Policy Inventory

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This is an inventory of policies that libraries should have.  Further information can be found in Chapter 9 of Hennen’s Public Library Planner.  

Please let us know if you have policies in areas that we have not included here.  

Policy Area

1.      Mission and Goal Statements
2.      Statement on Who May Use the Library
3.      Patron Responsibilities and Conduct
4.      Services of the Library
5.      Responsibilities and Authority of the Library Board
6.      Conflict of Interest—Board
7.      Programming in the Library
8.      Public Relations
9.      Equipment Use Policy
10.  Internet Use Policy
11.  Meeting Room Policy
12.  Displays and Exhibits Policy
13.  Public Notice Bulletin Board Policy
14.  Disasters Policy
15.  Privacy of Records
16.  Volunteers and Friends
17.  Circulation Services
* Borrower Eligibility and Procedures
* Borrowers’ Responsibilities
* Confidentiality of Records
* Equipment Use
* Fines and fees
* Loan Periods
* Lost/Damaged Materials
* Nonresident Fees
* Registration
* Renewals and Reserves
18.  Interlibrary Loan Services
* Fees (if allowed by law)
* Participation in Regional/State Networks
* Protocols/Procedures
* Reference Services
* Homework Assignments
* In-person vs. Telephone Questions
* Online Searches
* Reference Interviews
19.  Collection Development
* Community/Clientele Descriptions
* Evaluation of Collection
* Purpose of Collection
* Selection Criteria/Procedures
* Statement Concerning Intellectual Freedom
* Withdrawal of Materials
20.  Personnel
* Salary Schedules
* Benefits
* Appointment
* Disciplinary Procedures
* Grievance Procedures
* Insurance
* Job Descriptions
* Leaves
– Disability
– Family
– Jury
– Leaves of Absence
– Military
– Sick Leave
* Organization Chart
* Performance Evaluation
* Personnel Records
* Position Classification
* Probationary Periods
* Promotions/Demotions
* Recruitment
* Resignation and Dismissals
* Retirement
* Retirement Plan
* Staff Development/Training
* Travel Expenses
* Vacancies
* Vacations
* Worker’s Compensation
21.  Form: Statement of Concern About Library Resources
22.  Form: Internet Use Agreement
23.  Library Bill of Rights
24.  The Freedom to Read Statement
25.  Revision of Library Policies