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Chapter 12.5

LIBRARY*

*Editor's note-Section 1 of Ord. No. 4017, adopted March 21, 1994, amended Ch. 12.5, §§ 12.5-1--12.5-9 to read as herein set out.  Former Ch. 12.5 pertained to similar subject matter and derived from Ord. No. 3003, §§ 2--10, adopted on September 8, 1981.

Cross reference-Administration, Ch. 2.

 

Sec. 12.5-1. Establishment of a public library. 

 

There is hereby established in the city, a Norfolk Public Li­brary, which shall be kept and maintained as such by the city.  In this chapter the term "public library" shall be held to mean the Norfolk Public Library. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 4017, § 1, 3-21-94

 

Sec. 12.5-2. Library director; appointment; duties.

 

The library director shall be appointed by the city administrator.  The library director shall have the care and custody of the grounds, buildings, rooms, equipment, books and supplies owned or used by the public library, and the general supervision thereof. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 4017, § 1, 3-21-94; Ord. No. 5080, § 5, 7-20-09

  

Sec. 12.5-3. Citizens' library advisory board--Established.

 

There is hereby established a citizens' library advisory board, which board shall have five (5) members.  The members of the board shall be chosen at large from the citizens of the city; pro­vided, however, no member of the city council shall be a member of such board. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 4017, § 1, 3-21-94

 

Sec. 12.5-4.  Same--Appointment; terms; compensation.

 

The members of the citizens' library advisory board shall be appointed by the mayor, with the approval of the city council.  The term of each member shall be five (5) years, which term shall commence on July 1.  One member of the board shall be appointed each year at the last regular meeting of the city council in the month of June.  In the case of a vacancy, the mayor shall appoint a replacement, with approval of the city council, for the unexpired term.  The existing terms of the members of the library board at the time of the passage of this chapter shall remain in effect.  No member of the citizens' library advisory board shall receive pay or compensation for his or her services as a member of the board.

 

Source: Ord.  No. 4017, § 1, 3-21-94

 

Sec. 12.5-5.  Same--Delegated Responsibilities.

 

The Citizens' library advisory board shall work with the li­brary director, city administrator, mayor and city council in re­gard to the development of the public library.  The citizens' li­brary advisory board is hereby delegated the following specific responsibilities:

 

(1)        To advise the library director in the development and im­plementation of library policies;

 

(2)        To advise the library director regarding the maintenance and expansion of the materials collection and programs of the public library;

 

(3)        To advise the library director regarding the preparation of an annual library budget, which budget shall be prepared by the library director in the format used by other city departments and divisions, and to periodically review li­brary claims to ensure budgetary compliance;

 

(4)        To receive citizen input, comments and complaints re­garding the materials collection, programs and services of the public library, and to report the same to the library director, with recommendations;

 

(5)        To provide such advise or recommendations as may be specifically requested by the city administrator relative to mat­ters concerning the public library;

 

(6)        To encourage use of the public library and promote its pro­grams and services;

 

(7)        To represent the city and public library within professional associations and at library functions;

 

(8)        The Norfolk Library Foundation shall retain exclusive re­sponsibility for decisions concerning the expenditures of Norfolk Library Foundation funds and private donations made to the Norfolk Library Foundation.

 

Source: Ord. No. 4017, § 1, 3-21-94

 

Sec. 12.5-6.  Same--Bylaws; rules; regulations.

 

The citizens' library advisory board may adopt bylaws, rules and regulations for its own guidance as the board may deem necessary and as such shall not be inconsistent with this chapter. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 4017, § 1, 3-21-94

 

Sec. 12.5-7. Custody of library funds.

 

The city treasurer shall have the custody of all tax monies and penalties collected, as well as other funds acquired for erection, maintenance or support of the public library, including any do­nations made to the City of Norfolk for the library.  The city trea­surer shall not have the custody of those funds belonging to the Norfolk Library Foundation or those received by the Norfolk Li­brary Foundation by way of private donation.  All monies received by the public library, exclusive of those funds belonging to the Norfolk Library Foundation, shall be paid, not less than weekly, to the city treasurer. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 4017, § 1, 3-21-94

 

Sec. 12.5-8. Penalties imposed; recovery in civil action.

 

Penalties imposed or accruing under any bylaw, rule or regu­lation adopted by the citizens' library advisory board or city council may be recovered in a civil action before any court having juris­diction thereof.  Such action shall be instituted and maintained in the name of the city.  This remedy shall be in addition to that provided in section 12.5-9. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 4017, § 1, 3-21-94

 

Sec. 12.5-9.  Unlawful Library conduct.

 

It shall be unlawful for any person to take or retain possession beyond the due date of, or to remove from the public library building, in violation of any bylaw, rule or regulation adopted by the citizens' library advisory board or city council for the protection and government of the public library or in violation of any agreement entered into by any person concerning utilization of the public library, or to willfully and maliciously write upon, deface, injure or destroy any book, periodical, record, film or other property owned by, or in custody of, the public library.  Any person who shall violate the terms of any agreement concerning utilization of the public li­brary, or who unlawfully takes or retains possession beyond the due date of, or re­moves from the public library building, writes upon, defaces, in­jures or destroys any book, periodical, record, film or other property owned by or in the custody of the public library, shall be guilty of an offense. 

 

Source: Ord. No. 4017, § 1, 3-21-94; Ord. No. 4235, § 1, 1-20-97

 

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