The Benton Harbor Public Library is not responsible for any unattended children left in Children's Department.

If a Child is left unattended after library hours, working Librarians will take the child to the City of Benton Harbor Police and Public Safety Department.

Children's Department

Please be aware that most in-library services are temporarily unavailable

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Families, please help us keep the library experience pleasant for everyone by following our department rules:

  1. No food or drink allowed in department; only in designated places.*  

  2. Please keep an eye on your children while here and help them clean up their mess before leaving.

  3. Please help us maintain a "peaceful" atmosphere for all of our patrons. Please inform your children to use a quiet voice and not to run while inside.

  4. Watch over your children as they look through books; books that are damaged on library property will still be charged.

  5. When done using a book, please place the book in the green baskets provided at the end of specific book shelves. 

  6. If a baby or toddler becomes unhappy and begins crying & cannot be calmed down, it is time to leave.

*Ask at the desk where these locations are!

Children Department Privileges

Located on second Floor (press "3" on the elevator)

Children may get a library card at age 6.

A parent's/legal guardian's signature and ID is required. The adult signing for the minor's library card assumes all financial responsibility for items borrowed. Children and Teen cards are only for City of Benton Harbor and Benton Charter Township residents. 

Computers are not available for children and teens outside of scheduled school hours; this is met with the exception of children and teens accompanied by parents.

Teens must have a valid library card, a parent onsite or a school ID to use the teen computers.

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