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Title XVIII
PUBLIC LANDS AND PROPERTY
Chapter 257
PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND STATE ARCHIVES
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CHAPTER 257
CHAPTER 257
PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND STATE ARCHIVES
257.01 State Library; creation; administration.
257.015 Definitions.
257.02 State Library Council.
257.031 State Librarian; appointment and duties.
257.04 Publications, pictures, and other documents received to constitute part of State Library; powers and duties of Division of Library and Information Services.
257.05 State Publications Program.
257.105 State publications; copies to Library of Congress.
257.12 Division of Library and Information Services authorized to accept and expend federal funds.
257.14 Division of Library and Information Services; rules.
257.15 Division of Library and Information Services; standards.
257.16 Reports.
257.17 Operating grants.
257.171 Multicounty libraries.
257.172 Multicounty library grants.
257.18 Equalization grants.
257.191 Construction grants.
257.192 Program grants.
257.193 Community Libraries in Caring Program.
257.195 Revenue shortfalls; procedures.
257.21 Maximum grants allowable.
257.22 Division of Library and Information Services; allocation of funds.
257.23 Application for grant.
257.24 Use of funds.
257.25 Free library service.
257.261 Library registration and circulation records.
257.28 Compact.
257.29 Compliance with local laws.
257.30 State library agency.
257.31 Appropriations.
257.32 Compact administrator.
257.33 Notices.
257.34 Florida International Archive and Repository.
257.35 Florida State Archives.
257.36 Records and information management.
257.37 Legislative intent.
257.375 Records Management Trust Fund.
257.38 Manuscripts or other archival material; public records exemption.
257.40 Library cooperatives; legislative intent.
257.41 Library cooperatives; organization; receipt of state moneys.
257.42 Library cooperative grants.
257.43 Citizen support organization; use of state administrative services and property; audit.
257.01 State Library; creation; administration.There is created and established the State Library which shall be located at the capital. The State Library shall be administered by the Division of Library and Information Services of the Department of State.
History.s. 1, ch. 10278, 1925; CGL 1687; s. 1, ch. 63-39; ss. 10, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 21, ch. 69-353; s. 1, ch. 70-250; s. 1, ch. 71-279; s. 86, ch. 73-333; s. 1, ch. 74-228; s. 1, ch. 81-68; s. 13, ch. 86-163.
257.015 Definitions.As used in this chapter, the term:
(1) “Department” means the Department of State.
(2) “Depository library” means a library that has been designated as a depository for receiving state publications in accordance with s. 257.05(3).
(3) “Division” means the Division of Library and Information Services of the Department of State.
(4) “Secretary” means the Secretary of State.
(5) “State Librarian” means the person appointed by the secretary as the director of the Division of Library and Information Services pursuant to s. 257.031.
(6) “State publication” means a publication created under the authority of or at the total or partial expense of a state official, state department, state board, state court, or state agency, or that is required to be publicly distributed pursuant to state law. The term includes a publication containing information about the state and its government which is culturally and historically significant to researchers and the general public. The term does not include a publication that is created only for internal use of a state official, state department, state board, state court, or state agency.
History.s. 1, ch. 2005-207; s. 1, ch. 2015-117.
257.02 State Library Council.
(1) There shall be a State Library Council to advise and assist the division with planning, policy, and priorities related to the development of statewide information services. The council shall consist of nine members who shall be appointed by the Secretary of State. Of the nine members, three members must represent Florida public libraries, two members must represent the Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative, one member must represent a multitype library cooperative, one member must represent a school library media center, one member must represent the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, and one member must represent a Florida library professional association. Members shall be appointed for 4-year terms. A vacancy on the council shall be filled for the period of the unexpired term. A person may not be appointed to serve more than two consecutive terms as a member of the council. The secretary may remove from office any council member for malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty, incompetence, permanent inability to perform official duties, or pleading guilty or nolo contendere to, or being found guilty of, a felony.
(2) Members of the council shall serve without compensation or honorarium but are entitled to receive reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses as provided in s. 112.061. The council shall meet at the call of its chair, at the request of a majority of its membership, at the request of the division, or at such times as may be prescribed by its rules.
(3) The officers of the State Library Council shall be a chair, elected from the members thereof, and the State Librarian, who shall serve without voting rights as secretary of the council.
History.s. 2, ch. 10278, 1925; CGL 1688; s. 2, ch. 63-39; s. 19, ch. 63-400; ss. 10, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 21, ch. 69-353; s. 2, ch. 70-250; s. 1, ch. 70-439; s. 1, ch. 71-279; s. 2, ch. 74-228; s. 4, ch. 78-323; ss. 2, 3, 4, ch. 81-68; ss. 1, 4, ch. 82-46; s. 2, ch. 83-265; s. 14, ch. 86-163; s. 3, ch. 87-172; ss. 1, 2, 3, ch. 90-21; s. 5, ch. 91-429; s. 150, ch. 95-148; s. 2, ch. 2005-207; s. 2, ch. 2015-117.
257.031 State Librarian; appointment and duties.
(1) The State Librarian shall be appointed by the Secretary of State, shall have completed a library school program accredited by the American Library Association, and shall serve as the director of the Division of Library and Information Services of the Department of State. The Secretary of State may, in making the appointment of State Librarian, consult the members of the State Library Council.
(2) The State Librarian shall:
(a) Keep a record of the proceedings of the State Library Council;
(b) Keep an accurate account of the financial transactions of the division;
(c) Have charge of the work of the division in organizing new libraries and improving those already established;
(d) In general, perform such duties as may, from time to time, be assigned to him or her by the Secretary of State; and
(e) Manage operations of the programs assigned by law to the division.
History.s. 4, ch. 70-250; s. 1, ch. 70-439; s. 4, ch. 78-323; ss. 3, 4, ch. 81-68; ss. 1, 4, ch. 82-46; s. 1, ch. 83-24; s. 2, ch. 83-265; s. 15, ch. 86-163; ss. 2, 3, ch. 90-21; s. 5, ch. 91-429; s. 151, ch. 95-148; s. 3, ch. 2005-207.
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.
257.05 State Publications Program.
(1) The Legislature finds that the State Publications Program increases accessibility to culturally and historically significant information about the state and its government for researchers and the general public through the distribution of state publications to depository libraries throughout the state.
(2) Each state official, state department, state board, state court, or state agency:
(a) Shall furnish its state publications to the division for distribution to depository libraries throughout the state upon the publication’s release in accordance with division rule.
(b) Shall designate a state publications liaison. Upon designation of a liaison, a state official, state department, state board, state court, or state agency shall provide the division with the liaison’s name and contact information. Each state publications liaison shall maintain a list of his or her respective entity’s state publications and furnish the list to the division as updated or by December 31 of each year.
(c) Shall, if having charge of their distribution, furnish the division with daily journals and bound journals of each house of the Legislature, as issued; slip laws and bound session laws, both general and special; and Florida Statutes and supplements thereto. The number of copies furnished shall be determined by requests of the division.
(3) It is the duty of the division to:
(a) Manage the State Publications Program.
(b) Designate university, college, and public libraries as depository libraries for state publications. A depository library must maintain state publications in a form that is convenient and accessible to the public. The division shall be the official repository for state publications.
(c) Create a distribution system to provide copies of state publications to depository libraries.
(d) Create a periodic bibliography for the State Publications Program.

The division may exchange copies of state publications for those of other states, territories, and countries.

History.s. 5, ch. 10278, 1925; CGL 1691; s. 1, ch. 22064, 1943; s. 1, ch. 21758, 1943; s. 4, ch. 63-39; s. 1, ch. 67-223; ss. 10, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 21, ch. 69-353; s. 1, ch. 73-305; s. 3, ch. 83-24; s. 17, ch. 86-163; s. 34, ch. 90-335; s. 8, ch. 2006-111; s. 4, ch. 2015-117.
257.105 State publications; copies to Library of Congress.Any state official or state agency, board, commission, or institution having charge of state publications hereinafter named is authorized and directed to furnish the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., upon requisition from the Library of Congress, up to three copies of the journals of both houses of the Legislature; volumes of the Supreme Court Reports; volumes of periodic reports of Cabinet officers; and copies of reports, studies, maps, or other publications by official boards or institutions of the state, from time to time, as such are published and are available for public distribution.
History.ss. 1, 6, ch. 83-252; s. 4, ch. 88-32; ss. 35, 44, ch. 90-335; s. 6, ch. 2015-117.
Note.Former s. 283.51.
257.12 Division of Library and Information Services authorized to accept and expend federal funds.
(1) The Division of Library and Information Services of the Department of State is designated as the state library administrative agency authorized to accept, receive, administer, and expend any moneys, materials, or any other aid granted, appropriated, or made available by the United States or any of its agencies for the purpose of giving aid to libraries and providing educational library service in the state.
(2) The division is authorized to file any accounts required by federal law or regulation with reference to receiving and administering all such moneys, materials, and other aid for said purposes; provided, however, that the acceptance of such moneys, materials, and other aid shall not deprive the state from complete control and supervision of its library.
(3) All public libraries are encouraged to adopt an Internet safety education program, including the implementation of a computer-based educational program, which has been endorsed by a government-sanctioned law enforcement agency or other reputable public safety advocacy organization and is designed for children and adults. The purpose of the Internet safety education program is to promote the use of prudent online deportment and broaden awareness of online predators. The program must be interactive and age-appropriate. Each library shall annually report to the division the annual number of program participants who complete the Internet safety education program. By April 1, 2010, the division shall reward those libraries in the program grant application process which have had 1 percent or more of their annual number of program participants, based on the total number of registered borrowers from the preceding year, complete the Internet safety education program adopted by the library. Program participants completing the program as a result of strategic partnerships or collaboration between the library and other entities shall be integrated into the library’s annual report. The division shall allocate 10 percent of the total points available in the library services and technology grant application evaluation process to public libraries that are in compliance with this section, beginning with the grant application cycle for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
History.ss. 1, 2, ch. 26976, 1951; s. 4, ch. 63-39; ss. 10, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 21, ch. 69-353; s. 18, ch. 86-163; s. 4, ch. 2005-207; s. 1, ch. 2009-194; s. 6, ch. 2017-5.
257.14 Division of Library and Information Services; rules.The Division of Library and Information Services has authority to adopt rules pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement the provisions of this chapter.
History.s. 2, ch. 61-402; s. 4, ch. 63-39; ss. 10, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 21, ch. 69-353; s. 3, ch. 83-24; s. 19, ch. 86-163; s. 46, ch. 98-200.
257.15 Division of Library and Information Services; standards.The Division of Library and Information Services shall establish reasonable and pertinent operating standards under which libraries will be eligible to receive state moneys.
History.s. 3, ch. 61-402; s. 4, ch. 63-39; ss. 10, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 21, ch. 69-353; s. 2, ch. 72-353; s. 3, ch. 83-24; s. 20, ch. 86-163.
257.16 Reports.Any library receiving grants under ss. 257.14-257.25 shall file with the Division of Library and Information Services on or before December 1 of each year a financial report on its operations and furnish the division with such other information as the division may require.
History.s. 4, ch. 61-402; s. 4, ch. 63-39; ss. 10, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 21, ch. 69-353; s. 3, ch. 83-24; s. 21, ch. 86-163.
257.17 Operating grants.A political subdivision that has been designated by a county or municipality as the single library administrative unit is eligible to receive from the state an annual operating grant of not more than 25 percent of all local funds expended by that political subdivision during the second preceding fiscal year for the operation and maintenance of a library, under the following conditions:
(1) Eligible political subdivisions include:
(a) A county that establishes or maintains a library or that gives or receives free library service by contract with a municipality or nonprofit library corporation or association within such county;
(b) A county that joins with one or more counties to establish or maintain a library or contracts with another county, a special district, a special tax district, or one or more municipalities in another county to receive free library service;
(c) A special district or special tax district that establishes or maintains a library and provides free library service; or
(d) A municipality that establishes or maintains a library or that gives or receives free library service by contract with a nonprofit library corporation or association within the municipality.
(2) The library established or maintained by such political subdivision shall:
(a) Be operated under a single administrative head who is an employee of the single library administrative unit and who has completed a library education program accredited by the American Library Association. The single administrative head shall have at least 2 years of full-time paid professional experience, after completing the library education program, in a public library that is open to the public for a minimum of 40 hours per week.
(b) Expend its funds centrally.
(c) Provide reciprocal borrowing, and other library services pursuant to interlocal agreement, to residents of all political subdivisions within the county which receive operating grants from the state.
(d) Have at least one library or branch library open for 40 or more hours per week.
(e) Have a long-range plan, an annual plan of service, and an annual budget.
(f) Engage in joint planning for coordination of library services within the county or counties that receive operating grants from the state.
(3) Any political subdivision establishing public library service for the first time shall submit a certified copy of its appropriation for library service, and its eligibility to receive an operating grant shall be based upon such appropriation.
History.s. 5, ch. 61-402; s. 1, ch. 72-247; s. 3, ch. 72-353; s. 1, ch. 73-138; s. 3, ch. 83-24; s. 53, ch. 2000-171; s. 1, ch. 2001-263; s. 5, ch. 2003-2; s. 1, ch. 2003-126.
257.171 Multicounty libraries.Units of local government may establish a multicounty library. For a multicounty library, a local government may pay moneys in advance in lump sum from its public funds for the provision of library services only.
History.s. 4, ch. 83-24; s. 22, ch. 86-163; s. 1, ch. 92-305; s. 4, ch. 2012-121; s. 1, ch. 2015-4.
257.172 Multicounty library grants.
(1) The administrative unit of a multicounty library that serves a population of 50,000 or more and serves two or more counties, at least one of which qualifies for an equalization grant, is eligible for an annual grant from the state. The grant funds are to be used for the support and extension of library service in participating counties. The grant must be computed by the division on a state matching basis up to $1 million in local expenditures by all participating counties for operation and maintenance of a library during the second preceding year. The administrative unit of a multicounty library with:
(a) Two participating counties is eligible for a grant equal to 5 cents on each local dollar of expenditure.
(b) Three participating counties is eligible for a grant equal to 10 cents on each local dollar of expenditure.
(c) Four participating counties is eligible for a grant equal to 15 cents on each local dollar of expenditure.
(d) Five participating counties is eligible for a grant equal to 20 cents on each local dollar of expenditure.
(e) Six or more participating counties is eligible for a grant equal to 25 cents on each local dollar of expenditure.
(2) In addition, to support multicounty library service, the administrative unit of a multicounty library with:
(a) Two participating counties is eligible to receive a base grant of $50,000, effective July 1, 2008.
(b) Three or more participating counties is eligible to receive a base grant of a minimum of $250,000. Such amount shall be increased to $350,000 when the appropriation from state funds for operating, multicounty, and equalization grants is at least 3 percent more than the appropriation from state funds for those grants for fiscal year 2007-2008.
(3) For the purposes of this section, s. 257.21 does not apply.
History.s. 4, ch. 83-24; s. 59, ch. 85-80; s. 2, ch. 92-305; s. 1, ch. 94-109; s. 1, ch. 2008-158.
257.18 Equalization grants.
(1) Any county qualifying for an operating grant is eligible to receive an equalization grant if it meets the following criteria:
(a) The county was eligible for an equalization grant in fiscal year 2007-2008.
(b) The value of 1 mill adjusted to reflect the average statewide level of assessment is below the median amount for all counties in the state.
(c) The county operating millage subject to the 10-mill cap is equal to or above the average for all counties. If the county does not meet this millage requirement, the per capita income for the county must be equal to or below the average for all counties.
(d) The county has been eligible for an equalization grant each fiscal year since fiscal year 2007-2008.
(2) If a county fails to meet the eligibility criteria for an equalization grant in any one year, the county shall be notified that its equalization grant funding will be phased out over a 3-year period as follows:
(a) In the first year, the county shall receive the grant amount for which it qualified the previous year.
(b) In the second year, the county shall receive two-thirds of the grant amount it received under paragraph (a).
(c) In the third year, the county shall receive one-third of the grant amount it received under paragraph (a).
(d) In subsequent years, the county shall not be eligible to receive an equalization grant.
(3) An equalization grant to an eligible county is calculated in the following manner:
(a) The equalization factor is computed by subtracting the value of 1 mill adjusted to reflect the average statewide level of assessment for each county from the average adjusted value of 1 mill for all counties and then dividing that amount by the average adjusted value of 1 mill for all counties.
(b) An equalization grant is computed by multiplying the equalization factor times the total local funds expended for library support by that county during the second preceding year and adding that amount to the actual total local funds expended for library support by that county during the second preceding year. The result is the adjusted value for the local funds expended for library service. The amount of the equalization grant is equal to 25 cents of the adjusted value of local funds expended for library service.
(c) When the adjusted mill equivalent of actual local funds expended for library support by the county during the second preceding year is above the statewide average adjusted mill equivalent of actual local funds expended by all counties receiving operating grants, the amount of the equalization grant is equal to 50 cents of the adjusted value of local funds expended for library service.
(4) A county may not receive an equalization grant that is equal to more than 10 percent of the total amount required to fund equalization grants to all eligible counties.
(5) The Division of Library and Information Services shall calculate equalization grants based on the amount of local funds expended for library service the second preceding year as certified by the appropriate county officials and information on the level of assessment of property in each county, the taxable value of property in each county, the county operating millage subject to the 10-mill cap, and the per capita income as reported by the agency authorized by law.
(6) Equalization grants may not exceed 15 percent of the amount appropriated for operating, multicounty, and equalization grants or $8,877,057, whichever is greater. Any reductions in equalization grants necessary to meet this requirement must be applied to all equalization grants on a prorated basis. This includes grants subject to the 10-percent cap or grants in the phase-out period. If the total appropriation for operating, multicounty, and equalization grants is less than $31,999,233, s. 257.21 applies.
History.s. 6, ch. 61-402; s. 4, ch. 72-353; s. 2, ch. 73-138; s. 5, ch. 83-24; s. 3, ch. 92-305; s. 2, ch. 2008-158.
257.191 Construction grants.The Division of Library and Information Services may accept and administer library construction moneys appropriated to it and shall allocate such appropriation to municipal, county, and regional libraries in the form of library construction grants on a matching basis. The local matching portion shall be no less than the grant amount, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to the maximum grant amount, unless the matching requirement is waived by s. 288.06561. Initiation of a library construction project 12 months or less prior to the grant award under this section shall not affect the eligibility of an applicant to receive a library construction grant. The division shall adopt rules for the administration of library construction grants. For the purposes of this section, s. 257.21 does not apply.
History.s. 4, ch. 73-138; s. 5, ch. 83-24; s. 23, ch. 86-163; s. 2, ch. 2003-126.
257.192 Program grants.The Division of Library and Information Services is authorized to accept and administer appropriations for library program grants and to make such grants in accordance with the Florida long-range plan for library services.
History.s. 5, ch. 73-138; s. 24, ch. 86-163; s. 5, ch. 2005-207.
257.193 Community Libraries in Caring Program.
(1) There is created within the Department of State a Community Libraries in Caring Program.
(2) The purpose of the Community Libraries in Caring Program is to assist libraries in rural communities, as defined in s. 288.0656(2) and subject to the provisions of s. 288.06561, to strengthen their collections and services, improve literacy in their communities, and improve the economic viability of their communities.
(3) A library under this program is encouraged to demonstrate local or other support for its services, including monetary contributions, in-kind contributions, or other forms of assistance.
(4) Subject to legislative appropriation, the Division of Library and Information Services within the Department of State shall administer the program, which shall facilitate the exchange of ideas and services between libraries in rural communities and communities in other parts of the state.
History.s. 1, ch. 2003-275; s. 21, ch. 2009-51; s. 2, ch. 2015-4.
257.195 Revenue shortfalls; procedures.In the event of revenue shortfalls which necessitate budget reductions during any fiscal year, the total appropriation for library grants from state sources shall have the same ratable reduction as that applied to the operating funds of the Division of Library and Information Services or such reduction shall be at the discretion of the Secretary of State.
History.s. 4, ch. 92-305.
257.21 Maximum grants allowable.Any reduction in grants because of insufficient funds shall be prorated on the basis of maximum grants allowable.
History.s. 9, ch. 61-402.
257.22 Division of Library and Information Services; allocation of funds.Any moneys that may be appropriated for use by a county, a municipality, a special district, or a special tax district for the maintenance of a library or library service shall be administered and allocated by the Division of Library and Information Services in the manner prescribed by law. On or before December 1 of each year, the division shall certify to the Chief Financial Officer the amount to be paid to each county, municipality, special district, or special tax district.
History.s. 10, ch. 61-402; s. 4, ch. 63-39; ss. 10, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 21, ch. 69-353; s. 5, ch. 72-353; s. 5, ch. 83-24; s. 25, ch. 86-163; s. 3, ch. 2003-126; s. 278, ch. 2003-261; s. 3, ch. 2008-158.
257.23 Application for grant.The board of county commissioners of any county, the chief executive officer of a municipality, or the governing body of a special district or a special tax district desiring to receive a grant under the provisions of ss. 257.14-257.25 shall apply therefor to the Division of Library and Information Services on or before October 1 of each year on a form to be provided by the division. The application shall be signed by the chair of the board of county commissioners and attested by the clerk of the circuit court or the appropriate officer in a charter county, by the chief executive officer of a municipality and attested by the clerk of the municipality, or by the chair of the governing body and attested by the chief financial officer of a special district or a special tax district. The county, municipality, special district, or special tax district shall agree to observe the standards established by the division as authorized in s. 257.15. On or before December 1 each year, the applicant shall certify the annual tax income and the rate of tax or the annual appropriation for the free library or free library service, and shall furnish such other pertinent information as the division may require.
History.s. 11, ch. 61-402; s. 4, ch. 63-39; ss. 10, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 21, ch. 69-353; s. 6, ch. 72-353; s. 6, ch. 83-24; s. 26, ch. 86-163; s. 152, ch. 95-148; s. 4, ch. 2003-126.
257.24 Use of funds.State funds allocated to libraries shall be expended only for library purposes in the manner prescribed by the Division of Library and Information Services. Such funds shall not be expended for the purchase or construction of a library building or library quarters, except such funds specifically appropriated for construction purposes as provided in this chapter.
History.s. 12, ch. 61-402; s. 7, ch. 72-353; s. 6, ch. 73-138; s. 7, ch. 83-24; s. 27, ch. 86-163.
257.25 Free library service.Free library service shall constitute as a minimum the free lending of library materials that are made available for circulation and the free provision of reference and information services.
History.s. 13, ch. 61-402; s. 7, ch. 83-24.
257.261 Library registration and circulation records.
(1) All registration and circulation records of every public library, except statistical reports of registration and circulation, are confidential and exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1) and from s. 24(a) of Art. I of the State Constitution.
(2) As used in this section, the term “registration records” includes any information that a library requires a patron to provide in order to become eligible to borrow books and other materials, and the term “circulation records” includes all information that identifies the patrons who borrow particular books and other materials.
(3)(a) Except in accordance with a proper judicial order, a person may not make known in any manner any information contained in records made confidential and exempt by this section, except as otherwise provided in this section.
(b) A library or any business operating jointly with the library may, only for the purpose of collecting fines or recovering overdue books, documents, films, or other items or materials owned or otherwise belonging to the library, disclose information made confidential and exempt by this section to the following:
1. The library patron named in the records;
2. In the case of a library patron less than 16 years of age, the parent or guardian of that patron named in the records;
3. Any entity that collects fines on behalf of a library, unless the patron is less than 16 years of age, in which case only information identifying the patron’s parent or guardian may be released;
4. Municipal or county law enforcement officials, unless the patron is 16 years of age, in which case only information identifying the patron’s parent or guardian may be released; or
5. Judicial officials.
(4) Any person who violates this section commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
History.s. 1, ch. 78-81; s. 1, ch. 89-18; s. 1, ch. 96-220; s. 112, ch. 96-406; s. 1, ch. 2003-13; s. 6, ch. 2003-126.
257.28 Compact.The Interstate Library Compact is hereby enacted into law and entered into by this state with all states legally joining therein in the form substantially as follows:

INTERSTATE LIBRARY COMPACT

The contracting states solemnly agree that:

Article I

Because the desire for the services provided by libraries transcends governmental boundaries and can most effectively be satisfied by giving such services to communities and people regardless of jurisdictional lines, it is the policy of the states party to this compact to cooperate and share their responsibilities; to authorize cooperation and sharing with respect to those types of library facilities and services which can be more economically or efficiently developed and maintained on a cooperative basis; and to authorize cooperation and sharing among localities, states and others in providing joint or cooperative library services in areas where the distribution of population or of existing and potential library resources make the provision of library service on an interstate basis the most effective way of providing adequate and efficient service.

Article II

As used in this compact:

(a) “Public library agency” means any unit or agency of a local or state government operating or having power to operate a library.

(b) “Private library agency” means any nongovernmental entity which operates or assumes a legal obligation to operate a library.

(c) “Library agreement” means a contract establishing an interstate library district pursuant to this compact or providing for the joint or cooperative furnishing of library services.

Article III

(a) Any one or more public library agencies in a party state in cooperation with any public library agency or agencies in one or more other party states may establish and maintain an interstate library district. Subject to the provisions of this compact and any other laws of the party states which pursuant hereto remain applicable, such district may establish, maintain and operate some or all of the library facilities and services for the area concerned in accordance with the terms of a library agreement therefor. Any private library agency or agencies within an interstate library district may cooperate therewith, assume duties, responsibilities and obligations thereto, and receive benefits therefrom as provided in any library agreement to which such agency or agencies become party.

(b) Within an interstate library district, and as provided by a library agreement, the performance of library functions may be undertaken on a joint or cooperative basis or may be undertaken by means of one or more arrangements between or among public or private library agencies for the extension of library privileges to the use of facilities or services operated or rendered by one or more of the individual library agencies.

(c) If a library agreement provides for joint establishment, maintenance or operation of library facilities or services by an interstate library district, such district shall have power to do any one or more of the following in accordance with such library agreement:

1. Undertake, administer and participate in programs or arrangements for securing, lending or servicing of books and other publications, any other materials suitable to be kept or made available by libraries, library equipment or for the dissemination of information about libraries, the value and significance of particular items therein, and the use thereof.

2. Accept for any of its purposes under this compact any and all donations, and grants of money, equipment, supplies, materials, and services, (conditional or otherwise), from any state or the United States or any subdivision or agency thereof, or interstate agency, or from any institution, person, firm or corporation, and receive, utilize and dispose of the same.

3. Operate mobile library units or equipment for the purpose of rendering bookmobile service within the district.

4. Employ professional, technical, clerical and other personnel and fix terms of employment, compensation, and other appropriate benefits; and where desirable, provide for the inservice training of such personnel.

5. Sue and be sued in any court of competent jurisdiction.

6. Acquire, hold, and dispose of any real or personal property or any interest or interests therein as may be appropriate to the rendering of library service.

7. Construct, maintain and operate a library, including any appropriate branches thereof.

8. Do such other things as may be incidental to or appropriate for the carrying out of any of the foregoing powers.

Article IV

(a) An interstate library district which establishes, maintains or operates any facilities or services in its own right shall have a governing board which shall direct the affairs of the district and act for it in all matters relating to its business. Each participating public library agency in the district shall be represented on the governing board which shall be organized and conduct its business in accordance with provision therefor in the library agreement. But in no event shall a governing board meet less often than twice a year.

(b) Any private library agency or agencies party to a library agreement establishing an interstate library district may be represented on or advise with the governing board of the district in such manner as the library agreement may provide.

Article V

Any two or more state library agencies of two or more of the party states may undertake and conduct joint or cooperative library programs, render joint or cooperative library services, and enter into and perform arrangements for the cooperative or joint acquisition, use, housing and disposition of items or collections of materials which, by reason of expense, rarity, specialized nature, or infrequency of demand therefor would be appropriated for central collection and shared use. Any such programs, services or arrangements may include provision for the exercise on a cooperative or joint basis of any power exercisable by an interstate library district and an agreement embodying any such program, service, or arrangement shall contain provisions covering the subjects detailed in Article VI of this compact for interstate library agreements.

Article VI

(a) In order to provide for any joint or cooperative undertaking pursuant to this compact, public and private library agencies may enter into library agreements. Any agreement executed pursuant to the provisions of this compact shall, as among the parties to the agreement:

1. Detail the specific nature of the services, programs, facilities, arrangements or properties to which it is applicable.

2. Provide for the allocation of costs and other financial responsibilities.

3. Specify the respective rights, duties, obligations and liabilities of the parties.

4. Set forth the terms and conditions for duration, renewal, termination, abrogation, disposal of joint or common property, if any, and all other matters which may be appropriate to the proper effectuation and performance of the agreement.

(b) No public or private library agency shall undertake to exercise itself, or jointly with any other library agency, by means of a library agreement any power prohibited to such agency by the constitution or statutes of its state.

(c) No library agreement shall become effective until filed with the compact administrator of each state involved, and approved in accordance with Article VII of this compact.

Article VII

(a) Every library agreement made pursuant to this compact shall, prior to and as a condition precedent to its entry into force, be submitted to the attorney general of each state in which a public library agency party thereto is situated, who shall determine whether the agreement is in proper form and compatible with the laws of his or her state. The attorneys general shall approve any agreement submitted to them unless they shall find that it does not meet the conditions set forth herein and shall detail in writing addressed to the governing bodies of the public library agencies concerned the specific respects in which the proposed agreement fails to meet the requirements of law. Failure to disapprove an agreement submitted hereunder within ninety days of its submission shall constitute approval thereof.

(b) In the event that a library agreement made pursuant to this compact shall deal in whole or in part with the provision of services or facilities with regard to which an officer or agency of the state government has constitutional or statutory powers of control, the agreement shall, as a condition precedent to its entry into force, be submitted to the state officer or agency having such power of control and shall be approved or disapproved by the officer or agency as to all matters within the jurisdiction of the state officer or agency in the same manner and subject to the same requirements governing the action of the attorneys general pursuant to paragraph (a) of this article. This requirement of submission and approval shall be in addition to and not in substitution for the requirement of submission to an approval by the attorneys general.

Article VIII

Nothing in this compact or in any library agreement shall be construed to supersede, alter or otherwise impair any obligation imposed on any library by otherwise applicable law, nor to authorize the transfer or disposition of any property held in trust by a library agency in a manner contrary to the terms of such trust.

Article IX

(a) Any public library agency party to a library agreement may appropriate funds to the interstate library district established thereby in the same manner and to the same extent as to a library wholly maintained by it and, subject to the laws of the state in which such public library agency is situated, may pledge its credit in support of an interstate library district established by the agreement.

(b) Subject to the provisions of the library agreement pursuant to which it functions and the laws of the states in which such district is situated, an interstate library district may claim and receive any state and federal aid which may be available to library agencies.

Article X

Each state shall designate a compact administrator with whom copies of all library agreements to which the administrator’s state or any public library agency thereof is party shall be filed. The administrator shall have such other powers as may be conferred upon him or her by the laws of his or her state and may consult and cooperate with the compact administrators of other party states and take such steps as may effectuate the purposes of this compact. If the laws of a party state so provide, such state may designate one or more deputy compact administrators in addition to its compact administrator.

Article XI

(a) This compact shall enter into force and effect immediately upon its enactment into law by any two states. Thereafter, it shall enter into force and effect as to any other state upon the enactment thereof by such state.

(b) This compact shall continue in force with respect to a party state and remain binding upon such state until 6 months after such state has given notice to each other party state of the repeal thereof. Such withdrawals shall not be construed to relieve any party to a library agreement entered into pursuant to this compact from any obligation of that agreement prior to the end of its duration as provided therein.

Article XII

This compact shall be liberally construed so as to effectuate the purposes thereof. The provisions of this compact shall be severable and if any phrase, clause, sentence or provision of this compact is declared to be contrary to the constitution of any party state or of the United States or the applicability thereof to any government, agency, person or circumstance is held invalid, the validity of the remainder of this compact and the applicability thereof to any government, agency, person or circumstance shall not be affected thereby. If this compact shall be held contrary to the constitution of any state party thereto, the compact shall remain in full force and effect as to the remaining states and in full force and effect as to the state affected as to all severable matters.

History.s. 1, ch. 72-157; s. 153, ch. 95-148.
257.29 Compliance with local laws.No city, town, county, library system, library district, or other political subdivision of this state shall be party to a library agreement which provides for the construction or maintenance of a library pursuant to Art. III, subdivision (c)7. of the compact, pledge its credit in support of such a library, or contribute to the capital financing thereof except after compliance with any laws applicable to such cities, towns, counties, library systems, library districts, or other political subdivisions relating to or governing capital outlay and the pledging of credit.
History.s. 2, ch. 72-157.
257.30 State library agency.As used in the compact, “state library agency,” with reference to this state, means Florida State Library or agency designated by the Secretary of State.
History.s. 3, ch. 72-157.
257.31 Appropriations.An interstate library district lying partly within this state may claim and be entitled to receive state aid in support of any of its functions to the same extent and in the same manner as such functions are eligible for support when carried on by entities wholly within this state. For the purposes of computing and apportioning state aid to interstate library districts hereinafter to be created, this state will consider that portion of the area which lies within this state as an independent entity for the performance of the aided function or functions and compute and apportion the aid accordingly. Subject to any applicable laws of this state, such a district also may apply for and be entitled to receive any federal aid for which it may be eligible.
History.s. 4, ch. 72-157.
257.32 Compact administrator.The Secretary of State shall be the compact administrator pursuant to Art. X of the compact. The Secretary of State may appoint a deputy compact administrator pursuant to said article.
History.s. 5, ch. 72-157.
257.33 Notices.In the event of withdrawal from the compact, the Secretary of State shall send and receive any notices required by Art. XI (b) of the compact.
History.s. 6, ch. 72-157.
257.34 Florida International Archive and Repository.
(1) There is created within the Division of Library and Information Services of the Department of State the Florida International Archive and Repository for the preservation of those public records, as defined in s. 119.011, manuscripts, international judgments involving disputes between domestic and foreign businesses, and all other public matters that the department or the Florida Council of International Development deems relevant to international issues. It is the duty and responsibility of the division to:
(a) Organize and administer the Florida International Archive and Repository.
(b) Preserve and administer records that are transferred to its custody; accept, arrange, and preserve them, according to approved archival and repository practices; and permit them, at reasonable times and under the supervision of the division, to be inspected and copied. All public records transferred to the custody of the division are subject to the provisions of s. 119.07(1).
(c) Assist the records and information management program in the determination of retention values for records.
(d) Cooperate with and assist, insofar as practicable, state institutions, departments, agencies, counties, municipalities, and individuals engaged in internationally related activities.
(e) Provide a public research room where, under rules established by the division, the materials in the international archive and repository may be studied.
(f) Conduct, promote, and encourage research in international trade, government, and culture and maintain a program of information, assistance, coordination, and guidance for public officials, educational institutions, libraries, the scholarly community, and the general public engaged in such research.
(g) Cooperate with and, insofar as practicable, assist agencies, libraries, institutions, and individuals in projects concerned with internationally related issues and preserve original materials relating to internationally related issues.
(h) Assist and cooperate with the records and information management program in the training and information program described in s. 257.36(1)(g).
(2) Any agency is authorized and empowered to turn over to the division any record no longer in current official use. The division may accept such record and provide for its administration and preservation as provided in this section and, upon acceptance, be considered the legal custodian of such record. The division may direct and effect the transfer to the archives of any records that are determined by the division to have such historical or other value to warrant their continued preservation or protection, unless the head of the agency that has custody of the records certifies in writing to the division that the records must be retained in the agency’s custody for use in the conduct of the regular current business of the agency.
(3) Title to any record transferred to the Florida International Archive and Repository, as authorized in this chapter, is vested in the division.
(4) The division shall make certified copies under seal of any record transferred to it upon the application of any person, and the certificates shall have the same force and effect as if made by the agency from which the record was received. The division may charge a fee for this service based upon the cost of service.
(5) The division may establish and maintain a schedule of fees for services that may include, but need not be limited to, restoration of materials, storage of materials, special research services, and publications.
(6) The division shall establish and maintain a mechanism by which the information contained within the Florida International Archive and Repository may be accessed by computer via the World Wide Web. In doing so, the division shall take whatever measures it deems appropriate to ensure the validity, quality, and safety of the information being accessed.
(7) The Florida Council of International Development may select materials for inclusion in the Florida International Archive and Repository and shall be consulted closely by the division in all matters relating to its establishment and maintenance.
History.s. 79, ch. 99-251; s. 35, ch. 2004-335; s. 6, ch. 2008-57; s. 52, ch. 2012-116.
257.35 Florida State Archives.
(1) There is created within the Division of Library and Information Services of the Department of State the Florida State Archives for the preservation of those public records, as defined in s. 119.011(12), manuscripts, and other archival material that have been determined by the division to have sufficient historical or other value to warrant their continued preservation and have been accepted by the division for deposit in its custody. It is the duty and responsibility of the division to:
(a) Organize and administer the Florida State Archives.
(b) Preserve and administer such records as shall be transferred to its custody; accept, arrange, and preserve them, according to approved archival practices; and permit them, at reasonable times and under the supervision of the division, to be inspected and copied.
(c) Assist the records and information management program in the determination of retention values for records.
(d) Cooperate with and assist insofar as practicable state institutions, departments, agencies, counties, municipalities, and individuals engaged in activities in the field of state archives, manuscripts, and history and accept from any person any paper, book, record, or similar material which in the judgment of the division warrants preservation in the state archives.
(e) Provide a public research room where, under rules established by the division, the materials in the state archives may be studied.
(f) Conduct, promote, and encourage research in Florida history, government, and culture and maintain a program of information, assistance, coordination, and guidance for public officials, educational institutions, libraries, the scholarly community, and the general public engaged in such research.
(g) Cooperate with and, insofar as practicable, assist agencies, libraries, institutions, and individuals in projects designed to preserve original source materials relating to Florida history, government, and culture and prepare and publish handbooks, guides, indexes, and other literature directed toward encouraging the preservation and use of the state’s documentary resources.
(h) Encourage and initiate efforts to preserve, collect, process, transcribe, index, and research the oral history of Florida government.
(i) Assist and cooperate with the records and information management program in the training and information program described in s. 257.36(1)(g).
(2) Any agency is authorized and empowered to turn over to the division any record no longer in current official use. The division, in its discretion, is authorized to accept such record and, having done so, shall provide for its administration and preservation as herein provided and, upon acceptance, shall be considered the legal custodian of such record. The division is empowered to direct and effect the transfer to the archives of any records that are determined by the division to have such historical or other value to warrant their continued preservation or protection, unless the head of the agency which has custody of the records certifies in writing to the division that the records shall be retained in the agency’s custody for use in the conduct of the regular current business of the agency.
(3) Title to any record transferred to the Florida State Archives, as authorized in this chapter, shall be vested in the division.
(4) The division shall make certified copies under seal of any record transferred to it upon the application of any person, and said certificates shall have the same force and effect as if made by the agency from which the record was received. The division may charge a fee for this service based upon the cost of service.
(5) The division may establish and maintain a schedule of fees for services which shall include, but not be limited to, restoration of archival materials, storage of archival materials, special research services, and publications.
(6) The division may establish and maintain as part of the state archives a Florida State Photographic Collection. The division shall:
(a) Acquire, identify, appraise, arrange, index, restore, and preserve photographs, motion pictures, drawings, and other iconographic material considered appropriate for preservation.
(b) Initiate appropriate action to acquire, identify, preserve, recover, and restore photographs, motion pictures, and other iconographic material considered appropriate for preservation.
(c) Provide for an index to the historical photographic holdings of the Florida State Photographic Collection and the State of Florida.

Any use or reproduction of material deposited with the Florida State Photographic Collection shall be allowed pursuant to the provisions of paragraph (1)(b) and subsection (4) provided that appropriate credit for its use is given.

(7) The division shall promulgate such rules as are necessary to implement the provisions of this act.
History.s. 3, ch. 81-173; s. 131, ch. 83-217; s. 45, ch. 86-163; s. 1, ch. 89-63; s. 1, ch. 91-53; s. 6, ch. 91-221; s. 113, ch. 96-406; s. 36, ch. 2004-335; s. 7, ch. 2008-57; ss. 1, 2, ch. 2009-152.
Note.Former s. 267.042.
257.36 Records and information management.
(1) There is created within the Division of Library and Information Services of the Department of State a records and information management program. It is the duty and responsibility of the division to:
(a) Establish and administer a records management program directed to the application of efficient and economical management methods relating to the creation, utilization, maintenance, retention, preservation, and disposal of records.
(b) Establish and operate a records center or centers primarily for the storage, processing, servicing, and security of public records that must be retained for varying periods of time but need not be retained in an agency’s office equipment or space.
(c) Analyze, develop, establish, and coordinate standards, procedures, and techniques of recordmaking and recordkeeping.
(d) Ensure the maintenance and security of records which are deemed appropriate for preservation.
(e) Establish safeguards against unauthorized or unlawful removal or loss of records.
(f) Initiate appropriate action to recover records removed unlawfully or without authorization.
(g) Institute and maintain a training and information program in:
1. All phases of records and information management to bring approved and current practices, methods, procedures, and devices for the efficient and economical management of records to the attention of all agencies.
2. The requirements relating to access to public records under chapter 119.
(h) Make continuous surveys of recordkeeping operations.
(i) Recommend improvements in current records management practices, including the use of space, equipment, supplies, and personnel in creating, maintaining, and servicing records.
(j) Establish and maintain a program in cooperation with each agency for the selection and preservation of records considered essential to the operation of government and to the protection of the rights and privileges of citizens.
(k) Make, or have made, preservation duplicates, or designate existing copies as preservation duplicates, to be preserved in the place and manner of safekeeping as prescribed by the division.
(2)(a) All records transferred to the division may be held by it in a records center or centers, to be designated by it, for such time as in its judgment retention therein is deemed necessary. At such time as it is established by the division, such records as are determined by it as having historical or other value warranting continued preservation shall be transferred to the Florida State Archives.
(b) Title to any record detained in any records center shall remain in the agency transferring such record to the division. When the Legislature transfers any duty or responsibility of an agency to another agency, the receiving agency shall be the custodian of public records with regard to the public records associated with that transferred duty or responsibility, and shall be responsible for the records storage service charges of the division. If an agency is dissolved and the legislation dissolving that agency does not assign an existing agency as the custodian of public records for the dissolved agency’s records, then the Cabinet is the custodian of public records for the dissolved agency, unless the Cabinet otherwise designates a custodian. The Cabinet or the agency designated by the Cabinet shall be responsible for the records storage service charges of the division.
(c) When a record held in a records center is eligible for destruction, the division shall notify, in writing, by certified mail, the agency which transferred the record. The agency shall have 90 days from receipt of that notice to respond requesting continued retention or authorizing destruction or disposal of the record. If the agency does not respond within that time, title to the record shall pass to the division.
(3) The division may charge fees for supplies and services, including, but not limited to, shipping containers, pickup, delivery, reference, and storage. Fees shall be based upon the actual cost of the supplies and services and shall be deposited in the Records Management Trust Fund.
(4) Any preservation duplicate of any record made pursuant to this chapter shall have the same force and effect for all purposes as the original record. A transcript, exemplification, or certified copy of such preservation duplicate shall be deemed, for all purposes, to be a transcript, exemplification, or certified copy of the original record.
(5) For the purposes of this section, the term “agency” shall mean any state, county, district, or municipal officer, department, division, bureau, board, commission, or other separate unit of government created or established by law. It is the duty of each agency to:
(a) Cooperate with the division in complying with the provisions of this chapter and designate a records management liaison officer.
(b) Establish and maintain an active and continuing program for the economical and efficient management of records.
(6) A public record may be destroyed or otherwise disposed of only in accordance with retention schedules established by the division. The division shall adopt reasonable rules not inconsistent with this chapter which shall be binding on all agencies relating to the destruction and disposition of records. Such rules shall provide, but not be limited to:
(a) Procedures for complying and submitting to the division records-retention schedules.
(b) Procedures for the physical destruction or other disposal of records.
(c) Standards for the reproduction of records for security or with a view to the disposal of the original record.
History.s. 5, ch. 67-50; ss. 10, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 4, ch. 81-173; s. 24, ch. 83-339; s. 46, ch. 86-163; s. 8, ch. 95-296; s. 34, ch. 2000-258; s. 15, ch. 2004-335; s. 5, ch. 2015-117.
Note.Former s. 267.051.
257.37 Legislative intent.In enacting this law, the Legislature is cognizant of the fact that there may be instances where an agency may be microfilming and destroying public records or performing other records management programs pursuant to local or special acts. The Legislature is further aware that it may not be possible to implement this chapter in its entirety immediately upon its enactment, and it is not the legislative intent by this chapter to disrupt the orderly microfilming and destruction of public records pursuant to such local or special acts above referred to, provided that such agencies make no further disposition of public records without approval of the Division of Library and Information Services of the Department of State pursuant to such rules and regulations as it may establish.
History.s. 11, ch. 67-50; ss. 10, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 54, ch. 86-163.
Note.Former s. 267.10.
257.375 Records Management Trust Fund.There is hereby created within the Division of Library and Information Services a Records Management Trust Fund which shall consist of fees collected for records management and archival services. Funds deposited in the Records Management Trust Fund shall be used to support the programs of the state archives and records and information management programs.
History.s. 28, ch. 86-163.
257.38 Manuscripts or other archival material; public records exemption.
(1) For purposes of this section, “nonpublic manuscript or other archival material” means a manuscript or archival material that is not otherwise made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any governmental agency.
(2) All public records transferred to the custody of the division shall be subject to the provisions of s. 119.07(1), except that any public record or other record provided by law to be confidential or prohibited from inspection by the public shall be made accessible only after a period of 50 years from the date of the creation of the record.
(3) Any nonpublic manuscript or other archival material which is placed in the keeping of the division under special terms and conditions shall be made accessible only in accordance with such terms and conditions and shall be exempt from the provisions of s. 119.07(1) to the extent necessary to meet the terms and conditions for a nonpublic manuscript or other archival material.
(4) Any nonpublic manuscript or other archival material that is donated to and held by an official archive of a municipality or county contingent upon special terms and conditions that limit the right to inspect or copy such manuscript or other material is confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution, except as otherwise provided in the special terms and conditions. A nonpublic manuscript or other archival material received under special terms and conditions as authorized by this subsection shall be made available for inspection and copying 50 years after the date of the creation of the nonpublic manuscript or other archival material, at an earlier date specified in the special terms or conditions, or upon a showing of good cause before a court of competent jurisdiction.
History.s. 3, ch. 81-173; s. 45, ch. 86-163; s. 1, ch. 89-63; s. 1, ch. 91-53; s. 113, ch. 96-406; s. 1, ch. 2004-50; s. 36, ch. 2004-335; s. 47, ch. 2008-4; s. 7, ch. 2008-57; s. 1, ch. 2009-152.
Note.Subsections (1)-(3) former s. 257.35(1)(b).
257.40 Library cooperatives; legislative intent.It is the intent of the Legislature to meet the educational and informational needs of the residents of this state by encouraging and assuring cooperation among libraries of all types for the development of library services. It is the further intent of the Legislature to foster cooperative programs to meet the needs of state residents which cannot be met independently by local libraries; to build upon the strength of local libraries and to augment their resources with regional and statewide services; to maintain local autonomy and to make cooperation in regional or statewide activities voluntary; and to recognize programs of cooperation undertaken by libraries and provide for state financial assistance to encourage library cooperative development.
History.s. 1, ch. 92-110.
257.41 Library cooperatives; organization; receipt of state moneys.
(1) Libraries that are under separate governances may establish nonprofit library cooperatives for the purpose of sharing resources. Library cooperatives shall be constituted of more than one type of library, including any combination of academic, school, special, state institutional, and public libraries.
(2) The Division of Library and Information Services of the Department of State shall establish operating standards and rules under which a library cooperative is eligible to receive state moneys. The division shall issue a certificate to each library cooperative that meets the standards and rules established under this subsection.
(3) A library cooperative that receives state moneys under ss. 257.40-257.42 shall file with the Division of Library and Information Services on or before December 1 of each year a financial report on its operations and furnish the division with such other information as the division requires.
History.s. 2, ch. 92-110; s. 5, ch. 99-238.
257.42 Library cooperative grants.The administrative unit of a library cooperative is eligible to receive an annual grant from the state of not more than $400,000 for the purpose of sharing library resources based upon an annual plan of service and expenditure and an annually updated 5-year, long-range plan of cooperative library resource sharing. Those plans, which must include a component describing how the cooperative will share technology and the use of technology, must be submitted to the Division of Library and Information Services of the Department of State for evaluation and possible recommendation for funding in the division’s legislative budget request. Grant funds may not be used to supplant local funds or other funds. A library cooperative must provide from local sources matching cash funds equal to 10 percent of the grant award.
History.s. 3, ch. 92-110; s. 1, ch. 96-295.
257.43 Citizen support organization; use of state administrative services and property; audit.
(1) CITIZEN SUPPORT ORGANIZATION.The division may support the establishment of a citizen support organization to provide assistance, funding, and promotional support for the library, archives, and records management programs of the division. For the purposes of this section, a “citizen support organization” means an organization which is:
(a) A Florida corporation not for profit incorporated under the provisions of chapter 617 and approved by the Department of State.
(b) Organized and operated to conduct programs and activities; raise funds; request and receive grants, gifts, and bequests of money; acquire, receive, hold, invest, and administer, in its own name, securities, funds, objects of value, or other property, real or personal; and make expenditures to or for the direct or indirect benefit of the division or individual program units of the division.
(c) Determined by the division to be consistent with the goals of the division and in the best interests of the state.
(d) Approved in writing by the division to operate for the direct or indirect benefit of the division. Such approval shall be given in a letter of agreement from the division.
(2) USE OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND PROPERTY.
(a) The division may fix and collect charges for the rental of facilities and properties managed by the division and may permit, without charge, appropriate use of administrative services, property, and facilities of the division by a citizen support organization, subject to the provisions of this section. Such use must be directly in keeping with the approved purposes of the citizen support organization and may not be made at times or places that would unreasonably interfere with opportunities for the general public to use such facilities for established purposes. Any moneys received from rentals of facilities and properties managed by the division may be held in the operating trust fund of the division or in a separate depository account in the name of the citizen support organization and subject to the provisions of the letter of agreement with the division. The letter of agreement shall provide that any funds held in the separate depository account in the name of the citizen support organization shall revert to the division if the citizen support organization is no longer approved by the division to operate in the best interests of the state.
(b) The division shall not permit the use of any administrative services, property, or facilities of the state by a citizen support organization which does not provide equal membership and employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin.
(3) ANNUAL AUDIT.The citizen support organization shall provide for an annual financial audit in accordance with s. 215.981.
(4) REPEAL.This section is repealed October 1, 2019, unless reviewed and saved from repeal by the Legislature.
History.s. 6, ch. 2005-207; s. 8, ch. 2014-96; s. 3, ch. 2015-4.