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Oregon Library Laws - Revised Statutes - State Library: Duties
Oregon Revised Statutes
Chapter 357 - Libraries; Archives ; Poet Laureate
(Duties, Powers and Location)
357.005 State Library duties and powers; free book loans.
(1) The State Library shall be the agency of government responsible for executing the functions as set forth in ORS 357.001 and 357.003.
(2) To carry out its duties under subsection (1) of this section, the State Library may:
(a) Promote adequate library services for all of the people of this state.
(b) Provide advice and assistance to libraries, to library boards, to units of local government empowered to establish libraries and to departments and agencies of state government in matters concerning the establishment, support, operation, improvement and coordination of libraries and library services, and the cooperation between libraries.
(c) Maintain and develop appropriate collections of library materials to supplement the collections and services of other libraries in the state and to meet the reference and research needs of the Legislative Assembly and of the state government by providing library services thereto.
(d) With the advice of the libraries of the state, provide a network whereby the library resources in this state are made available to all of the people of this state under reasonable conditions and subject to appropriate compensation to libraries providing library services to persons beyond their primary clientele.
(e) Provide for state participation in regional, national or international library networks and systems designed to increase the quality of library services for the people of this state.
(f) Provide for the people of this state specialized library services not generally available in other libraries in the state.
(g) Provide library services to people who are blind or print-disabled in cooperation with the United States Library of Congress.
(h) Provide for in-service and continuing education programs for library personnel in the state.
(i) Expend such federal, state or private funds as may be available to the state to demonstrate, develop and support library services in accordance with long-range plans for statewide development and coordination of library services.
(j) Prescribe the conditions for use of state documents in depository libraries, and provide for permanent public access to state government publications.
(k) Report statistical data on public, school and other libraries of this state useful in the conduct of the work of the State Library and in the development of effective library services throughout the state.
(l) Carry out other activities authorized by law for the development of library services for the people of this state.
(3) State Library books shall be loaned free of charge to the people of Oregon through existing libraries.
357.007 Location of State Library. Subject to ORS 276.004, the principal library of the State Library shall be in the state capitol mall area. Other quarters may also be obtained, leased, acquired or provided at other locations when necessary to carry out the functions of the State Library.