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 2023. Valid through: June 2024.

Download the Policy Manual 2023-2024 in pdf format.

Table of Contents
Governance and Organizational Structure
GOV-1 Locations and hoursGOV-2 Library Board bylaws
GOV-3 Mission StatementGOV-2 Library Goals
Management Policies
MNG-1 Confidentiality of library recordsMNG-2 Copyright
MNG-3 Meeting room useMNG-4 Exhibits and displays
MNG-5 Distribution of non-library materialsMNG-6 Digital Signage Information
MNG-7 Image, Voice, Intellectual Property 
Customer Services
CUS-1  Patron BehaviorCUS-2 Unattended Dependent Persons
CUS-3 Exam ProctoringCUS-4 Service Animals
CUS-5 Notary Public ServicesCUS-6 Public Phone Access
CUS-7 Gathering Signatures/PetitionsCUS-8 Food Consumption
CUS-9 Lost Personal Identification Items
Circulation Services
CIR-1 Library cards for Montana residentsCIR-2 Loan Periods and Loan Limits
CIR-3 Renewals
CIR-4 Holds
CIR-5 Claims Returned/Never HadCIR-6 Fines
CIR-7 Replacement Fees

Information Services
INF-1 Priorities for reference serviceINF-2 Interlibrary loan
INF-3 Use of Library Computers and Network ResourcesINF-3.1 Limitations on Internet Access
Group Services
GSV-1 Programs in the libraryGSV-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Sections 11-13: Gifts, Collection Management, Disposal of Withdrawn Materials