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§ 249. State library, when open; use of books. The state library
shall be kept open at least eight hours each day on five days every week
in the year except the legal holidays known as Independence day, Thanksgiving day
and Christmas day. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the regents from open-
ing the state library on other days and times. Members of the legis-
lature, judges of the court of appeals, justices of the supreme court and
heads of state departments may borrow from the library books for use in
Albany, but shall be subject to such restrictions and penalties as may
be prescribed by the regents for the safety or greater usefulness of the
library. Under such rules and conditions as the regents may prescribe,
the state library may lend its books and printed material for a limited
time to other individuals and institutions conforming to said rules and
conditions. Such service shall be free to residents of this state as
far as practicable, but the regents may, in their discretion, charge a
proper fee to nonresidents or for assistance of a personal nature or for
other reason not properly an expense to the state, but which may be
authorized for the accommodation of users of the library.

[Amended 2011]

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