Establishes a volunteer-based community library assistance
program through which the state library system supports community
efforts to create and sustain libraries.

THE SENATE                              S.B. NO.           2037
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that the current public
 2 library system must be more responsive to the communities' public
 3 library needs.  A library provides a public service to the
 4 community it serves by providing information in a variety of
 5 formats and programs for the community.  In order to fulfill its
 6 functions, a library's basic needs, such as maintenance of
 7 buildings, supply of books and bookshelves to house books, and
 8 other library resources, must be met.
 9      The purpose of this Act is to establish a community library
10 assistance program to be operated by the public library system to
11 support community efforts to create and sustain libraries.
12      SECTION 2.  Chapter 312, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended
13 by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to
14 read as follows:
15      "312-    Community library assistance program.  There is
16 established the community library assistance program to be placed
17 administratively in the department of education.  The program
18 shall be largely volunteer-based and operated by the public
19 library system to support community efforts to create and sustain
20 libraries.  To qualify for assistance, libraries must be open to

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 1 the public and contain materials of general interest.
 2      The program shall provide the following kinds of assistance,
 3 as needed:
 4      (1)  Information to those interested in creating a community
 5           library about how to start a library;
 6      (2)  Staff support to operate a community library;
 7      (3)  Equipment and supplies, including books, periodicals,
 8           and other reading material;
 9      (4)  Repair and maintenance support; and
10      (5)  Any other assistance to facilitate the start-up of a
11           community library or to ensure its continued
12           operation."
13      SECTION 3.  There is appropriated out of the general
14 revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $1 or so much thereof
15 as may be necessary for fiscal year 2000-2001 for the community
16 library assistance program.
17      SECTION 4.  New statutory material is underscored.
18      SECTION 5.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2000.
20                           INTRODUCED BY:  _______________________