Rules of the Children’s Room

General Rules

  • Children 9 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • We ask that everyone use walking feet (no running!) while in the library.
  • Adults not accompanied by children are asked to check-in at the children’s desk.
  • Library cards may only be used by the person to whom they are issued.

Computer Rules

  • You must sign up with a librarian at the desk before getting on a computer.
  • Children in second grade and under must have an adult sitting with them at the computer.
  • Computers are for use by children only.
  • Children are guaranteed 30 minutes of total computer/tablet time per day.
  • Games must be G-rated and non-violent (no fighting, guns, explosions, etc.).
  • Ask for help at the desk before printing anything.
  • You may print 10 free pages for school assignments (librarians reserve the right to ask for school assignment sheet). All other printing is $.10/page.
  • Parents/Guardians accompanying children may sign out a laptop from the desk (ID required).
  • Patrons must check out the iPad with their library card.
  • The iPad is pre-loaded with games and interactive books for patron use.  There is no access to a web browser on the iPad.
  • iPad volume must be kept at a reasonable level so as not to disturb other patrons.
  • There is a 30-minute time limit for the iPad. A timer will be started at the beginning of your session. When the timer goes off, the iPad must be returned to the desk.
  • The iPad is for use by children only.
  • Children in the second grade and under must have an adult present at all times during iPad use.
  • The iPad may be checked out for in-room use only. The iPad may not be taken into the courtyard, bathroom, upstairs or out of the building.
  • No food or drink while using the iPad.
  • The Staff Only folder on the iPad is for staff use only. Patrons are not to use apps within the folder.
  • Attempts to tamper with the timer or iPad settings will result in a suspension of technology privileges.
  • The Children’s Room staff reserves the right to terminate iPad use at any time due to inappropriate usage or improper supervision of children.

Children’s Room Information

Address and Phone:
370 Essex St
Salem, MA 01970


Ground Floor, Use ramp for access.

Parking and Transportation:
Street parking along Essex St between Boston and Beckford Streets.

MBTA bus stop “Essex St opp Monroe St” is in front of the library, served by bus 450


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