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Local library and school partnerships
Education (EDN) CHAPTER 16, TITLE 1, ARTICLE 17
§ 816. Local library and school partnerships. 1. Legislative intent.
In order to promote and encourage children to read and learn outside the
classroom, this law seeks to encourage local libraries and schools to
work together to promote the availability of library services and

2. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms
shall be defined as follows:

a. "School district" shall mean any public school district in the
state of New York that contains one or more schools with any combination
of grades from and including kindergarten through grade twelve.

b. "Public library" shall mean any public or association library as
defined in section two hundred fifty-three of this title.

3. Upon the request of a public library that is located within the
boundaries of a school district, the district shall disseminate
informational materials provided by the library regarding the public
library and applications for public library cards to students enrolled
in the school district. Such materials shall be distributed to any or
all of the following, as requested by the public library:

a. annually to every student of such school district upon his or her
entry into kindergarten, grade six and grade nine, except that a library
and school may agree to alternate or additional grades;

b. to every student upon his or her enrollment as a new student; and

c. available at all times in the school library in each school within
the school district for students and parents who wish to obtain such

4. The director of each participating public library shall consult
annually with the school district in order to coordinate the provision
of materials containing information regarding the library, instructions
on how students may obtain a library card and an application for a
library card.

5. Each public library that is located in the school district shall
provide sufficient copies of such materials to the school district for
distribution as described in subdivision three of this section so that
each school may satisfy the requirements of this section.

6. In the event there is no public library located within the
boundaries of a school district, such school district shall not be
required to comply with this section.

7. The commissioner shall have the authority to establish rules and
regulations to implement the provisions of this section.

8. Nothing in this act shall require a school district to expend
additional funds in order to comply with the provisions of this section.

9. This section shall not apply to a school district or a library in a
city of one million or more where such district or library are subject
to a local law which was adopted prior to the enactment of this section
and which provides for the distribution of library materials in public