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Risk Management

From the Handbook for Library Trustees

  • The public library is exposed to a wide variety of risks in the conduct of its business. These include natural disasters such as fires and storms, patron accidents of various kinds, negligence, willful misconduct and other criminal activity. It is the board's responsibility to reduce risk to a manageable level so that the service program or even the survival of the library is not threatened. A lawsuit or a judgment against the library can have public relations consequences far beyond the monetary value of any award.
  • Library boards and trustees can be held liable for infractions of laws and regulations by the library, read more

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