All libraries will be closed Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.

Library Policies

02.01 Governance of Richmond Public Library – General Authority Policy – Reviewed 11-20-17

03.01 Records Management-Requirements Policy – Reviewed 11-20-17

04.01.a Public Law Library Policy – Reviewed 11-20-17

04.02.a Rules and Regulations for Conduct in Library and on Library Property Policy – Revised 1-24-2018

04.04 Accessing Customer Record Policy – Reviewed 03-2022

04.07a Supervision of Children Policy – Revised 3-28-18

04.08 Incident Report Policy – Revised 04-2022

04.10 Accessing Employee Record Policy – SIRSI – Reviewed 11-20-17

04.11 Interlibrary Loan Policy – Revised 8-16-19

4.12 Participation By Electronic Communication Means Approved 05-25-2022

05.01.a Library Card Registration Policy – Revised 5-22-19

05.02.a Library Card Renewal Policy – Revised 5-22-19

05.03 Vacation Loans Policy – Reviewed 04-2022

05.04.a Renewal of Materials Policy – Reviewed 04-2022

05.06 Claims Returned Policy – Reviewed 02-2012

05.08 Email Notification Policy – Reviewed 04-2022

05.09 Library Card – Alternate Form of Library Card Policy – Reviewed 11-20-17

05.11 Fax Service Policy – Reviewed 05-23-2023

05.12 Notary Public Service Policy – Reviewed 04/2022

06.01 Computer and Acceptable Use Policy-Approved 12-6-17

06.02 Internet Filtering Policy – Reviewed 04-2022

06.03 Mobile Device Checkout Policy – Revised 12/07/2022

06.04 Reference Services Policy – Revised 02-2012

06.05 Programming Policy – Reviewed 02-2012

06.10 Bulletin Boards and Displays Policy – Reviewed 02-2012

06.12 Proctoring Exams Policy – Revised 02-2012

07.01 Library Programs – Food & Refreshments Policy – Reviewed by CA – 10-2014

08.01 Technology Tools Spaces and Equipment Policy – Approved 02-27-2019

09.01 Meeting Rooms Policy – Revised 01-24-2018

09.02 Gellman Room Concerts Policy – Reviewed 01-2012

09.03 Art Exhibits Policy & Guidelines – Reviewed 04-2019

09.05 Volunteers Policy – Approved 11-2014

10.01 Fund Accounting Policy – Reviewed 01-2012

10.03 Petty Cash Policy – Reviewed 02-2012

10.04 Grants Policy – Reviewed 01-2012

10.10 Library Surplus Property Policy – Reviewed 02-2012

10.12 Letter of Agreement Policy – Reviewed 09-14-18

11.04 Social Media Policy – Approved 02-2012

12.01 Collection Development Policy – Revised 03-23-2022

12.03.a Materials Reconsideration Request Policy – Reviewed 02-23-2022

12.03.b Materials Reconsideration Request Form – Reviewed 02-2022

12.04.a Accepting Gift and Donated Materials – Reviewed 02-2012

12.04.a.1 Questions You Might Ask Before Donating Materials Policy – Reviewed 02-2012

12.05 Special Collection Policy and Scope Statement Policy – Reviewed 01-2012

12.06 Special Collection – Richmond Authors Policy – Reviewed 01-2012

12.07 Special Collection Children’s Scope Statement Policy – Reviewed 01-2012

12.08 Disposal of Library Special Collections Items Policy

12.10 Materials Default Replacement Cost Policy – Revised 04-24-2024

12.11 Catalog and Patron Record Clean-Up Policy – Approved 03-23-11

12.12 Fees for Library Materials Policy – Reviewed 04-2022

13.03 Emergency Evacuation Plan at Main Policy – Reviewed 11-2018

13.04 Emergency Evacuation Plan at Branch Libraries Policy – Reviewed 12-2018

14.05 Dress Code Policy – Revised 03-2012

Library Procedures

This is the written policy and procedure manual of the Richmond Public Library (RPL). The Policy Manual is revised via motion and approval of the Richmond Public Library Board of Trustees at regularly scheduled meetings.

The Library Director may promulgate regulations without prior Library Board approval unless board action is required by law or unless the Board has specific authority that requires board approval. The Board shall be kept informed of all regulations issued by the administration.

The Library Director is also responsible for ensuring compliance with the City of Richmond policy and procedures and with State and Federal regulations related to public libraries.

Questions regarding this document should be directed to the Library Director. Approved copies of the Policy Manual are maintained on file in the Library Director’s office, on SharePoint and on the library’s shared network drive.

The Richmond Public Library system consists of a main library with eight additional branches located throughout the City to serve all of its citizens.

Inform, Enrich, Empower
The mission of the RPL is to inform, enrich, and empower Richmond’s residents: to enrich lives and expand opportunities for all citizens by promoting reading and the active use of cultural, intellectual, and information resources through a dedication to excellence and professional service.

In addition to books, e-books, recorded books and DVDs, all Library locations offer programs and classes, meeting room use, wireless Internet access, and public use PCs. Fax service is available at each library for a fee to send faxes (faxes cannot be received); notary service is available at each library (please call to make sure the registered notary is available).

The Library’s dedicated staff is always ready to assist you in making use of all library resources.

City of Richmond’s Fair Housing Policy:
City’s Fair Housing Policy in English.

Política de la Ciudad de Richmond sobre la Equidad en la Vivienda:
la Política de la Ciudad de Richmond sobre la Equidad en la Vivienda, en español.