Article 2. Library

§3-201 Falls City Code §3-208

Article 2. Library

§3-201 MUNICIPAL LIBRARY; OPERATION AND FUNDING. The Municipality owns and operates the Lydia Bruun Memorial Library through the Library Board.  The Governing Body, for the purpose of defraying the cost of the management, purchases, improvements, and maintenance of the Library may each year levy a tax not exceeding the maximum limit prescribed by State law, on the actual valuation of all real estate and personal property within the Municipality that is subject to taxation.  The revenue from the said tax shall be known as the Public Library Fund and shall include all gifts, grants, deeds of conveyance, bequests, or other valuable income-producing personal property and real estate from any source for the purpose of endowing the Municipal Library.  The Library Fund shall at all times be in the custody of the Municipal Treasurer.  The President of the Library Board shall draw vouchers on the Library Fund and when countersigned by the Secretary shall be honored by the Municipal Treasurer.  The Board shall have the power and authority to appoint the librarian and to hire such other employees as they may deem necessary and may pass such other rules and regulations for the operation of the Library as may be proper for its efficient operation.  All actions by the Board shall be under the supervision and control of the Governing Body.  (Ref.  51-201, 51-202, 51-211 RS Neb.)           

§3-202 MUNICIPAL LIBRARY; RULES AND REGULATIONS.  The Library Board shall establish rules and regulations for the governing of the Municipal Library for the preservation and efficient management thereof.  They shall fix and impose by general rules, penalties and forfeitures for injury to the Library grounds, rooms, books, or other property, or for failure to return a book.  All fees, penalties, and forfeitures may be collected in civil action in the event of failure, neglect, or refusal to pay the said assessments.  (Ref.  51-205, 51-214 RS Neb.)

§3-203 MUNICIPAL LIBRARY; BOOK REMOVAL.  It shall be unlawful for any person not authorized by the regulations made by the Library Board to take a book from the Library, without the consent of the Librarian, or an authorized employee of the Library.  Any person removing a book from the Library without properly checking it out shall be deemed to be guilty of a misdemeanor.  (Ref.  51-211 RS Neb.)                                                                  

§3-204 MUNICIPAL LIBRARY; COST OF USE.  The Municipal Library shall be free for the use of the inhabitants of the Municipality.  The Librarian may exclude from the use of the Library and reading rooms any person who shall willfully violate or refuse to comply with the rules and regulations established for the government thereof.  (Ref.  51-201, 51-212 RS Neb.)

§3-205 MUNICIPAL LIBRARY; MONEY COLLECTED.  Any money collected by the Library shall be turned over monthly by the Librarian to the Municipal Treasurer along with a report of the sources of the revenue.  (Ref.  51-209 RS Neb.)  

§3-206 MUNICIPAL LIBRARY; CIRCULATING MATERIALS.  The Library Board shall have the power to authorize any circulating library, reading room, music, music records, or works of art to be deposited in the Municipal Library to be drawn or used outside of the rooms only on the payment of such fee as the exhibitor or owner may require in the agreement with the Library Board.  Books or other matter so deposited shall be separately and distinctly marked and kept upon shelves apart from the other property of the Library.  Each item so deposited shall be subject to use within the Municipal Library by any resident of the Municipality without charge.          

§3-207 MUNICIPAL LIBRARY; ANNUAL REPORT.  The Library Board shall, on the second (2nd) Monday in June of each year make a report to the Governing Body on such matters as may be required by the Governing Body concerning the condition of the Library as of the first (1st) day in June of each year.  The Board shall make such additional reports as the Governing Body may request from time to time. 

§3-208 MUNICIPAL LIBRARY; DONATIONS AND FINANCES.  Any person may make a donation of money, land, or other valuable property for the benefit of the Municipal Library, and the title to the property donated shall vest in the Library Board.  The Board shall thereby become the owner thereof in trust for the use of the Municipal Library.  Such property shall thereupon be exempt from taxation. 

The President of the Library Board shall have the power to release, upon full payment, any mortgage constituting a credit to the Public Library Fund outstanding in the name of the Library Board, and the signature of the President on any such release shall be authenticated by the Secretary of the Board.  The President and Secretary, upon resolution duly adopted and passed by the Board, may grant extensions, or provide for renewal of mortgages held by the Library.

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