Library Law and Policies

Resources for library administrators and trustees regarding legal issues and library policies.

Administrative Ready Reference
"The 3rd edition has been completely updated with new resources, policies and additional content. Ensuring access to the most current information, updates to the Administrative Ready Reference will be made, as needed, to reflect new public library policies and law changes." (2015)

Illinois Library Statutes and Administrative Rules
Major laws and administrative rules relevant to libraries in Illinois.

Library Days & Dates
"Library Days and Dates to Remember" includes deadlines for library board actions regarding taxation, elections, meetings, ordinances, etc.

Library District Alcohol Policy

The Illinois Liquor Control Act allows public library districts to approve the delivery and sale of alcohol in library-owned buildings during fundraising events or programs of a cultural or educational nature, in accordance with a policy approved by the library board.
Memorandum on Library District Alcohol Policy from Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink
Sample Library District Alcohol Policy

Photo and Video Policy

The Ancel Glink law firm has provided us with a sample policy regarding members of the public taking photographs and videorecordings in the library. The policy also covers filming done by the library.

Memorandum on Sample Photo and Video Policy from Julie Tappendorf and David Warner, Ancel Glink

Sample Library Photography and Video Policy

Required Workplace Posters
Information that employers are required to display under Illinois or federal law.

Security Camera Policy

The Ancel Glink law firm has provided us with a sample policy regarding security camera use in the library.

Sample Security Camera Policy

Sexual Harassment Policy

An Illinois statute passed in November 2017 requires public libraries and other units of local government to adopt an ordinance or resolution to establish a policy prohibiting sexual harassment. The new law requires the policy to include several provisions, and sets January 16, 2017 as the day by which the policy must be in place (though the statute does not indicate a penalty for late adoption). Julie Tappendorf of the Ancel Glink law firm has provided us with some guidance for libraries.

Email response to RAILS inquiry regarding library sexual harassment policies, from Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink

Blog post about the new sexual harassment policy requirement, by Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink

Travel Expense Policy

The Illinois Local Government Travel Expense Control Act requires local government agencies to regulate the reimbursement of all travel, meal, and lodging expenses of officers and employees.
Sample Travel Reimbursement Policy and Resolution Template for Public Libraries

Website Posting Requirements for Public Libraries

Ancel Glink has provided us with an update of the website posting requirements for public libraries. The revised version now includes information relating to severance agreements and ADA notice.​
Website Posting Requirements for Public Libraries