What is a Public Library District?
A public library distsrict is considered a "special district," a local entity other than county, municipal, township or a school district that is authorized by state law to provide only one or a limited number of designated functions. Examples of other special districts are fire, water, and transit authorities.
Public library districts are formed for the main purpose of using stabilized funding to extend library services. Each individual state legislation has to authorize local elections to create a district.
Examples of Library Districts:
To enable public library districts in South Dakota, exisiting district laws need to be modified and will be subject to a vote of the people affected.
Legislative archives on forming public library districts in South Dakota:
2014 Legislative Session
- SB 173 was introduced to provide authority to establish special purpose districts for libraries, however the bill failed to pass
- Public Library Districts Information Sheet
- Read about why Hot Springs Mayor Don DeVries is in support of public library districts
SB 165 was introduced and delayed until the following legislative session
SDLA Legislative Platform 2013 - Libraries for the 21st Century