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NO. 73. AN ACT RELATING TO COMMUNITY USE OF PUBLIC LIBRARY FACILITIES AND RESOURCES.

(H.404)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 22 V.S.A. § 67 is added to read:

§ 67. PUBLIC LIBRARIES; STATEMENT OF POLICY; USE OF FACILITIES AND

RESOURCES

(a) The general assembly declares it to be the policy of the state of Vermont that free public libraries are essential to the general enlightenment of citizens in a democracy and that every citizen of the state of Vermont should have access to the educational, cultural, recreational, informational and research benefits of a free public library.

(b) The trustees, managers or directors of a public library may use library resources as a community center. Community centers may serve as forums and exhibition areas for the exchange of ideas that encourage the growth of artistic, educational, literary and scientific knowledge as well as the intercultural understanding of the Vermont citizenry. Public libraries may cooperate with community groups to provide these services.

Approved: March 23, 1998