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Public Libraries and their National Policies by John Helling

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United States

Abstract:

Public libraries in the United States follow a variety of governance and funding models. Different states follow different rules, and even within individual states public libraries can take many forms. Funding for public libraries comes mostly from property taxes and other local sources, which are affected by political and economic factors. There are few federal funding programs for public libraries. Public library governance depends on the individual public library’s place within its local government structure and the type of library board it has.

Key words

public library heterogeneity

locally funded public libraries

governance models

Historical background

Public libraries in the United States emerged in a haphazard ...

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