West Texas Library Group

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Library Policy Guidelines

Reference  Circulation  
Meeting Room Exhibits/Displays
Collection Development   Internet Use
Patron Conduct  

Reference Policy

Should include:
  • Service philosophy
  • Library users (Access)
  • Desk service policies 
  • Service priorities 
  • Special collections
  • Electronic resources 
  • Reader advisory 
  • Homework assistance
  • Orientation and instruction 

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Circulation / Borrowing Privileges 

Should include:

  • Residency requirements
  • ID's required Restrictions
  • Fines / fees assessed 
  • Overdues 
  • Circulation period by material type
  • Interlibrary Loan 
  • Renewals, Reserves, Holds
  • Confidentiality of library records

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Meeting Room Policy

Should include:
  • Statement of purpose
  • Availability for use 
  • User responsibilities 
  • Restrictions Fees (if applicable) 
  • Property Damage 

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Exhibits and Display Policy

Should include:
  • Statement of purpose 
  • Who may display items 
  • Restrictions 
  • Waiver of responsibility 

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Collection Collection Development Policy

Should include:
  • Mission, goals & objectives 
  • Community analysis 
  • Networks, consortia, & cooperation 
  • Collection maintenance 
  • Evaluation & inventory 
  • Special collections 
  • Purpose of library and collection 
  • Who is responsible for selection 
  • Criteria for selection by format 
  • Criteria for selection by library users served
  • Criteria for selection by subject 
  • Materials not purchased 
  • Review sources 
  • Replacements/duplication of materials 
  • Gifts/Donations/Memorials 
  • Patron requests 
  • Requests for reconsideration
  • Freedom to Read, Freedom to View Statements
  • Intellectual Freedom Statements (ALA & TLA) 
  • Statement on labeling 
  • "Request for reconsideration of materials" Form 
  • "Donation Receipt" Form  
  • "Request for inclusion in the collection" Form

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Internet Internet Use Policy

Sample: Internet Safety Policy (in MS Word format)

Should Include: 
  • Eligibility for use 
  • Time limits & sign up procedures 
  • Access restrictions for minors 
  • Costs 
  • User responsibilities 
  • Types of activities allowed 
  • Loss of privileges 
  • Filtering Disclaimer 
  • Unacceptable use 
  • Available training 

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Patron Conduct

Sample: Disruptive or Unattended Children Policy (in MS Word format)
Sample:  Patron Conduct Policy (in MS Word format)

Should Include:

  • Vandalism 
  • Unattended children 
  • Disruptive patrons 
  • Vagrancy 
  • Smoking/Food/Drink 
  • Use of personal electronic appliances ie. cell phones, PC's, etc. 
  • Groups 

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