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What's My Job: A Guide To Being a Library Trustee: Securing Adequate Funding

Securing Adequate Funding

Funding Best Practices

The library board must ensure that the library has an adequate level of funding to carry out its mission.

It's important for trustees to fully understand where library funds come from and exercise fiduciary responsibility for the use of those public and private funds.

Funding best practices include:

  • Participate in country funding process
  • Advocate for state support for libraries and library systems
  • Understand other financial issues that affect your library (reporting, 501c3 status, etc.)
  • Know available funding options

Role of the Treasurer

Ballot Basics

Public Library Districts

"In 2000 the New York State Board of Regents recognized the concept of “public library districts” as the best approach to assure the continued viability of the public libraries in our state. Though creating a district is often quite complex and always takes great effort, the long term health of your institution is your responsibility." -- Public Library District Toolkit: Strategies to Assure Your Library's Legal and Financial Stability

Have questions about public library districts? The New York State Library has produced a toolkit to help the library leaders of today ensure access to local library services for the communities of tomorrow through secure, sustainable funding.

Quick Look: Tax Cap Report

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Ballot FAQ Worksheet: Use this tool to help you answer anticipated questions from the public.

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