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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Chapter 257
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F.S. 257.04
257.04 Publications, pictures, and other documents received to constitute part of State Library; powers and duties of Division of Library and Information Services.
(1) All books, pictures, documents, publications, and manuscripts received through gifts, purchase, or exchange, or on deposit from any source for the use of the state, shall constitute a part of the State Library and shall be placed therein for the use of the public under the control of the division. The division may receive gifts of money, books, or other property which may be used or held for the purposes given; and it may purchase books, periodicals, furniture, and equipment as necessary to promote the efficient operation of the service it is expected to render to state officials, employees, and the public.
(2) The division may, upon request, give aid and assistance, financial, advisory, or otherwise, to all school, state institutional, academic, free, and public libraries, and to all communities in the state which may propose to establish libraries, as to the best means of establishing and administering libraries, selecting and cataloging books, and other facets of library management.
(3) The division shall maintain a library for state officials and employees, especially of informational material pertaining to their work.
(4) The division shall maintain and provide research and information services for state agencies.
(5) The division shall make all necessary arrangements to coordinate with the Division of Blind Services of the Department of Education to provide library services to the blind and physically handicapped persons of the state.
(6) The division may issue printed material and electronic information, and in the publication thereof may cooperate with state library commissions and libraries of other states in order to secure the more economical administration of the work for which it is formed. The division may conduct courses of library instruction and hold librarians’ institutes in various parts of the state.
(7) The division shall perform such other services and engage in any other activity, not contrary to law, appropriate in the development of library service to state government, to the libraries and library profession of the state, and to the citizens of the state.
History.s. 4, ch. 10278, 1925; CGL 1690; s. 4, ch. 63-39; ss. 10, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 21, ch. 69-353; s. 3, ch. 74-228; s. 2, ch. 83-24; s. 16, ch. 86-163; s. 3, ch. 2015-117.