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Procurement: Where Do I Start?

New rules from the Federal government in December 2014 require grant recipients to have (and follow) a procurement procedure and conflict of interest statement. You won't need to provide a copy of these policies, but you will need to attest that your library has them.

If you work at a municipal library, check with your town/city government about their procurement procedure and conflict of interest statement. If the local government has a policy (and they should), it will apply to your library.

If you work at an association library, check your policy and procedures manual to see if you have one already. If you don't have a policy yet, this is a good time to start writing one. Samples are listed in the box below.

Additional resources:

If your library has a procurement policy, please send it to Christine Gauvreau at to share with other libraries!

Sample Procurement Policies

These sample procurement procedures come from libraries around the U.S. Some of the local state laws will be different from Connecticut's, so be sure to read and adapt the wording carefully. It's a good idea to have a lawyer review your procedure and conflict of interest statement.

If your library has a procurement policy, please send it to me, so I can add it to this list! Christine Gauvreau,


Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds are provided through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Their grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. The use of LSTA funds in Connecticut is administered according to the Five-Year Plan (2018-2022) submitted to IMLS in June 2017.

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