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Friends of the Library Policy

Friends of the Library Policy

Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees Policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to affirm that the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees encourages the creation of Friends of the Library groups whose sole goal is the support of the vision and mission of the Sno-Isle Library District.

Scope

The Board of Trustees supports and recognizes the non-profit and charitable nature of Friends of the Library groups, which operate with independent boards and bylaws.

Sno-Isle Libraries will enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with each Friends of the Library group in order to have a shared understanding of responsibilities and commitments.

As supporters of the Sno-Isle Libraries' vision and mission, Friends of the Library groups will abide by the policies and procedures of the Library District and have stated objectives that seek to:

  • Increase public interest and awareness in the Library.
  • Provide support for and awareness of library programs.
  • Welcome all members of the community to join the group.
  • Advocate on behalf of the Library.

Under this policy, Sno-Isle Libraries will work with Friends groups whose assets are only used to directly support and benefit the vision and mission of Sno-Isle Libraries.

Implementation

Sno-Isle Libraries will provide de minimis administrative services and space as available for Friends activities. Donated or withdrawn library materials in good condition will be given to the Friends of the Library groups. This will result in reciprocal charitable support to community libraries from the Friends of the Library.

Fund-raising efforts by Friends' groups will be jointly approved by the local group and affiliated community library and all funds raised shall be used to enhance library programs, services, and support.

Sno-Isle Libraries will designate and make available library staff liaisons to each Friends group for the purpose of open and ongoing communication, with additional opportunities to interact with Sno-Isle Libraries leadership and the Board of Trustees.

Sno-Isle Libraries will regularly review, assess, and report on the contributions of the Friends of the Library groups to the Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees will regularly recognize the work of the Friends groups and express its appreciation.

Policy History

Date approved: 4/2020
Next review date: 4/2024
Adopted: 2012

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