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Official Library Policies

These policies have been adopted by the Board of Trustees of Billings Public Library, using Creating Policies for Results by Sandra Nelson and June Garcia (Chicago, ALA, 2003) . Questions or comments about these or other policy issues may be directed to the Board of Trustees, Billings Public Library, 510 N. Broadway, Billings MT 59101

The policies are reviewed annually by the Billings Public Library Board. Use the left-column buttons to view the Policy Manual on line.

Updated: July 2014. Valid through: June 2015

Download the Policy Manual 2014-2015 in pdf format.

Table of Contents

Governance and Organizational Structure
GOV-1 Locations and hours GOV-2 Library Board bylaws
Management Policies
MNG-1 Confidentiality of library records MNG-2 Paging Library Patrons
MNG-3 Copyright MNG-4 Meeting room use
MNG-4 Large Meeting Room Use MNG-4 Computer Classroom Use
MNG-4 Conference & Small Study Rooms Use MNG-5 Exhibits and displays
MNG-6 Distribution of non-library materials  
Customer Services
CUS-1 Customer behavior CUS-2 Parental Guidance
CUS-3 Unattended dependent persons CUS-4 Exam Proctoring
Circulation Services
CIR-1 Library cards for Montana residents CIR 1.1 Computer and Internet Access Library Card
CIR-2 Library cards for out of state residents CIR-3 Loan periods and loan limits
CIR-4 Renewals CIR-5 Holds
CIR-6 Claims returned/never had CIR-7 Lost or damaged materials
CIR-8 Fines and fees
Information Services
INF-1 Priorities for reference service INF-2 Interlibrary loan
INF-3 Use of Library Computers and Network Resources INF-3.1 Internet use
Group Services
GSV-1 Programs in the library GSV-2 Tours

Collection Management Policy
Mission Statement Goals Purpose of Collection Management Policy
Philosophy of Selection Scope of Collection Scope of Outreach Services
Montana Room Responsibility for the Collection Selection Criteria
Priorities for Selection Customer Demand Statements of Concern
Gifts Collection Management Disposal of Withdrawn Materials