skateboards or scooters on library premises
Viewing inappropriate material on computers
Easily overheard talking
Demeaning comments
Threats of violence, etc.


Library Premises

The library is a public building open to everyone and is not a restricted, secured, or protected area. The wooded area behind the library is isolated from major traffic and has hidden areas, sharp rocks, and other debris that could pose a hazard. Any parent or guardian leaving a child unattended in the library, or in the areas behind the library, does so at the child’s risk. The City of Boerne is not liable for any consequences of parents/guardians forfeiting their responsibility for children while on library premises.