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About Us - Departments - Library Development Services - Library Management - Sample Library Policies & Procedures

Sample Policies Disclaimer

All sample policies included here are provided as examples, with no assurances that their individual contents are still current, or have passed any legal review, or would apply in any other individual situation. Some policies also incorporate procedures and/or forms.

NH Law states in RSA "202-A:11 Powers and Duties. – Except in those cities where other provision has been made by general or special act of the legislature, the library trustees of every public library in the state shall:

I. Adopt bylaws, rules and regulations for its own transaction of business and for the government of the library; ..."

The first responsibility of a board of Library Trustees is to adopt their own bylaws and to set the rules - usually stated as POLICIES - for the operation of the local Public Library.

To assist in this process, the NH State Library provides the following materials and resources:

Policies of NH Libraries

Procedures of NH Libraries

Links to collections of policies from other states (note use with caution, as the laws of different states may permit or require policies not appropriate to your library)

Selected books to consult in the writing of library policies:
  • PLA handbook for writers of public library policies Public Library Association 1993
  • Creating Policies for Results: from chaos to clarity by Sandra Nelson & June Garcia American Library Association 2003

Other Useful Resources:

Employee or Independent Contractor?

NH Mandatory Labor Posters

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