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Best Practices in Connecticut Public Libraries


Public libraries in Connecticut may be municipal government departments or associations. The library governing authority adopts and provides oversight of budgets, supervises the library director, adopts policy and sets direction. This entity can be the library governing board or the local municipal authority.

There are two types of library boards: governing or advisory. A library advisory board advocates for the library and represents the community by advising the library director and the library governing authority. Trustees of governing library boards are public officers and are legally responsible for the governance of the library and conducting its operations in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

Library directors and staff use sound library administration and management practices to apply the policies and statutory obligations of the governing body to the daily operations of the library.

*ACLPD is currently updating the Best Practices, for Governance under 3.4, ACLPD will be clarifying that board approved library polices must be made accessible in multiple formats and locations, including print and electronically on the library website. 6/30/2023

State Library Resources


ACLB Public Library Trustee Handbook. Association of CT Library Boards, 2014

Association of CT Library Boards

Friends of Connecticut Libraries

Handbook for Connecticut Library Friends. Friends of Connecticut Libraries, 2006

Model Memorandum of Understanding from ALA and United for Libraries

Sample Connecticut Library Policies

United for Libraries - Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations

Working Together: roles and responsibilities guidelines for library directors, Trustees, and Friends. CT State Library

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