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Children and Young Adults in the Library

Children under the age of 14 will not be allowed in the Library unless they are under the direct supervision of an adult caregiver. The reasons for this policy are several:

  • The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is a medical research library whose primary mission is to serve the health information needs of patrons.
  • The Library is open to the public; therefore the safety of your child may be at risk.
  • Your child may have unrestricted Internet access to content potentially inappropriate for children.
  • The Library’s computers are to be used for research and other Medical Center related activities.
  • The Library seeks to maintain an environment that is conducive to study and research.

If a child is left in the Library without an adult present, Library staff will attempt to contact the child’s parent/caregiver. If that is not possible, the staff will contact Yale University Police. As with all non-affiliated adults, teenagers (aged 14-17) who do not have a Yale University or YNHH ID, may use the library for medically related research. The teen should be prepared to show a high school ID or an explanatory letter from a Yale University or YNHH affiliated sponsor.