Friends & Trustees of Libraries

Library Friends organizations and public library trustee boards may wish to consult the following Maine and regional resources:

Maine Library Trustee Handbook [pdf, 218 kb]
A 64-page publication with information about bylaws, policies, meeting procedures, board evaluation, hiring a library director, etc.
Non Profit Resources
Resources for non-profit boards from the IRS, the State of Maine and others.
Friends of Maine Libraries (FOML)
This organization provides grants, online newsletter, annual conference and support for local Friends groups.
Library Statistics
Information from annual reports submitted to the Maine State Library, such as salaries, budgets, circulation and other information about Maine’s public libraries. See ”Financial Statistics” and “Service Statistics” by population category for the appropriate statistical information.
Library Policies
Sample policies from Maine libraries and libraries in other states. Policies on library cards, internet use, collection development, circulation, reserving materials, library materials selection, and many other policies.
Maine Public Library Standards
Recommended by the Maine Library Commission in September, 2013..
Grants and Funding
Local and national grant opportunities, deadlines, and contact information
District Consultants - Maine Regional Library System
Information about the three Maine Regional Library System Districts( Central Maine Library District -CMLD, Northeastern Maine Library District - NMLD, and Southern Maine Library District - SMLD, Area Reference and Resource Centers (ARRCs) and the services the three district consultants provide.
Legislation
Legislation related to libraries, how to help, how to contact legislators, how to follow the text and status of legislative documents, the law and libraries, and confidentiality of library records
Calendar of Maine Library Events
Calendar of Maine library meetings, workshops and events
Related Library Organizations
Links to local and national library organizations