Service to Decertified Libraries Policy

POLICY ON LENDING TO RESIDENTS OF MUNICIPALITIES WITH DECERTIFIED LIBRARIES

Public libraries in Massachusetts that do not meet the minimum standards for funding and service necessary for certification by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners are ‘decertified’ by that Board. As such they are not eligible to receive state aid to public libraries or apply for LSTA grants.

Massachusetts state law (605 CMR 4.01) states that certified public libraries are not required to lend materials to residents of municipalities with decertified libraries.

The Dartmouth Public Libraries support the importance of libraries maintaining at least the minimum standards of public library service required for certification by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Therefore, the Dartmouth Public Libraries will not lend materials to residents of municipalities with decertified libraries.

Public libraries that receive waivers from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners are considered certified. Residents of communities where the library has received a waiver will be allowed to borrow materials from the Dartmouth Public Libraries.

Massachusetts General Law (605 CMR 4.01) states “all residents of the Commonwealth shall have access to reading and reference rooms under the same conditions as residents of the community.” Residents of communities with decertified libraries are therefore welcome to use Dartmouth Public Libraries resources within the library buildings.

Approved by Board of Library Trustees on January 15, 2015