Policy is a carefully designed, broadly stated, written guidelines for actions and decisions of the library. It is a governing principle formally adopted by the public library board. A library's policies should be consistent with its mission. Written policies:
Improve communication with the public
Gives the library director clear direction from the board
Provides consistency among board members, staff and the public
The majority of sample policies below are from Iowa libraries. If Iowa policies were not readily available, policies from other states were included and are indicated as such.
Disclaimer: The language in these sample policies may or may not be appropriate for your library. The policies are not endorsed by Iowa Library Services; they are offered as resources as you develop and/or review your own policy.
Gifts and Donations
Laptop Computer Check-Out
Summary of the Sex Offender Law
Sex Offender Policies:
Unattended Children/Safe Child