Policies are the rules and the principles that guide the operation and the use of the library. Education Department Regulations require that libraries adopt written policies as part of the public library minimum standards. Those policies must be reviewed every five years and policies are required to be posted on the library’s website.
The library board is responsible for creating such policies, reviewing and revising them, and ultimately enforcing them with the assistance of the library director and staff. While trustees alone have the legal authority to make policy, the process works best when the library director and other key staff are closely involved. The staff has an important role in researching options, drafting recommendations, and presenting them to the board for discussion and approval.