The document that dictates how the board will govern itself, in contrast to policies which inform the behavior, actions, and principles of a library.
The State Library offers policy development workshops for directors, boards, and/or library staff. Please contact Jacqueline Murphy to arrange one at your library.
Can't find what you're looking for or a link is broken? Contact Jacqueline Murphy for policy types and samples not listed here.
Disclaimer: The language in these sample policies may or may not be appropriate for your library or may not be the most current version of each. The policies are not endorsed by the State Library; they are simply offered as resources as you develop and/or review your own policy.
- ALA Sample Language for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies
- Denver Public Library
- Point Park University Library
- Tulsa Library
- Lafayette Public Library (p. 4)
Confidentiality/Privacy of User Records
Guns in the Library
Smoking and Marijuana
Policy Development Tools
- Master checklist of policies for libraries
- Policy Worksheet (Word)
Template for use in developing library policies
- Policy Worksheet - Sample (PDF)
Example of completed policy worksheet and corresponding final policy