senate Bill S2018
(R) 49th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed by Governor
Requires distribution of information on obtaining library card and application to all students.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to
requiring school districts to distribute to students in each school
building written information about the public library and how to obtain
a library card
PURPOSE: This bill expands access to the New York State public library
system by requiring school districts to distribute informational materi-
al to students entering certain grade levels and students new to a
particular school and to keep such materials available at all times in a
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill amends the Education Law by adding a
new section 816 relating to requiring school districts to distribute
information on obtaining a library card and a library card application
to all students.
Section 1 adds a new section 816 to the Education Law with subsection
(1) that defines key terms.
Subsection (2) requires that school districts disseminate informational
materials about the public library. Such information is to be provided
by the local library to each school for distribution to students upon
his/her entry into kindergarten grade 6, 9 and to all new students.
Subsection (3) requires that school districts consult with the director
of each public library located within the boundaries of the school
Subsection (4) requires that the local public library provides suffi-
cient materials to each school.
Subsection (5) waives compliance for school districts that do not have
public libraries within their boundaries.
Subsection (6) allows the commissioner to establish rules and regu-
lations to implement these provisions.
Subsection (7) states nothing in this act shall require a school
district to expend additional funds in order to comply with the
provisions of this section.
Section 2 provides the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: A public library card provides students with a passport
to the world, allowing them to explore the limits of their own imagina-
tion. Ensuring that every students has access to our public libraries
is a crucial first step in developing a lifelong connection with some of
New York's greatest resources. This bill expands learning opportunities
by requiring that the Department of Education distribute an application
for a library card, as well as information about the State's public
library systems to every kindergarten, sixth grader, and high school
freshman as well as all new students. The bill also ensures that appli-
cations and information on the public library system are provided in
sufficient quantities and made available to students and parents alike
in the school's library.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.4174-A of 2012
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the next September 1
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
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