43.24(6) (6) In submitting information under s. 16.42 for purposes of the biennial budget bill, the department shall include an amount for public library services for each fiscal year of the fiscal biennium equal to 13 percent of the total operating expenditures for public library services, in territories anticipated to be within all systems in the state, from local and county sources in the calendar year immediately preceding the calendar year for which aid under this section is to be paid. The amount shall include a recommendation for the appropriation under s. 20.255 (3) (qm) and recommendations for the funding of other public library services, as determined by the department in conjunction with public libraries and public library systems.
43.24 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ss. PI 6.07 and 6.11, Wis. adm. code.
43.27 43.27 Distribution of materials from resources for libraries and lifelong learning collection to public library systems. The division may disperse to public library systems, without charge, materials from the collection of the resources for libraries and lifelong learning service that the division determines are not appropriately held in the collection of the resources for libraries and lifelong learning service.
43.27 History History: 1979 c. 347; 1993 a. 335; 2011 a. 158.
43.30 43.30 Public library records.
43.30(1b) (1b) In this section:
43.30(1b)(ae) (ae) “Collection agency" has the meaning given in s. 218.04 (1) (a).
43.30(1b)(ag) (ag) “Custodial parent" includes any parent other than a parent who has been denied periods of physical placement with a child under s. 767.41 (4).
43.30(1b)(b) (b) “Law enforcement officer" has the meaning given in s. 165.85 (2) (c).
43.30(1m) (1m) Records of any library which is in whole or in part supported by public funds, including the records of a public library system, indicating the identity of any individual who borrows or uses the library's documents or other materials, resources, or services may not be disclosed except by court order or to persons acting within the scope of their duties in the administration of the library or library system, to persons authorized by the individual to inspect such records, to custodial parents or guardians of children under the age of 16 under sub. (4), to libraries under subs. (2) and (3), or to law enforcement officers under sub. (5).
43.30(2) (2) A library supported in whole or in part by public funds may disclose an individual's identity to another library for the purpose of borrowing materials for the individual only if the library to which the individual's identity is being disclosed meets at least one of the following requirements:
43.30(2)(a) (a) The library is supported in whole or in part by public funds.
43.30(2)(b) (b) The library has a written policy prohibiting the disclosure of the identity of the individual except as authorized under sub. (3).
43.30(2)(c) (c) The library agrees not to disclose the identity of the individual except as authorized under sub. (3).
43.30(3) (3) A library to which an individual's identity is disclosed under sub. (2) and that is not supported in whole or in part by public funds may disclose that individual's identity to another library for the purpose of borrowing materials for that individual only if the library to which the identity is being disclosed meets at least one of the requirements specified under sub. (2) (a) to (c).
43.30(4) (4) Upon the request of a custodial parent or guardian of a child who is under the age of 16, a library supported in whole or part by public funds shall disclose to the custodial parent or guardian all library records relating to the use of the library's documents or other materials, resources, or services by that child.
43.30(5) (5)
43.30(5)(a)(a) Upon the request of a law enforcement officer who is investigating criminal conduct alleged to have occurred at a library supported in whole or in part by public funds, the library shall disclose to the law enforcement officer all records pertinent to the alleged criminal conduct that were produced by a surveillance device under the control of the library.
43.30(5)(b) (b) If a library requests the assistance of a law enforcement officer, and the director of the library determines that records produced by a surveillance device under the control of the library may assist the law enforcement officer to render the requested assistance, the library may disclose the records to the law enforcement officer.
43.30(6) (6)
43.30(6)(a)(a) Subject to par. (b) and notwithstanding sub. (1m), a library that is supported in whole or in part by public funds may report the following information as provided in par. (c):
43.30(6)(a)1. 1. Information about delinquent accounts of any individual who borrows or uses the library's documents or other materials, resources, or services.
43.30(6)(a)2. 2. The number and type of documents or materials that are overdue for each individual about whom information is submitted under subd. 1.
43.30(6)(b) (b) If a public library discloses information as described in par. (a), the information shall be limited to the individual's name, contact information, and the amount owed to the library.
43.30(6)(c) (c) A library may report the information as described in par. (a) to any of the following:
43.30(6)(c)1. 1. A collection agency.
43.30(6)(c)2. 2. A law enforcement agency, but only if the dollar value of the individual's delinquent account is at least $50.
43.52 43.52 Municipal libraries.
43.52(1) (1) Any municipality may establish, equip and maintain a public library, and may annually levy a tax or appropriate money to provide a library fund, to be used exclusively to maintain the public library. The municipality may enact and enforce police regulations to govern the use, management and preservation of the public library. Any municipality desiring to establish a new public library shall obtain a written opinion by the division regarding the feasibility and desirability of establishing the public library before final action is taken. The division shall render its opinion within 30 days of the time the request is received.
43.52(1m) (1m)
43.52(1m)(a)(a) Any town desiring to establish a new public library or participate in a joint library under s. 43.53 shall in addition to the requirement under sub. (1) obtain the approval of the county library board, if one exists, and the county board of supervisors before final action is taken. The county library board and the county board of supervisors shall render decisions within 90 days of the request being received. A town may appeal to the state superintendent a decision of the county library board or the county board of supervisors that disapproves the participation by the town in a joint library with a municipality located in another county. The state superintendent shall hold a public hearing on the appeal within 60 days after receiving notice of the appeal. The state superintendent shall publish a class 1 notice under ch. 985 of the hearing and shall also provide notice of the hearing to the town board, the county board of supervisors and the county library board. The state superintendent shall decide the appeal within 30 days after the adjournment of the public hearing.
43.52(1m)(b) (b) Any city or village that is entirely located in a county that operates and maintains a consolidated public library for the county under s. 43.57, and that desires to establish a new public library or participate in a joint library under s. 43.53, shall, in addition to the requirement under sub. (1), obtain the approval of the county library board, if one exists, and the county board of supervisors before final action is taken. The county library board and the county board of supervisors shall render decisions within 90 days of the request being received. The common council or village board may appeal to the state superintendent a decision of the county library board or the county board of supervisors that disapproves the participation by the city or village in a joint library with a municipality located in another county. The state superintendent shall hold a public hearing on the appeal within 60 days after receiving notice of the appeal. The state superintendent shall publish a class 1 notice under ch. 985 of the hearing and shall also provide notice of the hearing to the common council or village board, the county board of supervisors, and the county library board. The state superintendent shall decide the appeal within 30 days after the adjournment of the public hearing.
43.52(2) (2) Every public library shall be free for the use of the inhabitants of the municipality by which it is established and maintained, subject to such reasonable regulations as the library board prescribes in order to render its use most beneficial to the greatest number. The library board may exclude from the use of the public library all persons who willfully violate such regulations.
43.52(3) (3) Any municipality may purchase or acquire one or more sites, erect one or more buildings and equip the same for a public library or any library already established; or may adopt, take over and acquire any library already established, by consent of the authorities controlling the same.
43.52(4) (4) A municipal library may contract with library organizations within this state or in adjacent states to provide or receive library services.
43.52 Annotation A library can charge user fees for any services that fall outside of a library's inherent information-providing functions; core “library services" must be provided free of charge to the inhabitants of the municipality. 73 Atty. Gen. 86.
43.52 Annotation Municipal libraries may not charge a fee for lending video cassettes that are part of a reasonable permanent collection, but may charge for lending additional copies. Municipal libraries may not charge a fee for online searching of bibliographic or informational databases. 78 Atty. Gen. 163.
43.53 43.53 Joint libraries.
43.53(1)(1) Joint libraries may be created by any 2 or more municipalities or by a county and one or more municipalities located in whole or in part in the county, by appropriate agreement of their governing bodies. Section 43.52 applies to joint libraries.
43.53(2) (2) Joint library agreements under sub. (1) shall contain provisions necessary to establish a library board under s. 43.54, including a procedure for adjusting the membership of the board to ensure that it remains representative of the populations of the participating municipalities, as shown by the most recent federal census, under s. 43.54 (1m) (a) 1.; perform the duties under s. 43.58; and own and operate the physical facilities. A joint library agreement shall also do all of the following:
43.53(2)(a) (a) Name one of the participants as the library's fiscal agent, who is responsible for the payroll, benefit administration, insurance, and financial record keeping and auditing for the library. The participant's costs of providing the services under this paragraph count toward the financial support required of the participant under s. 43.15 (4) (b) 2.
43.53(2)(b) (b) Include a procedure for the distribution of a joint library's assets and liabilities if the joint library is dissolved.
43.53(3) (3) A joint library may not be established unless it includes at least one municipality with a public library established before May 8, 1990.
43.53 History History: 1971 c. 152 s. 19; Stats. 1971 s. 43.56; 1985 a. 177 ss. 33, 34; Stats. 1985 s. 43.53; 1989 a. 286; 1995 a. 270; 2005 a. 420; 2011 a. 32.
43.54 43.54 Municipal library board composition.
43.54(1) (1)
43.54(1)(a)(a) Each public library established under s. 43.52 shall be administered by a library board composed in each city of the 2nd or 3rd class or school district of 9 members, in each city of the 4th class of 7 members and in each village, town, tribal government or tribal association of 5 members. Two additional members may be appointed to a library board for a village, town, tribal government or tribal association so that the board has 7 members. Members shall be residents of the municipality, except that not more than 2 members may be residents of other municipalities. Members shall be appointed by the mayor, village president, town chairperson, tribal chairperson or school board chairperson, respectively, with the approval of the municipal governing body. Up to 5 additional members may be appointed under s. 43.60 (3).
43.54(1)(am) (am) Each public library established in a 1st class city shall be administered by a library board consisting of the president of the board of school directors or his or her designee, the superintendent of schools or his or her designee, a member of the county board of supervisors who resides in the county, 3 alderpersons and 6 public members. The county board member shall be appointed by the county executive or county administrator and confirmed by the county board for a 4-year term commencing on May 1. The 3 alderpersons shall be appointed by the mayor on the 3rd Tuesday in April from among those alderpersons serving 4-year terms and shall serve on the library board during their aldermanic terms. The 6 public members shall be residents of the city. Five of the public members shall be appointed by the mayor on the 3rd Tuesday in April to staggered 4-year terms. One of the public members appointed by the mayor under this paragraph shall be designated by the mayor as his or her representative on the board. One public member shall be appointed by the president of the common council on the 3rd Tuesday in April for a 4-year term. The public member appointed by the president of the common council under this paragraph shall be designated by the president of the common council as his or her representative on the board.
43.54(1)(b) (b) Upon their first appointment, the members shall be divided as nearly as practicable into 3 equal groups to serve for 2-, 3- and 4-year terms, respectively. Thereafter, each regular appointment shall be for a term of 3 years. Vacancies shall be filled for unexpired terms in the same manner as regular appointments are made.
43.54(1)(c) (c) The appointing authority shall appoint as one of the members a school district administrator, or the administrator's representative, to represent the public school district or districts in which the public library is located. Not more than one member of the municipal governing body shall at any one time be a member of the library board.
43.54(1)(d) (d) No compensation shall be paid to the members of a library board for their services, except as follows:
43.54(1)(d)1. 1. Members may be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in performing duties outside the municipality if so authorized by the library board.
43.54(1)(d)2. 2. Members may receive per diem, mileage and other necessary expenses incurred in performing their duties if so authorized by the library board and the municipal governing body.
43.54(1)(e) (e) A majority of the membership of a library board constitutes a quorum, but any such board may, by regulation, provide that 3 or more members thereof shall constitute a quorum. For library boards organized under par. (am), a majority of those seats on the board that are currently filled constitutes a quorum.
43.54(1m) (1m)
43.54(1m)(a)(a) Boards appointed for joint libraries under s. 43.53 shall:
43.54(1m)(a)1. 1. Consist of 7 to 11 members and be representative of the populations of the participating municipalities.
43.54(1m)(a)2. 2. Be appointed by the head of the municipal governing body of each participating municipality and county board chairperson of the participating county.
43.54(1m)(b) (b) Subsections (1) (b) to (e) and (2) apply to joint library boards.
43.54(2) (2) As soon as practicable after the first appointments, at a date and place fixed by the appointing officer, and annually thereafter within 60 days after the beginning of terms, the members of the library board shall organize by the election, from among their number, of a president and such other officers as they deem necessary.
43.54(3) (3) In any city of the 2nd or 3rd class, the common council may, by a two-thirds vote, provide for the reduction of the number of appointive members of the library board to 7. Thereupon, whenever a term expires or a vacancy occurs, no appointment shall be made until the number of such members has been so reduced, whereupon the remaining members shall be by lot divided by the common council into 3 classes, 3 to serve for 3 years, 2 to serve for 2 years and 2 to serve for one year, respectively, from the date of such completed reduction, and thereafter each regular appointment shall be for a term of 3 years.
43.57 43.57 Consolidated county libraries and county library services.
43.57(1)(1)Consolidated county libraries.
43.57(1)(a)(a) A county board may establish and maintain a consolidated public library for the county, and may for such purpose adopt, take over and acquire any libraries already established, by consent of the authorities controlling those libraries.
43.57(1)(b) (b) If it is consistent with the terms thereof, a gift, bequest or endowment to a public library becoming a part of a consolidated county library may be taken over by the county library board. The county library board shall maintain the gift, bequest or endowment for the benefit of the library to which it was given.
43.57(1)(c) (c) A consolidated county library may become part of a federated multicounty system organized under s. 43.19.
43.57(1)(d) (d) A consolidated county library may contract with library organizations within this state or in adjacent states to provide or receive library services.
43.57(2) (2)Joint libraries. A county board may authorize the formation of a joint library under s. 43.53 and may participate in a joint library board under s. 43.54.
43.57(2m) (2m)Tribal college-county joint libraries.
43.57(2m)(a)(a) A county board may enter into an agreement with a tribal college to maintain a public library for the county.
43.57(2m)(b) (b) An agreement under par. (a) shall require all of the following:
43.57(2m)(b)1. 1. That the tribal college annually provide to the county board an accounting of the expenditure of any appropriations received from the county.
43.57(2m)(b)2. 2. Except as provided in this subdivision, that the tribal college make the library free for the use of the inhabitants of the county. The tribal college may prescribe reasonable regulations for the use of the library so as to render the use of the library most beneficial to the greatest number of persons. The tribal college may exclude from the use of the library all persons who willfully violate the regulations.
43.57(2m)(c) (c) Sections 43.52 to 43.54 do not apply to a tribal college-county joint library under this subsection.
43.57(3) (3)County library services. A county board may establish and maintain a county library service to serve the residents of the county who do not live in municipalities that have established libraries under s. 43.52 or 43.53 or to improve the library services of municipal libraries established under s. 43.52 or 43.53. The county library service may operate a library or library service program or may contract with library organizations within this state or in adjacent states for services.
43.57(4) (4)Board appointment.
43.57(4)(a)(a) In a county with a consolidated county library under sub. (1), the county board chairperson shall, with the approval of the county board, appoint a 7-member or 9-member county library board.
43.57(4)(b) (b) In a county operating a county library service under sub. (3), the county board chairperson shall, with the approval of the county board, appoint a 7-member library board.
43.57(4)(bm)1.1. In a county with a tribal college-county joint library under sub. (2m), there shall be a 3-member county library board. One member shall be appointed by the tribal college, one member shall be appointed by the American Indian tribe or band that controls the college, and one member shall be appointed by the county board.
43.57(4)(bm)2. 2. A board under this paragraph shall have any powers provided in the agreement under sub. (2m), shall advise the library on any matter related to library service, and shall, within 60 days of the conclusion of the fiscal year of the county, provide the report under s. 43.58 (6) to the county and the division.
43.57(4)(c) (c) Boards appointed under pars. (a) and (b) shall include at least one school district administrator of a school district located in whole or in part in the county, or that school district administrator's designee, and one or 2 county board supervisors. Boards appointed under par. (b) shall include, in addition, representatives of existing library boards under s. 43.54 and persons residing in municipalities not served by libraries.
43.57(4)(d) (d) Boards appointed under pars. (a) and (b) have the powers and duties of a library board under s. 43.58.
43.57(5) (5)Terms of office, compensation, officers, duties.
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2015-16 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2017 Wis. Act 58 and all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders effective on or before September 20, 2017. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after September 20, 2017 are designated by NOTES. (Published 9-20-17)