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INTRODUCTION: EDUC,

Purpose and scope of study------------------- LIBRARY__________ VII

Sources of data and method------------------------------------- VII

PART I. SUMMARY OF SCHOOL LIBRARY LEGISLATION for ALL STATEs----- 1

Procedures for establishment------------------------------------ 3

Financial support---------------------------------------------- 8

Administration and supervision---------------------------------- 30

Books—their selection, care, and use----------------------------- 30

Legal provisions for school librarians----------------------------- 35

Relationship of State library extension agency to school libraries---- 37

Relationships between schools and public libraries - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 42

PART II. DIGEsts of School LIBRARY LEGISLATION for EAch STATE-- 47

Alabama----------------------------------------------------- 49

Arizona------------------------------------------------------ 50

Arkansas----------------------------------------------------- 52

California---------------------------------------------------- 53

Colorado----------------------------------------------------- 57

Connecticut--------------------------------------------------- 58

Delaware----------------------------------------------------- 60

District of Columbia------------------------------------------- 62

Florida------------------------------------------------------- 63

Georgia.------------------------------------------------------ 66

Idaho-------------------------------------------------------- 67

Illinois------------------------------------------------------- 68

Indiana------------------------------------------------------ 70

Iowa--------------------------------------------------------- 72

Kansas------------------------------------------------------- 74

Kentucky---------------------------------------------------- 76

Louisiana----------------------------------------------------- 77

Maine-------------------------------------------------------- 78

Maryland---------------------------------------------------- 79

Massachusetts------------------------------------------------ 81

Michigan----------------------------------------------------- 81

Minnesota---------------------------------------------------- 85

Mississippi---------------------------------------------------- 87

Missouri------------------------------------------------------ 89

Montana ---------------------------------------------------- 91

Nebraska----------------------------------------------------- 92

Nevada------------------------------------------------------ 93

New Hampshire----------------------------------------------- 95

New Jersey--------------------------------------------------- 96

New Mexico.-------------------------------------------------- 98

New York---------------------------------------------------- 99

North Carolina------------------------------------------------ 102

North Dakota.------------------------------------------------- 103

Ohio--------------------------------------------------------- 106

Oklahoma---------------------------------------------------- 107

Oregon------------------------------------------------------- 108

Pennsylvania------------------------------------------------- 111

Rhode Island------------------------------------------------- 114

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Virginia------------------------------------------------------

Washington---------------------------------------------------

West Virginia-------------------------------------------------

Wisconsin----------------------------------------------------

Wyoming-----------------------------------------------------

. Legal provisions for the establishment of school libraries in 21 States---

. Legal provisions for financial support for school libraries in 33 States---

. Legal duties of district, county, and State officers relating to the admin-

istration and supervision of school libraries in 29 States

. Laws relating to the selection, care, and use of school library books.--

Provisions of State laws regarding school librarians in 19 States-------

Laws affecting relationship of State library extension agencies to school

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Foreword

EGISLATION relating to school libraries comprises an important part of State laws pertaining to the field of public educa

tion. For this reason the United States Office of Education has issued from time to time publications which contain information on the subject. Chapters of the Biennial Survey of Education on educational legislation and on library activities, published since 1918, give some consideration to the laws affecting school libraries. Noteworthy among the publications are a special report on Public Libraries in the United States of America (1876) and a Digest of State Laws ReLating to Education by William R. Hood (1915). However, each of these publications is now out of print and available only in certain libraries.

The growing importance of library service to schools and numerous changes in legislation in this field have created a demand for a publication dealing exclusively with the subject of legislation as it relates to school libraries. This bulletin has been prepared to meet this demand. It is hoped that the information contained herein may be helpful to those who are responsible for recommending legislation in the various States that will stimulate more effective library service for schools.

The Office appreciates the contributions made by the chief State school officers in verifying the State digests which comprise part II of the bulletin.

BEss Goody Koontz, Assistant U. S. Commissioner of Education. V

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