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

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 a online PDF presentation that covers issues to be considered when developing public library policies. It is important for library policies to be legal. Illegal policies can open your municipality to liability.  Here are four tests of a legally defensible policy:

  • Test #1:  Policies must comply with current statutes and case law.
  • Test #2:  Policies must be reasonable (and all penalties must be reasonable).
  • Test #3:  Policies must be clear (not ambiguous or vague).
  • Test #4:  Policies must be applied without discrimination.

 

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 & Literature DistributionCirculation / Loan of MaterialsConfidentialityDisaster Emergencies & Inclement WeatherExhibits & DisplaysFinancial, Investments, Gifts & DonationsHarassmentHomebound / OutreachInternet, WiFi & Computer UseMaterials Selection, Collection Development, Challenged Materials & WeedingMeeting RoomPersonnelProctoring Exams • Reference / Information ServicesSocial MediaTheft & Mutilation of MaterialsUnattended ChildrenVolunteers

ADA Compliance

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Behavior (often includes solicitation & canvassing)

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Bulletin Board & Literature Distribution

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Circulation / Loan of Materials

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Confidentiality / Privacy

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Disaster, Emergencies & Inclement Weather

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Exhibits & Displays

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Financial, Investments, Gifts & Donations

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Harassment

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Homebound / Outreach

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Internet, WiFi & 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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Proctoring Exams

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Reference / Information Services

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Social Media

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Theft & Mutilation of Materials

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Unattended Children

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Volunteers

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For questions about this information, contact Denise Wright (608) 266-7270