Under New York State Education Law, §273 (1) (h) (1), and Commissioner's Regulations §90.3, Public Library Systems provide Coordinated Outreach Library Services directly and through their member libraries to New Yorkers who are most in need and who often are not regular library users.
For other parts of the law and full text of both law and Commissioner's Regulations, see Excerpts from New York State Law and Regulations of the Commissioner of Education pertaining to Libraries, Library Systems, Trustees and Librarians
Each public library system receives Coordinated Outreach State Aid:
Coordinated Outreach Library Services provides each system with $43,000 plus $.13 per capita population annually. Education Law §273 (1) (h) (1)
The funds are used statewide for special services such as:
State Corrections Aid: provides each system that has a state correctional facility (or facilities) in its service area with $9.25 per incarcerated individual based on population in each correctional facility in the system's service area as of July 1 of the previous year. The New York State Department of Corrections provides the population figure to Library Development. Education Law §285 (1); Commissioner's Regulations §90.14.
Each system with a State Correctional facility or facilities in its service area receives State aid based on the resident populations as of July 1 of the prior year.
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For information on Coordinated Outreach Library Services, please contact:
Mary Beth Farr
Library Development Specialist, Outreach and Public Library Systems Services
New York State Library / Division of Library Development
New York State Education Department
Albany, NY 12230