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 2018. Valid through: June 2019.

Download the Policy Manual 2018-2019 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 Copyright
MNG-3 Meeting room use MNG-3 Community Room, Garden, & Butler's Pantry
MNG-3 Computer Classroom Use MNG-3 Conference Room Use
MNG-3 Digital Learning Lab Use MNG-3 Study Rooms Use
MNG-4 Exhibits and displays MNG-5 Distribution of non-library materials
MNG-6 Digital Signage Information  
Customer Services
CUS-1 Customer behavior CUS-2 Parental Guidance
CUS-3 Unattended dependent persons CUS-4 Exam Proctoring
CUS-5 Service Animals CUS-6 Notary Public Service (not available at this time)
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 CIR-8.1 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 1-4: Mission Statement, Goals, Purpose of Collection Management Policy, Philosophy of Selection
Sections 5-8: Scope of Collection, Scope of Outreach Services, Montana Room, Responsibility for the Collection
Sections 9-11: Selection Criteria, Priorities for Selection, Customer Demand
Section 12: Statements of Concern
Sections 13-16: Gifts, Collection Management, Disposal of Withdrawn Materials, Internet