Policy development is an important responsibility of the library board, in collaboration with the CEO.

The CEO ensures that library policies addresses legislative requirements, social and community changes, and technology and service advancements.

Carefully crafted policies empower staff to make decisions and provide consistent and fair service. OLS provides advice on policy development and develops sample policies and policy writing courses.

Sample Policies

Sample Policies available for use by public library staff

Legislative Requirements

This checklist outlines policy, documentation and training requirements for the workplace

Governance HUB

Learn more about the board’s role in policy development.

"A library’s policy manual is a written set of statements that form a framework to assist the library staff in making day-to-day decisions. Policies grow out of, and give definition to, the library’s mission in the community, and they provide the basis for consistent operational procedures."