CHAPTER XII. PUBLIC PROPERTYCHAPTER XII. PUBLIC PROPERTY\ARTICLE 2. LIBRARY BOARD

A public library is hereby established, and by virtue of the laws of the State of Kansas, it shall be known as, “The Udall Public Library.”

(Code 1975, 2-201)

The management and control of the library shall be vested in the board of directors, which shall consist of seven members appointed by the mayor with the approval of the city council, for terms of four years each from the first day of May, following their date of appointment. The members first appointed to the board shall have staggered terms pursuant to K.S.A. 12-1222. In addition to the appointed members of the board, the mayor shall be ex officio member of the library board, with the same powers as appointed members, but no person holding any office in the municipality shall be appointed a member while holding such office. All members appointed to the library board shall be residents of the municipality. Members of the library board shall receive no compensation for their services.

(Code 1975, 2-202)

The library board of the “The Udall Public Library” as provided by law, shall constitute a body, corporate and politic, possessing the usual powers of a corporation for public purposes under the name and style of “The Board of Directors of the City of Udall Library,” and under such name, may contract, sue and be sued, and acquire, hold and convey real and personal property in accordance with law. The acquisition or disposition or real property shall be subject to the approval of the governing body of the city.

(Code 1975, 2-203)

The library board shall fix the date and place of their regular meetings which shall be held annually. They shall elect a chairperson, secretary and a treasurer, and such other officers as they deem necessary. special meetings may be called by the chairperson or upon written request of a majority of he members. Written notice stating the time and place of any special meeting and the purpose for which called shall, unless waived, be given each member of the board at least two days in advance of such meeting, and no business other than that stated in the notice shall be transacted at such meeting.

(Code 1975, 2-204)

The board shall have the following powers and duties:

(a)   To make and adopt rules and regulations for the administration of the library.

(b)   With the approval of the governing body of the city, to purchase or lease a site or sites, and to lease or erect a building or buildings for the use of the library.

(c)   To acquire by purchase, gift or exchange, books, magazines, papers, printed materials, slides, pictures, films, projection equipment, phonograph records and other material deemed necessary by the board for the maintenance and extension of a modern library service.

(d)   To employ a librarian and such other employees as the board shall deem necessary and to remove them and to fix their compensation, provided, however, no expenditure made by the library board shall obligate the city for any greater amount than has been budgeted for library expenses.

(e)   To establish and maintain a library or libraries, and traveling library service within the city or within any other municipality with which service contracts or arrangements have been made.

(f)   To contract with other libraries established under the state library laws, or with the governing body the furnishing of library service to the inhabitants of such municipality to the extent and upon such terms as may be agreed upon and to contract and to furnish library service to any school library.

(g)   To receive, accept and administer any money appropriated or granted to it by the state or the federal government or any agency thereof for the purpose of aiding or providing library service.

(h)   To receive and accept any gift or donation to the library and administer the same in accordance with any provisions thereof.

(i)    To make annual reports to the Kansas traveling library commission and the governing body of the city on or before January 31st of each year for the preceding calendar year, showing receipts and disbursements from all funds under its control and showing such statistical information relating to library materials acquire and on hand, number of library users, library services available, and other information of general interest as the governing body of the city may require.

(Code 1973, 2-205)

The public library shall be free to the use of the inhabitants of the city, subject to such reasonable rules and regulations as the library board may adopt, and the board may exclude from the use of the library, any and all persons who shall willfully violate such rules. The library board may extend the use and privileges of the city to non-residents of the city and may make exchanges of books with any other library upon such terms and conditions as the board may from time to time by its regulations prescribe.

(Code 1975, 2-206)

The treasurer of the library board shall give bond in an amount fixed by the board and approved by the governing body of the municipality for the safe-keeping and due disbursement of all funds that may come into his or her hands as such treasurer. The bond shall be filed with the clerk of the municipality. Except where otherwise provided by the law, the treasurer of the municipality shall pay over to the treasurer of the library board, all funds collected for the maintenance of the library and the treasurer of the library board shall pay out the funds on orders of the board, signed by the secretary and chairperson thereof. Such treasurer shall keep an accurate record of all moneys received and disbursed by him or her and make a report thereof to the library board monthly, or as often as the board shall require.

(Code 1975, 2-207)

The governing body is authorized to levy a tax for the maintenance of the city library in such sum as the library board shall determine within the limitations fixed by law. Such tax shall be levied and collected in like manner as other taxes of the city and shall be kept in a separate fund to be known as the “Library Fund of the City.” The city treasurer shall make no disbursements to the library board and pay over no money to the treasurer thereof until he or she has received a certificate signed by the chairperson and secretary of the library board to the effect that the person named in such certificate has been duly elected as treasurer and has given bond as required by law.

(Code 1975, 2-208)

It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully injure or damage any building occupied by the public library or to willfully injure or destroy any book, map, chart, magazine, pictures, or other personal property belonging to or under the control of the public library.

(Code 1975, 2-209)

It shall be unlawful for any person to take from the public library or any premises thereof, any book, map, plat, charter, picture or other personal property belonging to or under the control of the public library except with the permission of the librarian or person or persons in charge thereof and in compliance with the rules of the public library, or to retain such book, map, plat, charter or other personal property in this or her possession or keep the same out of the public library for a longer period of time than that designated on each book or date card.

(Code 1975, 2-210)