Policies

MPL encourages the public to review its current policies on a range of institutional matters. It provides them here for download and safekeeping as read-only documents.

Internet Acceptable Use Policy [pdf]

Policies & Procedures Manual [pdf]

 

1.00 Administration – Mission Statement

1.1  General
1.2  Safety and Security
1.3  Records Retention   1.4  Display, Distribution, and Exhibit of Posters, Fliers, Pamphlets, and Publicity Materials
1.5  Food and Drink
1.6 Public Behavior
1.7 Social Media
 1.8 Unattended Vulnerable Adult   1.9 Internet and Wi-Fi Access   1.10 ADA Compliance   1.11 Data Privacy
1.12 Library Volunteers
1.13 Book Donations
Addenda:  Library Bill of Rights; Emergency Response; CodeRED

2.00 Cataloging
2.1 Elements of Cataloging
2.2 Cataloging Standards
2.3 Sources of MARC Records
2.4 Copy Cataloging
2.5 Original Cataloging
2.6 Database Maintenance
2.7 Material That Will Not Be Cataloged
2.8 Departmental Procedures
2.9 Weeding Procedure
Addenda: Standard Library Weeding Policy

3.00 Acquisitions
3.1 Budget Policies
3.2 Purchasing and Contracting
3.3 Cash Handling
3.4 Materials Management
3.5 Equipment Repair
3.6 Collection Development
Addenda:  Request for Reconsideration of Library Material; Freedom to Read Statement

4.00 Processing
4.1 Departmental Procedures
4.2 Labeling
4.3 Mending
4.4 Memorial and Gift Plates

5.00 Marketing

5.1 Publications
5.2 Online Communications
5.3 Meeting Center

6.00 Reference
6.1 Patron Requests for Purchase
6.2 Circulation of Reference Materials
6.3 Proctoring of Examinations
6.4 Tax Forms
6.5 Resources for the Visually Impaired
6.6 Obituary Requests
6.7 Referrals
6.8 Study Rooms

7.00 Inter-Library Loan (ILL)

 7.1 ILL Defined
7.2 Materials To Be Borrowed
7.3 Copyrighted Material

8.00 Circulation
8.1 Applying for a Library Card
8.2 Loan Limits
8.3 Fines and Loan Periods
8.4 Payment of Fines
8.5 Returning Items
8.6 Managing The Library Account
8.7 Renewing

8.8 Requesting Items
8.9 iDiscover LearnPad Loan Program

9.00 Children’s
9.1 Unattended Child
9.2 Abandoned Child
9.3 Disruptive Child
9.4 Ill or Injured Child
9.5 Collection Development of Children's Department Material
9.6 Patron Computer and Internet Usage - Revised 12.11.2014
9.7 Non-Book Donations
9.8 Courtesy Use of Phone
9.9 Adult Use of the Juvenile Collection
9.10 Adult Books for Children
9.11 Bulletin Board / Displays
9.12 Programming
9.13 Tours of the Children's Department & Community Outreach
9.14 Staff Behavior at the Public Service Desk


10.00 Teen Service
10.1 Unattended Teens
10.2 Abandoned Teens
10.3 Disruptive Teens
10.4 Gum Chewing
10.5 Ill or Injured Teens
10.6 Items Left in Teen Department
10.7 Collection Development of Teen Department Material
10.8 Patron Computer and Internet Usage
10.9 Telephone Use for Patrons
10.10 Adult Use of the Teen Collection
10.11 Adult Books for Teens
10.12 Literature Distribution
10.13 Programming
10.14 Tours of the Library and Community Outreach
10.15 Staff Behavior at the Public Service Desk

11.00 Computer Lab
11.1 Printing
11.2 Telephone
11.3 Food and Drink
11.4 Personal Belongings
11.5 Headphones and USB Drive
11.6 Other Activities
11.7 Children and Teens
11.8 General Use and Behavior
Addendum:  McAllen Public Library Internet Acceptable Use Policy