Small Library Management - Library Policies

Advice and examples of library policies from libraries all over the nation:

Resources for Workplace Preparedness  In response to the many requests for information we are receiving, we have developed a list of resources on workplace preparedness.

Texas Online Handbooks

Texas Public Library Standards -   Basic Administration standards, including a list of policies and procedures to be covered in Texas public libraries.

Library Links

Library 101: Policies - A brief video overview from the North Dakota State Library

Top 10 Library Policies - A list of policies every small community library should have

TexShare Consortium - A database of Texas libraries and their lending policies


WebJunction:  Policies & Procedures - "...everything from Computer Policies to the USA Patriot Act."  Includes links to libraries in Georgia, Washington, and Illinois

Other State Library Examples

Public Library Policy Collection - Curated by the Colorado Library Consortium, this colection features library policies from around the country.

Massachusetts Regional Library System Policy Collection - includes samples of a variety of settings across Massachusetts

Wisconsin Public Library Policy Resources - "...Links to sample library policies are provided as a resource to help libraries develop and refine their own policies. The library board of each public library must establish library polices that are legal and that meet the needs of their community..."

School Library Policies (California) - Sampling of resources for districts and schools for developing and revising policies for selection, intellectual freedom, acceptable use, privacy, and weeding.

Recommended Books

Texas librarians may borrow these from our Library Science Collection:

Brumley, Rebecca, Electronic Collection Management Forms, Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines Manual with CD-ROM, Neal-Schuman Publishers. 2009.

Larson, Jeanette C. and Totten, Herman L., The Public Library Policy Writer:  A Guidebook with Model Policies on CD-ROM,  Neal-Schuman Publishers. 2008.

Brumley, Rebecca, The Academic Library Manager's Forms, Policies, and Procedures Handbook with CD-ROM, Neal-Schuman Publishers. 2007.

Brumley, Rebecca, The Reference Librarian's Policies, Forms, Guidelines, and Procedures Handbook with CD-ROM, Neal-Schuman Publishers. 2006.

Brumley, Rebecca, The Public Library Manager's Forms, Policies, and Procedures Handbook with CD-ROM, Neal-Schuman Publishers. 2004.

Nelson, Sandra and Garcia, June, for the Public Library Association,  Creating Policies for Results:  From Chaos to Clarity, American Library Association. 2003.

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