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Minimum Standards & Regulations for RI Public Libraries (2013)

Section 1. Purpose and Authority

  1. Authority
    1. Pursuant to section 29-6-3(3) of the Rhode Island General Laws, a city or town must submit or cause to be submitted to the office of library and information services evidence that free public libraries in the city or town meet standards of service as set forth in regulations to be developed under the supervision of the Chief of Library Services and adopted by the Library Board of Rhode Island pursuant to the provisions of chapter 3.1 of this title.
    2. Pursuant to section 29-3.1-7(8)(ii) of the Rhode Island General Laws, the Chief of Library Services is authorized to develop standards and regulations for public library development and other purposes.
    3. Pursuant to section 29-3.1-4.1(b)(3) and 29-3.1-4(b)(7)(ii) of the Rhode Island General Laws, the Library Board of Rhode Island is authorized to approve, adopt and require enforcement of standards and regulations for public library development and other purposes.
  2. Purpose
    1. Based on the above authority the Library Board of Rhode Island last adopted Minimum Standards in 2000.
    2. The Library Board of Rhode Island and the Chief of Library Services now propose to develop a new set of Minimum Standards and Regulations that are consistent with current practices.