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Library Policies

From the Handbook for Library Trustees

  • Policymaking is perhaps the most difficult part of a trustee's job, requiring an open mind, a thoughtful study of the issues involved and a deep understanding of the library's mission and of the community it serves.
  • Policies are the rules and the principles that guide the operation and the use of the library. They are required by Commissioner's Regulation 90.2 as part of the public library minimum standards. The library board is responsible for creating such policies, reviewing and revising them, and ultimately enforcing them with the assistance of the library staff. Policies must be clearly written and understandable.
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