Does your library have a Conflict of Interest and a Whistleblower policy?

Even if your library has both of these policies in place, it is important to become familiar with the new requirements under the Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013. The new requirements became effective as of July 1.

The act mandates that all public and association libraries, and public library systems adopt a Conflict of Interest policy.

If your library or library systems has 20 or more employees AND also had revenue in excess of $1 million in the prior fiscal year — your library must also adopt a whistleblower policy.

To learn more about the specific criteria for each policy, please visit:

To look at various examples of each of these policies, please look through our library policy database.
For Conflict of Interest policies, you can do a category search. Soon you will be able to do the same for whistleblower policies. In the meantime you can find these policies by searching for the keyword, “whistle.”

If your library has adopted either one of these policies, and it isn’t in our database, please share it with your peers by sending it to tgavin@librarytrustees.

Similarly, as you revise or create either one of these policies, please share it with us so that we can share it with the rest of the New York State library community.

Thank you!