Governance and Policies

Library Policies



Bulletin Boards

In accordance with our mission statement the Library provides space on bulletin boards for the purpose of announcing items of general interest, from non‐profit organizations and government agencies. The glass‐enclosed bulletin board near the front door provides information on Library activities and services as well as Friends of the Library programs. The kiosk on the main floor displays posters for upcoming local events including legal notices. The bulletin board in the Homework Center displays postings of young adult programs, while those in the Children’s Room are for children’s activities. Postings on all bulletin boards should be consistent with the Library Mission Statement.

The Reference/Young Adult Librarian monitors bulletin boards in adult and homework areas. The Child‐ren’s Librarian monitors children’s bulletin boards. Space permitting, staff will post announcements of recreational, cultural, educational and civic events such as concerts, classes, workshops, and fund raising events for non‐profit agencies only. Library notices will take priority. Commercial or personal advertising is not accepted. Announcements will remain posted until event advertised has occurred, or, if no date, as space allows.


Free Literature Table and Display Rack

The Library provides a table and display rack for distribution of free literature, such as flyers, brochures, and similar materials on topics of educational, cultural, social, and recreational interest consistent with the Library Mission Statement. The Main Desk is reserved for distribution of library materials only. Commercial or personal advertising is not accepted. In no case will the Library sell material on behalf of another agency, with the exception of items on sale by the Friends of the Ipswich Public Library. The Library reserves the right to remove materials judged to be inconsistent with the Library Mission Statement. The Library does not endorse and is in no way responsible for the views expressed in the materials posted. Materials may be added or withdrawn at the discretion of the Library Director.

The Library is a politically neutral environment. Political petitions may not be left in the Library nor may signatures be sought from either patrons or staff within the building or on its premises.

Approved by the Board of Library Trustees of the Ipswich Public Library on June 16, 2003


  • FEBRUARY 18 & 19, 2018 in observance of Presidents' Day holiday











  • DEC 23, 24, and 25 in observance of Christmas
  • DEC 31 and JAN 1 in observance of New Year’s Day


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