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(a) If an applicant for a public library assistance grant is a combined public and school library, that library must, in addition to meeting the eligibility requirements of 4 AAC 57.064,
(1) execute and keep in force a binding legal agreement between the school district and the governing body of the public library, approved by the division, providing for allocation of
(A) financial responsibilities;
(B) the ownership, maintenance, care, and right of use of collections, equipment, and physical facilities;
(C) staffing and personnel requirements; and
(D) hours of service;
(2) provide access to the general public other than students enrolled in the school and in compliance with the minimum hour requirements of 4 AAC 57.064, through
(A) placement of the library in a facility separate from the school facility;
(B) placement of the library in a school room that has a public entrance direct to the outside and accessible by the library patrons; or
(C) providing space for the library in a school room that can be easily located and accessed from a school entrance that is identified and posted as the public library entrance; and
(3) provide space for library materials for patrons of all ages and allocate space and money for establishing a collection of library materials for children, young adults, and adults, in appropriate proportions.
(b) An application for a public library assistance grant from a combined public and school library applicant must include
(1) a copy of the division-approved agreement between the school district and the governing body of the public library; and
(2) other evidence that the division considers necessary to determine compliance with (a) of this section, as requested by the division.
(c) For the purposes of this section, the governing body of the public library may be the municipal assembly, an advisory board appointed by the municipal assembly, or the board of directors of a nonprofit corporation which meets the eligibility requirements of AS 14.56.310 (a).
(d) A combined public and school library may not purchase school or curriculum-related library materials with public library assistance grant money or the local matching money. The governing body of the library shall retain records and invoices for library materials purchased from public library assistance grant funds and local matching funds for a period of three years, and shall make them available for inspection by the division upon request.
History: Eff. 2/11/89, Register 109; am 4/2/99, Register 149
Authority: AS 14.07.060
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