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Oregon Library Laws - Revised Statutes - Public Libraries: Formation
Oregon Revised Statutes
Chapter 357 - Libraries; Archives; Poet Laureate
 
PUBLIC LIBRARIES
 
357.417 Methods of establishing public library by local government unit.
(1) A public library may be established by a local government unit by any of the following ways:
(a) The governing body may pass and enter upon its minutes a resolution or ordinance to the effect that a public library is established under the provisions of ORS 357.400 to 357.621.
 
(b) When a petition requesting an election on the question of establishing and supporting a public library is filed as provided in this section, the governing body shall make and enter an order for an election requesting approval by the electors of the establishment and support of a public library.
 
(c) Upon its own motion, the governing body may make and enter an order for an election requesting approval by the electors of the establishment and support of a public library.
(2) Except as provided in subsection (3) of this section, the requirements for preparing, circulating and filing a petition under this section shall be as provided for an initiative petition:
(a) In the case of a county, in ORS 250.165 to 250.235.
 
(b) In the case of a city, in ORS 250.265 to 250.346.
 
(c) In the case of any other local government unit, in ORS 255.135 to 255.205.
(3) If ORS 250.155 makes ORS 250.165 to 250.235 inapplicable to a county or if ORS 250.255 makes ORS 250.265 to 250.346 inapplicable to a city, the requirements for preparing, circulating and filing a petition under this section shall be as provided for an initiative petition under the county or city charter or an ordinance adopted under the county or city charter.
 
(4) Elections held under this section shall be held on a date specified in ORS 255.345.