The Mayor shall appoint, with the approval of the Commission, a Library Board for the Municipal Library.  The Library Board shall consist of seven (7) members.  Upon the expiration of the terms of members first appointed, succeeding members shall be appointed in like manner for terms of four (4) years.  All members appointed to the Library Board shall be residents of the City.  Vacancies occasioned by removal from the City, resignation or otherwise, shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term.  No person who has been appointed for two (2) consecutive four-year terms to the Library Board shall be eligible for further appointment to such board until two (2) years after the expiration of the second term.  Members of the Library Board shall receive no compensation for their services as such, but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses in attending meetings and in carrying out their duties as members.

(Code 1982)

In accordance with State Statute, the Library Board 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 Ottawa Municipal Library”, and under such name may contract, sue and be sued, and acquire, hold and convey real and personal property.  The acquisition or disposition of real property shall be subject to the approval of the Governing Body.

(Code 1982)

The members of the Library Board shall, immediately after their appointment and annually thereafter, meet and organize by the election of a Chairman, a Secretary and a Treasurer and such other officers as they may deem necessary.  The board shall fix the date and place of its regular meetings, and special meetings may be called by the Chairman or upon written request of a majority of the 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 (2) days in advance of such meeting, and no business other than that stated in the notice shall be transacted at such meeting.

(Code 1982)

The Library 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 and equipment deemed necessary by the Board for the maintenance and extension of modern library service.

D.    To employ a librarian and such other employees as the board shall deem necessary and the authority to remove them and to fix their compensation.

E.    To establish and maintain a library or libraries and traveling library service with the City or within any other City with which service contract arrangements have been made.

F.    To contract with other libraries established under the provisions of Chapter 12, Article 12 of Kansas Statutes Annotated or with the Governing Body of a City not maintaining a public library for the furnishing of library service to the inhabitants of such City to the extent and upon such terms as may be agreed upon, and to contract 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 State Librarian 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 acquired and on hand, number of library users, library services available, and other information of general interest as said Governing Body may require.

J.     To place money received from sources other than a tax levy for library purposes, in its discretion, in a separate fund or funds, or to place the money in the fund to which the tax levy money is credited unless the grantor or donor shall direct how and for what purpose the money shall be handled and spent.

(Code 1982)

The Treasurer of the Library Board shall give bond in an amount fixed by said board and approved by the Governing Body of the City in an amount not less than $5,000 for the safekeeping and due disbursement of all funds that may come into the hands of the Treasurer.  Such bonds shall be filed with the Clerk of the City.  Except where otherwise provided by law, the Treasurer of the City shall pay over to the Treasurer of the Library Board all funds collected for the maintenance of the Library and Treasurer of the Library Board shall payout said funds on orders of the Board signed by the Secretary and Chairman thereof.  Such Treasurer shall keep an accurate record of all moneys received and disbursed by he/she and make a report thereof to the Library Board monthly, or as often as said Board shall require.

(Code 1982; Ord. 3910-16)

The Library established under, or governed by the provisions of this ordinance, shall be free to the use of the residents of the City, subject always to such reasonable rules and regulations as the Library Board may adopt, and said Board may exclude from the use of said Library any and all persons who shall willfully violate such rules.  The Library Board may extend the use and privilege to such Library to nonresidents of the City and may make exchanges of books with any other library upon such terms and conditions as said Board may from time to time by its regulations prescribe.

(Code 1982)

A.    It shall be unlawful for any person to destroy or damage any book, page of any book, map, chart, magazine, record, and statuary or other personal property of, or used in connection with, the Public Library.

B.    A violation of this section is a Class B Misdemeanor.

(Code 1982)

A.    It shall be unlawful for any person to take from the Public Library of the City any book, page of any book, map, plat, chart, picture, magazine or record or other property of, or used in connection with, said Public Library except with the permission of the librarian or person in charge thereof, and under the rules of the Library Board of said Public Library.

B.    A violation of this section is a Class B Misdemeanor.

(Code 1982)

A.    The City, by the power vested in it by Article 12, Section 5, of the State Constitution, hereby elects to make inapplicable to it and exempts itself from K.S.A. 79-1952, which applies to this City but not uniformly to all cities and provides substitute provisions on the same subject as provided in Subsection (B) of this section.

B.    The Board of Commissioners is hereby authorized and empowered to levy taxes in each year at a rate of levy in any one year on each dollar of assessed tangible valuation of the City for the following named purposes and not to exceed the following named rate:

C.    Library: Ten (10) mills.

(C.O. No. 12; K.S.A. 79-1952)