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Public Library Policy Development

From the American Library Association's Guidelines for Library Policies:

"Publicly supported libraries exist within the context of a body of law derived from the U.S. Constitution, defined by federal, state, local, and tribal law, and implemented by regulations, policies, and procedures established by their governing bodies and administrations. These regulations, policies, and procedures establish the mission of the library; define its functions, services, and operations; and help ascertain the rights and responsibilities of the individuals served by the library." Visit the link below for more information.

Sample policies from CT Libraries:

Please Note: The policies listed here are samples only. This is not a list of "best policies," and inclusion on this list does not constitute a recommendation by the Connecticut State Library. This list should assist librarians and trustees in creating or revising policies for their libraries. Every library is unique and sample policies should never be copied. Instead, use the ideas and organization of many samples to help create policies most suitable to your library's unique situation. Also seek legal and/or professional advice whenever appropriate.

To contribute your CT public library's policies to this page, Contact Us.

Go to Strategic/Long-Range Planning for Public Libraries for samples of long-range plans.

Sample Job Evaluations


Torrington Library, CT (available below)
Winnefox Library System

Library Directors


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