Plans & Policies

Planning documents provide libraries with direction and consistency, as well as a vision for the future. They help ensure the current needs of the community are addressed with proper funding and staff. As your library begins to work on the planning documents, keep in mind that the community assessment should direct all of the other plans and policies.

Required Planning Documents

New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) 4.5.2--State Grants in Aid to Public Libraries--has been changed:

Public libraries are required to have a community analysis and assessment, a long-range plan and a collection development policy that are reviewed and updated on a regular basis as determined by the library. Full public libraries no longer need to submit plans and policies to the State Library in order to be eligible for State Aid.

For Developing libraries to move to Public Library status, they must submit a community analysis and assessment, a long-range plan and a collection development policy to the State Library for approval before they are eligible for increased State Aid.

Suggested Guidelines and Templates

Here are some guidelines and suggested templates for your plans and policies:

The following are links to suggested planning templates. They can be opened in Microsoft Word.

Collection Development Template(Word file)

Community Assessment Template (Word file)

Long Range Planning Template (Word file)

Technology Plan Template (Word file)

It is highly recommended that all public libraries have a marketing plan as well as a staff development plan. The following links will take you step by step through creating these plans.

Marketing Plan Workbook (Adobe file)

Marketing Plan Template (Word file)

Staff Development Guidelines and Template (Adobe file)

For More Info

If you have questions about the planning process call the Development Bureau staff at 800-340-3890.

Send plans to:
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mail: New Mexico State Library
Attn: Development Bureau
1209 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe, NM 87507

For questions about, or to submit, Technology Plans, please contact Patricia Moore, 505-476-9724, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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