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Oregon Revised Statutes
Chapter 357 - Libraries; Archives; Poet Laureate
 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR PUBLIC LIBRARY SERVICES TO CHILDREN
 
357.740 State grants to local units of government. The state shall provide financial assistance for public library service to public libraries established pursuant to law from funds specifically appropriated therefor by annual grants to units of local government. The grants shall be expended to develop public library services for children, with emphasis on preschool children.
 
357.750 Applications for grants; uses of grant moneys. Units of local government and counties may apply to the Trustees of the State Library for annual establishment and development grants. The grants may be made from funds specifically appropriated therefor and are to be used to establish, develop or improve public library early literacy services for children from birth to five years of age and to provide the statewide summer reading program, as defined by rule of the Trustees of the State Library, for children from birth to 14 years of age.
 
357.760 State Library Trustees to administer ORS 357.740 to 357.780. The Trustees of the State Library shall administer the provisions of ORS 357.740 to 357.780 and shall adopt rules governing the application for and granting of funds under ORS 357.740 to 357.780.
 


357.780 Grants for public library services to children; basis of distribution of funds.
(1) The Trustees of the State Library shall disburse moneys under this section based on the estimated total population of children, from birth to 14 years of age, in the state. For those areas of the state not served by local public libraries, the moneys available shall be reallocated to qualifying public libraries. A public library which begins providing library service to previously unserved population shall be eligible for grants from the moneys appropriated for purposes of this section. Upon satisfactory application therefor, the Trustees of the State Library shall cause the appropriate amount to be paid to the public library.
(2) The Trustees of the State Library shall distribute 80 percent of the funds specifically appropriated by the Legislative Assembly on a per child basis for public library services in the following manner to assure the same population shall not be counted more than once:
(a) There shall be paid to each consolidated county library that is the primary provider of public library services to all persons in a county, or to each library district that is the primary provider of public library services in a county, a per capita amount for each child residing in the county.
 
(b) Where public library services are provided by a public library for which the governing authority has jurisdiction in more than one county, there shall be paid to that library a per capita amount for each child residing therein.
 
(c) Where public library services are not provided as described in paragraph (a) or (b) of this subsection, but by a library of which the governing authority is the primary provider of public library services to a jurisdiction less than county wide, there shall be paid to the library a per capita amount for children residing therein. In addition, a public library having a valid contract with a unit of local government to provide library services to a population beyond its governing authority's jurisdiction shall be paid a per capita amount for the population of children served if specified in the contract. The number of children residing within a jurisdiction that is less than a county shall be estimated using the percentage of children in the total population of the county.
 
(d) Where public library services are not provided as described in paragraph (a), (b) or (c) of this subsection, but are provided by a county or district library that has a valid contract with one or more libraries to provide persons in their jurisdiction with library services, there shall be paid to the county or district library a per capita amount for each child residing therein, exclusive of the populations served by libraries eligible for grants under paragraph (c) of this subsection.
(3) The Trustees of the State Library shall distribute 20 percent of the funds specifically appropriated by the Legislative Assembly for public library services on an area basis.
 
(4) The Trustees of the State Library may not make a grant that is less than $1,000 to a qualifying public library for public library services for children. This 2007 Act being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist, and this 2007 Act takes effect
July 1, 2007.