Wisconsin Public Library Policy Resources

Including Links to Wisconsin Public Library Policies on the Web

This page provides resources to help Wisconsin public libraries develop local library policies. Inclusion of links to particular policies does not constitute DLT endorsement. Links to sample library policies are provided as a resource to help libraries develop and refine their own policies. The library board of each public library must establish library polices that are legal and that meet the needs of their community. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for additional links. Denise Anton Wright, Public Library Administration Consultant

Policy Development

Development of Essential Policies for Public Libraries

The development of policies is covered in Trustee Essential #10 of the Wisconsin trustee handbook: Trustee Essentials: a Handbook for Wisconsin Public Library Trustees. In addition, Trustee Training Module #2 is the PDF file of a presentation that covers the issues to be considered in developing public library policies.

Sample Public Library Policies

Links to Wisconsin Public Library Policies on the Web

Each of the public libraries listed immediately below has posted fairly comprehensive policies on the web. Links are also provided directly to a sampling of specific types of policies.
Please contact Denise Anton Wright if you know of additional library policies you would like listed.

Policies by Library

Policies by Type

ADA ComplianceBehaviorBulletin Board and LiteratureCirculation, LoanComputer UseConfidentialityDisaster Emergencies, Inclement WeatherExhibits and DisplaysGifts, Donations, InvestmentsHarassmentHomebound, OutreachInternet UseMaterials Selection, Collection DevelopmentMeeting RoomPersonnelReference/Information ServicesPublic RelationsSocial MediaTheft and Mutilation of MaterialsUnattended ChildrenVolunteers

ADA Compliance

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Behavior (often includes solicitation & canvassing)

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Bulletin Board and Literature

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Circulation, Loan

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Confidentiality, Privacy

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Disaster, Emergencies, Inclement Weather

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Exhibits and Displays

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Gifts, Donations, Investments

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Harassment

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Homebound, Outreach

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Internet and Computer Use

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Materials Selection, Collection Development, Challenged Materials, Weeding

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Meeting Room

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Personnel

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Public Relations

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Reference/Information Services

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Social Media

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Theft and Mutilation of Materials

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Unattended Children

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Volunteers

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