N.Y. Education Law Section 259
Library taxes


a. Taxes, in addition to those otherwise authorized, may be voted for library purposes by any authority named in § 255 (Establishment of a public library)section two hundred fifty-five of this part and shall, unless otherwise directed by such vote, be considered as annual appropriations therefor until changed by further vote and shall be levied and collected yearly, or as directed, as are other general taxes. In the case of a school district the appropriation for library purposes shall be submitted to the voters of the district as proposed by the library board of trustees in a separate resolution and shall not be submitted as a part of the appropriation of the necessary funds to meet the estimated expenditures of the school district. All moneys received from taxes or other public sources for library purposes shall be kept as a separate library fund by the treasurer of the municipality or district making the appropriation and shall be expended only under direction of the library trustees on properly authenticated vouchers, except that money received from taxes and other public sources for the support of a public library or a free association library or a cooperative library system shall be paid over to the treasurer of such library or cooperative library system upon the written demand of its trustees. All such moneys paid over to a public library treasurer shall be deposited and secured in the manner provided by General Municipal Law § 10 (Deposits of public money)section ten of the general municipal law and the library trustees or the library treasurer, if the trustees shall delegate such duty to him, may invest such moneys in the manner provided by section eleven of such law.


(1) Except as provided in subparagraph two of this paragraph, whenever twenty-five qualified voters of a municipality shall so petition and the library board of trustees shall endorse, the question of establishing or increasing the amount of funding of the annual contribution for the operating budget of a registered public or free association library by such municipality to a sum specified in said petition, shall be voted on at the next general election of such municipality, provided that due public notice of the proposed action shall have been given. An increase in library funding provided pursuant to this paragraph shall not apply to a municipal budget adopted prior to the date of such election.


Solely for the purposes of this paragraph, the term “municipality” shall: (i) not include a city with a population of one million or more, (ii) mean only a county when the public libraries located in such county are members of a federated public library system whose central library is located in a city of more than three hundred thousand inhabitants.


In the case of a joint public library authorized to be established by two or more municipalities or districts pursuant to § 255 (Establishment of a public library)section two hundred fifty-five of this chapter, the governing bodies of the participating municipalities and districts shall enter into an agreement designating the treasurer of one of the participating municipalities or districts to be the treasurer of the joint public library. The agreement shall be for a period of not less than one year nor more than five years and the state comptroller and the commissioner of education shall be notified in writing by the board of library trustees of such agreement and designation. The municipality or district whose treasurer is designated to serve as treasurer of a joint public library may be compensated for the services rendered by such official to the library. The amount to be paid for such services shall be determined by agreement between the governing body of the municipality or district and the board of library trustees, and shall be paid at least annually from the public library fund.


The treasurer of a joint public library shall maintain the separate library fund required by subdivision one of this section and shall credit to such fund all moneys received. The state aid apportioned to a joint public library, amounts appropriated by participants toward its support and all amounts received from other sources shall be paid to the library treasurer. Appropriations for the library made by the participating municipalities or districts shall be paid in full to the library treasurer within sixty days after the beginning of the library fiscal year. Disbursements for purposes of a joint public library shall be made by the treasurer in the manner prescribed in subdivision one of this section. Within thirty days after the close of the fiscal year the treasurer shall make an annual report of the receipt and disbursement of library moneys to the board of library trustees and to the governing body of each of the participating municipalities or districts.


Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivisions one and three of this section, the library trustees may by resolution establish a petty cash fund, in such amount as they shall determine, for any employee who has supervision of any library or branch thereof. Expenditures from such fund may be made by such employee in advance of audit by the library trustees, but only after the submission of properly itemized and authenticated vouchers for materials, supplies or services furnished to the library or branch thereof and upon terms calling for payment to the vendor upon the delivery of any such materials or supplies or the rendering of any such services. At each meeting of the library trustees a list of all expenditures made from such fund since the last meeting of the trustees, together with the vouchers supporting such expenditures, shall be presented by such employee to the library trustees. The trustees shall direct the treasurer to reimburse such petty cash fund in an amount equal to the total of such bills which the trustees shall so allow. Any of such bills or any portion of such bills which the library trustees shall refuse to allow shall be the personal liability of such employee and he shall promptly reimburse such petty cash fund in the amount of such disallowances. If such reimbursement has not been made by the time of the first payment of salary to such employee after the action of the library trustees in disallowing an amount so expended, such amount shall be withheld from such salary payment to such employee and, if necessary, subsequent salary payments and paid into such petty cash fund until an amount so disallowed by the library trustees has been repaid in full to the petty cash fund.

Source: Section 259 — Library taxes, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/EDN/259 (updated Oct. 27, 2023; accessed Dec. 2, 2023).

State library, how constituted
State medical library
State law library
Manuscript and records “on file”
State library, when open
Libraries of public institutions of higher education
Duplicate department
Transfers from state officers
Other libraries owned by the state
Public and association libraries and museums
Standards of library service
Establishment of a public library
Acceptance of conditional gift
Closing of museum
Purchases by museums, historical societies, zoological gardens, aquariums, botanical gardens and arboreta through office of general services
Library taxes
Meetings of board of trustees
Reduction of salaries for purchase of annuities
Reduction of salaries for tax-deferred annuities
Board of trustees continuing education
Use of public and Indian libraries
Injuries to property
Defense of lawful detention
Transfer of libraries
Local neglect
Library extension service
Acceptance of surplus library books or property
Apportionment of state aid to Indian libraries
Conditions under which library systems are entitled to state aid
Apportionment of state aid to libraries and library systems
State aid for library construction
Use and care of school library
Librarians of school libraries
Existing rules continued in force
Authority to raise and receive money for school library
Authority to transfer school library property to a free library
Penalty for disobedience to library law, rules or orders
Loans and extensions of credit to infants
Establishment of school library systems
Functions of school library systems
State aid for school library systems
State aid for cooperation with correctional facilities

Dec. 2, 2023

Last modified:
Oct. 27, 2023

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