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 2022. Valid through: June 2023.

Download the Policy Manual 2022-2023 in pdf format.

Table of Contents
Governance and Organizational Structure
GOV-1 Locations and hours GOV-2 Library Board bylaws
GOV-3 Mission Statement GOV-2 Library Goals
Management Policies
MNG-1 Confidentiality of library records MNG-2 Copyright
MNG-3 Meeting room use MNG-4 Exhibits and displays
MNG-5 Distribution of non-library materials MNG-6 Digital Signage Information
MNG-7 Image, Voice, Intellectual Property  
Customer Services
CUS-1  Patron Behavior CUS-2 Unattended Dependent Persons
CUS-3 Exam Proctoring CUS-4 Service Animals
CUS-5 Notary Public Services CUS-6 Public Phone Access
CUS-7 Gathering Signatures/Petitions CUS-8 Food Consumption
CUS-9 Lost Personal Identification Items
Circulation Services
CIR-1 Library cards for Montana residents CIR-2 Loan Periods and Loan Limits
CIR-3 Renewals
CIR-4 Holds
CIR-5 Claims Returned/Never Had CIR-6 Fines
CIR-7 Replacement 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 Limitations on Internet Access
Group Services
GSV-1 Programs in the library GSV-2 Tours

Collection Management Policy
Sections 1-2: Purpose of Collection Management Policy, Philosophy of Selection
Sections 3-6: Scope of Collection, Scope of Outreach Services, Montana Room, Responsibility for the Collection
Sections 7-9: Selection Criteria, Priorities for Selection, Customer Demand
Section 10: Statements of Concern
Sections 11-13: Gifts, Collection Management, Disposal of Withdrawn Materials