Sample Policies

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The policies provided here are meant to be a general template for libraries to review/edit. The policies have not been checked by any legal authority, nor have they necessarily been approved by other library boards in Wisconsin. However, whenever possible WISL will post policies or the framework of policies currently in use by other public libraries. Each community is different and you must review the policies for adaption to your applicable ordinances and existing policies. The intent of posting these policies is to help you foresee upcoming issues and situations that have prompted other libraries to develop such policies. If you have a unique or timely policy to share, please contact any WISL board member.

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Links for Small Libraries

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"Like" WISL on Facebook to connect with other small libraries! Get ideas, share problems. is a legislative advocacy group that supports American libraries.

Web Junction. Relevant articles for small libraries.

Association for Rural and Small Libraries

Funding for Rural Development Fact Sheet (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

Library Journal

Funding Resources for Libraries

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