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A01685 Summary:

BILL NOA01685
 
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SPONSORPretlow (MS)
 
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MLTSPNSREnglebright
 
Amd 271, 273, 284 & 285, add 286, Ed L; amd 99-l, St Fin L
 
Enacts the "New Century Libraries; Libraries 2017 act"; increases the apportionment of state aid to libraries and library services throughout the state; provides for adult and family literacy grants; authorizes the commissioner to provide grants and expend monies on a variety of library programs and services.
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A01685 Actions:

BILL NOA01685
 
01/12/2017referred to libraries and education technology
01/03/2018referred to libraries and education technology
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A01685 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          1685
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 12, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. PRETLOW -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. ENGLE-
          BRIGHT -- read once and referred to the  Committee  on  Libraries  and
          Education Technology
 
        AN ACT to amend the education law and the state finance law, in relation
          to establishing the "New Century Libraries: Libraries 2017 act"

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section 1. Legislative intent. It is the intent of the legislature  to
     2  provide  the  people  of  New  York  with  access to the information and
     3  library services they need today and will need tomorrow by  establishing
     4  a New Century Libraries Initiative.
     5    §  2.  This  act  shall  be known and may be cited as the "New Century
     6  Libraries: Libraries 2017 act".
     7    § 3. Section 271 of the education law, as amended by section 1 of part
     8  O of chapter 57 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows:
     9    § 271. Apportionment of state aid  to  Indian  libraries.  Any  Indian
    10  library  chartered  by the regents or in the absence of such library any
    11  tribal government contracting for service from a  chartered  and  regis-
    12  tered  library  or approved library system, shall be entitled to receive
    13  state aid during each calendar year consisting of the following amounts:
    14    1. [Eighteen] Nineteen thousand dollars, and
    15    2. The sum of [eighteen] nineteen  dollars  and  [twenty]  twenty-five
    16  cents  per  capita for persons residing on the reservation served by the
    17  Indian library or contract as shown by  the  latest  federal  census  or
    18  certified by the New York state director of Indian services, and
    19    3. The sum of one dollar and [fifty] fifty-five cents per acre of area
    20  served by the Indian library or contract.
    21    Such  sums shall be paid annually to the Indian library board of trus-
    22  tees for the use of the Indian library, or in  the  absence  of  such  a
    23  board,  to  the  tribal  government  for a contract for library service.
    24  Nothing contained in this section shall be  construed  to  diminish  the
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD04872-01-7

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     1  funds,  services or supplies provided to any Indian library by a library
     2  system as defined in section two hundred seventy-two of  this  [article]
     3  part.  Increases  in  appropriations for such purposes during a calendar
     4  year shall be pro rated.
     5    § 4. Section 273 of the education law, as amended by section 3 of part
     6  O of chapter 57 of the laws of 2005, subdivision 7 as amended by chapter
     7  362  of  the  laws of 2013, subdivision 11 as added by section 3 of part
     8  A-5 of chapter 58 of the laws of 2006 and subdivision 12 as  amended  by
     9  section  3  of  part  A of chapter 58 of the laws of 2011, is amended to
    10  read as follows:
    11    § 273. Apportionment of state aid to libraries and library systems. 1.
    12  Any public library system  providing  service  under  an  approved  plan
    13  during a calendar year shall be entitled to receive during that calendar
    14  year state aid consisting of the following amounts:
    15    a. An annual grant of:
    16    (1)  Ten thousand five hundred dollars where the library system serves
    17  less than one county, or
    18    (2) [Twenty] Twenty-one thousand  dollars  where  the  library  system
    19  serves one entire county, or
    20    (3)  Where  the  library system serves more than one county the system
    21  shall be entitled  to  receive  [twenty-five]  twenty-six  thousand  two
    22  hundred  fifty dollars for each entire county served and/or ten thousand
    23  five hundred dollars for each county, any part of which is served by the
    24  library system. If an entire county is served by  two  or  more  library
    25  systems,  each  of  which  serves  a  part thereof, each of such library
    26  systems shall be entitled to  receive  a  grant  of  ten  thousand  five
    27  hundred  dollars  and in addition, a pro rata share of an additional sum
    28  of ten thousand five hundred dollars,  such  share  to  be  computed  in
    29  accordance with the ratio which the population of the area of the county
    30  served by such library system bears to the total population of the coun-
    31  ty,  as determined under subdivision one of section two hundred seventy-
    32  two of this [article] part.
    33    b. In a library system which submits a plan for further development of
    34  its central library, which plan shall be approved by the commissioner in
    35  relation to standards for such central libraries, the amount of  central
    36  library development aid shall be:
    37    (1) [thirty-two] thirty-four cents per capita of the population within
    38  the  chartered  area  of  service  of such library system with a minimum
    39  amount of one hundred [five] ten thousand two hundred fifty dollars, and
    40    (2) an additional [seventy-one] seventy-five thousand  [five  hundred]
    41  two  hundred  fifty  dollars  to  the library system for the purchase of
    42  books and materials including nonprint materials, as  defined  in  regu-
    43  lations  of  the  commissioner,  for  its  central library. Ownership of
    44  library materials and equipment purchased with such central library  aid
    45  provided by this paragraph shall be vested in the public library system.
    46    c.  The  sum  of [ninety-four] ninety-eight and seven-tenths cents per
    47  capita of population of the area served.
    48    d. (1) An amount equal to the amount  by  which  expenditures  by  the
    49  library  system  for  books, periodicals, binding and nonprint materials
    50  during the preceding fiscal year exceeds forty cents per capita of popu-
    51  lation of the area served but the total apportionment pursuant  to  this
    52  subparagraph  shall not exceed [sixty-eight] seventy-one and four-tenths
    53  cents per capita of population served. In the first year  in  which  any
    54  library  system changes its reporting from the calendar year to a fiscal
    55  year other than the calendar year, it shall file any additional  report-

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     1  ing  schedules  deemed  necessary by the commissioner for the purpose of
     2  determining state aid for the calendar year.
     3    (2)  Each  public library system with an automation program to support
     4  bibliographic control and interlibrary sharing of information  resources
     5  of  member  libraries,  and  to  coordinate  and integrate the automated
     6  system or systems of such member libraries consistent  with  regulations
     7  of  the  commissioner,  shall  be eligible to receive an amount equal to
     8  seven percent of the amount earned in subparagraph  one  of  this  para-
     9  graph, or [seventy-six] eighty thousand [five] three hundred twenty-five
    10  dollars, whichever is more.
    11    e. The sum of [fifty-two] fifty-five dollars and twenty-five cents per
    12  square  mile of area served by the library system in the case of library
    13  systems serving one county or less. Such sum shall be increased by  five
    14  dollars  for  each  additional  entire county served, provided, however,
    15  that no apportionment pursuant to this paragraph shall exceed  [seventy-
    16  two]  seventy-five dollars and twenty-five cents per square mile of area
    17  served. If an entire county is served by two or  more  library  systems,
    18  each  of which serves a part thereof, each of such library systems shall
    19  be entitled to receive, in addition to the aid  computed  in  accordance
    20  with  the foregoing provisions of this paragraph, a pro rata share of an
    21  increase of five dollars to be computed as follows:  the  sum  resulting
    22  from  the  computation of five dollars per square mile of area served by
    23  the one of such library systems which would receive the  largest  amount
    24  of  aid  pursuant to this paragraph shall be pro rated among the library
    25  systems serving such county in accordance with the ratio which the popu-
    26  lation of the area served by each of such library systems bears  to  the
    27  population  of the county as determined under subdivision one of section
    28  two hundred seventy-two of this [article] part.
    29    f. (1) Local library services aid. Except in cities with a  population
    30  in  excess  of  one  million  inhabitants, each chartered and registered
    31  public and free association library meeting standards of service promul-
    32  gated by the commissioner, and each public or free  association  library
    33  serving  a  city with a population of one hundred thousand or more which
    34  merged with the public library system on or before January first,  nine-
    35  teen hundred seventy-six and which meets standards of service promulgat-
    36  ed  by  the commissioner, shall be eligible to receive annually [thirty-
    37  one] thirty-two and  fifty-five  hundredths  cents  per  capita  of  the
    38  population  of  the library's chartered service area as on file with the
    39  commissioner on January first of the calendar  year  for  which  aid  is
    40  payable, or, [thirty-one] thirty-two and fifty-five hundredths cents per
    41  capita  of  the  population of the city with a population of one hundred
    42  thousand or more whose public or free association  library  merged  with
    43  the  public  library system on or before January first, nineteen hundred
    44  seventy-six, with a minimum amount of one thousand five  hundred  seven-
    45  ty-five  dollars,  except  that  no  library shall receive less than the
    46  amount of local library services aid received in two thousand one. Regu-
    47  lations of the commissioner shall  provide  a  method  for  establishing
    48  changes  in  chartered service areas or determining populations thereof.
    49  Local library services aid shall be paid to the system for  distribution
    50  within thirty days of receipt to its member libraries in accordance with
    51  this  subdivision.  Notwithstanding  any  contrary  provisions  of  this
    52  subparagraph, the commissioner shall establish procedures under which  a
    53  public  or  free  association  library  may  apply  for  a waiver of the
    54  requirements of the standards of service; provided,  however,  that  any
    55  such  waivers  may only be granted in the same year in which the commis-
    56  sioner has apportioned a reduction adjustment.

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     1    (2) Local services support aid. Except in cities with a population  in
     2  excess  of one million inhabitants, each public library system operating
     3  under an approved plan of service shall be eligible to receive  annually
     4  local  services  support  aid  equal  to  two-thirds of the total dollar
     5  amount paid in local library services aid to the member libraries of the
     6  system  plus [thirty-one] thirty-two and fifty-five hundredths cents per
     7  capita of the system's population who do not reside within the chartered
     8  service area of a member library.
     9    (3) Local consolidated systems aid. In cities  with  a  population  in
    10  excess  of one million inhabitants, each public library system operating
    11  under an approved plan of service shall be eligible to receive  annually
    12  local consolidated system aid equal to the sum of (i) [thirty-one] thir-
    13  ty-two  and  fifty-five  hundredths  cents  per capita of the population
    14  served by the system, but not less than  the  amount  of  local  library
    15  incentive aid received in nineteen hundred ninety-one as reported on the
    16  library's  nineteen  hundred  ninety-one annual report increased by five
    17  percent of that amount; and (ii) an  additional  amount  equal  to  two-
    18  thirds  of  the  total dollar amount computed for the system pursuant to
    19  clause (i) of this subparagraph.
    20    g. In addition to the sums otherwise provided in [paragraphs a, b,  c,
    21  d, e, f, h and i of] this subdivision, the New York Public Library shall
    22  receive  an  amount  equal to its actual expenditures for books, period-
    23  icals and binding for its research libraries which expenditures are  not
    24  otherwise  reimbursed  or [seven] eight hundred [sixty-seven] five thou-
    25  sand three hundred fifty dollars, whichever is less, and the  additional
    26  sum  of five million [six] nine hundred [forty-nine] thirty-two thousand
    27  [six hundred] eighty dollars for the general support  of  such  research
    28  libraries.  In  addition to any other sums provided to such library, the
    29  sum of two million dollars shall be payable annually  to  the  New  York
    30  Public  Library  for the general support of library services provided by
    31  the New York Public Library to the students of the  City  University  of
    32  New York and the sum of one million dollars shall be payable annually to
    33  the  New  York  Public  Library  for the general support of its science,
    34  industry and business library.
    35    h. (1) Coordinated outreach services. Each public library system which
    36  provides coordinated outreach services, as defined by regulations to  be
    37  promulgated by the commissioner, to persons who are educationally disad-
    38  vantaged  or  who  are  members  of ethnic or minority groups in need of
    39  special library services, or who are  unemployed  and  in  need  of  job
    40  placement  assistance, or who live in areas underserved by a library, or
    41  who are blind, physically disabled, have developmental or learning disa-
    42  bilities, or who are aged or confined in institutions, shall be entitled
    43  to receive annually [forty-three] forty-five thousand one hundred  fifty
    44  dollars and [thirteen] fourteen cents per capita of the total population
    45  of the area served.
    46    (2)  Adult literacy grants. The commissioner shall award annual grants
    47  for approved expenses for library-based  programs  conducted  by  public
    48  library  systems  and  public  and  free association libraries which are
    49  members of a public library system to assist adults  to  increase  their
    50  literacy  skills. The commissioner shall award such grants having deter-
    51  mined that such programs are being operated in direct coordination  with
    52  local public schools, colleges and other organizations which are operat-
    53  ing  similar  adult  literacy  programs.  Annual state aid of [two] four
    54  hundred sixty thousand dollars shall be awarded for grants in accordance
    55  with regulations promulgated by the commissioner. Ninety percent of  the
    56  amount  of any such adult literacy grant shall be payable to the library

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     1  or system upon approval by the department. The final ten  percent  shall
     2  be payable upon completion of the project.
     3    (3) Family literacy grants. The commissioner shall award annual grants
     4  for  approved  expenses  for  library-based family literacy programs for
     5  pre-school and school age children and their parents conducted by public
     6  library systems and public  libraries  and  free  association  libraries
     7  which  are  members  of  a  public  library  system. Annual state aid of
     8  [three] six hundred sixty-five thousand  dollars  for  grants  shall  be
     9  awarded  in accordance with regulations promulgated by the commissioner.
    10  Ninety percent of the amount of any such family literacy grant shall  be
    11  payable  to  the  library or system upon approval by the department. The
    12  final ten percent shall be payable upon completion of the project.
    13    i. In addition to any other sums provided for such purposes,  the  New
    14  York  Public  Library  shall  receive  annually the sum of seven hundred
    15  [thirty-four] seventy thousand seven hundred dollars for the program  of
    16  the  Schomburg  center for research in black culture, and the additional
    17  sum of [nine] one million three hundred [eighty-four] thirty-three thou-
    18  sand two hundred dollars for the program of the library  for  the  blind
    19  and physically handicapped.
    20    j.  In addition to any other sums provided to such library, the sum of
    21  two hundred [fifty] sixty-two thousand five  hundred  dollars  shall  be
    22  paid  annually to the New York Historical Society for making its library
    23  services available to the public.
    24    k. In addition to any other sums provided to such library the  sum  of
    25  three hundred [fifty] sixty-seven thousand five hundred dollars shall be
    26  payable annually to the Brooklyn Public Library for its business library
    27  for each calendar year.
    28    l.  In addition to any other sums provided to such library, the sum of
    29  [fifty] fifty-two thousand five hundred dollars shall be payable annual-
    30  ly to the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library  for  a  continuity  of
    31  service project approved by the commissioner for each calendar year.
    32    m.  In addition to any other sums provided to such library system, the
    33  sum of [thirty] thirty-one thousand five hundred dollars shall be  paya-
    34  ble  annually  to  the Nassau library system for a continuity of service
    35  project approved by the commissioner for each calendar year.
    36    n. In addition to any other sum provided  in  this  subdivision,  each
    37  public  library system with an electronic information program consistent
    38  with regulations of the commissioner, shall be eligible to receive annu-
    39  ally an amount equal to eight and four hundred and thirty-five one thou-
    40  sandth percent of the total amount earned under paragraphs a, c,  e  and
    41  subparagraph one of paragraph d and paragraph o of this subdivision. The
    42  minimum grant available shall be sixty thousand dollars.
    43    o.  The minimum annual grant available to a library system under para-
    44  graphs a, c and e and subparagraph one of paragraph d of  this  subdivi-
    45  sion shall be [six] seven hundred [seventy-five] ten thousand dollars.
    46    p.  (1)  In  calendar year two thousand seventeen and thereafter, each
    47  chartered and registered public and  free  association  library  meeting
    48  standards  of service promulgated by the commissioner and serving a city
    49  as defined by the federal census shall be eligible to  receive  annually
    50  urban  library  services aid equal to one dollar per capita of the popu-
    51  lation of the city as determined by the latest federal census,  provided
    52  that  in  the case of a city having a population of one million or more,
    53  such aid shall be determined based on the population of the  borough  in
    54  which  the library is located. This annual state aid shall be awarded in
    55  accordance with regulations promulgated  by  the  commissioner.    Urban
    56  library  services  aid  shall be paid to the library system for distrib-

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     1  ution within thirty days of receipt to its eligible member libraries  in
     2  accordance with this subdivision.
     3    (2) In the event that the sum total of local sponsor support raised by
     4  local  taxation  exclusive of the sum raised for capital expenditures or
     5  debt service in the twelve month period, is less  than  ninety-five  per
     6  centum  of  the average of the amounts raised for such purposes by local
     7  taxation for the two preceding twelve month periods, the  urban  library
     8  services  aid to which such library would otherwise be entitled shall be
     9  reduced by the same ratio.
    10    (3) The commissioner may waive the requirements of subparagraph two of
    11  this paragraph, if the commissioner determines that the  application  of
    12  such  subparagraph  would result in excessive hardship for the public or
    13  free association library brought about by an extraordinary change  in  a
    14  local sponsor's economic condition, loss by a local sponsor of state aid
    15  to  local  governments  provided  under  section fifty-four of the state
    16  finance law, or by a natural disaster. The commissioner may grant such a
    17  waiver annually.
    18    (4) A "local sponsor" shall mean any municipality, a  school  district
    19  or  a  district as defined in the general municipal law, or any combina-
    20  tion thereof.
    21    q. (1) In calendar year two  thousand  seventeen  and  thereafter,  up
    22  through  and  including calendar year two thousand twenty-one, except in
    23  cities with a population in  excess  of  one  million  inhabitants,  the
    24  commissioner  is  hereby  authorized  to  expend  each  year up to seven
    25  million dollars for grants to public library systems operating under  an
    26  approved  plan  of  service  and  with an approved program for assisting
    27  local  communities  to  create  and  strengthen  local  public   library
    28  districts  so  that  all New Yorkers may live within the boundaries of a
    29  local public library district. Such grants shall be awarded for a period
    30  of three years, shall be determined on  the  basis  of  criteria  to  be
    31  developed  by  the  commissioner and shall assist member public and free
    32  association libraries in meeting and exceeding standards established  by
    33  the  regents  in  accordance with section two hundred fifty-four of this
    34  part. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to  the  contrary,  any
    35  portion  of  a grant award that remains unexpended at the end of a state
    36  fiscal year shall be carried over to the  next  fiscal  year  and  shall
    37  remain  available  to  the library or library system for expenditure for
    38  purposes of this paragraph to  the  extent  there  is  an  appropriation
    39  available,  provided  that  the  term of the grant has not expired. This
    40  state aid shall be awarded in accordance with regulations promulgated by
    41  the commissioner.
    42    (2) The commissioner shall provide grants to eligible  public  library
    43  systems with a program for assisting libraries and communities in creat-
    44  ing and strengthening public library districts in the following manner:
    45    (a)  an  amount of one hundred fifty thousand dollars to each eligible
    46  public library system in furtherance of the purposes of this  paragraph,
    47  and
    48    (b)  an  amount  up  to  one dollar per capita of the library system's
    49  population who do not reside within the  chartered  service  area  of  a
    50  member  library to each eligible public library system in furtherance of
    51  the purposes of this paragraph, and
    52    (c) the remainder for incentive and enabling grants to public  library
    53  districts  established on or after January first, two thousand eleven or
    54  to those public and free association libraries or public library systems
    55  with a plan to assist communities to create, reconfigure or strengthen a
    56  local public library district.

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     1    (3) In calendar year two thousand seventeen and thereafter, up through
     2  and including calendar year two thousand twenty-one, the New York  state
     3  library  shall  be entitled to receive each year the sum of four hundred
     4  thousand dollars for the establishment and implementation of a statewide
     5  program  for  assisting  public library systems, public and free associ-
     6  ation libraries and local communities to  create  and  strengthen  local
     7  public library districts so that all New Yorkers live within the bounda-
     8  ries  of  a  local  public library district. Such statewide services may
     9  include, but are not limited to technical assistance  and  training  for
    10  libraries  and library systems, publications, communications and program
    11  planning, implementation and evaluation.
    12    r. (1) In calendar year two thousand seventeen and thereafter,  except
    13  in  cities  as defined by the federal census, the commissioner is hereby
    14  authorized to provide grants  to  strengthen  chartered  and  registered
    15  public  and  free  association  libraries  meeting  standards of service
    16  promulgated by the commissioner. Each  eligible  library  shall  receive
    17  thirty-five  and  seventy-seven  one  hundredths cents per capita of the
    18  population of the library's chartered service area as on file  with  the
    19  commissioner on January first of the calendar year in which aid is paya-
    20  ble.  This  annual  state  aid shall be awarded in accordance with regu-
    21  lations promulgated by the commissioner. Nonurban library  services  aid
    22  shall  be  paid  to  the  system  for distribution within thirty days of
    23  receipt to its eligible member libraries in accordance with this  subdi-
    24  vision.
    25    (2) In the event that the sum total of local sponsor support raised by
    26  local taxation exclusive of the sum raised for capital expenditures in a
    27  twelve  month period, is less than ninety-five per centum of the average
    28  of the amounts raised for such purposes by local taxation  for  the  two
    29  preceding  twelve  month  periods,  the nonurban library services aid to
    30  which such library would otherwise be entitled shall be reduced  by  the
    31  same ratio.
    32    (3) The commissioner may waive the requirements of subparagraph two of
    33  this  paragraph,  if the commissioner determines that the application of
    34  such subparagraph would result in excessive hardship for the  public  or
    35  free  association  library brought about by an extraordinary change in a
    36  local sponsor's economic condition, loss by a local sponsor of state aid
    37  to local governments provided under  section  fifty-four  of  the  state
    38  finance  law,  or by a natural disaster. The commissioner may grant such
    39  waiver annually.
    40    (4) A "local sponsor" shall mean any municipality, a  school  district
    41  or  a  district as defined in the general municipal law, or any combina-
    42  tion thereof.
    43    s. (1) In calendar year two thousand  seventeen  and  thereafter,  the
    44  commissioner  is authorized to expend up to ten million dollars annually
    45  to provide local library need-based aid grants to chartered  and  regis-
    46  tered public and free association libraries meeting standards of service
    47  promulgated  by  the  commissioner and located in economically disadvan-
    48  taged communities. Local library need-based aid would  provide  matching
    49  grants to raise the total local sponsor support raised by local taxation
    50  exclusive of the sum raised for capital expenditures and debt service to
    51  a  total of twenty dollars per capita of the population of the library's
    52  chartered service area as on file with the commissioner on January first
    53  of the year in which the aid is payable. Such matching grants  shall  be
    54  determined  on the basis of need criteria to be developed by the commis-
    55  sioner and  shall  assist  those  member  public  and  free  association
    56  libraries  designated by the commissioner as serving economically disad-

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     1  vantaged communities in meeting and exceeding standards  established  by
     2  the  regents  in  accordance with section two hundred fifty-four of this
     3  part. This annual state aid shall be awarded in  accordance  with  regu-
     4  lations  promulgated  by the commissioner.  This state aid shall be paid
     5  to the system for distribution within thirty  days  of  receipt  to  its
     6  eligible member libraries in accordance with this subdivision.
     7    (2) In the event that the sum total of local sponsor support raised by
     8  local taxation exclusive of the sum raised for capital expenditures in a
     9  twelve  month period, is less than that provided to the local library in
    10  the fiscal year ending in two thousand sixteen, the local library  need-
    11  based  aid  to  which  such library would otherwise be entitled shall be
    12  reduced by the same ratio. In the event that  the  sum  total  of  local
    13  sponsor support raised by local taxation exclusive of the sum raised for
    14  capital  expenditures  in  a  twelve  month  period,  is  more than that
    15  provided to the local library in the fiscal year ending in two  thousand
    16  sixteen,  the  local  library need-based state aid to which such library
    17  would otherwise be entitled would remain constant.
    18    (3) The commissioner may waive the requirements of subparagraph two of
    19  this paragraph, if the commissioner determines that the  application  of
    20  such  subparagraph  would result in excessive hardship for the public or
    21  free association library brought about by an extraordinary change  in  a
    22  local sponsor's economic condition, loss by a local sponsor of state aid
    23  to  local  governments  provided  under  section fifty-four of the state
    24  finance law, or by a natural disaster. The commissioner may  grant  such
    25  waiver annually.
    26    (4)  A "local sponsor" shall mean any municipality, a school district,
    27  or a district as defined in the general municipal law, or  any  combina-
    28  tion thereof.
    29    t.  (1)  In  calendar  year two thousand seventeen and thereafter, the
    30  commissioner is hereby authorized to expend up to four hundred  thousand
    31  dollars  annually  for statewide reading programs coordinated by the New
    32  York state library and conducted  by  the  public  library  systems  and
    33  public and free association libraries.
    34    (2)  For  the  purposes  of  this  subdivision, the commissioner shall
    35  provide grants for participation in statewide reading programs to public
    36  library systems operating under an approved plan of service. Such grants
    37  shall be determined on the basis of criteria  to  be  developed  by  the
    38  commissioner and shall be awarded as follows:
    39    (a)  an  annual  base  grant of five thousand dollars to each eligible
    40  public library system, plus the sum of five cents per school  age  child
    41  based  on  the  total  public and nonpublic school enrollment within the
    42  geographic area served by the system; and
    43    (b) the remainder shall be provided to the New York state library  for
    44  establishing  and  coordinating  statewide  reading  programs, which may
    45  include contracting with library systems or other libraries  to  deliver
    46  statewide  services  for  this  purpose.  Such  statewide  services  may
    47  include, but shall not be limited to, training, technical assistance  to
    48  libraries  and library systems, publications, communications and program
    49  planning and evaluation.
    50    2. Within the amounts appropriated therefor moneys paid  out  pursuant
    51  to  this  section  shall  be  paid out of the state treasury on vouchers
    52  certified by the commissioner after audit by and upon the warrant of the
    53  comptroller.
    54    3. The commissioner may waive the requirement that  a  public  library
    55  system  serve  an  entire  county to earn the maximum annual grant under
    56  subparagraphs two and three of paragraph a of subdivision  one  of  this

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     1  section  and paragraphs b, c, e and h of subdivision one of this section
     2  where the commissioner deems reasonable effort  has  been  made  by  the
     3  system to encourage membership by all libraries in the county.
     4    4.  Reference  and research library resources system. a. Any reference
     5  and  research  library  resources  system  providing  service  under  an
     6  approved plan during a calendar year shall be entitled to receive annual
     7  state  aid consisting of an annual grant of [two] four hundred [seventy]
     8  thirty-five thousand dollars plus the  sum  of  [one  dollar  and  fifty
     9  cents]  three  dollars  per  square  mile of area served plus the sum of
    10  [six] eleven and seven hundredths cents per capita of the population  of
    11  the  area  served.  Each  system may annually appropriate funds received
    12  under this provision to obtain matching funds from the  National  Endow-
    13  ment  for  the  Humanities  in  the United States Newspaper Program. The
    14  annual amount payable to each approved system under this paragraph shall
    15  be payable on or before July first, provided that, upon receipt of annu-
    16  al system activity reports satisfactory to the commissioner, the commis-
    17  sioner shall determine the amount of  any  under-  or  overpayments  and
    18  shall apply such adjustment to the next annual payment due such system.
    19    b. [The commissioner is hereby authorized to expend up to five hundred
    20  six  thousand  dollars  annually  in  each  state fiscal year to provide
    21  formula grants to approved  reference  and  research  library  resources
    22  systems  for  provision  of  consumer  health  and  medical  information
    23  services for all types of libraries and  library  systems.  Such  grants
    24  shall  assist  libraries  in  providing  access  to  timely and accurate
    25  medical and health information for medical personnel and for the general
    26  public. In addition to any other sum provided in this subdivision,  each
    27  reference  and research library resources system providing service under
    28  an approved plan with a consumer health and medical library  information
    29  services program for all types of libraries and library systems shall be
    30  eligible  to  receive an annual formula grant. Such formula grants shall
    31  be determined on the basis of criteria to be prescribed by  the  commis-
    32  sioner.] In addition to any other sum provided in this subdivision, each
    33  reference  and research library resources system providing service under
    34  an approved plan with an electronic information program consistent  with
    35  regulations  of  the commissioner, shall be eligible to receive annually
    36  an amount equal to thirty-two and  five-tenths  percent  of  the  amount
    37  earned in paragraph a of this subdivision.
    38    c.  In  addition  to  any other sum provided in this subdivision, each
    39  reference and research library resources system providing service  under
    40  an  approved plan with a consumer health and medical library information
    41  services program for all types of libraries and library systems shall be
    42  eligible to receive an annual base grant of twenty-five thousand dollars
    43  plus the sum of one and seven hundred three thousandths cents per capita
    44  of the population of the area served. The commissioner shall provide the
    45  annual amount payable to each approved system under  this  paragraph  in
    46  the following manner:
    47    (1)  Funds  shall  be available to each reference and research library
    48  resources system in such manner as to  insure  that  the  ratio  of  the
    49  amount  each  system is eligible to receive equals the weighted ratio of
    50  the total number of institutions as defined in subparagraph two of  this
    51  paragraph in the region served by the system to the total number of such
    52  institutions in the state.
    53    (2)  For  the purposes of determining the amount of funds available to
    54  each system, institutions and their weightings are as follows:
    55    (i) not-for-profit hospitals licensed by the  New  York  state  health
    56  department, with a weighting of two;

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     1    (ii)  for-profit  teaching  hospitals  licensed  by the New York state
     2  health department, with an additional weighting of one; and
     3    (iii)   member  institutions  of  a  reference  and  research  library
     4  resources system,  excluding  public  and  hospital  libraries,  with  a
     5  weighting of one.
     6    [c.]  d.  (1)  The  commissioner  is hereby authorized to expend up to
     7  [one] two million [three] four hundred [ninety-six]  sixty-six  thousand
     8  dollars  in each state fiscal year to provide formula grants to approved
     9  reference and  research  library  resources  systems  for  provision  of
    10  services  to  member  hospital  libraries  in  not-for-profit  hospitals
    11  licensed by the New York state health department, or to member libraries
    12  serving such hospitals. Such formula grants shall be determined  on  the
    13  basis  of  criteria to be developed by the commissioner and shall assist
    14  member hospital libraries or member libraries serving hospitals in meet-
    15  ing the standards established by the regents in accordance with  section
    16  two  hundred  fifty-four  of  this [article] part.   Such formula grants
    17  shall  support  integration  of  member  hospital  libraries  or  member
    18  libraries serving hospitals into existing networks.
    19    (2)  The  commissioner  shall  provide  grants  to  the  reference and
    20  research library resources systems in the following manner:
    21    (a) an amount equal to [seventy-five cents]  two  dollars  per  square
    22  mile  of  area  served  by  the  reference and research library resource
    23  system in furtherance of the purposes of this paragraph, and
    24    (b) the remainder for library services to hospitals in accordance with
    25  regulations of the commissioner adopted for such purpose.
    26    5. Coordinated collection development program for public and nonprofit
    27  independent colleges and universities.
    28    a. Libraries of public and nonprofit independent colleges and  univer-
    29  sities  are  entitled  to  receive  annual  funding  for  a  coordinated
    30  collection development grant if they meet the following conditions:
    31    (1) Membership in a reference and research library resources system,
    32    (2) Their resources are made available to  the  public,  through  full
    33  participation  in  the  interlibrary  loan  and  other  resource sharing
    34  programs of the reference and research library resources system of which
    35  they are members, and
    36    (3) They meet the requirements set forth in regulations adopted by the
    37  commissioner including but not confined to
    38    (a) maintenance of effort,
    39    (b) relationships between reference  and  research  library  resources
    40  systems' programs and the regional higher education master plan,
    41    (c) submission of interlibrary loan statistics, and such other reports
    42  as may be required by the commissioner.
    43    b.  Public  and  nonprofit  independent colleges and universities with
    44  libraries which meet the criteria of paragraph a of this subdivision are
    45  eligible for annual grants as follows:
    46    (1) Four thousand [four] six hundred twenty dollars for each  institu-
    47  tion, and
    48    (2) One dollar and [four] nine and two-tenths cents for each full-time
    49  equivalent  student  enrolled  in  each  qualifying  institution, in the
    50  academic year completed prior to the state fiscal year. For purposes  of
    51  this section, a full-time equivalent shall be calculated as follows:
    52    (i)  one full-time undergraduate student shall be considered one full-
    53  time equivalent student;
    54    (ii) one part-time undergraduate student shall be considered one-third
    55  of a full-time equivalent student;

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     1    (iii) one part-time graduate student shall be considered one full-time
     2  equivalent student; and
     3    (iv)  one  full-time graduate student shall be considered one and one-
     4  half of a full-time equivalent student.
     5    c. Funds for the support of this program shall be appropriated to  the
     6  department, except that funds for the state-operated institutions of the
     7  state university of New York and the senior colleges of the city univer-
     8  sity  of  New York, shall be appropriated to the state university of New
     9  York out of any moneys in the state treasury in the general fund to  the
    10  credit  of the state purposes fund not otherwise appropriated, and funds
    11  shall be appropriated to the city university of  New  York  out  of  any
    12  moneys  in  the  state treasury in the general fund to the credit of the
    13  local assistance fund not otherwise appropriated, and shall  be  subject
    14  to  the  same  distribution  formula  as provided in paragraph b of this
    15  subdivision.
    16    d. The New York state library shall be entitled  to  receive  annually
    17  the sum of six hundred thousand dollars for the establishment and imple-
    18  mentation  of a program of statewide access to electronic information by
    19  public  and  nonprofit  independent  colleges  and   universities   with
    20  libraries which meet the criteria of paragraph a of this subdivision.
    21    6.  Regional bibliographic data bases and interlibrary resources shar-
    22  ing.  a. The commissioner shall award annually to each of  the  approved
    23  nine reference and research library resources systems, from funds appro-
    24  priated by the legislature for an annual grant for an automation program
    25  (i)  to support bibliographic control and interlibrary sharing of infor-
    26  mation resources among all types of libraries and library systems in  an
    27  area  not  less  than that of a reference and research library resources
    28  system, and (ii) to coordinate and integrate the  automated  systems  of
    29  the  component  member  public library system or systems, school library
    30  system or systems and other automated systems within  the  area  of  the
    31  reference  and  research  library  resources  system. Each reference and
    32  research library resources system of such region shall be entitled to an
    33  annual grant of two hundred ten thousand dollars plus the sum of two and
    34  one-tenth cents per capita of the population served.
    35    b. To be eligible for a grant, each  reference  and  research  library
    36  resources  system  shall  meet the requirements set forth in regulations
    37  adopted by the commissioner which shall include  standards  relating  to
    38  library  automation, continuous development of the data base, and updat-
    39  ing, access and linking of the data base programs.  Each  reference  and
    40  research  library resources system shall include in its approved plan of
    41  service a description of a regional library  automation  program,  which
    42  shall  include all library systems in the region that are members of the
    43  reference and research library resources system.
    44    7. Conservation and preservation of library research materials. a. The
    45  commissioner shall award in any state fiscal  year,  an  annual  formula
    46  grant  of  one  hundred  [fifty-eight] sixty-five thousand seven hundred
    47  dollars for a program of conservation  and/or  preservation  of  library
    48  research  materials  to  each  of  the  following comprehensive research
    49  libraries: Columbia university libraries, Cornell university  libraries,
    50  New  York  state  library,  New York university libraries, university of
    51  Rochester  libraries,  Syracuse  university  libraries,   the   research
    52  libraries  of  the New York public library, state university of New York
    53  at Albany library, state university of New York at  Binghamton  library,
    54  state university of New York at Buffalo library, and state university of
    55  New York at Stony Brook library.

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     1    b.  To  be  eligible  for such formula grants, each such comprehensive
     2  research library must submit both a five-year plan and an annual program
     3  budget. The plan must satisfy criteria to be established by the  commis-
     4  sioner in regulations relating to the identification of library research
     5  materials,  the  need  for  their  preservation,  and the means of their
     6  conservation.
     7    c. Other agencies and libraries, as defined in regulations promulgated
     8  by the commissioner, which are not eligible for funding under  paragraph
     9  a  of  this  subdivision,  may  receive separate grants the sum of which
    10  shall not exceed five hundred thousand dollars in any state fiscal  year
    11  to  support  the  preservation  and/or  conservation  of  unique library
    12  research materials. Such agencies and  libraries  shall  submit  project
    13  proposals.  Approval  of  such  project  proposals, and determination of
    14  funding level, shall be based upon, but not limited to, factors such as:
    15  the research value of materials to be preserved and/or conserved; appro-
    16  priateness of conservation and  preservation  techniques  in  accordance
    17  with  statewide  planning and national standards; institutional capacity
    18  for successful completion of the project, including facilities,  experi-
    19  ence,  and  technical  expertise; availability of staff with appropriate
    20  training and expertise; contribution of the institution to  the  project
    21  in  matching  funds  and staff resources; and the volume of interlibrary
    22  lending and access to holdings by the public.  Ninety  percent  of  each
    23  such  grant  shall  be  payable  upon approval by the department and the
    24  remaining ten percent shall be payable upon project completion.
    25    d. Funds made available under the provisions of this  section  may  be
    26  used by comprehensive research libraries and other agencies eligible for
    27  funding  to  obtain  matching  funds from the national endowment for the
    28  humanities preservation program and other federal programs.
    29    e. The commissioner shall establish  an  office  for  coordination  of
    30  conservation  and/or preservation of library research materials to iden-
    31  tify the conservation and/or preservation needs of libraries within  the
    32  state,  to  assess  the  technology  available for such conservation and
    33  preservation,  and  to  coordinate  the  conservation  and  preservation
    34  efforts  resulting  from  this  legislation.  The New York state library
    35  shall be entitled to receive annually the sum of fifty thousand  dollars
    36  for  coordination  of conservation and/or preservation efforts resulting
    37  from this legislation.
    38    8. New York state talking book and braille library. The New York state
    39  talking book and braille library shall be entitled to  receive  annually
    40  an  amount  equal  to  the  product of the aid ceiling multiplied by the
    41  number of registered borrowers of such materials of such library  as  of
    42  the  November  report  for  the November immediately preceding the state
    43  fiscal year for which the payment will be made.  Such  amount  shall  be
    44  used  to improve the quality of services provided to such borrowers. For
    45  aid payable in each state fiscal year, the aid  ceiling  per  registered
    46  borrower  shall  be [nineteen] twenty-seven dollars. Notwithstanding any
    47  other provision of law, the New York  state  talking  book  and  braille
    48  library shall be the successor in interest to the New York state library
    49  for  the blind and visually handicapped for all purposes, or the library
    50  for the blind and physically handicapped, and the change in  name  shall
    51  not  affect  the  rights  or  interests  of  any party. Except where the
    52  context indicates a contrary intent, any reference in any other  general
    53  or  special law to the New York state library for the blind and visually
    54  handicapped or the library for  the  blind  and  physically  handicapped
    55  shall  be  deemed  a  reference  to  the New York state talking book and
    56  braille library.

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     1    9. New York online virtual electronic  library.  The  New  York  state
     2  library  shall  be  entitled to receive annually the sum of five million
     3  dollars for the establishment and implementation of a statewide New York
     4  online virtual electronic library for the people of the state.  Of  such
     5  amount at least four million five hundred thousand dollars shall be made
     6  available for statewide access to electronic information by New Yorkers,
     7  which may include contracting with library systems or other libraries to
     8  deliver  statewide  services for this purpose; and five hundred thousand
     9  dollars shall   be made available for  strengthening  statewide  library
    10  services  that  support the development and maintenance of the statewide
    11  digital library and electronic access to information.    Such  statewide
    12  services  may  include, but shall not be limited to, training, help desk
    13  support, technical assistance to libraries and library systems, publica-
    14  tions, communications, and program planning and evaluation.
    15    10. Digitization of library research materials.  In  addition  to  any
    16  other  sums  provided for such purposes, the commissioner shall annually
    17  award grants  for  competitive  digitization  projects  conducted  by  a
    18  library  system  or    library,  which  is a member of a library system.
    19  Grants shall be provided for the period commencing July first and ending
    20  on the following June thirtieth. Annual state aid of one million dollars
    21  for grant awards, including up to fifty thousand dollars to the New York
    22  state library for the review of project proposals submitted by libraries
    23  or library systems, including peer review, shall be allocated  for  this
    24  purpose. Applications for grants by member libraries must be endorsed by
    25  the library system. Such grants shall be awarded on the basis of project
    26  proposals  in  accordance with project proposal guidelines. Criteria for
    27  approval of such proposals and determination of funding levels shall  be
    28  based upon, but not limited to, such factors as:
    29    a.  the  project  is being operated by the applicant in direct coordi-
    30  nation with one or more of the following institutions: another  library,
    31  a  library  system,  local public school, a college or university, local
    32  government or any other not-for-profit organization providing education,
    33  cultural and information services to the community or to the  people  of
    34  the state;
    35    b. institutional commitment on the part of the applicant to the devel-
    36  opment  of a coordinated approach to digitization of materials important
    37  to the people of the state;
    38    c. appropriateness of planning in relation to  national  standards  or
    39  best practices and statewide planning; the project's impact on access to
    40  holdings and information by the public;
    41    d.  contribution of the applicant institution to the project in match-
    42  ing funds and staff resources; and institutional capacity for successful
    43  completion of the project including  facilities,  experience,  technical
    44  capacity and expertise.
    45    11.  New  York  state library research collections. In addition to any
    46  other sums provided for such purposes, the New York state library  shall
    47  receive  annually  for  strengthening its research collections an amount
    48  equal to six hundred thousand dollars.
    49    12. State aid for  a  coordinated  program  of  library  and  archival
    50  services  at  The  Center for Jewish History, Inc. a. In addition to any
    51  other sums provided to The Center for Jewish History, Inc., the  commis-
    52  sioner  shall  award  in  any  state  fiscal year an annual grant of two
    53  hundred thousand dollars  for  a  coordinated  program  of  library  and
    54  archival  services  that  will increase public access to the library and
    55  archival collections of The Center for  Jewish  History,  Inc.  and  its
    56  member institutions.

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     1    b.  The  Center  for  Jewish  History,  Inc. is hereby admitted to the
     2  University of the State of New York and shall, as a condition of contin-
     3  ued receipt of aid, maintain such status in accordance with  regulations
     4  of  the commissioner. Such regulations may include submission of a five-
     5  year plan and annual program budget.
     6    [10.]  13.  State aid for summer reading programs. The commissioner is
     7  hereby authorized to expend the funds of the  love  your  library  fund,
     8  established  in  section  ninety-nine-l  of the state finance law, which
     9  shall provide grants  for  participation  in  statewide  summer  reading
    10  programs  as  coordinated by the state library to public library systems
    11  on the basis of criteria to be developed by  the  commissioner.  Upon  a
    12  determination  by the commissioner that there is adequate revenue avail-
    13  able for a grant program in the upcoming fiscal year,  grants  shall  be
    14  awarded as follows:
    15    a.  sixty  percent  of the funds appropriated pursuant to this section
    16  shall be made available to public library  systems  for  use  by  member
    17  libraries by the commissioner in such manner as to insure that the ratio
    18  of  the  amount received within each system to the whole of the aid made
    19  available pursuant to this paragraph is no greater than the ratio of the
    20  population served by such system to the population of the state; and
    21    b. forty percent of the funds appropriated pursuant  to  this  section
    22  shall  be  made  available  to  library  systems for use by their member
    23  libraries within each system by the commissioner in such  manner  as  to
    24  insure that an equal amount is received within each system in the state.
    25    [11.]  14. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary,
    26  each year commencing with the two thousand six calendar year, no library
    27  or library system shall receive less aid pursuant  to  this  section  or
    28  section  two hundred seventy-one or two hundred seventy-two of this part
    29  than it would have been eligible to receive for  the  two  thousand  one
    30  calendar  year  solely  by reason of a decrease in the population of the
    31  area served as a result of the latest approved federal census.
    32    [12.] 15. The commissioner is hereby authorized to expend funds  annu-
    33  ally  for  formula  grants  to  public  library  systems,  reference and
    34  research library resources systems, and school library systems operating
    35  under an approved plan of service. Such formula grants shall be provided
    36  for the period commencing July first and ending on June  thirtieth  next
    37  following.  Such  formula  grants  will  be distributed in the following
    38  manner:
    39    a. Each public library system established  pursuant  to  sections  two
    40  hundred  fifty-five and two hundred seventy-two of this part and operat-
    41  ing under a plan approved by the commissioner  is  entitled  to  receive
    42  annually  thirty-nine  thousand  dollars  and an amount equal to ten and
    43  ninety-four hundredths percent of the amount of state aid  received  for
    44  the  current  year  by  such system under paragraphs a, c, d, e and n of
    45  subdivision one of this section;
    46    b. Each reference and research library  resources  system  established
    47  pursuant  to  section two hundred seventy-two of this part and operating
    48  under a plan approved by the commissioner is entitled to receive annual-
    49  ly thirty-nine thousand dollars and an amount equal to ten  and  ninety-
    50  four  hundredths  percent  of  the  amount of state aid received for the
    51  current year under paragraph a of subdivision four of this section; and
    52    c. Each school library system  established  pursuant  to  section  two
    53  hundred  eighty-two  of this part and operating under a plan approved by
    54  the commissioner is entitled to receive  annually  thirty-nine  thousand
    55  dollars and an amount equal to ten and ninety-four hundredths percent of
    56  the  amount  of  state  aid received for the current year by such system

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     1  under paragraphs a, b, c[, d, e] and [f] d of subdivision one of section
     2  two hundred eighty-four of this part.
     3    § 5. Section 284 of the education law, as amended by section 5 of part
     4  O  of chapter 57 of the laws of 2005 and paragraph f of subdivision 1 as
     5  amended by chapter 654 of the laws  of  2007,  is  amended  to  read  as
     6  follows:
     7    § 284. State  aid  for  school library systems. 1. Each school library
     8  system established pursuant to section two hundred  eighty-two  of  this
     9  part  and  operating  under a plan approved by the commissioner shall be
    10  eligible to receive funding under this section consisting of the follow-
    11  ing amounts:
    12    a. Each school library system  with  a  public  and  nonpublic  school
    13  enrollment  of  less  than  [one]  five  hundred thousand students shall
    14  receive a base grant of [eighty-three] one hundred twenty-five  thousand
    15  dollars;
    16    b.  [Each  school  library  system  with a public and nonpublic school
    17  enrollment of one hundred thousand students but less  than  two  hundred
    18  thousand students shall receive a base grant of ninety thousand dollars;
    19    c.  Each  school  library  system  with  a public and nonpublic school
    20  enrollment of two hundred thousand students but less than  five  hundred
    21  thousand students shall receive a base grant of one hundred twenty-three
    22  thousand dollars; and
    23    d.]  Each  school  library  system  with a public and nonpublic school
    24  enrollment of more than five hundred thousand students shall  receive  a
    25  base grant of eight hundred ninety-seven thousand dollars[.];
    26    [e.]  c.  In  addition to the base grant provided in paragraph a[,] or
    27  b[, c or d] of  this  subdivision,  each  school  library  system  shall
    28  receive annually:
    29    (1)  [twenty-nine]  seventy-five  cents  per  student  enrolled in the
    30  public and nonpublic schools located within such system, and
    31    (2) [five] six hundred dollars  per  public  school  district  located
    32  within  such  system,  and  a  minimum  of  [four]  five thousand [three
    33  hundred] dollars per system located within a board of cooperative educa-
    34  tional services area, or [five] six thousand  dollars  per  city  school
    35  district of a city with a population of one hundred twenty-five thousand
    36  inhabitants or more, and
    37    (3)  [two]  five dollars [and forty-five cents] per square mile of the
    38  school library system[.];
    39    [f.] d. In addition to any other sum provided in this subdivision, any
    40  school library system formed through an  act  of  merger  since  January
    41  first, nineteen hundred eighty-four shall receive fifty thousand dollars
    42  annually  for  each  approved act of merger, provided, however, that any
    43  school library system formed through an act of merger on or after  April
    44  first, two thousand eight shall receive ninety thousand dollars annually
    45  for each approved act of merger[.]; and
    46    [g.]  e.  In  addition  to any other sum provided in this subdivision,
    47  each school  library  system  with  an  electronic  information  program
    48  consistent with the regulations of the commissioner shall be eligible to
    49  receive  annually  an [automation grant amounting] amount equal to [ten]
    50  thirty-eight percent of the total aid produced for that system by adding
    51  the base grant provided by paragraph a[,] or b[, c or d] of this  subdi-
    52  vision to the additional aid provided by paragraphs [e and f] c and d of
    53  this subdivision.
    54    2. Before a school library system shall be entitled to receive operat-
    55  ing  funds,  such  system  shall submit a plan of library service to the
    56  commissioner for approval. The commissioner shall establish standards of

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     1  service for school library systems by regulation. Such regulations shall
     2  contain standards relating to: system staffing; union catalog and  data-
     3  base development; interlibrary loan; communications and delivery; gover-
     4  nance  and  advisory  committees;  membership  criteria and the means of
     5  relating district library resources and programs to those of the system;
     6  non-public school  participation;  and  procedures  for  submission  and
     7  approval of plans and certification of membership.
     8    3.  The  moneys  made  available  pursuant  to  this  section shall be
     9  distributed to each school library system whose plan of service has been
    10  approved under the provisions of subdivision two of this section.
    11    4. Each school library system receiving state  aid  pursuant  to  this
    12  section  shall furnish such information regarding its library service as
    13  the commissioner may from time to time require to determine  whether  it
    14  is  operating  in  accordance with its plan and the standards of service
    15  the commissioner has established. The commissioner may at any time after
    16  affording notice and an opportunity to be heard, revoke  approval  of  a
    17  plan  of  library  service  if  the  commissioner  finds that the school
    18  library system no longer conforms to its approved plan,  the  provisions
    19  of this section or the regulations promulgated by the commissioner here-
    20  under;  or,  in the case of provisional approval, if such school library
    21  system no longer conforms to the agreement,  plans  or  conditions  upon
    22  which such provisional approval was based. In such case a school library
    23  system  shall  not  thereafter be entitled to state aid pursuant to this
    24  section unless and until its plan of library service is  again  approved
    25  by the commissioner.
    26    § 6. Section 285 of the education law, as amended by section 6 of part
    27  O of chapter 57 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows:
    28    § 285. State aid for cooperation with correctional facilities. 1. Each
    29  public  library system operating under an approved plan of service which
    30  has a state correctional facility  or  facilities  within  its  area  of
    31  service  shall  be awarded an annual grant of nine dollars [twenty-five]
    32  seventy cents per capita for the inmate population of such  facility  or
    33  facilities  to  make available to the inmate population of such facility
    34  or facilities, in direct coordination with the  correctional  facilities
    35  libraries,  the library resources of such system. The commissioner shall
    36  adopt any regulations necessary to carry out the purposes and provisions
    37  of this subdivision.
    38    2. The commissioner is authorized to expend up to one hundred  [seven-
    39  ty-five  thousand]  eighty-three  thousand  seven  hundred fifty dollars
    40  annually to provide grants to public library systems operating under  an
    41  approved plan of service for provision of services to county jail facil-
    42  ities.  Such  formula  grants  shall assist the library system in making
    43  available to the inmate population of such facility  or  facilities  the
    44  library resources of such system. Such grants shall be available to each
    45  public  library system in such manner as to insure that the ratio of the
    46  amount each system is eligible to receive equals the ratio of the number
    47  of inmates served by the county jail facility to  the  total  number  of
    48  inmates  served  by county jail facilities in the state as of July first
    49  of the year preceding the calendar year in which the state aid to public
    50  library systems is to be paid. Inmate populations shall be certified  by
    51  the  New  York  state  commission  of correction. The commissioner shall
    52  adopt any regulations necessary to carry out the purposes and provisions
    53  of this subdivision.
    54    § 7. The education law is amended by adding a new section 286 to  read
    55  as follows:

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     1    §  286. State aid for New York excellence in library services program.
     2  1. In state fiscal year two thousand  seventeen--two  thousand  eighteen
     3  and  thereafter,  the  commissioner  is hereby authorized to expend each
     4  year up to two million dollars for grants  to  public  library  systems,
     5  reference  and  research  library  resources  systems and school library
     6  systems operating under an approved plan of service and with an approved
     7  program of excellence in library services, in order  to  achieve  higher
     8  quality library service for all New Yorkers. Such grants shall be deter-
     9  mined  on  the basis of criteria to be developed by the commissioner and
    10  shall assist member libraries and districts  in  meeting  and  exceeding
    11  standards  of  excellence  established  by  the regents. Grants shall be
    12  provided for the period commencing July first and ending on June thirti-
    13  eth next following. The state aid shall be awarded  in  accordance  with
    14  regulations promulgated by the commissioner.
    15    2.  The  commissioner  shall provide grants to eligible public library
    16  systems, reference and research library  resources  systems  and  school
    17  library systems for programs of excellence in the following manner:
    18    a.  An amount of six hundred fifty thousand dollars for public library
    19  systems established pursuant to sections two hundred fifty-five and  two
    20  hundred  seventy-two of this part and operating under a plan approved by
    21  the commissioner. Funds shall be available to each system in such manner
    22  as to insure that the ratio of the state aid for programs of  excellence
    23  shall  not  exceed  the ratio of state aid received by each system under
    24  paragraphs a, c, d, e and o of subdivision one of  section  two  hundred
    25  seventy-three of this part;
    26    b.  An amount of four hundred fifty thousand dollars for reference and
    27  research library resources systems established pursuant to  section  two
    28  hundred  seventy-two of this part and operating under a plan approved by
    29  the commissioner. Funds shall be available to each system in such manner
    30  as to insure that the ratio of the state aid for programs of  excellence
    31  shall  not  exceed  the ratio of state aid received by such system under
    32  paragraph a of subdivision four of section two hundred seventy-three  of
    33  this part; and
    34    c.  An amount of six hundred fifty thousand dollars for school library
    35  systems established pursuant to section two hundred eighty-two  of  this
    36  part  and  operating  under  a plan approved by the commissioner.  Funds
    37  shall be available to each system in such manner as to insure  that  the
    38  ratio  of  the state aid for programs of excellence shall not exceed the
    39  ratio of state aid received by each system under paragraphs a, b, c  and
    40  d of subdivision one of section two hundred eighty-four of this part.
    41    3. In the state fiscal year two thousand seventeen--two thousand eigh-
    42  teen  and  thereafter,  the  New York state library shall be entitled to
    43  receive each year the sum of two hundred fifty thousand dollars for  the
    44  establishment and implementation of a statewide program of excellence in
    45  library  services  for  library  systems  and  the  member libraries and
    46  districts of such systems. Such statewide services may include, but  are
    47  not  limited  to  technical  assistance  and  training for libraries and
    48  library systems,  publications,  communications  and  program  planning,
    49  implementation and evaluation.
    50    §  8. Subdivision 3 of section 99-l of the state finance law, as added
    51  by chapter 303 of the laws of 2004, is amended to read as follows:
    52    3. Moneys of the fund,  following  appropriation  by  the  legislature
    53  shall  be  expended  only  for the purposes of providing funding for the
    54  statewide summer reading program set forth in subdivision [ten] thirteen
    55  of section two hundred seventy-three of the education law. Moneys  shall
    56  be  paid  out  of  the  fund on the audit and warrant of the state comp-

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     1  troller on vouchers approved and certified by the commissioner of educa-
     2  tion. Any interest received by the comptroller on moneys on  deposit  in
     3  the  love your library fund shall be retained in and become part of such
     4  fund.
     5    §  9.  This  act shall take effect April 1, 2017; provided that in the
     6  event this act shall have become a law after such date, this  act  shall
     7  take  effect  immediately and shall be deemed to have been in full force
     8  and effect on and after April 1, 2017, and provided further that for the
     9  purposes of computing the apportionments of  calendar  year  state  aid,
    10  grants  or  other  financial assistance to libraries and library systems
    11  for the 2017 calendar year, this act shall take effect  immediately  and
    12  shall be deemed to have been in full force and effect on and after Janu-
    13  ary 1, 2017.
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