The Reykjavik City Library Services Policy

The Reykjavik City Library has a services policy because it is first and foremost a service institution. According to library laws, everybody should have the opportunity to enjoy public library services. The Reykjavík City Library is the city‘s largest cultural institution. The goal of the library is to ensure that all residents have equal access to culture and knowledge.

Since The Reykjavík City Library and the Gerðuberg Culture Centre merged in 2014, we have been working to create a new image for the library, one that supports the library’s new priorities and strengthens its role as a cultural centre in the city’s neighbourhoods.

A new services policy was put in place with the goal of improving Reykjavík City Library services, increasing staff awareness of services, coordinating services, and increasing their effectiveness. The Reykjavík City Library will also strive to strengthen its unique position in the neighbourhoods to better meet the resident needs.

The Reykjavík City Library Services Policy 2017–2020 (Icelandic pdf)

Policy for Building the Library Collection 

The Reykjavík City Library collection is developed in line with the library’s role, policies, and other goals at any given time. The library is an information and cultural institution that operates in accordance with the current laws on libraries as well as other laws, regulations, and statutes that are further explained in Role, Guiding Principles, and Goals of The Reykjavik City Library.

The Reykjavik City Library has a policy on building its collection to make users, staff, and the city authorities aware of what the library collection is and what to expect of its future development. The policy is meant to support the development and maintenance of the library collection and to help the institution fulfil its role and reach its set goals. It ensures stability and restraint in procedures and forms the basis for budget planning and prioritization of different projects. The policy is meant to help the library make necessary materials available to its users and to maintain the collection in accordance with the demands and needs of its users. The policy should prevent bias in building the library collection and clarifies who is responsible for overseeing its growth and upkeep.

Library Collections Policy (Icelandic pdf)